Queenstown businessman gets $36,000 fine in tree-felling case

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A Wakatipu businessman found guilty in relation to the felling of 110 trees on scenic reserve has copped a $36,000 fine, stuff.co.nz reports.
 
Arrowtowner Mike John Davies was found guilty last month for his role in tree-felling on reserve by his Nelson Bays holiday home. 

Judge Brian Dwyer found Davies, a director of Queenstown-based tourism and property giant Trojan Holdings, guilty of employing an arborist who cut down the 110 trees next to his home on reserve managed by Tasman District Council. 

Stuff.co.nz reports Judge Dwyer fined Davies $36,000 plus legal and court costs, saying the sheer number of trees removed and size of the area involved took the offending out of the minor or trivial category. 

Arborist Simon Carney, who has already pleaded guilty to contravening the Resource Management Act, has had his case adjourned till June. 

Landscaper Christopher Donald has also pleaded guilty to cutting down trees under the Reserves Act and has been discharged without conviction.