Courts ruling of Maori King’s son not special treament says expert

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A legal expert says a discharge without conviction for the 19-year-old son of the Maori King, is not a case of special treatment.

Korotangi Paki faced charges of burglary, theft and drink driving.

But a conviction could have ruled him out as a future king, and a judge has decided that would have been an excessive punishment.

Auckland University law lecturer Kylee Quince says a judge is required to take age and career prospects into account, in every case.

A judge is required to do justice to do things:

  1. look at the circumstances of the offending
  2. look at the circumstances of the offender.

A judge ruled that outcome would be disproportionate to his offending – and Ms Quince says that isn’t an unusual decision.

“His particular position is unusual but looking to someone’s future life and career prospects, those are always things that a judge is able to and appropriately does take account of.”

The son of the Maori King may have escaped conviction, but there’s a denial he’s escaped punishment.

Mana Party member and lawyer Annette Sykes told Newstalk ZB’s Mike Hosking Paki hasn’t escaped scot-free.

“Reparation requirement and of course he brought such disrepute and shame to the people of Tainui.”

Backlash about the courts ruling has spread like wildfire across the internet and social networks.


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  1. This is outrageous and in my opinion bordering on racism. If he was any white boy, a son of the leader of a political party for example he would have been convicted. No one can tell me this kid didn’t get preferential treatment HE DID! So a Malaysian is sent beck to NZ for committing a crime. Even though he’s a diplomat. Where is the consistency. This is the odd thing. The kid loses his right to be heir to the throne if convicted, but the conviction is not the crime the act is the crime. He’s already lost any spiritual or ethical standing to be a king..He is no king nor ever will be even if he wears a crown and robes. Kingship is not a title or status, kingship is a servant heart of humility, How can a king rule his kingdom if he can’t rule his own heart.

  2. There are many people from a multitude of ethnic groups who are outraged at the decision of the courts and calling the decision preferential treatment, it is true that the son of Tuheitea and the rest of his family are not above the law just because they are in a leadership role within Maori society.
    If we examine the beginnings of the kingitanga movement we will see that it was formed with the intention of deliberating and determining laws, and for the preservation of peace between Maori and other ethnicity’s at a time of great turmoil, by utilizing the law to retain rights to ancestral customs, freedoms and rights of use to the land, many tend to forget the kingitanga is not hereditary it always has been a democratic process.
    I agree that he should not have been discharged by the court and also believe that this is not the end of the matter, people need to keep in mind that this is an election year and that such decisions by the court are going to create an emotional response from the New Zealand public at large and also within the Maori community itself, further defining the lines of division and separation among ordinary people.
    The Hegelian Dialectic at its finest with the Govt.Inc stepping in to resolve the matter thus persuading the voters in their favour, problem, reaction, solution, it is merely a ploy to create a measured response from the public the outcome of which to be manipulated by the candidates.
    . Peace.

  3. He is nineteen years old I feel this unfortunate but none the less growing pains has been handled very well by the court as the judge not only did his job as a court judge but he also kept things together for the future of Maori.
    Fair enough he did wrong but at 19 years old things could have been a lot worse one huge mistake was made by him has shown that even Maori royals have their moments do not let it happen again he has taken time out to spread his wings e.t.c now it is time for his elders to step up to the plate and nurture him back to where he belongs I truly hope his bender has woken him up and made him realise that not only does he have a nation watching him but because of the way his grandmother and his father cares for the nation and its people he to will have a nation that cares about him Kia Kaha.

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