Tattoos easy solution to dog registration problem

Thursday February 08, 2018 Published in Smoke Signals

The police keep banging on about how every dog must be registered or they will be shot.

But that is apparently not the issue because they don’t even check if the dog is registered. The problem with dog registration is not the registration itself; it’s the tags that come with registration. There must be hundreds of dogs on the island with tags that don’t belong to them, whose owners have not registered them but simply taken another registered dog’s tag for themselves. These dogs are still alive because all the police do to identify a “registered” dog is look for a tag. I blame the government for not allocating more funding to the police to do their jobs better. There needs to be a better ID option than tags on this island haven of crime. The vets tattooed dogs once they’d been de-sexed – if in fact the law requires a dog be registered only once, can’t we get rid of useless and outdated tags and use tattoos instead? Make it a requirement that registration and de-sexing go hand in hand by having them done at the same time.


An interesting story in the NZ Herald this week says a major study of the tourism industry in New Zealand shows businesses are confident the boom will continue, but remain worried about infrastructure gaps and a shortage of Kiwis to work in the sector. Mmm… sounds remarkably similar to the situation in another country I know of in the South Pacific. Except there, the “infrastructure gaps” are great gaping holes (like the ones in our roads), and there’s a shortage of local people wanting to work split shifts and earn the minimum wage.


The prize this week goes to the driver of a rental car who pulled out on to the road in front of a motorcyclist at Nikao, almost knocking the rider off his bike. The car then proceeded up the road at a snail’s pace with the right indicator flashing, all the way into town. A close second for the award is the tall local gent riding a large and very noisy trail bike, who seems intent on establishing a new land speed record for Rarotonga, as well as dicing with teeth by overtaking other vehicles on blind corners.


What’s going on, Bluesky? First we have messages turning up a day or even two days after they were sent, causing confusion and problems for those of us trying to do business by phone. Then yesterday, what do we get? Two messages asking mobile phone users to enter a competition to help Christmas Box, and win a new car. It’s a good cause and all that, but Christmas was more than a month ago. And our communications system is so messy that a subscriber reports receiving an urgent message a day and a half after it was sent. In this day and age, it’s simply not good enough.


With the police allegedly still cracking down on traffic misdemeanours, it might be a good time for them to put up some decent speed limit signs around the island. Ask a visitor what the speed limit is through town or at Nikao and there’s a very high chance they won’t be able to tell you. That’s because the signs are not very visible – and in some cases, they’re extremely hard to read.


New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern is apparently visiting our shores. If previous prime ministerial visits are any indication, this could be good news for our roads. When Helen Clark visited way back when, portions of the main road were adorned with “cats’ eyes” – the shiny things that help show where the centre line is at night. Of course they all washed away pretty smartly and only a few remain to remind us of those heady times. And of course the centre line is now almost impossible detect on some portions of the main road at night. Last year Bill English also visited and ICI got to work with the white paint, prettying up kerbsides etc. Only trouble is, they left it until he actually arrived.


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