How many crimes can a Maori prince commit before he’s convicted
— or crowned?
A billion dollars in assets, and still no change to the bad stats.
And that’s just in the Tainui royal family, where the ruling class and the underclass appear to be closely related.
This is the story of what happened when the most rebellious member of the rebel court of Ngaruawahia came face to face with perhaps the most weak-kneed judge of the Court of New Zealand.
It concerns the repeated offending of both Prince Korotangi Paki and Judge Philippa Cunningham.
It features the imaginative excuses of King Tuheitia, Tuku Morgan, Annette Sykes and Kim Workman.
And it goes to the heart of the crisis that this site seeks to expose: the relentless glorification in a supposedly civilised country of the primitive over the civilised, not just by those who identify as primitive, but also by those who are supposed to represent the civilised.
The New Zealand Herald reports:
Paki was drinking with three co-accused in Kaiti, Gisborne, on March 18.
The defendants drove to the Top Ten Holiday Park where they stole two $800 surfboards which belonged to Whakatane High School, according to the police summary of facts.
One defendant returned a surf board when stopped by a member of the public. The second surfboard was placed by Paki in a car the group were using.
They then stole $650 of goods from the boot of a vehicle parked in a man’s driveway, and drove metres down the road where they stole another surfboard from a garage.
THE COURT CASE
Consequences?: PC Plod was no match for the PC judge.
(How ironic that Philippa Cunningham’s initials are also PC.)
Here’s a summary of the case with excerpts from stuff:
Paki also applied for a discharge without conviction today. [His three accomplices on the burglary and theft charges had been discharged a few days before.]
His lawyer Paul Wicks QC told the court a conviction would impede his ability to accede to the throne. Potential successors had to have an unblemished record because of the custodial responsibilities involved as King.
However, police prosecutor Gul Qaisrani argued a discharge without conviction would set a negative precedent, describing Paki’s attitude during the time of the second offences as “reckless”.
“He knew at the time what would be the consequences and what would be the implications of the conviction. Therefore he should be liable for the punishment,” he said.
The fact Paki had been on bail for the drink driving incident when he carried out the burglary and theft was “an aggravating factor” he said, which separated him from his three co-accused.
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.
THE RAGING EGOTIST
I’ll give you my thoughts on that decision in a moment. (Quite a lot of them, in fact, because I think this is important.)
But first let’s get to know Prince Korotangi Paki — the Prince Harry of Maoridom — second of two sons of King Tuheitia Paki.
Here’s the Tainui Kid in 2012 expounding his leadership philosophy on Facebook after being ejected from his kapa haka team for unprincely behaviour…
The Tainui Kid and his expletive-laden rant.
Don’t worry if you couldn’t quite make out the words — I’ve laid them out below. In modifying them for a family audience, I realised that they would make quite a rhythmical and spirited haka…
Korotangi Paki’s leadership haka. Might there be a connection between certain
customary rituals and elevated levels of Maori youth violence?
Although I’m being satirical here, how can such angry rituals as hakas and powhiris not be fuelling Maori youth violence?
Call me an angry white male, but surely it’s time for Maori to complete the journey from the primitive to the civilised world by saying “It’s not OK” to these relentlessly boorish, backward expressions of “culture”.
I feel sorry for all the decent, thoroughly modern Maori who just want to live their lives as equal citizens of a country in which they are endlessly patronised by the nation’s leaders, and continually shamed by their own.
Not only must they put up with being “represented” by the violence and foul-mouthed racism of the Harawira family, but now the so-called “royal” family are letting the side down as well.
This is what passes for racial tolerance in the household of the Maori “king”…
THE ABUSIVE RACIST
Anti-Asian racism by resentful Maori is nothing new.
Racist abuse by a member of the royal family is.
And there’s more from prince Korotangi Paki, this time invoking the Nazis and the Mongrel Mob…
THE MOBSTER SALUTE
This Facebook post reveals the young prince is an artist. Good on him for
that. Just a shame that “f ck” and the Mongrel Mob salute “seig (sic) hail (sic)”
seem to be acceptable usage in the Maori variant of the King’s English.
