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To: Rodney Local Board

Stop the Warkworth Rodeo

Stop the Warkworth Rodeo

We, the undersigned, urge you to ban the Warkworth Rodeo and other rodeo events on council land, parks and reserves under the management of your local board.

Why is this important?

The Rodney Local Board is now the only local board in Auckland which continues to host rodeo on land under their management. The Warkworth Rodeo occurs every New Years Day at Warkworth Showgrounds. This is a decision made by the local board.

Each year the controversy and public debate heightens around rodeo and its inherent animal welfare issues. Modern perspectives on the treatment of animals is causing rodeo's social license to wear thin.

A 2018 report by the New Zealand Animal Law Association found rodeo to be illegal in New Zealand.

Green Party MP Gareth Hughes has tabled a private members bill that will amend the Animal Welfare Act to outlaw the rodeo activities that cause the most pain and distress to animals - specifically calf roping, steer wrestling and the use of flank straps.

Every year since 2016, large protests have been held outside the Warkworth Showgrounds during the Warkworth Rodeo event.

Over the 2018/19 rodeo season, three horses and one bull lost their lives in New Zealand rodeo arenas.

Rodeo stands out in our country amongst events using animals, as being the only practice where animals are intentionally goaded and harassed to show behaviours they would normally only display under extreme stress.

It has already been banned in parts of Europe, Australia, Brazil, Canada and the U.S, and there is a partial ban in the U.K.

Animal abuse in the guise of entertainment is no longer acceptable in modern society. There is no place for rodeo in New Zealand.


NZALA Press Release; “Rodeo is Illegal”

Green Party of New Zealand Aotearoa: Let's outlaw the worst rodeo practices

Political Roundup: Should rodeos be banned in New Zealand? by Bryce Edwards

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How it will be delivered

Our petition will be delivered to the Rodney Local Board early 2020.

Auckland, New Zealand

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Reasons for signing

  • Makes me ashamed to be a human being seeing this inhumane and I’ll treatment of innocent animals. These people are a disgrace to the human race. Disgusting.
  • Torturing animals is no sign of menhood or following old traditions. We should know better by now: animals have the same rights as human kind as they are living, breathing and sensitive creatures.
  • Unacceptable to mistreat any animal in this manner.


2019-10-14 15:02:33 +1300

1,000 signatures reached

2019-09-05 14:28:55 +1200

500 signatures reached

2019-07-29 20:27:10 +1200

100 signatures reached

2019-07-29 18:11:12 +1200

50 signatures reached

2019-07-29 16:35:33 +1200

25 signatures reached

2019-07-29 15:49:25 +1200

10 signatures reached