Once were warriors

Good god… this is just unbelievable

A 16-year-old girl was blinded in one eye after her partner bashed her and then smashed a glass into her eye.

Shane Arron Kanara pleaded guilty in the Hamilton District Court on Monday to assaulting the girl and forcing her to hide in a wardrobe when police turned up to arrest him.

Kanara admitted five charges including wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and assault with intent to injure.

The victim not only lost the use of her right eye after her eye socket was broken and eyelid torn, but also has partial loss of vision in her left eye after her cornea was ruptured.

She is to have further operations on her left eye.

The court heard that the pair left Rotorua on October 3 to stay with Kanara’s family in Huntly, in the victim’s first trip away from her own family.

Kanara began drinking alcohol and an argument erupted about 10pm.

Kanara was annoyed at something the victim was eating and grabbed it off her and threw it away.

When the victim went to recover it Kanara grabbed her from behind and she fell backwards.

She went to bed and pulled the blankets over her head.

Kanara pulled them back off and began yelling at her.

She kicked out at Kanara, who reacted by punching her in the face several times, while he held her head with one hand.

The victim began crying and asking for her mother as she couldn’t see properly due to her eyes being swollen and bleeding.

Kanara became infuriated and picked up a beer glass and smashed it into her face.

The victim felt severe pain in her eyes and tried to open her eyes but couldn’t see.

What a bloody hero.  What a man.   What a piece of filth.  

Kanara then told her to clean herself and the blood up, but the victim protested that she couldn’t as she couldn’t see and she had glass in her eyes.

She unsuccessfully tried to wash it out.

Police arrived at the house about 20 minutes later after hearing of a commotion there.

Kanara told the victim to hide and, as he was arrested and led away by police, took her phone and identification with him.

When asked by police about the cut to his hand, Kanara said he had cut himself.

The victim remained hiding in the room, in the dark, before Kanara’s sister found her and called emergency services.

As well as losing sight in her right eye, she suffered a rupture of her right upper eyelid which was also extremely torn.

Surgeons have operated on her left eye, including reconstructing the tear duct, but it is not functioning properly and she is left with a watery eye.

In the victim’s mother’s impact statement, she wrote how she had trusted Karena with her daughter and believed she would be kept safe.

What a coward.

Shane the Muss.   Not just fiction.



– Belinda Feek, Waikato Times


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  • I.M Bach

    I can recall that when ‘Once were warriors’ was released there were outcries of stereotyping Maori but really is that movie so far removed from the truth? Perhaps that’s why so many got their knickers in a twist; too close to reality. Maori need to take a good, hard, long look at themselves, stop sitting on (and wringing) their hands and pour some of their own billions into rectifying their numerous problems.

    • EveryWhichWayButLeft

      And all this time, here’s me thinking it was actually a documentary…

  • Michelle

    But but but it is the communities fault not theirs

    • Reid

      Yes the poor thing clearly has been so alienated from his roots by the hated colonial powers who still exist today that he was forced to take such action and he deserves sympathy, and lots of koha, for the inevitable upshot of such dreadful oppression that he has obviously without doubt in fact, been forced to endure, he simply had no choice at all.

  • Miguel

    What kind of 16-year-old has a ‘partner?’ Makes me wonder if she had kids of her own.

    • I.M Bach

      It’s obvious the cycle needs to be perpetuated asap.

  • timemagazine

    A 16 year old girl has a partner? Is that normal? What kind of parents has this poor girl? Neanderthals probably.

  • Imogen B

    Where was the girl’s mother while this prolonged assault was taking place?
    Where was the Kanara family? Not only is Kanara a piece of filth, but so is every adult present who failed to intervene from the outset.
    Lock the lot up and throw away the key before someone gets killed.
    And therein lies the next problem. We’ll have to wait for some gutless judge to deliver a sentence of ….. Home detention? A few months paid accommodation?

  • steve and monique

    And the list gets bigger. Maori need to own these problems, and stop blaming everyone else including The white fulla. Disgusting, gutless, useless mongrel, are words that come to mind when I read this post. Maybe one day the story will be different, but I wont hold my breath. Maori, it is solely your shame, so clean up your act, as the rest of us are sick of it. Oh, does this make me racist.

    • kehua

      Yes it does.

      • steve and monique

        Whatever. Saying it how it is, and if that is racist, then rather be that, then naive, and having my head shoved in the sand. Blame whoever you like, but the fact remains the same. Anyway the biggest racists in this country are Maori.

    • OneTrack

      I blame the colonists.

      • steve and monique

        which ones.

  • RightofSingapore

    Taking away someone’s sight is exceptionally vicious, this piece of trash should never see the light of day ever again. He deserves to suffer and he deserves punishment, caning would be most appropriate here, that way he’ll be reminded of what he did every time he sits down.

  • caochladh

    Well, at least Judge Simon Menzies remanded the mongrel in custody for sentencing in February.

  • 1951

    …and… was this wonderful creature employed? Was he contributing to society in a positive manner? Was he striving to put food on the table and a roof over her head?
    Once again msm, we are only getting part of the story.

    • I.M Bach

      I’d like to see the ‘Comments’ section remain available with stories such as this. You’d be sure to get the feeling of the general populace then.

  • Crookednose

    I’d also like to speculate that this isn’t the first time he’s done something like this. The whole “clean yourself up”, making her hide, taking her phone & id, makes this seem like a routine. Like something he’s been in trouble with before and was trying to contain the situation perhaps?
    Clearly not an anger issue, more like a rage issue.

    I am going to keep an eye on this case & see how “hard” our justice system goes on him.

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  • And this is why we need to bring back ‘Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, blood for blood’. This is simply nonsense. There is no punishment, beyond maiming him and probably executing him, which could ever reward such barbarism with its just desserts. That we tolerate people behaving like this, in the form of (at worst) a few years prison, is absurd. This kind of behaviour should lead to equal response and he should suffer for what he has done, rather than merely having his time spent being kept at Her Majesty’s pleasure.

  • The “warrior” culture needs an upgrade it seem. Maybe then, females could sit anywhere they want on the Marae.

    Maybe now the Maori King and other “Leaders” could front foot a long overdue culture upgrade?

    Surely it can’t be that hard? Individuals seem perfectly capable of “evolving” to being able to take advantage of all the “good” things in society, so it’s about bloody time the reminiscing of primitive, stone age eons of past were remembered, but not encouraged as a part of daily life in 2014.

    Where is the Maori leadership and initiatives? Or are they still too busy being victims of colonial repression?

    • Rick H

      No, they are far too busy lapping up all the goodies the “opressors” brought to this country.

  • Tom McKechnie

    My guess is that this little monster has been surrounded by violence his whole life.

    How a 16 year old can be at a family gathering and be able to commit acts of GBH is absolutely disgraceful. Surely there must have been adults present ?.

  • We need to re institute old punishments as part of justice in cases like this. By this I don’t mean Capital or even Corporal punishment, I mean embarrassment punishment. put them in the stocks in the town square wearing pink frilly underpants. Or a target in a dunking machine while wearing a frilly skirt and pigtails. If they don’t want that, then they need to be treated like the criminally insane that they are acting like, locked up in a pink padded cell, doped to the eyeballs on anti psychotics with a room mate that hums “the greatest american Hero” theme song all day and all night.

  • Eyeknownothing

    there should be one prison in NI and one in the SI that all the low life scumbags get sent to where there are no prison guards, food and water bull dumped in to the prison and the ‘guests’ are left to fight /kill each other for survival. When numbers get low, chuck a few more 3 strikes scumbags in. Simple!

  • Orion

    Where’s my post gone WO? What did I say in my post that was worth shutting it down?

  • Effluent

    I think a little care is needed in discussing this topic.

    I think anyone who has read a few of my previous posts will know that I am not a crim hugger, and some people might consider me to be insufficiently politically correct, or even a racist.
    However, in my opinion, turning this into an out and out race issue will reduce the chances of any improvement.
    I am sure every one of us has many Maori friends and acquaintances who are decent people, who do not behave in the same way as Mr Kanara, and who are every bit as disgusted by it as the posters below.If they are tarred with the same brush as Mr Kanara, they aren’t likely to be so willing to speak out about his loathsome behaviour.

    It is the crime itself that is to be judged, not the race of the person who commits it

    • Hard1

      Except taking all Polynesian violent criminals out of NZ would make us one of the most peaceful countries on earth. I don’t care if this issue is highlighted on the front page every day. This guy needs 15 years no parole at a minimum. His victim has life.
      The Liberals are scared of locking up serious, violent, mostly Polynesian criminals for any length of time because we have so many already in the prison population. This is wrong. You should have no rights if you maim another person like this low function sociopath.

      • Effluent

        True that taking the violent and dysfunctional elements out of society would improve the statistics no end, and no doubt a disproportionate percentage of the most irredeemable are Maori / Pasifika, but the apologists and excuse makers will use any sloppy thinking to label hard line solutions as the racist answer to criminality, and thereby block any attempt to apply more realistic penalties.

  • Max

    There are no words to describe this sub species of human or any accounting of any civilised being that can explain what is the appalling level of violence that this waster of our oxygen has done.
    This not the act of any rational living creature and what is worrying this piece of filth will more than likely breed more of the same.