Shooting kākā at Milford Sound
The Australian Navy was left red-faced when a complaint was received on 22 June 1912 regarding the shooting of two kākā at Milford Sound.
An officer on the Australian naval ship HMS Pioneer went ashore and shot the birds, an action that caused ructions at high levels both here and in Australia. An embarrassed Naval Commander in Chief Admiral G. King Hall wrote to the New Zealand Prime Minister explaining that the shooter didn’t realise the birds were protected. “I regret that the incident, which in this case was due to ignorance, should have taken place, and I have issued instructions to prevent similar cases occurring in the future,” he said.
Shown here is the first of two letters from Admiral King Hall, acknowledging the complaint about the shooting and promising to investigate the matter.
ACGO 8333 IA1/1210/ 1912/2054
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