He was registered too, as he gets a strike warning for fiddling with kids

Another day another registered teacher before the courts.The various teacher unions and the Labour party all claim that registration of teachers is to protect kids, yet everyday almost there is a dodgy ratbag of a registered teacher before the courts.

A former assistant principal at a South Waikato immersion school has pleaded guilty to 11 charges of sexually assaulting young boys.

Rueben James Parinui Tapara, 33, is the former assistant principal at Te Wharekura o te Kaokaoroa o Patetere, a South Waikato Maori immersion school.

He appeared via audio visual link in the Hamilton District Court today charged with three counts of sexual connection with a boy aged 12 to 16, three counts of doing an indecent act on a boy aged 12 to 16, one count of selling or supplying cannabis and four counts of indecent assault.  

The offences occurred between February 2010 and August this year.

Tapara, who had previously taught in Te Kuiti before coming to Te Kaokaoroa o Patetere in 2010, had since been fired.

School staff and the school community were told of the charges within two days of them being laid on October 11.

Tapara was remanded in custody for sentencing on February 14.

Judge Christopher Harding also issued Tapara a three strikes warning.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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