News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search


Parrots’ Eggs At Airport Leads To Court Appearance

31 May 2001

Discovery Of Parrots’ Eggs At Airport Leads To Court Appearance

A New Zealand woman will tomorrow appear in court on three charges relating to an alleged attempt to smuggle endangered birds’ eggs into the country.

The woman was found to be carrying 26 eggs when she was intercepted and searched by Customs and MAF officers at Auckland International Airport on March 15, following her arrival from Bangkok.

She is facing two charges under the Biosecurity Act 1993 and a further charge under the Trade in Endangered Species Act 1989.

The charges follow investigations by the Wildlife Enforcement Group, which is a joint operation of the New Zealand Customs Service, the Department of Conservation and the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.

The charge of knowingly attempting to possess unauthorised goods under the Biosecurity Act carries a maximum penalty of up to five years imprisonment and a fine of up to $100,000.

The charge of knowingly making a false declaration under the Biosecurity Act carries a maximum penalty of up to 12 months imprisonment and a fine of up to $50,000.

The charge of trading in a threatened species carries a maximum penalty of up to three years imprisonment and a fine of up to $60,000.

The 26 eggs at the centre of the case did not hatch, but an examination by experts has shown them to be parrots’ eggs. All species of parrot are listed as endangered species under the legislation.

The woman is due to appear in the Manukau District Court tomorrow (Friday June 1).


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


City Of 100 Lovers: Multi-Million Dollar NZ Theatre Production To Launch

Produced in New Zealand, the $8Million budget, musical comedy, City of 100 Lovers, has been created for locals and tourists alike. More>>

Indycars: Dixon Wins Fifth US Championship

The New Zealand motor racing driver Scott Dixon has won the US Indycar championship for the fifth time. Dixon finished second in the final race of the season in Sonoma in California. More>>


Howard Davis Review: The Outsider Art of Tony Fomison

Among such gifted contemporaries as Bill Hammond, Tony de la Tour, and printmaker Jason Grieg, Fomison distinguished himself as highly idiosyncratic, and could have become wealthy, had not his demons prevented him from investing his income wisely. In his near monochrome oil painting on black hessian, he staked out a territory of morbid originality. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Immortal Love

The series has a wild-west tone with a steampunk vibe, so if you’re a fan of Joss Whedon’s Firefly or Joe Abercrombie’s Shattered Sea, then chances are you’ll enjoy this book. More>>

Howard Davis Review: The Trappings of Success - McQueen

This troubling documentary about the extraordinary life and untimely death of British fashion designer Alexander McQueen (1969 - 2010) is a cautionary tale of an extremely gifted, but self-destructive soul caught up in a business that chews up and spits out its creative talent. More>>

Anne Russell: On Nanette, And The Limitations Of Stories

Since many detractors fault Gadsby or other women for talking about their trauma publicly, Gadsby’s most ardent fans mistakenly perceive virtually any criticism of Nanette as misogynist. More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland