top donate button

Man who nailed possum to tree to serve jail time

Thursday, 8 May 2014

In a case that SPCA New Zealand CEO Ric Odom described as “genuinely disturbing”, a Whangarei possum trapper who videoed himself torturing several possums to death was today sentenced to prison.

Joshua Godfrey Aidan Heka, 28, was convicted today in the Whangarei District Court on 10 counts of wilfully ill-treating an animal with the result that the animal died, plus two counts of possessing objectionable material. He was sentenced to 2 years and 4 months in prison.

On 1 January 2014, the Police were called to Heka’s address in Whangarei on an unrelated matter. While at the address, Police were advised of some disturbing videos on Heka’s iPod by another member of the household. The videos were taken between June 2013 and November 2013, and showed Heka mutilating and taunting a series of possums before decapitating them or bludgeoning them to death.

Continue Reading

Remember the animals on Guy Fawkes

Friday, 1 November, 2013

The SPCA is urging everyone to remember the animals during Guy Fawkes activities this year.

According to SPCA New Zealand CEO Ric Odom, “the loud noises and bright flashes are unfamiliar to animals and many will become highly stressed by them.”

“We would like to think that most pet owners are responsible and will keep their pets inside and safe at this time, but those without pets of their own – or who live close to where animals are being kept - also need to be aware of the stress their use of fireworks is likely to be causing in their neighbourhood.”

Continue Reading

New Chief Executive Officer appointed

Tuesday, 3 September, 2013

The Board is very pleased to announce Ric Odom has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of SPCA New Zealand.

Ric joins us from the Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT) in Auckland where he is part of the museum’s leadership team. Ric was an officer in the New Zealand Army for 20 years where he held a number of command, training and staff appointments including a period as an instructor at the Papua New Guinea Defence Academy and period leading a multi-national team of military observers in Former Yugoslavia. He left the Army to join the management team at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, initially as Collection Services Manager and then as General Manager, Museum Resources.

Continue Reading

SPCA National President Bob Kerridge steps down

Friday, 28 June, 2013

Bob Kerridge has decided it is time to step down from his role as National President of SPCA New Zealand to concentrate solely on his other position as Executive Director of SPCA Auckland.

Mr Kerridge says he accepted the leadership of SPCA New Zealand with a clear mandate to build a stronger regional structure to support the Centres within the organisation, to set national standards of "Best Practice" around animal care, and to establish effective governance through a revitalised National Support Office to deliver the expertise required by the charity.

"My job is done, my mandate completed, and accordingly I am stepping down from the role of National President," says Mr Kerridge. "I'm confident that the organisation now has a long-term strategic plan in place that will maintain and enhance the legacy I have created."

The move enables Mr Kerridge to refocus his attention on SPCA Auckland where for 26 years he was the CEO and now holds the title of Executive Director.

"My heart truly resides with the animals so I am looking forward to giving my undivided attention to caring for Auckland's many thousands of abused, neglected, and abandoned animals because at the end of the day that is what the SPCA is all about."

The SPCA's stance on the Psychoactive Substances Bill

Wednesday, 26 June, 2013

A message from Bob Kerridge:

"There has been much talk on the matter of animal testing for legal highs currently being considered by the Government in a Bill being rushed through Parliament, and much of this conversation has resulted in inaccurate conclusions.

I would like to make it very clear from the outset that neither I nor the SPCA has at any time departed from our staunch opposition to animal testing in any form, and certainly not for these vile and unnecessary substances. To assist you I am detailing the facts in this matter.

Continue Reading