To be fair to the Mongrel Mob, they only misspell “sieg”. The king’s son manages to get “heil” wrong as well. He’s also come up with innovative new variants of both “sieg” and “dog”…
THE ILLITERATE WARRIOR
“Seigg dogg and his bro”: Prince Korotangi Paki reenacting the savagery
of his skull-smashing cannibal warrior ancestor Te Wherowhero .
If only his offending was limited to word crimes. Or even just one or two crimes.
But sadly, the second in line to the Maori throne ticks all the boxes of a typical South Auckland street crim.
No arrests for physical violence so far, it seems. Let’s hope it stays that way after September, when he becomes a father with his pregnant girlfriend.
Judging by his crazed YouTube tirade above, who can be confident?
And remember, that video was made after he’d nearly killed himself and a friend the year before…
Disgracefully, it appears the 2013 drink-driving charge is the second driving charge for which the king’s son has gone unpunished.
The media can find no record of Paki even going to court for his near-fatal boy racer crash in 2011. This despite the police having charged him with dangerous driving.
At a court appearance on 5 May 2014 over his burglary and drink-driving charges, his lawyer said that he was “appearing for the first time”.
Why did he not appear in 2011?
THE PREVIOUS LET-OFF?
The Mitsubishi Lancer that Paki wrapped round a Huntly power pole.
Question: What do the young prince’s racist Facebook posts, raging video, and near-fatal car crash have in common?
Answer: they all happened before the four charges (two of burglary, one of theft and one of drunken driving) that Judge Philippa Cunningham let him off recently.
Charges to which he had pleaded guilty.
THE HISTORY OF OFFENDING
To keep track of the prince’s largely unpunished offending:
- 2011 — wrapped a car round a power pole in near-fatal boy racer crash. Charged, then let off by police.*
- 2012 — made a foul-mouthed video rant after being kicked out of a kapa haka contest.
- 2013 — October: caught driving drunk. Let off, apart from 8 month loss of licence.
2013 — December: posted racist Facebook comment abusing Chinese.
- 2014 — March: while on bail, went on burglary bender, stealing over $2000 worth of surfboards and clothes. Let off.
Roll on 2015. What will he do for an encore?
* At his 5 May 2014 court hearing, Paki’s lawyer said he was appearing for the first time, indicating police must have quietly dropped the dangerous driving charges in 2011.
THE WORST OFFENDER?
Let’s be clear, there are three main offenders in this story:
- The Maori king’s son – for three times burgling and stealing while on bail for drink-driving at over seven times the legal limit, having previously been charged with boy racing and crashing a car.
- The judge – who discharged the crooked prince because convictions would have stopped him from becoming king.
- The king – who through his representative proclaimed Judge Philippa Cunningham’s decision a victory for Maori.
Who’s worst? I don’t know about you, but my order of offensiveness is 3, 2, 1.
In any credible monarchy, the son’s four crimes would rule him out of ever ruling anyone. And yet the King has not ruled him out. The boy’s crimes were no less criminal just because a weak judge dared not offend the sacred race.
Far better, Cunningham no doubt rationalised (in keeping with her PC tradition as a Helen Clark appointee), to offend 95% of the population…
THE ENRAGED PUBLIC
The public judges the judge harshly in stuff’s online poll.
Stuff’s poll was just the latest in a long line of polls about aspects of racial favouritism. The message from New Zealanders is always the same — about 80% opposed…
THE CONSISTENT MESSAGE
Next time someone tries to call you a fringe “redneck”, ask them if they
believe 80% of New Zealanders are rednecks. On the evidence of 12 polls (the
latest today), that’s how many don’t want a bar of racial favouritism.
And yet, despite knowing the way her employers — the people of New Zealand — feel about racial bias, Judge Philippa Cunningham was happy to ignore the 80% and indulge the 20%…
THE CRAVEN JUDGE
It’s clear from her comments in the Rotorua Daily Post that Judge Philippa Cunningham is a dangerously craven, politically correct fool of a judge.
