Ngāpuhi leader Raniera (Sonny) Tau has pleaded guilty to hunting a protected bird. Tau earlier admitted to possession of five kereru.
He was convicted on both charges in the Auckland District Court today. Tau is now facing a new charge of conspiring to pervert the course of justice.
He has entered no plea to that charge.
In June, Tau was found with a number of dead kereru. He apologised to Ngāi Tahu in August after travelling to Invercargill with a group of supporters.
The maximum penalty for taking a protected species is a fine of up to $100,000.