Not everyone's unhappy with the Far North District Council's proposed new dog rules.
Paihia conservationist and dog owner Brad Windust said the draft bylaw would still allow people to walk their dogs on a leash on most beaches, and areas had been set aside for off-lead exercise.
"We need a win-win. We need to protect wildlife, and people need areas to enjoy with their dogs. People don't realise that New Zealand is the seabird capital of the world, but 90 per cent of them are threatened. We're really lucky to have little blue penguins and dotterels, but dogs are constantly harassing birds along our beaches."