Face of the Day

Claws are out in a sleepy beach-side community after broadcaster Rachel Smalley’s bengal cats were accused of killing local birds.

The spat between Smalley and her Auckland neighbours played out on a local community Facebook page for the town of Piha, Waitākere Ranges.

Piha residents expressed concern over her two cats posing a threat to local wildlife.

Hands up those of you who are surprised Smalley is a crazy cat lady?  

A resident said she had chased the two cats out of her house and had been forced to move a bird feeder inside.

“These cats will kill hundreds of birds, lizards and insects in their lifetime and this saddens me greatly.”

Complaints also accused the cats of stalking free range chickens in the area, attacking other cats and roaming through several properties.

Smalley declined to comment for this story but responded to criticisms on Facebook.

The broadcaster said she bought the cats due to a rat problem that had caused damage to her roof.

“One of the reasons we have had such a rat issue at the top of the hill is because of the open composting and the prevalence of chickens.”

The cats mainly brought rats homes, as well as “the odd weta, two blackbirds and a couple of barbecue utensils. If you’ve lost a spatula off your Weber, let me know”.

Smalley said an issue like her cats could bring out the worst in Piha.

“I have introduced cats to the area, not Islamic terrorists armed with AK47s.”

Not Islamic terrorists with AK47s.

Talk about things escalating quickly.

Introducing cats into Piha would only be done by someone unaware of the social norms of the area.   And yup, she fits the bill.

That said, the owner/operators of The Wild, Cam Slater and Simon Lusk have offered to assist with the problem.  Lusk will even be an official measurer so they get a proper Morgan Score.


– Stuff

Do you want:

  • Ad-free access?
  • Access to our very popular daily crossword?
  • Access to daily sudoku?
  • Access to daily code cracker?
  • Access to Incite Politics magazine articles?
  • Access to podcasts?
  • Access to political polls?

Our subscribers’ financial support is the reason why we have been able to offer our latest service; Audio blogs. 

Click Here  to support us and watch the number of services grow.