There are several areas around Waikawa Beach where gamebird hunting takes place. It’s easy, for example, to hear the shots from Lake Huritini. If you have animals that respond poorly to the sounds of shooting it would pay to keep them confined for a few hours from dawn on [Saturday] 01 May 2021.
With game bird hunting season starting on 1 May, Police is reminding people to be vigilant about safety.
“We encourage everyone heading out shooting this season to refresh themselves on the seven rules of firearm safety,” says Acting Superintendent Mike McIlraith, Officer in Charge: Arms Safety and Control. …
The Seven Firearms Safety Rules
Rule 1: Treat every firearm as loaded
Rule 2: Always point firearms in a safe direction
Rule 3: Load a firearm only when ready to fire
Rule 4: Identify your target beyond all doubt
Rule 5: Check your firing zone
Rule 6: Store firearms and ammunition safely
Rule 7: Avoid both alcohol and drugs when handling firearms
It’s a common complaint that there are too many rabbits around Waikawa Beach. They damage gardens, dig holes in the grass and also chomp their way through spinifex and pīngao on the dunes.
Some local farmers shoot the rabbits on their own properties.
Earlier in March though a member of the local community contacted us with a concern about a practice called spotlighting where people drive around in a vehicle equipped with a spotlight and then shoot rabbits from the vehicle.
One Saturday night at around 11.30 our correspondent saw:
…a truck/ute with men standing on the back and the spotlight on the roof. They were parked…
There was some alarm at the possibility of folks driving around at night on the roads of Waikawa Beach shooting at spotlit animal targets. The chance of stray bullets harming pets or people or property is quite a worry.
Note: if you have the permission of the landowner you can ‘spotlight’ on private property.
We contacted Firearms Licensing, Central District HQ to get an official response on this topic. They referred us to the Arms Code 2013 (2 MB PDF), and also responded:
FYI House on Duncan St broken into [13 March 2021] — rock through a window. Cupboards rifled but nothing stolen as nothing worth stealing (not even the vintage board games). More nuisance than anything but wanted people to be aware.
Also, on 22 February 2021:
Hi everyone, We have just moved into Arthur St and meet all the neighbours. What a lovely bunch of folks thanks for the welcome.
Much to my horror my Fairy lights were stolen off the front deck . If anyone has any issues with Fairy Lights please come and ask, no need to steal them they are one of my most treasured Taonga,they bring a smile to my face .