Current operations - Hamilton West parks (January - March 2020)
|Hamilton Lake Domain*|
|Pukete Farm Park*|
|Te Anau Park|
|Waiwhakareke Heritage Park|
* Large parks including dog exercise areas or playgrounds. Pest control will be undertaken in the margins of these parks, however it will be well away from off-lead exercise areas and playgrounds.
We also have current pest management operations at the Yacht club/Inns common for rabbits. These have clear signage and are fenced off.
AJ Seeley Reserve
|AJ Seeley Reserve|
|Bremworth Park||Chelmsford Park*||Chelmsford Park*|
|Fairfield Esplanade||Donny Park*||Donny Park* |
|Featherstone Park||Hammond Park*||Edgecumber Park|
|Ferry Bank||Hillary Park*|
|Hamilton Parade*||Hilcrest Park*||Featherstone Park|
|Jubilee Park||Hamilton Lake Domain*|
|Hayes Paddock*||Mangaiti Park|
|Kirikiriroa Reserve||Onukutara Park||Hilcrest Park*|
|Matakanohi Reserve||Ranfurly Park*||Jubilee Park|
|Memorial Park||Tauhara Park*||Mangaiti Park|
|Miropiko Reserve||Te Awa O Katapaki Esplanade*||Matakanohi Reserve|
|Munro's Walkway||Miropiko Reserve|
New Memorial Park
|Pine Beach||Onukutara Park|
|Swarbricks Landing||Pukete Farm Park*|
|Sylvester Esplanade||Ranfurly Park*|
|Te Hikuwai Reserve||Tauhara Park*|
|Queenwood Esplanade||Te Anu Park|
Te Awa o Katapaki Esplanade*
|Waiwhakareke Heritage Park|
Pigeon control operations
Feral pigeons are an ongoing problem at Hamilton Lake Domain, where the birds roost in the large Phoenix palm trees which line the eastern side of Lake Rotoroa.
The pigeons' faeces are a particular problem, soiling footpaths and other park assets and creating a hygiene risk for park users.
If we didn't control the feral pigeon population, we would have a very large population of the birds doing more damage to our assets. We also have an obligation under Regional Pest Management Strategy to control pest animal species such as pigeons.
We contract an experienced pest control company to do this work for us. The company employs experienced professional marksmen who cull the birds using high-powered air-rifles.
When these operations are underway at night, we close the park to the public and have staff on-site, and part of our process is an immediate site clean-up pre-dawn.
Before any pigeon control operation, we notify neighbouring residents via letter drop, and we also place signage in the park in the days immediately before so we can alert park users.
The pigeon control operations are scheduled for two weeks, but the work will only occur on two-three of those nights – and is weather dependent.
Pest control operations – Wasps
Between January and April 2017, the Council's pest control contractor will undertake isolated control of wasp nests confirmed on our parks and reserves with the use of Vespex.
Vespex is a protein-based poison containing Fipronil which wasps feed on and transfer back to their nest. The poison is distributed throughout the colony which quickly destroys the nest. Bees are not attracted to Vespex and it is considered low risk to birds, people and pets.
Vespex is placed in yellow bait stations attached to trees in inconspicuous locations. Signs will be erected in areas when Vespex is in use.
Pest control operations are permitted under The Reserves Act 1977 and are a fundamental part of the Council's park management.
If you would like more information, please contact Parks and Open Spaces 07 838 6622.