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uLetters to the editor
1559 - Death of Pope Paul IV, pope from
1555 to 1559.
1649 - Turkey’s Sultan Ibrahim
is deposed and assassinated. He is
succeeded by Mohammed IV.
1826 - Scottish explorer
Alexander Gordon Laing becomes
first European to reach Timbuktu,
now in Mali; he was murdered
there the following month.
1914 - US President Woodrow Wilson
proclaims American neutrality in World War
One; Germany declares war on Russia.
1920 - Tennessee becomes the 36th
state to ratify the 19th Amendment to the
Constitution, which guarantees the right of all
American women to vote.
1968 - More than 100 women and children
are killed when a landslide sweeps two
sightseeing buses into rain-swollen river on
Honshu Island in Japan.
uWest Coast yesteryear
uToday in history
Meriwether Lewis, US explorer (1774-
1809); Lord John Russell, English
statesman (1792-1878); Casper
Weinberger, US politician (1917-
2006); Shelley Winters, US actor
(1920-2006); Roman Polanski,
French-born film director (1933-);
Robert Redford, US actor (1937-);
Patrick Swayze, US actor (1952-
2009); Christian Slater, US actor (1969-);
Edward Norton, US actor (1969-); Cameron
White, Australian cricketer (1983-); Frances
Bean Cobain, daughter of Kurt Cobain and
Courtney Love (1992-)
“New opinions are always suspected, and
usually opposed, without any other reason
but because they are not already common” —
John Locke, English philosopher (1632-1704).
“I know your works; you are neither cold nor
hot. I wish that you were either cold or hot.
So, because your are lukewarm, and neither
cold nor hot, I am about to spit you out of my
Undeterred by being
put out on the street
when Rugby Park was
left too soft by rain to
accommodate their marching feet, West Coast
bandsmen appreciated the sunny conditions for
their championships held in the town at the
Greymouth Municipal won the
championship and the Victor Baxter Memorial
Cup, but only by narrowly overtaking the
Inangahua Silver Band which won both the
street march and the quickstep. Success in the
hymn test and own selection piece enabled
Greymouth to come out on top.
At 6am this morning, Westland’s new
commercial station 3ZA came on air, with
some Goon-like buffoonry and an appropriate
countdown. Chief announcer John Pike
introduced regular breakfast session announcer
Bob Sutton and, for this initial morning,
shared the programme.
Perhaps the highlight of the morning was a
taped introduced by Rory O’Dowd on which
he and two other announcers who have ser ved
in Greymouth wished the new station well
amid personal recollections of their time here.
The Stillwater public hall is no longer a
“ white elephant ”. The 25-year-old hall which
was closed two months ago, will shortly be
available again for public use. At a meeting
convened yesterday, 18 enthusiastic people
decided to end the hall’s retirement.
Roman Catholics on the West Coast
yesterday used English in the Mass for the
first time, as did Catholics throughout New
Zealand. Previously the whole of the Mass had
been said in Latin.
The worldwide move gives Catholics the
opportunity of hearing Mass in their native
uFood for thought
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I was most surprised — and I do not
mean in a good way — to have received a
notice advising about the closure of State
highway 7 from Omoto and the Cobden
The letter we received advising us of this
was dated August 13, and the road closure
starts from August 20 until September 19.
The hours of closure is another issue, from
7am until 5.30pm Monday to Friday.
So people who start work at 8am and
schools 9ish cannot avoid this if they
normally go that way. They would have to
go via Stillwater for almost a month.
Let ’s put it to you this way; whoever
made that decision is in line with the stuff
they are laying the pipes to carry.
Whoever gave resource consent to do
this, if they actually got it, need their
In my view, the lack of notice given
to residents affected and hours of road
closure are unreasonable.
What about the people who use bicycles,
are they expected to go around the long
way, as there seems to be no provision for
that in the notice?
I have laid a formal complaint about this
and might seek an appeal of this decision.
