Doggone it - What a Great Way to Celebrate a Coronation!

Published on July 11, 2023

Doggone it - What a Great Way to Celebrate a Coronation.
King Charles was not the only one who got to dress up elegantly on Coronation Day.

Not to be excluded from the pomp and ceremony, a parade of Cavalier King Charles spaniels sporting finery fit for a king gathered at Levin’s Kennedy Park in honour of King Charles’ and Queen Consort Camilla’s special day. 

Parade organiser and loving dog owner Penny Laine says, “It was delightful to see so many Cavalier King Charles spaniels from the lower North Island together to mark the historic day, and to have a good number of people come to see our beautiful dogs with their royal name. Being English myself, it felt it was important to do something special to mark the occasion.” 

Following the parade, the dog owners enjoyed a high tea. 

Across town, tea and scones were enjoyed at a special Community Volunteer Recognition event held at Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō to mark the coronation of King Charles III. 

Representatives of community volunteer organisations, including all seven volunteer fire stations throughout the district, the Friends of Library, Menz Shed and Shannon Kai Hub, were recognised and presented with an acknowledgement certificate. 

The event followed a Tree Planting ceremony at Thompson House Park, one of the many tree plantings which took place around the country. 

A plaque which read Māku te ra e tō ana; kei a koe te urunga ake o te rā (Let mine be the setting sun; yours is the dawning of a new day) was unveiled by Mayor Bernie and Mayoress Sharon Wanden as part of the ceremony. The tree will be seen as symbolic to inspire future leaders and young people. 

Dogs are our best friends, and we all want the best for them.

To protect your pooch from being lost and unable to find their way home, it is important to register them.

Registration information goes into a national register, which is used to identify and contact owners if a dog is found wandering, lost or stolen. The register also holds information about a dog’s history and where it has previously been registered.

Dog registration fees help us to promote dog welfare and keep our community safe from dog nuisance. They support us to investigate dog complaints, maintain our dog database and provide dog safety education for children and workgroups.

Dog renewal registrations for the Horowhenua district will open slightly later this year. Dog owners will be able to renew their dog registrations from 10am Thursday 6 July until Saturday 5 August 2023 before a 50% late fee penalty payment is applied. The change in date is due to the Annual Plan and LTPA process.

To learn more about dog registrations Animal Control and responsible dog ownership on the Dog Renewal Registration page