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Waiouru man convicted for firing
paint gun near military camp
By COURT REPORTER
Twenty-year-old Waiouru man
Whatihua Ruki was left in no doubt
that pointing any sort of gun from a
car window is an act of sheer stupid-
ity, when he appeared before Judge
Gerard Lynch in the Taihape Dis-
trict Court last Monday.
Ruki, defended by counsel Paul
Brown, entered a guilty plea to a
charge of discharging a firearm on a
public place. He was seen on State
Highway 1 near the main entrance
to the Waiouru Military Camp with
what turned out to be a paint gun
protruding from his vehicle’s
driver’s side window. He fired three
shots at a sign from the car.
‘‘This could have escalated into an
armed offender call out. It was an
utterly irresponsible act,’’ Ruki was
told by Judge Lynch.
Ruki was convicted and sentenced
to 60 hours community work.
Taking off in a fit of anger and
ripping up the surface of a Porirua
park saw Taihape man, 21-year-old
Joshua Brook enter pleas of guilty
to a charge of driving while disquali-
fied, and wilful damage.
Counsel Joanna Jordan appeared
for Brook and told the court her cli-
ent acknowledged his behaviour
was less than appropriate.
She said initial discussions with
police suggested that if Brook
attained a driver’s licence, he would
have been eligible for diversion.
However, his failure to do so saw
the matters brought before the
On the charge of wilful damage he
was sentenced to 40 hours com-
munity work and disqualified from
holding or attaining a driver’s
licence for three months.
Judge Lynch said given his appar-
ent struggle with outstanding fines
of about $1000, Brook was convicted
and discharged on the charge of
driving while forbidden.
No reparation was sought
Raukawa pleaded guilty to driving
while suspended. Her driver licence
had been suspended for three
months due to an accumulation of
When stopped by police she said
she was going up the street to get
milk and bread.
Warned by Judge Lynch that her
fines were getting high, he deemed
her unsuitable for community work.
‘‘You need to start getting the mess-
age about complying with orders of
Raukawa was fined $350, ordered
to pay court costs of $132.89 and
disqualified from driving for six
Offering no excuse
Taihape man 44-year-old Graeme
Sanders pleaded guilty to a charge
of driving with an excess breath
alcohol level of 560mcg.
Judge Lynch told Sanders his
actions were a gross error of judge-
ment, fined him $600, ordered him
to pay court costs of $132.89 and
disqualified him from driving for six
Refusing to allow police to take a
blood sample did not save Taihape
man Norman Katipa from his sixth
drink driving conviction or keep him
out of jail.
The 52-year-old was convicted
and sent to prison for four months
for what Judge Lynch described as
an enforced abstinence from alcohol.
Referring to reports provided by
Department of Corrections, Judge
Lynch noted Katipa’s long standing
harmful pattern of alcohol use.
‘‘The report states that your risk
of re-offending is actually higher
than the test tools allow,’’ he said.
Citing his responsibility for deter-
rence and denunciation, Judge
Lynch said he also had an obligation
Katipa was also sentenced to six
months standard post-release con-
ditions and six months special con-
ditions including orders to under-
take assessments, treatments and
courses as recommended by
Abusive man detained
A domestic incident which left his
partner battered and bruised, ended
with a conviction on a charge of
male assaults female for Taihape
man Daniel Whareaorere.
The 31-year-old was also
convicted for failing to appear in
court. Through counsel, Paul
Brown, Whareaorere said he had
been driving to Taihape following
an appearance in the Tauranga
Court on the assault charge, when
his vehicle broke down near Taupo
and was later stolen from where he
had left it locked up.
Paper work relating to his
remand date went with the stolen
vehicle, and he failed to contact the
court to find out when he was to
reappear. Judge Lynch said that
references offered to the court from
his current and previous employers
indicated a hard working, loyal and
However, the pre-sentence report
prepared by corrections staff said
Whareaorere was at high risk of
reoffending, lacked remorse and
‘‘Your behaviour is not in any way
acceptable. Your actions were arro-
gant, bullying and diminished your
mana as a man.
‘‘You have absolutely no right to
discipline any other adult person.
Your partner deserved and was
entitled to not be treated in this
way,’’ warned Judge Lynch.
Whareaorere was sentenced to
three months community detention
of each charge with his 7.30pm till
5am curfew effective immediately.
He was also sentenced to 150
hours community work on each
charge and to 12 months supervis-
ion with special conditions.
‘‘You have avoided a prison sen-
tence by the skin of your teeth. You
are warned, any violence against
any other female and you will be
sent to prison,’’ were the stern
words offered by Judge Lynch at the
completion of the sentencing.
Donation box stolen
The theft of $178.75 meant two
hours in the police cells and the very
real threat of a prison sentence for
convicted shoplifter 27-year-old Tai-
hape woman Aroha Reihana.
The theft charge was laid by
police after Reihana stole a St
John’s donation box from Taihape
Pharmacy on November 8.
According to police report,
Reihana had gone into the phar-
macy to have a prescription filled,
took the box from the counter and
left the store. She offered no expla-
nation to police for her actions.
Joanna Jordan appeared for
Reihana and told the court that she
was deeply embarrassed and had
been facing a number of personal
Her explanation that Reihana
would find it difficult to pay a fine
drew an immediate response from
Judge Lynch who ordered Reihana
be stood down in custody to allow a
pre-sentence report to be prepared.
‘‘A fine is the farthest thing from
my mind, I am seriously considering
jail. This is her 28th conviction for
dishonesty offending and I want a
report looking at a custodial sen-
Brought back from the cells two
hours later, Judge Lynch indicated
to Reihana that the report had been
favourable to her.
‘‘While this[the incident] had jail
written all over it, your actions were
really a cry for help. I will adopt the
recommendations made in the
Reihana was sentenced to 150
hours community work and to 12
months supervision with special
Taihape and Wanganui
Renegades played on
Saturday. Batting first,
Taihape struggled – all
out for 53 in the 17th
over. Taihape’s inspired
bowling and fielding
effort was not enough.
Taihape 52 (Symes 1,
Kauika 9) lost to
Wanganui 53/6 (Jacob-
son 3 for 25, Davies 3
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