Bullet hits Kapiti Home during Geese Cull

Kapiti Cull of Canada Geese goes wrong with stray bullet.
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Waikanae residents took cover on Saturday night when a stray bullet hit the side of their house.

The incident occurred around 10pm when contractors were out shooting Canada Geese at Otaraua Park on the south side of the Waikanae River.

The 15 minute cull left the family shaken as they had not been expecting the cull and certainly weren’t expecting bullets to hit their house – a bullet hole hit a ranch slider, shattering glass.

The Waikanae property was hit during the cull of Canada Geese organised by the Kāpiti Coast District Council.

The residents called police and the shooting was still happening when police arrived at the scene. Police have said the incident would be treated as a workplace accident.

Mike Mendonca, Kāpiti Coast District Council group manager place and space, confirmed the firearm incident and says it happened in a remote area of Otaraua Park while carrying out routine Canada geese population control.

“The population control operation was conducted by an experienced and qualified pest control contractor to reduce the number of geese, and while steps were taken to ensure public safety, a house was struck by a bullet during the operation.

“We are incredibly sorry for the distress this has caused to the occupants and are thankful that no one was hurt,” says Mr Mendonca.

He says Police were investigating, and the council has told the homeowners that there would be no further Canada geese population control operations.

Mr Mendonca says WorkSafe has been notified and the council is undertaking a full investigation.