Bees, Pigs & Chooks

Bee Keeping

No person shall keep bees if, in the opinion of an authorised officer, the keeping of bees is (or is likely to become) a nuisance or annoyance to any person, or potentially dangerous or injurious to health.

An authorised officer may prescribe conditions relating to the location and number of hives able to be kept on any premises or place within an urban area of the district.

Download the Tararua District bylaw for The Keeping of Animals, Poultry and Bees (71KB pdf)

Pig Keeping

No pigs shall be kept in any area that has a predominantly urban character under the District Plan prepared by the Council.

Additional Information

Feeding of meat and food waste containing meat to pigs can risk establishing and spreading animal diseases such as foot and mouth and classic swine fever. The Biosecurity (Meat and Food Waste for Pigs) Regulations 2005 were developed to help reduce that risk.

What can you do?

If you keep a pig/s you can help by only collecting:

  • food waste that DOES NOT contain meat;
  • leftover bread and bakery goods that DO NOT contain meat;
  • fruit and vegetable trimmings and peelings;
  • deteriorated fruit and vegetables;
  • dairy products e.g. cheese or milk;
  • eggs and egg products.

Food waste that has come into contact with meat (cooked or uncooked) CANNOT be used as pig feed unless it has been heated to 100°C for one hour.

If you collect food waste from retailers to be fed to your pigs, and there is meat in it, let the food operator know.

You can find more information on the meat and food waste regulations at or email your query to

Download the Tararua District bylaw for The Keeping of Animals, Poultry and Bees (71KB pdf)

Keeping Chickens and Poultry

Poultry includes geese, ducks, pigeons, turkeys, peacocks and domestic fowls of all descriptions, age and gender. Poultry may be kept in a Tararua District residential zone without permission providing it is kept in accordance with the following conditions:

  • No poultry caged or otherwise (which shall include geese, ducks, pigeons, turkeys, and domestic fowls of all descriptions) shall be kept in a predominantly urban area except in a properly constructed poultry house covered in with a rainproof roof and provided with a floor of concrete or other approved material with a surrounding nib wall, to which a poultry run may be attached.
  • No poultry house or poultry run shall be erected or maintained, so that any part of it is within 10m from any dwelling, factory, or any other building, whether wholly or partially occupied, or within 2m of the boundary of adjoining premises.
  • Every poultry run shall be enclosed to confine the poultry.
  • Every poultry house and poultry run shall be maintained in good repair, in a clean condition free from any offensive smell or overflow and free from vermin.

Noise from animal, bird, or fowl

No person shall keep on any premises any noisy animal, bird, or poultry which causes a nuisance to residents in the neighbourhood.

Written council approval is required to keep poultry outside the conditions above.

Download the Tararua District bylaw for The Keeping of Animals, Poultry and Bees (71KB pdf)

Roosters (additional information)

The rooster is often portrayed as crowing at the break of dawn ("cock-a-doodle-doo") and will almost always start crowing before 4 months of age. He can often be seen sitting on fence posts or other objects, where he crows to proclaim his territory. However, this idea is more romantic than real, as a rooster can and will crow at any time of the day.

Some roosters are especially vociferous, crowing almost constantly, while others only crow a few times a day. These differences are dependent both upon the rooster's breed and individual personality. He has several other calls as well, and can cluck, similar to the hen. Roosters will occasionally make a patterned series of clucks to attract hens to a source of food, the same way a mother hen does for her chicks.

Because of this crowing, (which can be excessively noisy), Council has a bylaw in place banning the keeping of roosters in all residential areas. If you have one and were unaware of this bylaw the best thing you can do is rehome your rooster in a rural area. If there is a rooster near you in a residential area that is giving you sleepless nights, our environmental health officer can help by contacting the owner. We do recommend you talk with your neighbour first if possible as it may simply be a matter of misunderstanding.

Download the Tararua District bylaw for The Keeping of Animals, Poultry and Bees (71KB pdf)