Church minister fined for crayfishing offence

A church minister is one of two Gisborne men fined more than $10,000 for crayfishing offences.

Methodist minister Sunia Ha’unga was fined $4500 after admitting possession of excess crayfish and breaching the Fisheries Act.

The 66-year-old had 130 crayfish – more than 21 times the daily limit – ready to distribute to family members in Auckland.

Aaron Andrew McKay, 39, was fined $6000 after he pleaded guilty in the Gisborne District Court to selling 35 crayfish and being in possession of crayfish for sale.

The vehicles and equipment used to commit the offences were forfeited to the Crown.

Ministry for Primary Industries spokesperson Adam Plumstead said the law was clear and there was no excuse for this sort of offending.

McKay was ordered to pay $3000 to have his car released.