Another classic case of New Zealand’s appallingly ineffective justice system hit the news today.
The Maori King’s 19 year old son has been let-off drink driving (seven times over the legal limit for his age group) and burglary charges, leading to claims that the judge was suffering from cultural hypnotism, because imposing a conviction on the young heir ‘would affect his ability to accede to the throne.’
Furthermore, three other young men who participated in the crimes with Paki were discharged without conviction from the Gisborne District Court. Source Guess having him as a mate paid off?
One would have thought that being a confessed drunk and thief would have made him an unsuitable candidate for King anyway. Should quoting Mongrel Mob slang, making racist remarks about Asian travelers and showing himself binge drinking on his Facebook page (“) raise more than eyebrows? source.
Is this the same cultural hypnotism that also lets off Kiwi entertainers, doctors and sporting celebs and then gives them name suppression to seal the deal?
Here’s what the papers said, note how the judge asks the defendant to prove a negative, how does that work?
A judge who discharged the Maori King’s son without conviction is suffering from “cultural hypnosis”, former Maori Affairs Minister Dover Samuels says.
Korotangi Paki, 19, pleaded guilty in the Auckland District Court yesterday to drink driving, two counts of burglary and one of theft.
Judge Philippa Cunningham discharged Paki without conviction on all charges but imposed a special condition that he provide the court evidence he did not have an alcohol problem or if he did, that he had addressed it with counselling.
Paki’s lawyer, Paul Wicks QC, told the court a conviction would impede his ability to accede to the throne…” source
When this story first broke in May the Maori King made a big thing about not protecting his son, knowing that he should set an example to his contemporaries and front up like a man. However, Maori TV tells its viewers that a charge of drink driving had been suppressed until now.
As well as the charges from the burglary of a holiday park in Gisborne, the media is now able to report on a charge of driving with excess breath alcohol that the Māori royal faces…
Way to go! what was the point of that?
Tuku Morgan, the Maori King’s rep said outside the court yesterday
“the case was a “major turning point in [Paki’s] life”.
“He’s an expectant father and you can see he’s brought shame upon his father, his family and Tainui,” Morgan said.
He heralded the court’s decision as a victory for Maori.
“I think that is a recognition of the uniqueness of this country. Maori tikanga, Maori culture has been recognised today by a very senior court,” he said.
Samuels said the uniqueness would have been recognised if Paki had stepped up to his responsibilities and not used his royalty as a cop-out.”
Time to step up Paki, time to be a role model for other young Maori and not an excuse that they can use.