‘In sentencing, Judge Cunningham said she was “driven to the conclusion” that Paki would lose out on being a successor if convicted.
“There’s only two sons and in my view it’s important that the king at the appropriate time has the widest possible choice of a successor and it’s important for Mr Paki, as one of those two sons, to have the potential to be a successor in time.”
Why is it important for a street criminal to grow up to be a king? Why is that more important than protecting the public from him?
The editor of the Manawatu Standard, Michael Cummings, got to the nub of the issue:
But the true absurdity in the Paki case lies not in the outcome, but in the logic upon which it was based.
During Paki’s sentencing hearing, Judge Philippa Cunningham asked his lawyer, Paul Wicks, to make inquiries as to the impact a conviction would have on his client’s chances of becoming king.
Wicks investigated, before telling the judge that “any conviction for any criminal offending is considered unacceptable. The chiefs around the country are often heard to say [eligible candidates] must be ‘whiter than the dove’,” Wicks said.
So, the next Maori King can be a confessed burglar, thief and drink driver, as long as the Ministry of Justice’s database doesn’t record him as such.
If Judge Cunningham took a holistic view of the case before her, she would have identified that Paki could never be considered “whiter than a dove” no matter what decision she reached regarding his request to be discharged without conviction.
Well said, Mr Ed.
THE NATIONAL STANDARD
With or without a conviction, the chiefly standard dictates that Paki cannot
be King. So why can he not be convicted?
In 2012 Paki announced that due to ill health he was … deputising his son Whatumoana Te Aa Paki to act in his stead.
Earth to Judge Philippa Cunningham: you are not employed as a succession-planner to the rebel court of Ngaruawahia. You are paid by the Court of New Zealand to treat all of your fellow citizens equally under the law.
THE JUDGE’S ALLEGIANCE:
TO QUEEN, NOT BOGUS KING
Someone please tell Judge Cunningham that she works for
the Queen of New Zealand, not the King of Ngaruawahia.
Multiple offending and burgling while on bail are evidently no big deal to this serial wet-bus-ticket-wielder:
While his drink driving was moderately serious, she said, the direct and indirect consequences of a conviction were “out of all proportion” to the offence.
Moderately serious? Consequences?
After previously crashing his car into a power pole while speeding (for which he apparently suffered no legal consequences), you’d think there’d be zero tolerance of any more driving offences by Mr Paki.
But no, he was let off again, even though…
Breath testing gave a reading of 761, nearly twice the adult limit and more than five times the limit for someone under 20 at the time.
Er no, actually more than 761 times, since the limit for his age was 0.
However, she said she was concerned that alcohol had been a factor in both incidents, and made the ruling conditional on receiving a report from a medical professional clearing Paki of any alcohol addiction or alcohol abuse issues.
He was also disqualified from holding a drivers licence for eight months.
Well I guess that’s something.
By the way, according to the Herald, the king was in court to support Korotangi. Did his regal presence cause the PC judge to go soft on his son?
THE DOUBLE STANDARD
An apt drink-driving ad spoof that’s doing the rounds.
So the recidivist drunken boy racer will be back hooning around the streets in March — thanks judge.
She ordered a discharge without conviction for the burglary and theft charges, in keeping with Paki’s co-accused.’
- Were Paki’s co-accused let off because they were the prince’s “bros”? Why else would they have been let off charges of stealing over $2000 worth of property?
- Why did Paki get the same non-punishment as his mates when, unlike them, he committed his crimes while on bail for another crime?
THE ROYAL PRECEDENT
If an English court can fine Princess Anne and behead King Charles I,
why can’t a New Zealand court convict a Maori royal recidivist?
Blogger Alf Grumble points out that there is a real double standard between the way the British courts dealt with an errant Princess Anne (not to mention Charles I, who was beheaded!) and the way the New Zealand court has dealt with the multiple-offending Maori prince.
Even before she discharged the pilfering prince, Cunningham had earned her own special Facebook page “Call for Judge Philippa Cunningham to Resign”.
That was over her discharge and name suppression of a child-abusing comedian because, among other things, “he makes people laugh” and “we all need a good laugh”.