Petal the cat
I was saddened to heard of the passing
of the Tradewinds cat Petal, the black and
white cat, of 18-years-old, which died
three weeks ago. As a customer, I will truly
miss not seeing the cat on the counter and
another warm spot Petal loved to sleep
was by the fire; Petal had special places.
My condolences to the owners of
Tradewinds. As a cat lover and owner
myself it is always hard to lose a beloved
pet cat or dog, especially when their cat
had lived for 18 years.
Transport key to
I would like to thank the people of
Greymouth for their warm welcome to
Minister Steven Joyce last week.
The inspection of Westfleet ’s new
factory gave the minister a look at one
of the many positive investment projects
under way on the Coast. He enjoyed the
wonderful achievements explained at Tai
Poutini Polytechnic, and the business
success that is Aratuna Freighters.
We have to be more productive here
and that means the best transport options
from the region at the best possible
price, value-added products, plus further
investment in innovative opportunities. I
am excited about the ones I have lining
In my opinion, a port is essential because
it will improve productivity and help
insulate the region from the commodity
cycles which have caused the boom and
bust economy in mining for 100 years. I
will strongly advocate for one.
We are in a world economy and if we
can get our products to the markets in a
more economical way it will help when
prices are down. Fish, timber, dairy and
coal are all high volume commodities that
need effective transport options.
In today ’s world, investment in
infrastructure like ports and roads requires
An electorate MP in the party that
governs has the best chance to get results.
National Party candidate
If actor Robin Williams was a New
Zealander all that would be allowed to
be reported about his death is ‘there were
no suspicious circumstances’ or that ‘the
police were not looking for anyone else
in connection with the death’, such is the
hideously restrictive suicide reporting laws
in New Zealand.
Robin Williams committed suicide by
the most common form of suicide ever in
recorded history, and even in the verbal
histories of primitive tribes, but I am not
allowed to mention the method.
He also committed suicide on August
11, the day of the full, ‘super moon’ ... rise
in suicide, murder, arson, accidents being
noted, around the full and new moons for
thousands of years and where the term
lunacy comes from.
Time to scrap the
The 2014 general election campaign
has become nasty. A new low for New
Zealand politics was reached last week
when the Internet Party held hate-fuelled
gatherings, at which the German founder
called for a ‘revolution’ and incited frenzied
crowds into chanting — John Key ’ and
personal insults. These ‘Nazi youth rallies’
are being held around the country. Video
footage is now part of the Internet-Mana
Party’s official campaign advertising.
Laila Harre, so-called champion of the
poor, has clearly sold out her principles
going on to the millionaire’s payroll and
is dancing to his tune. She defended the
hate chants; saying she celebrated students
‘ becoming politically involved’. Ha.
MP Hone Harawera, another so-called
champion of the poor, has also sold out.
He has trashed the integrity of a
reser ved Maori seat with his plan to
piggyback Dotcom into Parliament,
making the Maori seats a commodity,
giving anyone with cash a loophole to get
Once in Parliament, the Internet-Mana
agreement allows the parties to split and
operate independently, presumably gaining
additional taxpayer funded benefits along
the way. The time has come to scrap Maori
seats for a single electoral roll.
an Korotangi Paki be
rehabilitated and one day
become a good king?
Paki is the sullen-
looking young man
photographed in the
dogbox in courtrooms and on marae.
He is the raging youth in a video clip
claiming to be the man, the “Tane o te
motu”. He is the te reo speaker, bright
enough to pass NCEA level 3, the
talented artist and, by his own admission,
a thief, a drinker and a dangerous driver.
And, at 19, he is due, next month, to
become a father.
Several sources described him as
arrogant. What sets him apart from all
others his age who get in trouble is that
his father is the seventh Maori King, and
he may become the eighth.
A judge’s decision to discharge him
without conviction, because a criminal
record would likely disqualify him from
succeeding his father, was met with
A Facebook page Send Korotangi Paki
back to court — collected thousands
of supporters. Crown Law has done just
that; a date for its appeal to the High
Court has yet to be set.
