Moko Rangitoheriri

Kia kaha Rotorua High Court!

Tania Shailer and David Haerewa

Tania Shailer and David Haerewa

Tania Shailer, 26, and boyfriend David Haerewa, 43, were each jailed for 17 years in June after pleading guilty to the manslaughter of Moko, who had been left in their care.

Shailer and Haerewa abused and neglected the three-year-old for two months before his death in August last year. They were supposed to be looking after him while their mother Nicola Dally-Paki was at Starship Hospital caring for one of her other children. Read more »

Rodney Hide on National’s arrogance

Rodney Hide gives a classic example of the sort of arrogance that John Key said that he has no room in his government for:

Arrogance. Prime Minister John Key warned of it when he was elected for a third term. Attorney General Chris Finlayson personifies it.

We are angry and horrified at the brutal torturing and killing of little Moko. The Crown then inexplicably downgraded the charge from murder to manslaughter. Our anger and horror turned to the Crown. How could that be?

Finlayson slammed commentary on the subject as “dangerous and ill-informed”. Of course we are ill-informed. We can’t understand the decision.

But dangerous? In what way exactly?

Finlayson promised he would explain after sentencing “in words of one syllable”. He clearly sees the commentators as stupid as well as dangerous.

Following this week’s sentencing we now have Finlayson’s explanation.

It falls shockingly short.

“Based on the evidence available for trial, there was a substantial risk that one or both of the defendants would not be convicted of the legal charge of murder or manslaughter.

“To prove the legal charge of murder in this case, the Crown was required to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Moko’s fatal injuries were inflicted with murderous intent.”

I am not an expert. I do not hold office. I have not followed “robust process”.

And again I risk incurring the Attorney General’s wrath, but he is wrong.

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The Press editorial on politicising tragedy

In the wake of?the sentencing of scumbags Tania Shailer and David Haerewa for killing “Moko”,?the Press editorial takes issue with the politicising of tragedy.

The “justice for Moko” movement was?an expression of populism at its most raw and sincere. People came together for peaceful protests outside courthouses from Whangarei to Invercargill on Monday. The crowds were typically?small, numbering between 100 and 200. A group of 30 assembled on Stewart Island, which does not even have a courthouse. The largest reported crowd of 500 was in Rotorua, where?Tania Shailer and David Haerewa were sentenced to 17 years imprisonment for the manslaughter of three-year-old?Moko Rangitoheriri.

It hardly needed to be demonstrated, but the protests showed that disgust at the horrific, sustained violence inflicted on a toddler by people who were supposed to care for him is a national issue. More than that, it showed that Moko had, like Nia Glassie eight years earlier, transcended the specifics of his own story to?become a symbol of both the terrible potential for individual violence and a failure of?systems that are supposed to protect children. ?? Read more »

17 years, 9 non-parole minimum for Moko’s death

Tania Shailer and David Haerewa

Tania Shailer and David Haerewa

Tania Shailer, 26, and David William Haerewa, 43, were jailed for 17 years, with a minimum non-parole period of nine years, in Rotorua High Court on Monday for their callous and fatal abuse of the boy in Taupo last year.

The pair were initially charged with murder, but that was downgraded and they pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter.

Outside court, Sensible Sentencing’s legal adviser David Garrett said the high-end 17-year term for manslaughter was a “pleasant surprise”.

However, if the pair had been put on trial for murder and found guilty, they could have got life without parole or at least a minimum non-parole period of 17 years, Mr Garrett said.

“In other words, they’ve actually got off fairly lightly … the judge has done all she can, I think.”

Interestingly enough, according to the rules and practices, the judge had to give a discount for an early guilty plea. She thereby changed a life sentence without parole to 17 years with parole possible in 9. If you don’t think it is enough, that’s about as much as could be given under our current system.? Read more »

Moko’s manslaughterers face sentencing tomorrow

Moko Rangitoheriri

Moko Rangitoheriri

That face will haunt this country for generations to come.

It’s been more than 10 months since the death of three-year-old Moko Rangitoheriri — and now, the caregivers who killed him are about to be sentenced for manslaughter.

How dare they even describe those animals as “caregivers”?

On Monday morning, Tania Shailer and David Haerewa will find out their punishment for beating the toddler so badly that he eventually died on August 10, 2015.

The pair had been asked to look after Moko and his seven-year-old sister while their mother, Nicola Dally-Paki, was at Starship Hospital caring for one of her other children.

Instead, they tortured Moko so terribly that when it came time for Ms Dally-Paki to identify the toddler’s body in the morgue, she could not even recognise her son.

Coroner Wallace Bain is overseeing the inquest into Moko’s death, and has compared it to the tragic death of Rotorua toddler Nia Glassie eight years ago.

Ms Dally-Paki says her young daughter was the first person to tell her about the horrific abuse Moko had suffered.