THE JUDGE’S “PRIORS”
A Facebook page demanding the resignation of the serial-offender judge.
She is also the only judge to feature three times on the list of bad judgements on the Sensible Sentencing Trust’s Judge the Judges site…
THE JUDGES’ RECORDS
Judge Philippa Cunningham and her not-so-sensible sentencing
that you definitely can’t trust.
But even Judge Philippa’s offending pales next to that of the Maori king and his representative Tuku “Fancy Pants” Morgan…
THE COURT JESTER
The king’s representative Tuku Morgan. If Paki’s
discharge was a victory, what would a defeat look like?
Morgan’s comments say all that needs to be said about the entitlement ethos of today’s Maori leadership:
Outside court yesterday, the royal family’s representative, Tuku Morgan, said the judge’s decision had been a victory for Maori and recognition of their unique culture.
“[Paki] has the right as one of two sons to be included in the process to inherit or to take the place of his father,” Morgan said.
“The judge has recognised a very important and compelling cultural difference; that he is entwined in a succession process that one day will give rise to a new head of the kingdom, and his opportunity should not be in any way shape or form minimised or compromised.”
Thanks for clearing the heir, Tuku.
So a Maori royal’s “right to be included in the inheritance process” takes precedence over the public’s right to be protected from a right royal ratbag. Welcome to diplomatic immunity, Tainui-style.
To their credit, many Maori are among the 95% of New Zealanders who disagree with the sycophantic judge and the contemptible attitude of the bogus “kingdom”.
THE COMMENDABLE KAUMATUA
Former Labour MP Dover Samuels accused the judge of suffering from
cultural hypnosis, which reminded me of another of his quotes, above.
One who condemns both the judge’s decision and Tuku Morgan’s response is former Labour MP Dover Samuels :
“I think the judge is absolutely suffering from some sort of cultural hypnosis,” he said.
“I think she’s been persuaded and I think she’s wrong, and to me I don’t think most New Zealander’s would support that.”
Paki should not have hid behind his royalty and taken responsibility for his actions, Samuels said.
“Most New Zealanders would think that this is a young man who has committed an offence and pleaded guilty to it and would have the courage to stand up and say ‘treat me no different to anybody else’,” Samuels said.
“It doesn’t matter what Tuku Morgan thinks.”
A commendable response. Samuels told Tv3:
“We have many of our young people very similar circumstances who have been confined to her majesty’s marae at Ngawha Prison … Judges need to focus on the consistency of their penalties,” he says.
Korotangi Paki should be going to Ngawha, not Ngaruawahia.
It was Samuels who, according to former prime minister Mike Moore, once said about the sycophancy of the likes of Doug Graham and Chris Finlayson, “Put a cloak on a Pakeha and he’ll go weak at the knees”.
And he wasn’t the only high profile Maori leader from the Left to criticise Judge Cunningham:
Labour Party MP Nanaia Mahuta, who is Korotangi Paki’s aunt, said the comments were unacceptable.
They did not send the right signals to young people about what was acceptable in a society such as New Zealand’s, where people were treated fairly, equally and with respect, she said.
Only problem with that, Nanaia, is that some people in New Zealand are treated more fairly and more equally than others.
THE WRONG ROYAL ROLE MODEL
King Tuheitia Paki. The man who thinks he owns your water also thinks
his son saying “Sieg Heil” can be put down to the “ignorance of youth”.
So whose job was it to educate his son?
Most organisations are the lengthened shadow of the man or woman at the top. The same applies to families.
This is how Korotangi Paki’s father the king responded to his son’s foul-mouthed anti-Asian racism and use of the Nazi/Mongrel Mob salute “Sieg Heil”:
In a statement, King Tuheitia said that he apologised unreservedly for any offence the comments had caused and had let his son know of his extreme displeasure.
(Presumably the same displeasure that had no effect when he presumably voiced it in 2011, 2012 and 2013.)
He said he did not condone racism in any shape or form, and that the ill-advised use of a gang slogan could be put down to the “ignorance of youth”.
Too true. But why is his son so ignorant?
