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Naenae Wheki tree thief potted in Wainuiomata

A 49-year-old man appeared in court on Tuesday in relation to the theft of 12 Wheki trees from Naenae’s Waiwhetu Stream in July.

Photo by Bernard Spragg

Following information from the public, ten trees were located at a property in Wainuiomata late last month, along with a large quantity of cannabis.

The man was charged with possession of cannabis for supply, cultivating cannabis, possession of equipment for the production or cultivation of cannabis, theft and diversion of electricity. He appeared in the Lower Hutt District Court on 4 September.

The Wheki trees will be returned to Naenae Nature Trust.

Police would like to thank the public and the Trust for their assistance with this investigation.