A doctor who fired a high-powered crossbow near sleeping children while on a hunting trip has appeared in the Tauranga District Court.
Nigel Kim, 50, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to breaching a hunting permit in the Kaimai Mamaku forest in August last year.
He fired the crossbow at a possum while deer hunting with his son.
The arrow missed the target and lodged itself in a tree stump three metres from a tent in which children were sleeping.
When the arrow was found the next day, a parent reported the incident to police and the Department of Conservation.
Kim will next appear in court on 24 May.