South Auckland goose gang removed
Sat, 02 Jun 2012 6:27p.m.
By Alex O'Hara
A gang is to be removed from the streets of South Auckland after complaints over its behaviour.
They have been stopping traffic and defecating in the street of Wattle Downs. Now the Auckland Council has finalised plans to move them for good.
The gang is a gaggle of 70 geese on a mission for food.
“This is the first time the population has grown so immensely in the last year or so,” says Sue Matete of the Wattle Downs Residents Association. “The problem is that they've run out of food and that has caused a few other issues with the geese as well.”
Other problems are the health and safety issues caused by their droppings, as well as their dangerous trips across the road.
The geese cross the road up to three times a day as they travel between Wattle Farm and the wetlands reserve. This often causes traffic to back up, with some motorists having to wait up to 20 minutes to let them cross.
But it is not just residents suffering. Many geese have developed deformities after eating too much white bread.
“It's called ‘angel wings’ and it's one of the things that happen to their wings,” says Ms Matete. “They just mature too quickly because they are overfed.”
The Auckland Council has decided to move the geese to a farm south of Auckland.
But some residents aren't happy.
“The residents around here have gotten used to it now, so I don’t' see why they need to be moved,” says resident Andrea Motion.
“It's not very fair,” says resident Samantha Waterworth. “I mean, this is a duck pond. What are we going to do with no ducks?”
But the Council says if nothing is done, the numbers in the gang will only increase, causing even more problems on the streets of South Auckland.
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5/06/2012 6:20:50 p.m.
Those geese are a horrible. I have been taking my daughter to the reserve for years to feed the ducks. The geese never used to be a problem, the population has grown way out of control. I have stopped going because of they way they behave. As soon as we pull up in the car they surround us and my girl gets scared who is only as tall as they are, we can't even get to the ducks anymore! Good on the council for sorting it out!
5/06/2012 4:03:08 p.m.
This story is offensive - once again the media tries to paint Auckland south as a gang infested place. Inflamatory headlines that aren't even factually correct.You should be ashamed of your pretencious closed minded selves. Lots of very nice people live here and we have to live down constant journalist bashing - gosh would that be a gang of thugs - hmm I think so.By the way it's a gaggle of geese - try to get that right!
4/06/2012 9:52:17 a.m.
I will be really sad to see these Geese go. My family enjoy their antics and they are a part of our local community. We are a wetlands area and birdlife is part of living in wattle downs, these geese add to the feel and specialness of what is Wattle Downs.
I think "20 Minutes" holding up traffic is hugely exaggerated. I encounter these geese most mornings on the way to work. They cross the road in orderly fashion , as one big group and seldom take more than a couple of minutes. They have NEVER held me up by 20 minutes. That's just untrue.
I wish there was some way we could keep the Wattle Downs Geese.
3/06/2012 11:13:41 p.m.
Maybe the council should be as concerned about removing other auckland gangs too, namely our two footed variety!
3/06/2012 3:58:22 p.m.
I have herd that saying before. They are going to be moved to a farm south of Auckland etc,Where exactly, farm in the sky, poultry meat farm/works. Some one needs to check that they are not needlessly butchered, as i suspect they will be.
3/06/2012 1:50:54 p.m.
Um, note to Samantha, a goose is not a duck......at least when I went to school.I remember when Wattle Downs was a dairy farm.
3/06/2012 10:53:41 a.m.
Wring there necks and give them to people for food. That was why they were there in the first place. If like the old days they were culled before xmas and eaten for xmas dinner it would solve two problems.
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