New Zealand is a country of dog and cat lovers. Living with a companion animal is a very fine thing, but they can have a significant impact on our native biodiversity. We’re keen to promote responsible pet ownership, so please check out our advice on looking after your cats and dogs.
Report illegal dumping
Illegal dumping threatens animals, spreads weeds and is simply unsightly. When illegal dumping goes unreported it encourages others to do the same.
Call Auckland Council on 0800 NO DUMP (0800 663 867) anytime, or visit their illegal dumping webpage.
Pick up litter
Even if you didn’t drop it, take a moment to pick it up, especially plastic. As well as looking unsightly, litter can be damaging to wildlife.
Call the Auckland Council Pollution Hotline 09 377 3107 (anytime) or visit the Council website’s Pollution page. This doesn’t just apply to obvious chemical spills, but to sediment washing into streams from building sites and the like.
Fish and collect seafood thoughtfully
Be aware of what you are fishing for. Learn to identify protected marine fish. Obey the rules around fish size and catch, and think about how much you are catching. Do you really need that extra fish?