kereru

You kill a Maori kid, you get off free, kill a few wood pigeons however…

Sonny Tau will be wishing he had bashed a couple of twins to death and everyone stayed silent…instead he is facing serious fines, possible jail and additional charges in the aftermath of his pigeon killing expedition.

Northland iwi leader Sonny Tau has now admitted hunting protected native birds and faces a new and more serious charge of attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Tau, 61, had earlier admitted having five dead kereru, or wood pigeon, but denied killing or hunting them.

However, he changed his plea on the latter charge when he appeared in Auckland District Court on this afternoon.

Police have also laid a new charge, conspiring to pervert the course of justice.

He has entered no plea to that, his lawyer John Munro confirmed to NZ Newswire.   Read more »

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Surely this isn’t really necessary?

I hate possums, I really do, I’ve shot literally thousands of them.

I remember one trip when I was around 18 to Matamata and we shot 500 in one night on a farm…with shotguns. The bruising was something to be believed. The next night we went out and shot 300 more.

So don’t get me wrong, I loathe possums, they aren’t meant to be here.

But I have to question the sanity of mass drops of 1080 poison when this happens.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.

NZ Favourite Grandmother accuses Maori of eating Kereru to extinction “just like the Moa”

Maggie Barry, NZ’s favourite grandmother, is getting stuck into Maori for tucking into delicious wood pigeon.

Birds like the native kereru shouldn’t be eaten to the brink of extinction like Maori ate moa, Conservation Minister Maggie Barry says.

Her comment follows a report late yesterday three government ministers – Amy Adams, Nathan Guy and Tariana Turia – were served the protected bird mixed with chicken at an iwi leaders’ hui in 2013.

A spokesman for Maungarongo Marae near Ohakune, which apparently served the birds, said because the dead birds were given to them by the Department of Conservation (DOC), they thought it was fine to dish up.

However, DOC says birds, including kereru, which are found dead and given to them are sometimes transferred to local iwi for cultural use such as using the feathers or bones. It is not aware of any requests to eat them, and says if there were the department would oppose it on food safety grounds.

Ms Barry says the 2013 meal would have been served out of “wilful or deliberate ignorance”.

“It is not appropriate to eat threatened species fullstop.”

When asked why the flesh of the bird shouldn’t be eaten she replied: “When was the last time you ate road kill? Why would you? It’s not what you do.”

She hadn’t had any requests to change the law protecting kereru, in place since 1912, despite Maori still consuming them.

“Maori ate moa as well. We don’t want to eat birds to the brink of extinction that is not appropriate in this day and age.”

Ms Barry was “pretty certain” she’d never eaten the bird knowingly or not. She expected guests at the dinner would “not be served a protected species under the guise of a chicken dish”.

Ms Adams “had no idea” whether she ate the bird because the meal was two years ago.

“I’m not responsible for what they served, I have no idea what they served. If I had been advised it was kereru I wouldn’t have eaten it and to the best of my knowledge I haven’t eaten it,” she said today.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.

Oh, he’s sorry alright. Sorry he was caught

Sonny Tau, the Ngapuhi leader and pigeon-fancier is sorry…he was caught.

The Department of Conservation (DOC) has confirmed it is investigating allegations Mr Tau tried to smuggle the native wood pigeons from Invercargill to Northland.

He was reported to have been found with the birds under his jacket.

There are two species of native pigeon: the kererū, and the more threatened Chatham Islands pigeon – the parea.

Although the native pigeon was traditionally hunted for its meat and feathers, that is now illegal.

Kererū, or kukupa, are a protected species under the Wildlife Act 1953, DOC said.

It said the maximum penalty for being caught hunting the bird was a $100,000 fine and/or imprisonment of two years.

Mr Tau has released a statement admitting there was an incident on Tuesday last week in which he was questioned by a DOC officer about kererū in his possession.

“It is important to note that no charges over regulatory breaches have been laid at this point, therefore it is inappropriate for me to comment further on this matter,” he said.

“I wish to assure you I did, and will continue to, fully cooperate with any investigation. I also wish to say this was a mistake, which I deeply regret. The laws around native bird protection are important and to be respected by all, myself included.”

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.

Random Shit

I watched the news tonight and switched between Campbell Live and Close-up. I haven’t done that in ages and now I know why, TV is rubbish.

yummy WekaItem 1 on Close-up was about farming and eating our native fauna. 85% of txt pollers said “fuckin’ ‘A’ let’s tuck in”. The DOC wanker though doesn’t want a bar of it. Not a surprising from a career bureaucrat with a vest interest. The farmer/entrepeneur reckons if we farm our birds and the like, and I would include Whales in there too then they would actually increase in numbers and be removed from the endangered lists. He has a point. DOC isn’t working and they have no real reason to have it work because if all those species were no longer endangered they wouldn’t have anything to save. Weka and Kereru are supposed to be delicious. Kiwi is said to be bloody awful. I reckon we give it a go. Let’s have people permitted to grow and farm native fauna.

Taxi Driver ProtectionThere was a news item about a poor cab driver who got knifed by some scumbag. Now the cab drivers want the government to fix the problem by stumping up some cash for cameras and safety equipment. Well I have this to say about that. Fuck off. If they don’t care enough about their own safety to install it then why should the government. Fuck ’em. They are in business not bludgers with an entitlement mentality. unfortunately this is what 9 years of Clark-ism and 50 years of creeping socialism has given us. Small business owners, for that is what they are, putting their hand out for an entitlement to pay for their own safety. heres a thought, invest in your workplace/business. I can see it now though, if the government “fixes” the cab drivers problem, then we will have every bottle store owner in the country wanting a government handout for security cameras and grills, then dairy owners. Hell let’s just give up and hand everything over to the state. For god’s sake stand on your own two feet.

Pachauri caught in the back of a sheep, trousers down

Back to One News because as the title says this is Random Shit. We hear that the idiot Nick “Quota” Smith and his faithful puppy-dog John Key have got their way and are going to sign NZ up to Copenhagen. If they just pulled their heads out of their arses for just a moment they would realise that this con has been rumbled. Don’t they read the papers, the blogs or the news. Pachauri has been caught in the back of the proverbial sheep, trousers down. There are daily reports of new failings in the much vaunted IPCC AR4 which as it stands now is really a collection of fairy-tales interspersed with some nice scenery photographs. There are major errors in the “peer-reviewed by thousands of scientists” document. Most of the errors are because the IPCC accepted snipping from magazines, telephone conversations with mountaineers and just plain lies as the scientific consensus for Global Warming, and when caught shagging that proverbial sheep their reaction was to deny, slander, and lie. If there is one thing that is likely to make me goes biblical on National it is this issue.

As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.

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