Kea behaviour can be destructive and annoying. However, unlike other countries, conflict with our wildlife is not life-threatening to people. It can however be life-threatening for kea. Every year a number of kea are found shot, intentionally injured or poisoned as a result of conflict situations. Additionally, a number of kea are relocated each year to areas away from people due to threats of destruction by members of the public. Relocation is a last resort considered in exceptional circumstances only when all other options are exhausted.
It is important to remember that many communities throughout the South Island DO live CONFLICT-FREE with kea. It can be done and is generally only a matter of making a few changes in the way that you live and/or protect your property.