No more pandering to Royalty as Prince Paki is convicted

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The Maori King’s son will be convicted of drink driving, after the High Court ruled the consequences were “not irredeemable”.

Korotangi Paki, 19, was discharged without conviction in the Auckland District Court in July on two counts of burglary, one of theft and one of drink-driving.

Judge Philippa Cunningham discharged Paki after his lawyer, Paul Wicks QC, argued convictions would hinder his ability to accede the throne.

Cunningham said the consequences of a conviction were out of proportion to the offending.

Well, I’m sure that once he’s on the throne, he’ll just want to make people laugh.  

The Crown appealed the decision to discharge Paki, and the High Court issued its ruling today.

Justice Mark Woolford found that the consequences of conviction for burglary and theft would be “out of all proportion to its gravity.”

However, the same could not be said for a drink-driving conviction, he found.

“I am not satisfied that a conviction for drink driving would meaningfully decrease his chances of becoming the next Maori King, or have any other consequence out of all proportion to the gravity of the offence. A drink driving conviction is a black mark, but not an irredeemable one,” Justice Woolford said.

“At this stage it is highly unlikely Mr Paki will be appointed King. Mr Paki’s chances of succession may improve in the future after an  appropriate period of atonement. However, I am not satisfied from the affidavit  evidence that a conviction for drink driving will prevent him from forever succeeding if he is otherwise considered a suitable candidate for the role.”

Hell no.  He’ll have to do much worse than a DIC if he’s going to be disqualified for the Maori throne – it’s more or less a requirement these days!

The burglaries and theft happened in March while he was on bail and after a night of drinking.

And here we go again.  He offended while on bail, but to convict him would be too harsh on the poor fella.

I don’t know.  Why don’t we just give the bastard a free pass to come take whatever he wants?  After all.  It’s all our fault for colonially oppressing him.

 

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– Stuff

 


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  • simon

    Say what you like about the Brit royal family, at least they look and behave vaguely regal. This guy looks like he has been scraped from the very bottom of the gene barrel.

    • Cadwallader

      He was! The idea of a maori King/Queen is utterly ridiculous. The title has no constitutional significance, no mana, no duties or roles. It is yet another maori money siphon.
      Mr Morgan I think is the former Winston Peters’ Minister for Illicit Spending particularly in menswear stores.

      • Damon Mudgway

        Tuku certainly has a classy undies drawer.

        • Billythekid

          Don’t undie estimate took ku?

    • Reaper

      Yep, can’t really imagine Prince Charles breaking into people’s cars and stealing their clothes.

  • One land, two laws. Remember, ‘All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.’

    • And that story ended in tears as well . .

    • Another Middleagedwhiteguy

      That is not a very halal comment for these days, old sausage.
      (I love pork, guaranteed not h……. !!)

  • Pete

    Didn’t his old man demand a couple of hours of Wills and Kate’s time when they were here?

    I have to say it, because someone has to, Maori King is a pretend job, a pretend title and has absolutely no relevance in modern day NZ.

    • Vaughan

      True that Pete, but I would argue the same about the English and any so called ‘Royalty’.

    • Rick H

      And it also had no relevance in pre-european history either.
      It;s just a sham.

  • Brian of Mt Wellington

    What do you expect from the son of a Huntly truck driver. The son is a right little scumbag and where the word ” Feral” has true meaning. He thinks because of who he is that he can get away with anything. He doesn’t think the laws apply to him. As long as the family has Tuku Morgan in their lives this attitude wont change. Morgan will do and say anything just to keep his nose in the Tainui Trough. Morgan has almost achieved his goal as at the moment he has taken over from the so called Kings duties while he is sick. They are just ” Claytons ” royalty and haven’t even got the right lineage to be cleaners to the British Royals. Never expect me to bow in the presence of the pretend king.

    • Morgan is indeed the “Hand of the King”

      • Damon Mudgway

        I see what your hinting at there Pete.

        Funny cause it’s true.

    • KGB

      I’m sure you don’t mean disrespect to truck drivers from Huntly. Nothing shameful about being a truck driver or being from Huntly. I agree with your other statements however.

      edit missed word

      • Another Middleagedwhiteguy

        I’m sure BoMW did not mean any disrespect for Huntly nor truckies, but why would the Queen’s elder son go to live in Huntly, and why would he become a truck driver when he could have been in the palace all day?
        Either he had no respect for the position he now occupies, or couldn’t stand being told by his mother to behave himself, or both.

