The Donkey & Mule Society of NZ (Inc.)

International Day of The Donkey October, 2007

Northland - Sunday 7

Anne and Nigel Roberts with their donkeys with donkey hoof care specialist Gary Petersen who gave an informative demonstration of hoof trimming and care with information about the sort of cutters to use.
Over 20 donkey owners were present and Anne and Nigel provided a barbeque lunch for everyone in return fo a donation for the Donkey and Mule Protection Trust, raising $167.50. Photo Neil Cook

Waikato- Sunday 7

above Tanika vanDijk (4 years) having a chat with Awapuni First Lady a two year old Mammoth jenny.

left Anouk vanDijk (4 years) hugging a one week old Mammoth foal, Awapuni Kiwi Roast.

Awapuni Donkey Stud's Open Day raised $2420 for the Waikato Hospice building fund. See their members' web page here Photos Anke van Dijk

Christchurch Cathedral October 7

Arthur Salkeld holding Monty, Margaret Salkeld with Kaleidoscope and Jan Wright with Cockleshell, both nine months old; in front of the altar during a service to commemorate St Francis of Assisi and his sermon to the birds.

Rotorua Donkey Group - October 6

IDD was held on the Village Green and in spite of a cold wind Elton Moore did a great job giving donkey rides in his cart and other donkeys gave rides. A White Elephant stall sold goods. $70 was raised for the Protection Trust.


left Cameron Ennis riding Pippo owned and led by Cynthia Sim of Ashburton. In the background is Wendy Greenwood from Oamaru with her donkey El Burro Fern.

With strong Nor-west winds the rides on the sand at Caroline Bay were cancelled early on the morning of October 7. However, a belated day was celebrated on November 25 to coincide with Timaru's Rose Festival which is held at the Bay. Unfortunately another Westerly wind started up and blew sand into eyes and the Gazebo, which Glenice Tindall and Bruce Clark kindly set up, had to be dismantled. Not a good turn out of children for the beautifully groomed donkeys brought from Ashburton and Oamaru. Rides were at $2 and $38 dollars were made but a donation a few days later from South Canterbury Finance of $20 brought the total to $58. Photos were taken of children on donkeys and later e-mailed out or sent to photo printers for collection. Photo Lea Hullett