The ratbag green protestor who climbed up someone else’s tree can’t get a NZ Passport because of his conviction that resulted from his trespassing and invasion of private property.
The Australian-born protector of a West Auckland kauri tree has been denied a New Zealand passport.
Michael Tavares, 34, spent 81 hours up the kauri in 2015 to prevent it being chopped down by housing developers.
His actions sparked a protest, and 27,000 people signed a petition to save the centuries-old native tree.
But they also brought about a trespass conviction – the reason the Department of Internal Affairs blocked his bid for citizenship.