Wood theft fines for reserve removal
Three men have been sentenced for stealing wood from a Rotorua reserve.
Michael Jerome Leo Nicholson, Jordan William Robert Hodge and Connor Joseph Rivers all pleaded guilty to a charge of removing wood from the Patetere Scenic Reserve in Mamaku at Rotorua District Court on Monday.
Rivers and Hodge also admitted providing a false name and address when questioned by a Department of Conservation (DOC) Ranger.
Rivers was sentenced to 100 hours community work and two months disqualification from driving a motor vehicle. Hodge was fined $1250 on the same charges.
On the charge of removing wood from Patetere Scenic Reserve Nicholson was ordered to come up for sentence if called upon within nine months, and two months disqualification from driving a motor vehicle
In a separate incident Steven Peters, a 42 year-old paper maker of Kawerau was convicted and fined $1250 for removing wood from Lake Rotoma Scenic Reserve. This reserve is an ecologically important corridor and buffer to northern Lake Rotoma
In both cases DOC Rangers seized the chainsaws used by the offenders along with the stolen wood which was loaded onto the offenders’ utes.
The maximum penalty is imprisonment or a fine of up to $100,000.