24 Jul 2012

No further action against boy who killed kea

11:16 pm on 24 July 2012

Department of Conservation official say they do not want charges laid against the Christchurch schoolboy who killed a kea, and he and his school have promised to help conserve the endangered bird.

The Chisnallwood Intermediate student deliberately threw a stone at the parrot while on a school trip to Porters skifield in Canterbury last week.

The boy apologised for what he did and handed over the bird to Department of Conservation staff in Christchurch on Tuesday. He promised to help DOC staff during Conservation Week in September.

Chisnallwood Intermediate has also agreed to initiate a school-wide project on kea as part of a conservation education programme.

DOC's Arthur's Pass field centre supervisor Chris Stewart says a valuable lesson has been learned and the department will not be taking the matter further.