Duo charged over Urewera offences

Two Murupara men have appeared in the Rotorua District Court charged with interfering with the natural features of Te Urewera National Park and erecting a building in the park without authority.

John Victor Martin Hildrick, 55, possum trapper, and Steven Horace Malaquin, 58, driver, appeared in court yesterday. They did not enter pleas to a charge each of erecting a building in Te Urewera National Park without authority from the Minister of Conservation and a charge each of interfering with the natural features of the park.

Hildrick has not entered a plea to two charges of taking a 4WD into a part of the park that is not a camping site, formed carpark or road.

Malaquin has not entered a plea to one charge of taking a bulldozer into a part of the park that is not a camping site or a formed carpark or road. The offences are alleged to have been committed between December 1 last year and March 28 this year.

Judge James Weir remanded the pair to appear in court on March 4 so they can complete the diversion scheme.

- By Abigail Hartevelt of The Daily Post

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