Yesterday I happened to read an article in the local rag that reported that a local resident, a Mr Kuipers von Laude, noticed what he identified as a Kea (a New Zealand native parrot species) sitting in his camellia hedge. He realised what a rare occurrence this was, and phoned the local Department of Conservation, who apparently (the article said) said that it was quite common to see Keas in this part of the country.
Now, as even YP knows, Kea are alpine parrots, and can be found in the South Island, although fossil evidence suggests they lived in the North Island up to 10,000 years ago.
Unless this Kea is 10,000 years old, I suggest it is actually a Kaka, possibly flown over from nearby Mayor Island (where there is a breeding programme in operation).
What do you think? The bird on the left is the one from the Mount Maunganui hedge in the article, the top right is an image of a Kea, and the bottom right, a Kaka.
And finally, Here is a link to the kinds of activities Kea - very intelligent and curious parrots get up to in the South Island mountainous areas. I'm very happy for them to stay down there, thank you very much!