  • Alex Croft

    Brought up by thugs, is a thug.

  • nervus

    What happens if the mug offends again , another free pass ?. A prince, what rubbish.

  • Cadwallader

    Had the allegation been for a sexual offence or domestic violence I wonder how Judge Cunningham would have dealt with the case…perhaps she’d have regarded his conduct as a pre-requisite for accession to the glorious “throne?”

  • Aucky

    Discharging burglar prince “A victory for Maori.”

    I don’t think that the majority of Maori will see it as a victory Tuku, most will see it for what it is. A victory for privilege & nepotism.

    • Pita

      Tuku is well versed in Maori privilege…after all, his Mana
      demanded that that he spend Aotearoa television money on a pair of silk
      underpants

      • abbaby

        I would have bought a house.

      • Another Middleagedwhiteguy

        Why silk?
        perhaps it slides more easily

  • cows4me

    “accede the throne”, seriously, do the Maoris backing this guy believe the general public let alone their own people will have some type of respect for this guy. It’s a very, very, hollow tittle if this guy can take the throne. If he accedes the throne it will stink of nepotism, corruption and just gives legs to the all ready entrenched attitude that Maori are ruled by a brown aristocracy. This does nothing to quell a growing attitude that certain Maori are simply sucking on the tit for all it is worth and they have no intention of weaning themselves off.

    • Yellow Admiral

      He is the second son. The successor is the older son Whatumoana Te Aa Paki. Probably little or no chance of Korotangi making it.

  • Unionbreaker

    Regardless of whether or not he was convicted of these offences it does not take away the fact that he committed them. So how does he become a more suitable contender to be King if he avoids conviction?

  • john Doe

    “The future king this, the future king that” bla bla. What about the victims of the burglaries. These thieving little toe rags do nothing for my blood pressure.

  • Catriona

    All this makes me laugh. I have no intention of bowing and scraping to present Maori ‘royalty’.
    The present King’s late Mother will be truly spinning in her grave at the antics of this scumbag. Now, that lady had class and mana and I would have been respectful in her presence.

    • conwaycaptain

      She was very well respected here and overseas and was a great ambassador for NZ. Look at the turn out for her funeral. people from all over the world, great and small came.

      • Another Middleagedwhiteguy

        So why was her elder son a Huntly resident and a truck driver?
        Looks like he had no respect for the position he now occupies, and the youth in question is both a true reflection (as well as result) of that.

  • Nechtan

    Drink driving, burglary committed while on bail. Just what does a warrant a conviction these days? Regardless of who the offender is (or thinks he is) Judge Cunningham make a complete mess of this, one wonders if she will be held to any sort of account.

    edit clarity

  • Damon Mudgway

    Drink driving in this instance was deemed to be less serious than a burglary charge. Once again the High Court has simply given a watered down ruling.

    Quite simply the little piece of work should have convictions entered for all the charges he was found guilty of.

  • steve and monique

    To discharge him is by no means a “victory” for Maori, more like a shameful display of “positive discrimination”. Racism is racism and this is it in it’s rawest form. Wonder how the victims of his crimes feel about this guy going unpunished for invading their homes all because of intentions for him one day being able to play”King” in a game of dress ups in an internationally unrecognised, self proclaimed royal family? I would also say the same if it were to happen to any other race, not just Maori, but it wouldn’t happen. I think their own people would not think this is fair, most are decent, it’s scumbag like this that bring shame on everyone else and then everyone is judged. Take your stripes Paki and sort yourself out, and “Took a lot of money Morgan” – pull your racist head out of your racist bottom and start helping your people instead of getting rich off their backs.

  • Liberty

    It is a long stretch between A Chef of a Maori tribe out in the wops to become the Maori King of NZ . At the time of the king Movement. To the rest of the country He would have been considered to be dinner.

    • Another Middleagedwhiteguy

      Quite quite, old fellow.
      I those days the tribal boss could be either Chef (chief cook) or dinner, depending on whether his side won the battle or not.

  • Rocket

    All you commenters below are dumping on the wrong target.
    Plainly Paki is barely sentient.
    It is our highly paid servants, Justices Cunningham & Woolford who truly deserve our scorn.

    • Cadwallader

      I understand that once a lawyer has been selected to go on the Bench one of the pre-requisites is to stay on a marae for a weekend. Why? Who knows? I suspect that they are directed to serve all things maori, including myths (taniwha etc) and native sensitivities. This case brings those customs to the fore. Sad eh?

