A "youth gang" of the feathered variety has been wreaking havoc in Haast - damaging property and garden equipment and even the local police vehicle.

Sole-charge Haast policeman, constable Paul Gurney, said in his report to the South Westland newsletter Community Contact, the 'gang' - which had grown to six at last check - had taken up residence in the Haast township over the past few months.

"Damage has occurred to vehicles and property - particularly garden equipment and roof lines - even the police 4x4 was attacked recently, resulting in an expensive trip to the electrician," Mr Gurney said.

"Police surveillance has ascertained the gang name to be nestor notabilis - (also known as) kea."

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After discussions with the Department of Conservation, he established that the troublemakers would be leaving Haast shortly, under their own steam.

"Any major damaged caused by the 'gang' should be reported to people's insurance companies - not the police," Mr Gurney said.

- Greymouth Star