Iwi leader Sonny Tau has been charged after being caught at Invercargill airport carrying dead kereru
Weeks later, Mr Plod catches up with the esteemed Mr Tau, purveyor of the finest wood pigeon to be had in the Land of the Long White Cloud for allegedy having five birds on his person. Only trouble such birds are totally protected in New Zealand.
a mistake, which I deeply regret
No doubt only regrettable when caught and a charge is in the offing.
a fully protected species and cannot be taken or held without authorisation under the Wildlife Act
The beak will already be soaking a bus ticket in tea whilst listening out for mitigating circumstance.
Others looking for a lynching would suggest "Bring the guilty bastard in" going by the tone of most commentary on social media.
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