  • Alexander K

    The illogical socialist bleeding heart brigade is truly international and Tuku Morgan is a prominent member. I was lectured very earnestly by a black colleague in the UK that ‘Blacks cannot be racist’ as ‘It’s a white thing, comes from selling slaves.’ Absolute crap, of course!

    • rangitoto

      Most slaves from Africa were sold to the traders by other Africans usually enemy tribes.

      • Bob D

        Quite right. The slaves sold to the West were the “lucky” ones. The African slave traders were Muslim, and they supplied the East mainly – the Koran not only allows slavery, Mohammed was a slave trader.

        All male slaves going East were automatically castrated. Women and children became sex slaves. The Western nations, although they bought slaves, would never allow castration – they considered it inhumane.

        This, by the way, is why Islam never advanced south into Africa below the Sahara – the traders paid all the northern tribes to bring them slaves, and the southern folk bore the brunt of it. They hated Islam as a result.

        • conwaycaptain

          The Triangle of trade made the ports of Liverpool and Bristol extremely wealthy.

          Trade goods south to W Africa and traded for slaves.

          The Middle Passage across to the Caribbean and the Southern USA full of slaves where they were sold.

          Then a cargo of sugar, cotton or tobacco back to the UK to be sold.

          The ships were small and fast so that the slaves didn’t die on the way.

        • conwaycaptain

          I was told when I was serving on the last British Pilgrim ship taking Hajis to Jeddah that slavery was still rife across the Red Sea from Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia to the Arabian Peninsular.

          Look how the Arab states treat Pakistani and Indian Labour building their huge cities and how they treat Philippino and Indonesian maids.

          • Another Middleagedwhiteguy

            It is an integral part of their (Arab) culture. And therefore an integral part of islam.

          • conwaycaptain

            We were a 35 year old ex British Army Troopship and the accommodation was pretty spartan and we were chartered by the Malaysian Govt.

            We treated the Hajis with respect and treated them well. Across the wharf were Indian and Pakistani Pilgrim Ships and the way they treated them was appalling. Wooden stave to get them into line etc.

          • Another Middleagedwhiteguy

            Exactly.
            Indians & Pakistanis who, though devout muslims, nevertheless (according to the slave-master culture of the locals) should behave themselves as is fitting to their race – as non-arabs and therefore subservient, submissive, subhuman slaves.

        • Another Middleagedwhiteguy

          “All male slaves going East were automatically castrated”
          Correct.
          And survival rates were down around 10%.

          Also correct, the slave-ship’s crews did not go out in the bush to capture slaves – they just pulled up at the muslim-run concentration camps.
          And it was a really really good deal for the muslim traders too. To send one eunuch north they had to capture and castrate ten – but every single one captured could be sold real quick to the Spanish, the Portuguese, the French, the English and also to the Americans.

          It was definitely NOT just the evil American capitalists that had slaves – or how did you think so many Brazilians, Colombians, Cubans, Haitians & Jamaicans are at least partly African ???

      • Albert Lane

        And we should never forget that in the 19th century, the Maoris had slaves. A lot of these slaves had their faces tattooed, and they were murdered and beheaded, and their heads were shrunk and sold to the pakehas. I see on the news that a whole lot of heads are being repatriated from the States back to NZ, and the heads are apparently much venerated by the Maori people. Surely you’d expect that they would know how those heads got to the States in the first place. I bet the Waitangi Tribunal helped get those heads back, and paid for all the hypocrites to go over there and make blessings and karakias. I call it “inventing history”.

        • Hard1

          $100,000 plus to bring the the remains back, and it is reported that around 650 sets of remains are still overseas.
          Two things stand out. Moriori remains were included with the Maori remains and welcomed back with tears by Maori, and the heads are going to be kept as “works of art” instead of being interred.
          What is really going on here?

          • Albert Lane

            I’m not sure what’s going on. We are told on good authority that the Moriori were slaughtered by the Maoris. I did note that there were Moriori heads amongst the heads returned. We are told on even better authority that Maori warriors would attack other tribes, kill or enslave the men and capture the wives. So how these atrocities can be celebrated by Maoris reverently welcoming home the heads of people they murdered, is totally beyond me. Is this event going to result in yet another made-up story so that the Waitangi Tribunal can record yet another modern-day invention of the wonderful history of the Maori people? I await with great interest next week’s Muriel Newman email. These weekly emails tell the truth – not the fiction.