Paki’s actions have also called into
question the relevance of the King
Movement in modern New Zealand.
It emerged in the 1850s, among some
tribes of the central North Island, as a
means of providing unity and status to
try to halt alienation of land at a time
of rapid population growth from the
European colonists. Some hold the view
that it had ser ved its purpose when Tainui
accepted a Treaty of Waitangi settlement
Research for this article uncovered why
it may be so important among supporters
of Kingitanga that Paki escape criminal
His father, a diabetic who has had
several operations in the past year, does
not enjoy good health and elder son
Whatumoana, who has recently deputised
for the king at engagements, is unlikely to
be an automatic choice.
There is a third child, a daughter,
Ngawai, an impressive te reo speaker
who led her school’s kapa haka group to
the national title last month and who
is bound for university next year. But
in short, Korotangi Paki — who will
be the first of the three to have a child
and guarantee the continuation of the
bloodline — might be called upon
sooner rather than later.
Tuesday, March 18, was the night Paki
put himself in the national spotlight.
He was drinking at the Gisborne
address where he boards. With him
were his friends Te Ahorangi Totorewa,
Hamuera Pugh and Raa Smith. Paki was
18, Totorewa and Pugh 19, and Smith
17. They discussed stealing surfboards,
then drove in Totorewa’s car to the Top
Ten Holiday Park at Waikanae Beach,
where they cut two surfboards belonging
to Whakatane High School from a trailer.
When challenged by a member of the
public, Smith handed one surfboard back.
Paki and Pugh put the other in the car.
The four then drove to Wainui Beach,
where they opened the hatch of a car
parked in a driveway and took a Swazi
oilskin jacket, an Akubra hat and a
fibreglass cattle prod.
Further along Wairere Rd they went on
to Julie Dowsing’s property and took a
surfboard, which Paki and Smith carried
to the car. The total value of property
stolen was $1600.
They were not hard to catch. A
neighbour saw them come out of
Dowsing’s address and noted the car
registration. The police had them by the
time they returned to Paki’s lodgings
a few kilometres away in Kaiti, in
Gisborne’s east. Paki did this while on
bail - with name suppression — on a
drink-driving charge from October.
More than anyone, Brad Totorewa,
father of the offender Te Ahorangi
Totorewa, is the reason the youths
avoided convictions. Totorewa has an
MBA, manages six campuses in the
Tainui area for Te Wananga o Aotearoa,
is well connected in Tainui circles and is a
supporter of the King Movement.
He and Potaka Maipi are part of a
mentoring group for Paki, put together
after the burglary and theft charges were
laid. In the offices of Raukura Hauora
O Tainui in the bustling Tainui-owned
Te Awa Mall on the southern side of
Hamilton, with its big-box retailers
and cafes, they talk about the burden
that comes with Paki’s blood, “the
responsibility of Maoridom”.
“That’s his bloodline there,” said
Totorewa, motioning to seven portraits
six kings and one queen — that line
the boardroom wall.
“He didn’t select the family that he
was born into and unfortunately he was
born from a whole line of chiefs. These
people here ... . the responsibility of
everybody on this wall was to ensure the
sustainability of Maoridom.”
Though the monarchs are all based on
lineage, they do not have to be. It used
to be that the person had to have the
necessary mana to unify. The current
king was not groomed for the role
because he was a late choice by Queen
Te Atairangikaahu, and the former truck
driver has been mocked for his inability
to speak te reo. At a water rights hui,
King Tuheitia was to make a speech to be
televised on the evening news but did not
have his teeth in, a Tainui source said.
“He’d forgotten them. That ’s the sort of
guy he is. When I first met him, he was
on the veranda of the Kingitanga house
in shorts and gumboots and no teeth. I
could hardly understand him.”
His son Korotangi Paki is being
schooled in the language and protocol.
