The pair released an ozone depleting substance, chlorodifluoromethane HCFC22, into the atmosphere as they were repairing a drinks chiller, and ignored a warning that it was hazardous.
The Ministry said it took the case as a warning to industry. The two were convicted and fined NZ$750 each (290 pounds).
I hope that more countries will emulate this resolved of the New Zealand government to really protect the environment. As I always say, environmental protection should be non-negotiable!