          • Hard1

            During the slaughter by Te Wharekura and his Hapu at Te Raki, 64 Moriori women were staked alive to the beach through their abdomens. Caged children were ordered for dinner.
            By rights, the Moriori remains should have traveled separately to the Chathams.
            The tattooed heads were all willingly sold by Maori, some even while in production(slaves sometimes escaped half tattooed)

            The remains should be returned as with any other overseas death, simply and with dignity, and interred forthwith. All this emotional stuff is pure theatre. The heads and bone are of no anthropological significance. They should all be removed from museums and interred. Otherwise how is keeping them any different to the original reason for the commerce in heads, in which were simply kept as curiosities, works of macabre art.

          • Albert Lane

            Hard1 – Faultless logic. But is the Waitangi Tribunal staffed with people whose logic is faultless? In fact, who determines the staffing and composition of the Waitangi Tribunal? I don’t know anybody who has ever been invited to become part of the tribunal. Looks to be an old-boys network. Just read Muriel Newman’s emails and you’ll soon see what’s going on in the re-invention of Maori history by the Waitangi Tribunal. How they get away with it is a question that really needs an urgent answer.

  • burns_well_eh

    Royal? You’re having a laugh – bahaa ha ha ha ha haaa

    • Reaper

      How embarrassing.

      • Nige.

        goes without saying..but i will anyway…..

        Hes not MY prince.

  • Jayar

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but did I see where his girlfriend was due to have a baby in September?. Guess who’ll be supporting them!

  • Max

    Good to see righteous indignation is still alive and well in NZ.I don’t really care if they hang him as like our own royalty he is totally irrelevant to most people however you are right there are two justice systems,one that lets the police who were driving at dangerous speeds to get Helen Clark to a football game and escaped after using the Nuremberg defence (WE WERE ORDERED TO DO IT) I believe and a few years back when Princess Anne’s then husband Mark Phillips (nickname fog,thick and wet) who terrified his police escort by driving at over 160k from Rotorua to Taupo to attend some horsey thing.In fact the escort should have arrested him for dangerous driving.Roll on the old boy’s network.

    • conwaycaptain

      He was rushing to put his boots out to be cleaned so that the local horsey girl set would know which door to knock on. That is what happened in Akl and she had a daughter by him.

      • Max

        lol.Oh well can’t blame him for speeding then that’s a legit defence in any man’s book.

  • HSV325

    I had never heard of the Maori King until Paki the smug oxygen thief was hauled before the courts.

    • Raibert

      He is the Tainui King, recognised by several other tribes mainly as the Tainui leader. There is no Maori King of Aotearoa.

      • Rachael Membery

        Yet?

        • Hard1

          Ever. Iwi can never agree on anything other than collectively refusing to graciously allow trickle down economics, other than to relatives, with the truckloads of free money handed out.
          Odd how Tainui can use the designations “King” and “Prince” to their hearts content without suffering from a shred of a colonial inferiority complex. I’m sure if a white organisation appointed a Rangatira all manner of indignant cultural protests would arise.

    • Raibert

      Sorry, to clarify his father is the Tainui King. Also this is not a hereditary position but the incumbent is selected by a group of tribal elders.

      • Albert Lane

        I believe that the present king was, in his working life, a truck driver. At least the Tainui elders didn’t discriminate against the working classes and put a highly-educated successful candidate on the throne. I understand that the prince’s brother is the first in-line to succeed to the throne, and that he can only succeed if something happens to the elder brother. Whatever happens, this son isn’t the sort of person who should lead his tribe. However, you could now say that he is a man of convictions.

  • twr

    So presumably it’s ok for him to be a thief, burglar and drink driver, as long as he’s not convicted of it? That’s an odd standard.

  • Alright

    Here’s a bet: the surly s.o.a.b. will break the law again before shuffling off mortal coil.

  • Excitedly awaiting Whodunnit

    Dont forget if the burglary charges werent applied to him then those who were with him get a free pass too. Cant charge them and not him.

  • munzrat

    I thought Winston was the Maori king of Aotearoa

    • Albert Lane

      Now that’s not a bad idea. For all the things we say about Winston, his heart is in the right place. Just a pity that he simply lacks the thought processes and reasoning ability to achieve greatness.

  • Justsayn

    If Maoridom doesn’t want a king that committed burglary then who are the Courts to say they are being disproportionate?

  • Dave

    I don’t see what all the fuss is about, it seems he is becoming perfectly qualified to be the maori king of Tainui. In another 25 to 30 years he will be able to offer advise to Maori youth based on his real life experience.

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