A prominent Queenstown businessman has been found guilty in relation to the felling of more than 100 trees on Tasman District Council land, Radio New Zealand is reporting.
Radio NZ’s Midday Report says Michael John Davies was found guilty in the Environment Court in Nelson today (Friday) on one charge in relation to the felling.
The Arrowtowner had faced two charges under the Reserves Act and Resource Management Act, Radio NZ reports.
Davies, a director of local family firm Trojan Holdings – which has substantial tourism and property interests – had earlier denied approving an arborist to fell 110 trees on headland reserve and Queen’s Chain land near Davies’ Kaiteriteri bach.
Davies told Mountain Scene back in November: “We’re defending the charges, wait and see.”
At this stage, sentencing is on March 7.