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Takahe Investigation Closed

Takahe Investigation Closed

The New Zealand Deerstalkers’ Association (NZDA) is relieved the investigation into the accidental killing of takahe on Motutapu Island has been completed.

“People who took part in the cull managed by the Department of Conservation were volunteers with every intention of removing pukeko predating on takahe nests,” said National President Bill O’Leary.

“In the event four takahe were shot among more than 600 pukeko in what were clearly unintentional mistakes made by two members of the shooting party who failed to correctly identify their target.

“Positively identifying your target is a fundamental rule for hunters and all safety messaging hammers that,” said Mr O’Leary. “The Association is distressed that in this instance the rule was broken.”

He said that the NZDA was satisfied that the investigation carried out by the department was professional and thorough and he does not believe that the relationship between the two organisations has suffered.

“The NZDA has worked with DOCon a number of animal and bird management operations throughout New Zealand and expects that this will continue.”


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