Surely it’s the duty of a Maori monarch to impress upon his offspring the depravity of the gang culture that destroys the lives of so many of his people.
The king’s failure to do so is more high-profile evidence that poor parenting, not colonisation, is the chief cause of intergenerational Maori underperformance.
Tainui’s billion dollar asset milestone suggests it’s not a money problem, but a moral problem.
THE PREDICTABLE APOLOGISTS
Annette: If marae justice is so great, why does he keep offending?
Sadly and predictably, my Native Affairs debating opponent Annette Sykes is denying the undeniable:
“The Maori King’s son wasn’t given preferential treatment when he was discharged without a conviction on charges of burglary, theft and drink driving,” says Mana Party member and lawyer Annette Sykes.
Korotangi Paki, 19, had previously pleaded guilty to all the charges related to two separate incidents from March this year and October 2013.
His friends Te Ahorangi Totorewa, 20, Hamuera Wipoha Pugh, 19, and Raa Ngaru Smith, 18 were all discharged without conviction in Gisborne District Court on Monday over the March burglary and theft incident.
Yesterday in the Auckland District Court, Judge Philippa Cunningham discharged Paki without conviction.
Ms Sykes told Newstalk ZB this morning that was appropriate.
“The principle of equal treatment needed to be taken in to account,” she said.
“Remember [the co-offenders] were dealt with first and they got a very similar outcome. It would be wrong for three men to [be discharged without conviction] and a young man to be ostracised just because he is the King’s son.”
But hang on, Annette. You’re conveniently ignoring the distinct possibility that Paki’s three accomplices were let off precisely because they were mates of the king’s son. Why else would a gang of thieves be treated so leniently?
And more to the point, you’re also well aware that Paki’s offending was much worse than his mates’.
Judge Philippa made it clear to Paki’s lawyer that she viewed his drink-driving charge as more serious than the burglary and theft charges.
And he’d been not only caught drink-driving, but was on bail for it when he nicked the surfboards and clothes.
And they hadn’t, and weren’t.
Two reasons why he should have been dealt with differently. How many more offences should the king’s son have to commit before he receives more punishment?
Ms Sykes said Paki hadn’t been let off the charge within Tainui.
“Korotangi has really had marae justice served up to him.”
Yeah right. And what does “marae justice” mean? Surely not family violence?
One of the King’s spokesmen, Rahui Papa confirmed to the Herald that Korotangi was driving the vehicle … “When I see him, he’s going to get a big clip on his ears.”
Like spokesman, like son. Everyone in His Majesty’s court seems to be competing to be the biggest embarrassment.
As for Korotangi, how genuinely sorry is this young hoon likely to be after years of getting away with bad behaviour?
And if he is, why doesn’t he say so?
Considering he comes from a rebel tribe that breached the Treaty and illegally took up arms against the Crown in the 1860s, excuse me if I doubt Tuku Morgan’s assurance — let alone Paki’s lawyer’s — that he is “genuinely remorseful”.
More than likely they’ll all just be having another laugh at the expense of the dumb Pakeha.
THE CROCODILE TEARS
Tuku says Paki is sorry. For his crimes — or for getting caught?
All we know is that real justice has not been served, and whatever marae justice the boy has received so far hasn’t deterred him from offending (or being offensive) time and time again.
Another predictable apologist is the Maori criminal’s friend, Kim Workman of Rethinking Crime and Punishment.
Rethinking Crime and Punishment: essentially a movement
dedicated to making excuses for, and going soft on, Maori criminals.
Rethinking Crime and Punishment is essentially a movement dedicated to making excuses for, and going soft on, Maori criminals. Its senior advisor is none other than the former chief judge of the Waitangi Tribunal, Sir Eddie Durie.
Kim Workman’s own blog is called Smart on Crime. Now that’s a name that’s crying out for a bit of editing…
THE SOFT OPTIONS
Let shame be your punishment, says Kim Workman.
Let prison, say I.
Workman believes that all the king’s son needs is a good public shaming, and that having received that, he has now been punished enough.
Few outside the “royal” court seem to agree. I certainly don’t. I think he needs some time out in a room with barred windows .
