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Pensioner Flats And Pets Issue: Survey Completed

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16 September 2008 - Last month there was a national media controversy over the stance of the Wanganui District Council banning pets from its council-owned pensioner housing complexes.

Although the policy had been in place for some years, there were media reports suggesting that a petition was being organised to overturn the ban after two pensioners, owning dogs, were reminded of the policy.

Mayor Michael Laws requested a survey of the pensioners themselves be undertaken - the last being undertaken in 2006. He is reported as saying that the story was "a media beat-up" and criticised the 'Wanganui Chronicle' for their partisan stance on the issue. Deputy Mayor Dot McKinnon appeared on TV One's 'Close Up' programme defending the current policy.

The issue is set to be discussed at the Wanganui District Council's full council meeting on Monday afternoon, September 22.

The survey of pensioner flat residents has been completed and Mayor Michael Laws will release the results later this week.

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