Raniera Tau has appeared in the Invercargill District Court this morning charged with unlawful possession of kererū and another charge of hunting kererū.
Te Kāea reporter Harata Brown was in court and says he had with him a support group of around 4 Kaumatua and Kuia.
Mr Tau pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of kererū, however he has pled not guilty to hunting or killing protected wildlife.
The case will again be heard before the Invercargill District Court on the 28th of September for a review hearing.
Harata Brown will have more developments throughout the day, tune in to Te Kāea tonight at 5:30 for all the details.