Man convicted over voicemails to Hipkins

A Southland possum trapper unhappy with the Government’s Covid-19 response ended up in court after leaving several abusive messages for minister Chris Hipkins.

Wayne Andrew McIvor (53) pleaded guilty to two charges of misusing a telephone when he appeared in the Invercargill District Court yesterday.

Between August 15 and 23 this year, McIvor made several phone calls to the Covid-19 Response Minister’s Remutaka electoral office, leaving four messages.

The summary of facts stated the general theme of the messages to Mr Hipkins was McIvor’s opposition to the Government’s response to the pandemic.

McIvor sounded aggressive and abusive, cursing and swearing, it said.

He also made 32 calls to emergency services and the police, leaving messages on the same theme and tone.

McIvor, who waived his right to have a lawyer, told Judge Catriona Doyle he was frustrated with the lack of response from police and the Government.

Police did not investigate his concerns and instead seized his firearms licence.

McIvor told the judge he could not trust the police any more, and was disappointed that he had to approach the Government several times, with no reply.

‘‘This has been going on and on and I’m sick of it ... I reacted in a way that, yeah, probably shouldn’t and here I am now.’’

Judge Doyle said his explanations were no excuse for his behaviour, and that he had legitimate ways to address his concerns with police and the Government.

She convicted McIvor and placed him on a six-month good behaviour bond.


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