Korotangi Paki leaves the Auckland District Court. Photo:
NZ Herald/Brett Phibbs
The son of Maori King Tuheitia Paki pleaded guilty in the
Auckland District Court this morning to two charges of burglary
and one of theft from a car.
Korotangi Paki, 18, had dropped an initial request for name
suppression, and was bailed to reappear in July for
Lawyer Paul Wicks said the offending was minor and Paki was
appearing for the first time. The new sentencing date would
give time for him to address some matters concerning the
victims, Wicks said.
Paki was drinking with three co-accused in Kaiti, Gisborne,
on March 18.
The defendants drove to the Top Ten Holiday Park where they
stole two $800 surfboards which belonged to Whakatane High
School, the police Summary of Facts said.
One defendant returned a surfboard when stopped by a member
of the public. The second surfboard was placed by Paki in a
car the group were using.
They then stole $650 of goods from the boot of a vehicle
parked in a man's driveway, and drove metres down the road
where they stole another surfboard from a garage.
The four defendants admitted the thefts to police.