Sonny Tau due for sentencing

By Heeni Brown

Sonny Tau is expected to be sentenced on charges relating to the possession of protected Kukupa.

In May Raniera Sonny Tau pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice after he admitted he lied about whether he had shot five protected wood pigeons.

Before the controversial case Tau was at the helm of Te Rūnanga Ā Iwi o Ngāpuhi and the iwi treaty settlement entity Tūhoronuku. He was also a director for the Māori Fisheries Office.

Tau could face three months of community detention, 100 hours of community service and a $25,000 fine.

He is due for sentencing in the Invercargil District Court this afternoon.