Tau pleads guilty to two charges, faces new charge

By Te Ao Māori News

Ngāpuhi leader Raniera (Sonny) Tau has pleaded guilty to hunting a protected bird.  Tau earlier admitted to possession of five kereru. 

He was convicted on both charges in the Auckland District Court today.  Tau is now facing a new charge of conspiring to pervert the course of justice.

He has entered no plea to that charge. 

In June, Tau was found with a number of dead kereru.  He apologised to Ngāi Tahu in August after travelling to Invercargill with a group of supporters. 

The maximum penalty for taking a protected species is a fine of up to $100,000.