Sonny Tau receives fine, community service and curfew over poached kererū

Sonny Tau receives fine, community service and curfew over poached kererū


Sonny Tau has
just been sentenced for charges relating to the hunting
and possession of kereru. For all the details, let’s cross to reporter Irena Smith
in our Auckland newsroom, Irena. Sonny Tau has been fined $24,500
for hunting and possessing kereru. For attempting to divert
the course of justice, he is under curfew and must serve 100 hours
community service. Tau was caught with five dead kereru by the Department of Conservation
staff at Invercargill Airport last June. He pleaded guilty to one charge
of possessing protected wildlife, but he lied about having shot them, his son-in-law taking the blame. They were then both charged for
perverting the course of justice. Sonny Tau was here in Auckland watching the court proceedings
in Invercargill via video link as it was where
the offence took place. Here’s what the judge had to say; Did Sonny Tau say anything? He was clearly sombre in court. His efforts in growing Maori trees
in Kaikohe was also noted, as were his efforts
in showing videos listing the status of the kereru
as endangered to his elders and community. Here’s his statement to the media
outside court in Auckland. My family and my people
have been put to shame, but I am relieved
that it’s all over. Now I plan to look
to the future of Ngapuhi. Tau stepped down from his leadership
roles such as Ngapuhi runanga chair pending the outcome of this case. It’s too early to say whether
he will return to these positions, but he’s certainly paid a price, not only financially,
but also in reputation. Thank you for the update, Irena.

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