Korotangi Paki

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.   Read more »

The King is dead. Long live the King

Matt Bown makes the announcement

Long-standing critic of the king movement, David Rankin, said the time has come to “bring this colonial relic of an institution to an end”.

He said the case against Maori King Tuheitia’s son, Korotangi Paki, 19, had embarrassed and shamed Maoridom.

Calls and messages to representatives of the King’s office remained unanswered by deadline last night. But a member of King Tuheitia’s national council of twelve, Professor Pou Temara, dismissed Rankin’s comments as out of their depth.

In a statement to media, Rankin likened the King movement to a badly injured horse.

“Sometimes you have no choice but to put it out of its misery. The same applies to the King Movement. The present truck-driver king cannot speak Maori, has to have other Maori advise him on basic protocol, and has been ordered by Tuku Morgan never to make any public statements. This is not a King but an object of nationwide ridicule.”

International ridicule.   Read more »

Dud Judge has another of her decisions appealed

Judge Philippa Cunningham is the same judge who let off “The Comedian” sex offender after she said he made people laugh.

Now another of her decisions is being appealed…the case of Korotangi Paki.

Crown Law is appealing the discharge without conviction handed down to the son of Maori King Tuheitia Paki earlier this month.

Korotangi Paki, 19, was let off charges of burglary, theft and drink driving by Judge Philippa Cunningham after his defence counsel successfully argued a conviction would ruin his chances of succeeding to the throne.

He had earlier pleaded guilty to all the charges, which related to two separate incidents dating from March this year and October 2013.

In a statement, media advisor for Crown Law Jan Fulstow said an appeal had been made.

“Crown Law does a very careful and thorough review of cases such as this before a decision is made.   Read more »

Crown Law Office consider appeal against Prince Paki

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Photo / Brett Phibbs – via NZ Herald

Cherie Howie has the details

The Crown Law Office is considering an appeal against a judge’s controversial decision not to convict the son of Maori King Tuheitia Paki on several charges because it would prevent him succeeding the throne.

Judge Philippa Cunningham granted Korotangi Paki a conditional discharge without conviction in the Auckland District Court on Thursday, sparking widespread public outrage.

Paki, 19, had previously pleaded guilty to charges of burglary, theft and driving while seven times the legal alcohol limit for his age. The dishonesty offences occurred while Paki was on bail for drink-driving.

Crown Law Office spokeswoman Jan Fulstow said yesterday an appeal was being considered. “We have to get the files and do a thorough review of the matter first.”

The reasoning was that it may, one day, prevent him from taking the throne as King of all Maori.  That’s in spite of him being 2nd in line.  Mind you, his brother hasn’t been a picture of good behaviour either, so he may in fact be in the running.   Read more »

Good on ya Dover

Dover Samuels says the dud judge who let off the royal ratbag with a discharge without conviction has ‘cultural hypnosis’.

A judge who discharged the Maori King’s son without conviction is suffering from “cultural hypnosis”, former Maori Affairs Minister Dover Samuels says.

Korotangi Paki, 19, pleaded guilty in the Auckland District Court yesterday to drink driving, two counts of burglary and one of theft.

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.

Paki’s lawyer, Paul Wicks QC, told the court a conviction would impede his ability to accede to the throne.

Samuels told Radio New Zealand this morning the judge’s decision should not have taken into account Paki’s royal status. Read more »

Dud judge buys Maori privilege story to save royal ratbag from conviction

Being a member of the bro-racracy and Maori royalty has paid off for for a royal ratbag who has escaped conviction because one day he may be the Maori King…a made up position of now real standing.

The son of Maori King Tuheitia Paki has been discharged without conviction today on charges of burglary, theft and drink driving, after his defence successfully argued a conviction would ruin his chances of succeeding to the throne.

Korotangi Paki, 19, had previously pleaded guilty to all the charges, which related to two separate incidents dating from March this year and October 2013.

His drink driving charge — in which he blew a reading almost double the legal adult alcohol level — was only revealed in court today after Judge Philippa Cunningham lifted a suppression order.

Defence for Paki, Paul Wicks QC, said the consequences of a conviction would outweigh the seriousness of the crime, because it would render the teen — who will become a father in September — ineligible for the role of king.

However, police prosecutor F. Gul Qaisrani, opposed a discharge without conviction, saying it would send the wrong message to society.   Read more »

Three strikes for Maori King’s son?

A reader writes

Hi Cam,

King Tuheitia’s reported approach is quite refreshing. Solid leadership to make his son front up and not apply for name suppression.

Even better would be for the King to support ACT’s three strikes for burglary policy.

I won’t hold my breath, however.

If implemented, Korotangi Paki’s two burglary convictions, now entered, would mean that if he is convicted of burgling again it will be 3 years in the big house for the ratbag.

Let’s hope he mends his ways and straighten’s up – for al our sake, but also for the sake of the child he has recently sired.

I tell you what, I would support a Maori king that got behind a 3 strikes policy for burglary.

By the time you get your 3rd conviction, you’re either no mate of Darwin’s or you made a clear decision to take the risks.

Either way, bye bye.

Maori King gets his wish: No name suppression for his son

via Newstalk ZB

via Newstalk ZB

Second in line to throne behind his hotel smashing brother, Maori Prince Korotangi Paki pleads guilty to charges of burglary.

Newstalk ZB reports

The Maori King’s son Korotangi Paki has pleaded guilty to burglary and theft charges.

Korotangi Paki stood in the Auckland District Court surrounded by an entourage led by the King’s spokesman Tuku Morgan. Read more »