When he “hit rock bottom”, Totorewa
and others rallied round. Thirty-one
thousand people had harassed him,
threatened to throw him in jail, to kill
him, Totorewa said. The figure comes
from the number of Facebook likes on
pages denouncing him. Their return to
Gisborne, where they are studying Maori
arts, was delayed because of fears for their
The plan Totorewa devised that so
impressed the judges aimed at making
amends and restoring integrity. His initial
motivation, he said, was that of a father.
“ When they told me that the people
that my son was living with, and those
Korotangi was living with, would have
to get sur veyed for (a possible sentence
of home detention with) electronic
monitoring, I made a decision that my
son wouldn’t get that. That was my goal. I
accepted that he did wrong. He pleaded
guilty, they all did.
“I was disappointed but I didn’t express
that until the outcome. My role was
support. You do anything for your kids.”
The plan involved eight activities: face-
to-face restorative justice conferences
to apologise to the victims, voluntary
work in which they applied Taa Moko
designs to members of a cultural group,
designing and painting panels for a Maori
immersion school, refereeing primary
school rippa rugby, attending classes
in Maori weaponry and incantations,
undertaking mentoring, setting up a
support group in Gisborne for people of
Tainui descent and creating a koha of a
personal artwork to be donated to the
The aim, Totorewa said, is to
ensure they do not break the
law again. “ This is one hell of a
lesson, it’s a lifelong lesson.”
The victims Dowsing and
Goldsbury met Totorewa, Pugh
and Smith, accompanied by
Totorewa’s father. At a later date,
Dowsing met Paki, accompanied
by the Totorewas.
Dowsing would not comment
on what was said but she was
surprised Paki did not come
along with the other three.
“I don’t know why he didn’t
come at the same time. Let ’s
face it, he probably doesn’t have
a busy schedule.”
It was not unusual for
teenagers to do stupid things,
she told the New Zealand
Herald. “I thought it got out
of hand as far as the courts
and everything went really.
Especially probably for the
three who hadn’t been in trouble
before. They were remorseful.
They did far more than they
needed to do and they were
lucky that they had good
families to support them.”
A champion fisher, Dowsing
provided three swordfish bills
for the boys to car ve for her. Goldsbury
asked them to write a letter in a year’s
time to report what good they had
done. Whakatane High received a 1.5m
artwork, Whakapounamu, designed and
made by the four and presented by Paki.
The Sentencing Act allows a judge to
discharge without conviction only when
satisfied that the consequences of a
conviction will be out of all proportion to
the gravity of the offence.
There has been no public outrage about
the other three, who were also discharged
without conviction. They appeared
before Judge Geoffrey Rea in the
Gisborne District Court; Paki appeared
in Auckland before Judge Philippa
Both judges spoke of the voluntary work
the Mana Tangata programme. Judge
Rea said it was the first time in 19 years
on the bench that he had exercised the
“ What I couldn’t believe when this file
came across my desk was the amount of
work your families put in to try to get you
sorted out. And you yourselves have done
all you can to put things right.”
Aside from Paki being the King’s son,
the key distinction between him and the
others is that at the time they went out
stealing, he was on bail on a charge of
drink-driving. Crown Law told the New
Zealand Herald that the more serious
drink-drive charge was the reason Paki’s
case alone is under appeal.
Korotangi Paki’s car wrapped around a
power pole in Huntly in June 2011.
Paki, who was 18, had a breath-alcohol
reading of 761mg — almost twice the
400mg legal limit for adults. For those
younger than 20 the limit at the time
Paki was caught was 150mg (the law has
since changed to zero).
The judge said it was a “serious level
for a young person” but she was driven
to the conclusion that convicting him
would exclude Paki from the possibility of
succeeding his father as Maori king and
was therefore out of proportion to the
offending. She discharged Paki without
conviction on condition he be assessed
for an alcohol problem and if one was
detected, undergo treatment. The king’s
office this week said that is currently
Former Labour Maori Affairs Minister
Dover Samuels described Paki’s discharge
as “cultural hypnosis”, while his fellow
Ngapuhi kaumatua David Rankin said
Paki had shamed Maoridom and it was
time to end the King Movement.