Elsewhere on his blog, Workman goes to some lengths to portray Korotangi Paki as regal, and to minimise his offending. In the captioned image below, he refers to Korotangi, but shows instead his dignified-looking ancestor, King Tawhiao.
He implies Paki is a first-time offender when he is not. And he describes his offending as “fairly low-level”.
This is King Tawhiao, not Prince Korotangi. Paki is “trouble”, not
“troubled”. And far from being “not a typical first-time offender,”
he’s not a first-time offender at all. (So why, you may ask, is he still
waiting for his first conviction?)
Tawhiao, by the way, would actually have approved of Korotangi Paki’s illiteracy:
He preached that Kingites should keep separate from Pakeha. He was strongly against Maori children going to school to get an education.
As a result when the railway went through Kingite territory Kingites were only able to get unskilled jobs such as bush clearing.
This strong anti education stance started a Kingite tradition that led to increasing isolation and lower standard of living than Maori experienced elsewhere in New Zealand.
It was not until after the turn of the century that Kingites were finally persuaded to abandon their hatred of formal education in schools.
If you want to understand where Korotangi Paki is coming from, it’s from a tribe and a King who were passionate about ignorance. Hopefully they’ve learnt a bit since those days, though many problems clearly remain.
Kim Workman’s blog reveals the alarming statistic that…
for Māori males born in 1975 [the year of the Treaty of Waitangi Act – JA], it is estimated that 22 percent had a Corrections managed sentence before their 20th birthday, and 44 percent had a Corrections managed sentence by the age of 35.
So despite 39 years of indulging Griever Maori’s every whim, just over one in five Maori males born at the dawn of the Treaty grievance industry had been a guest of Her Majesty’s prison service by around the time of the Tainui settlement.
And a decade and a half later, after many more settlements and the creation of a $40 billion Maori economy, the percentage of those 1975 babies who had done time was almost one in two.
THE BAD STATS CONTINUE
Billions in Treaty settlements making no difference: of Maori males born
the year the Waitangi Tribunal was founded (1975), 20% had a Corrections-
managed sentence before they were 20 (1995), and 44% by 35 (2010).
Kim Workman, in case you’re wondering about his motivation, is part-Maori.
As, much to his apparent consternation, are 53% of our prisoners…
The differential treatment of Maori within the judicial system.
Just one more revelation from Workman’s blog before finishing up on the subject of the Maori king’s son.
Presumably the purpose of the above graph is to bemoan the unfairness of more Maori being locked up than fined. No doubt the Rethinking Crime and Punishment people regard this as evidence of racism on the part of the authorities.
But of course, there’s another possibility: that Maori commit most of the serious crimes, and not so many of the non-serious ones.
THE FORGOTTEN VICTIM
More dishonesty from the boy who could be king.
Paki’s supposedly sincere remorse did not extend to him offering a sincere apology — or in fact any apology at all — to the manager of the Gisborne holiday park from which he had stolen the surfboards.
His claim to have apologised was evidently a right royal lie.
One of the victims of the crime spree, Matt Moore, manager of the Waikanae Beach Top 10 Holiday Park, said it didn’t seem the young men were held to account.
“I think everyone should be held to the same standards. I was a bit surprised [with the judge’s decision].
“They talked about having contacted everyone and apologised, but they didn’t contact me. It was negative publicity for my business and I never heard from them.”
Another spoof doing the rounds.
And yet despite this failure at the first hurdle of the restorative process, Judge Philippa Cunningham…
…praised the work Paki and his friends had undertaken in terms of restorative justice and community work, as well as an on-going mentoring programme.
I rest my case.
The excesses of the son of the Maori king, coupled with those of the Harawira family, are evidence that in radical Maoridom, the underclass extends into the highest echelons of the ruling class.
Until some brave civilised Maori speaks out and turns his or her people against the glorification of primitivism and the anti-social behaviour embodied in the haka and the powhiri, the culture of violence and dishonesty will not change.
Until that person emerges, the least the rest of us can do is refuse to condone it.
The last thing we should do is indulge it.