Even Keas hate gay solar energy

Keas hate green energy projects too.

A band of seven kea have been kicked out of a Christian campground in Kaiteriteri for continuing bad behaviour.

Four kea from a mob of seven were caught with net guns on Thursday and shifted to the Rainbow ski field area in Nelson Lakes.

Last month a group of six kea causing chaos in the beach settlement were shifted to Canaan Downs.

Department of Conservation kea expert and Kea Conservation Trust worker Corey Mosen said the birds usually dispersed on their own, but the campground was “too entertaining” to ignore.

He thought their home territory was located in native bush slightly uphill from the motor camp.

“They were just coming into the campground and chewing on anything that got left outside.

“They were upsetting everyone.” 

What were they chewing on.

Bethany Park office manager Sue Armstrong said the kea were beautiful birds, but their destructive side was “very unnecessary”. They had been causing a nuisance at the campsite for about a month.

“It’s just that they’ve been dancing around on people’s roofs and some of them have got solar panels, and they go underneath the vans and there’s hoses and things down there that can be damaged.”


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  • Blue Tim

    They’re true South Islanders!

  • thor42

    “…shifted to the Rainbow ski field…”

    Great! I went skiing there quite a few years ago and I just *loved* watching the keas there getting up to mischief, chewing on windscreen-wipers and so on.

    They’re hilarious to watch.

    Oh well… so much for “turning the other cheek”… :)

    • Blue Tim

      By shifting to Rainbow, they’ll be able to fly down to the camping ground at Lake Rotoiti and cause havoc there for DoC and campers

  • Patrick

    Four kea from a mob of seven were caught with net guns

    Who supplied the Keas with net guns? There ought to be an inquiry. Bloody Keas roaming the country armed with net guns.

    • Steve (North Shore)

      Supplied by Forest and Bird no doubt

  • Col

    Hunted years ago for picking the backs of sheep, looks like they have no hope now the Christians have had it with them, and it’s not even Easter.
    A wonderful beautiful parrot.

  • MarcWills

    You might change your mind if it was your car that had windscreen, window, and windscreen wiper rubber shredded at Arthurs Pass in just 15 minutes. Wonderful and beautiful they ain’t.

    Edit for grammar

  • LesleyNZ

    Well that will learn them! Cheeky things.

  • andrew carrot

    This is a real conundrum for Farrar: does he support his native birds or the alternative energy establishment?

  • Andy

    It is simple really, bird getting revenge on the mother of renewable energy, the Blessed Birdchoppers.