Proportionality is the test for judges.
“ Would the consequences of a conviction
outweigh the seriousness of the charge?”
said criminal law specialist, Prof Warren
The discretion to discharge was a vexed
area. Brookbanks is sure judges would be
sensitive to avoid the impression of bias
based on race or social standing.
“But in the exercise of a discretion,
inevitably the judge’s own subjective
views of a situation are going to come
A law student, for example, might avoid
conviction when a truck driver would
not, because the consequences would be
greater. Brookbanks said the appeal ser ves
the public interest that the courts are
not “soft because of people’s privileged
“ You can’t ignore the seriousness of the
charge and it may be that the balance
(of factors) says, no, the seriousness of
this charge outweighs the desirability of
leaving a young man without a conviction
on his record. That may be the price
he has to pay for his behaviour. It is a
All four youths are smart and artistic.
They have passed NCEA level 3 and
University Entrance and are taking a
course at Maori arts school Toihoukura,
at Gisborne’s Eastern Institute of
Technology, where Associate Prof Steve
Gibbs’ only comment for this article is
that they are “all really good art students”,
who have been no trouble at school.
Paki has been in representative Maori
cultural groups and was a member of the
haka group that performed before the
Chiefs’ Super Rugby matches.
He and Smith have previously been in
court on drink-drive charges, and Paki
had also been in court when aged 16 after
smashing into a power pole in a boy-racer
crash that witnesses said could have cost
him and his passenger their lives.
He appeared in the Youth Court, which
is closed to public scrutiny and where the
outcome does not go on the offender’s
Though drinking was a factor the last
two times Paki was arrested, he is known
in only one of Gisborne’s bars, The
Shipwreck, where a manager described
him as an occasional patron who has “an
arrogant air” but had not caused trouble.
“He has no mana here,” he said.
A neighbour of the house where Paki
boards in Gisborne has no complaints.
“They have had a few parties where they
get the guitar out and have a sing-along
but they are pretty nice neighbours.”
Soon after Paki was discharged,
objectionable material from his Facebook
page emerged (the comment “chingy
eyed c***s” accompanied a photo of Asian
people, the Mongrel Mob salute “sieg
heil” and a foul-mouthed video rant made
two years earlier.
The king’s office declined the New
Zealand Herald’s request to speak to Paki.
A well-placed source within Tainui told
the Herald Paki was “a ratbag”.
“He’s got something that just irks
people. I think his criminal behaviour
is not really him, but he just does silly
things. If he didn’t have any responsibility,
if he wasn’t the king’s son, it probably
wouldn’t be a big deal.”
He had earned credit for apologising
before the king’s 12 advisers, but whereas
one of the youths was tearful, Paki
had absentmindedly torn the agenda
document into strips.
“He got up to leave and there was this
trail of little bits of paper.”
A request for comment from King
Tuheitia went unanswered but media
spokesman Kirk MacGibbon said the
king would comment in his speech at the
anniversary on August 21 about “the trials
and tribulations he and his family have
MacGibbon said the original aim of
Kingitanga was to enable Maori to speak
with one voice, while its biggest role
today was to provide a platform for Maori
to come together to discuss issues, as they
did at the water hui.
It was “bullshit” to refer to King
Tuheitia as “the Tainui King”, he said and
some were using Paki as a rod to beat the
“Korotangi has already been punished
heavily within Maoridom. So regardless
of the court’s sanction, he has paid a huge
Would it be the last time the possible
future king got in trouble? “It f***ing
The bad boy who would be king
When the Maori King’s son escaped conviction for drink-driving and stealing, public outrage
followed. PHIL TAYLOR, of the New Zealand Herald examines whether the heir to the throne
can make good on his second chance.
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