A film location scout criticised for damaging a high country wetland in the Nevis Valley area while filming a 4WD advertisement admits he made a mistake, but says he had no idea the bog was a "fragile" ecosystem.
The ecosystem had a diverse native plant community and was also home to distinctive wetland invertebrates.
Graham Thompson (the film scout) said many 4WD vehicles and several motorcyclists went through that piece of land while he was there.
"I consider myself a conservator and I would never in a million years have gone in there had I known it was a valuable conservation area."
"It's not like it was a pristine, amazing area. There were sets of tyre tracks all through it."What is pristine? Our ideas of natures beauty are framed by all of the media images we get and we need to adjust that view and look at all areas - for their inherent beauty. This is not a blame issue - we just have to open our eyes.