“She told me that Moko was locked in the bathroom for two weeks. She’d tried to stay home from school to try and feed my son, ’cause they were starving him,” Read more »

Moko?s death has even triggered a neo-Nazi march, but please, be offended about a cartoon

Credit: BoomSlang

Credit: BoomSlang

The sad weirdos?of a neo-nazi outfit are wanting to march for Moko…he won’t care though, he’s dead.

A protest organiser in Masterton has welcomed uniformed members of a right wing group wanting to march against child abuse in the town.

Mother-of-five Liz Rikiti and Amanda Dette have arranged a Justice for Moko march in Masterton on Monday June 27, the same day as the Rotorua High Court sentencing of Tania Shailer and David William Haerewa, a couple who pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Moko Rangitoheriri, a 3-year-old in their care tortured to death over a two-month period.

Masterton scrap worker Vaughan Tocker, who heads the Right Wing Resistance in Australia and New Zealand and claims to hold the rank of lieutenant-general, said his group planned to stand shoulder to shoulder with child abuse protestors later this month and march against child abuse ” – as well as “Islamisation”. ? Read more »

Hide on Moko and the injustice of justice


Una Jagose via RNZ

I was thinking “not Moko again”, and then I felt ashamed.?? This isn’t something that gets “old” and we don’t talk about any more.

Solicitor-General Una Jagose owes us an explanation over the downgrading of charges against the pair who tortured and killed toddler Moko Rangitoheriri from murder to manslaughter.

That was in return for his killers David Haerewa and Tania Shailer pleading guilty to the manslaughter charge so saving the necessity of a trial for murder.

Jagose has offered no explanation. The decision seems inexplicable.

The torturing and killing of poor little Moko has saddened and angered New Zealanders to a degree that I lack the words to explain. Moko suffered and died but the brutality and barbarity of his death is damaging to us all.

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Moko, Are the Maori Leaders and Politicians Part of the Problem?

Moko Rangitoheriri

Moko Rangitoheriri

by Gavin

The silence from Maori leaders and politicians on the death of Moko has been deafening. Are they part of the problem? I am reminded of the death of the Kahui twins and how the family gathered to protect the perpetrators in a wall of silence that enabled them to avoid prosecution. Are we seeing the same level of silence now?

To solve a problem, there has to be an admission that there is a problem that needs solving. Only then can solutions be sought and implemented. Until the leaders of Maori society admit there is a problem, I suspect Moko will not be the last child to die at the hands of caregivers. And, we will be just as outraged when the next child is killed by those closest to them as nothing changes. Read more »

Moko: Where Has Kelvin Davis Gone?

Moko Rangitoheriri

Moko Rangitoheriri

Guest post by Gavin

Since he entered Parliament where we have heard him go on about fight clubs in Serco run prisons where thugs were beating up thugs. Trips to Australia to support the 501 deportees and Andrew Little going to the Australian Parliament to lobby for them. Yet he has remained silent on the latest death of little Moko.

Why is this? Why is he silent on a real issue? Why is the only real leader turning out to be Alan Duff.

I saw Tariana Turia debate Marama Fox on why Chris Brown should be allowed to come here. Incidentally she looked rather silly defending the indefensible. Why are the rest of the Maori leadership and MP?s silent on this issue? What are they afraid of to speak out and face the truth. As others have stated there was an absence of Maori leaders and flags in the various marches for Moko. Read more »

Alan Duff is right, real men don’t beat up kids

Alan Duff has another ripper in?the?Herald:

We can’t let Moko Rangitoheriri’s death be forgotten – or be a vengeful mob storming the Taupo police cells to lynch Moko’s evil killers.

One of many marches around the country took place in Lower Hutt and there were some brave men who spoke out. I quote Anaru Moke: “I was bashed myself. Who wasn’t?” He says he’s breaking the cycle with his own 11 children. He’s a Mob member. Good on him for speaking out. Here’s Star Olsen: “I knew I had to say something that was at the pit of my stomach. The hardest word for some Maori males to say is sorry.” Including when they just helped torture and murder a child.

It’s a waste of breath to scream that vile punishments should be inflicted on Tania Shailer, 26, and David Haerewa, 46. We’d just be drawn into an endless cycle of violence begetting more violence. But we Maori have to ask why we totally dominate statistics in the killing of more than 200 infants in the past two decades. Why us? The leaders – I mean the cowardly ones staying silent and not joining any of the marches, the ones flying business class to dubious “conferences” overseas – will never do anything to help change the significant percentage of Maori at the bottom of the heap from falling further down into the abyss.

Some Maori have no moral values because they’re not taught them. Violence is perfectly acceptable behaviour, indeed admired; whether it’s king-hitting a stranger in a pub, beating up the wife or partner, thrashing their children.

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