Upper Hutt Gun Club captain Dave Grant said it was rare for muskets to be used for game shooting nowadays, and it was more likely someone was trying to smuggle it in as a collector's item..."
Now I know of this 'musket' (which it strictly speaking isn't, but I will forgive a mere reporter for not knowing the distintions between muzzle-loading firearms)
The chap who imported it did so as it was a model not available here in NZ. He is a keen collector and shooter of these period firearms.
He did all the paperwork as advised by police that was needed and some pencil-necked customs wennie decided he didn't like the packing label's description of the contents. Some matter of being 'misdescribed'. So it was confiscated with no right of appeal. But only after they got the unsuspecting importer to first pay the GST!
There was never any attempt to smuggle this kitset firearm into the country. A permit to import was issued by the police, this was later revoked on a whim of customs.