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
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
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