A man who carried out a dental practice from his south
Auckland home has been sentenced to four months home
Sione Heinave Vailea appeared in the Manukau District Court
this afternoon facing charges of criminal nuisance,
performing a restricted activity, forgery and possession of
The court heard how Vailea had carried out dental work
including root canals, extractions and gold inlays from his
Mangere home, despite not being a registered dentist.
A summary of facts showed pictures of where Vailea carried
out his work; showing unhygenic conditions and old equipment.
The majority of patients were from the Tongan and wider
Vailea worked as a dental therapist in Tonga for many years,
but was not qualified in that same area in New Zealand.
It is understood the offending lasted about nine years.
Judge Fraser initially sentenced Vailea to 12 months
imprisonment, but later reduced that to four months home
The judge said he acknowledged Vailea's lack of previous
convictions and a petition with more than 500 signatures from
his community, showing their support.
- By Vaimoana Tapaleao of the NZ Herald