A South Waikato teacher accused of sexual abuse and supplying
drugs to a child at a Maori immersion school has pleaded
guilty to 11 charges.
Rueben James Parinui Tapara, the former assistant principal
at Te Wharekura O Te Kaokaoroa O Patetere, a Putaruru Maori
immersion school appeared via audio visual link at the
Hamilton District Court today.
He entered guilty pleas to four charges of indecent assault,
three charges of sexual violation, two of doing an indecent
act and one of supplying or selling cannabis.
The 30-year-old was remanded in custody to reappear in the
Hamilton District Court for sentencing in February.
Tapara was a teacher at the school for about three years
until his arrest in October. He was fired from his job two
- By James Ihaka of the New Zealand Herald