A former Makoura College director and NZ Army veteran is
facing charges of sexual violation and indecent assault
against a young boy.
Jack Rapana Matiaha, 51, from Masterton, appeared in
Masterton District Court yesterday and pleaded not guilty to
two charges of unlawful sexual connection with a boy and four
charges of indecent assault on a boy.
The boy was aged under 12 and between 12 and 16 at the time
of the alleged offending, which was said to have taken place
between 2007 and 2009.
Matiaha, who was the Makoura College Services Academy
director, is no longer working at the college.
Matiaha's lawyer, Louise Elder, argued for name suppression
to protect Matiaha's partner.
But prosecuting Sergeant Jodie Lawrence said naming Matiaha
could lead to other possible complainants coming forward.
Judge Barbara Morris declined the application for name
suppression and remanded Matiaha on bail until February 27.
He will face trial by jury.
- Kelli Hooks of the Wairarapa Times-Age