Animals

Frequently asked questions about other animals such roosters, rats and mice.

Can I have roosters on my property? Or my neighbour has a rooster.

Whilst it is the responsibility of animal owners to make sure their animals don't create a nuisance to their neighbours, the Council specifically discourage people from keeping roosters in residential areas.  

Hens do not need roosters to lay eggs. Roosters can be aggressive towards people and can cause a noise nuisance for neighbours.  Crowing roosters are the cause of frequent noise complaints, particularly during early morning hours.  Only purchase poultry that is old enough to have the gender determined and avoid roosters.

To report a noise issue please contact the Council on 0800 965 468 (0800WMKGOV), email office@wmk.govt.nz or Snap, Send, Solve.

Note: To ensure the correct location of the issue is recorded, please send from where an issue has occurred. If you can't, send us the Snap Send Solve with as much location detail in the content as you can. Issues reported using Snap Send Solve can only be attended to during normal office hours.

My neighbour has rats/mice running wild on their property - what do I do?


If you believe vermin are originating from a neighbouring property as a result of accumulated rubbish, an overgrown section or poor food storage at a food premises, then contact us.  We will investigate, may give advice, and if appropriate talk to the property owner concerned.  Where we feel an issue is of serious concern we will use our powers under the Health Act 1956 to investigate.

While it's the property owner's responsibility to remove rats and mice, or bring in a pest control company, the Council can offer tips on rodent proofing your property to prevent them from moving in - check out our rats and mice fact sheet.

If you have reason to believe there is a rodent problem on Council property, including in the sewer please ring and let us know.

Please contact the Council on 0800 965 468 (0800WMKGOV), email office@wmk.govt.nz or use Snap Send Solve.

Note: To ensure the correct location of the issue is recorded, please send from where an issue has occurred. If you can't, send us the Snap Send Solve with as much location detail in the content as you can. Issues reported using Snap Send Solve can only be attended to during normal office hours.

We have rats/mice on our property - can the Council help?

While it's the property owner's responsibility to remove rats and mice, or bring in a pest control company, the Council can offer tips on rodent proofing your property to prevent them from moving in - check out our rats and mice fact sheet.

Who do I contact about stray cats on my property?

The Council has no responsibility for stray cats. It you find a stray cat please contact the SPCA. Phone (03) 349 7057 or visit the SPCA website. The closest office is located in Christchurch.

I have problems with bees/wasps, what do I do?

If you have a problem with bees or wasps (swarms and nests) on private land, you will need to arrange for their removal. Bees are collected by the North Canterbury Bee Club for new bee hives. Members of the club carry swarm collection kits in their vehicles. If you have bees and you would like the club to collect them, contact the North Canterbury Bee Club - www.ncbeeclub.org.nz

Please contact us if they are nesting on public property and we will arrange for them to be moved. We can only do this once a nest has been formed, so we need to wait until they have stopped swarming. In built-up areas we can arrange warning signs.

For more information check our bees and wasps fact sheet.

To report an issue please contact the Council on 0800 965 468 (0800WMKGOV), email office@wmk.govt.nz or use the Snap Send Solve app.

Note: To ensure the correct location of the issue is recorded, please send from where an issue has occurred. If you can't, send us the Snap Send Solve with as much location detail in the content as you can. Issues reported using Snap Send Solve can only be attended to during normal office hours.