Maori King’s son on boy racer charges

Maori King’s son on boy racer charges
LOUISE RISK AND NIKKI PRESTON
Last updated 11:45 06/06/2011

A son of the Maori King has been charged by police after he crashed into a power pole in Huntly on Saturday night – and a witness says the boy is lucky to be alive.

Korotangi Paki, King Tuheitia’s 16-year-old middle child and youngest son, was driving a Mitsubishi Lancer that hit the pole on Riverview Rd about 9pm.

No-one from the king’s office could be contacted by the Waikato Times this morning.

Waikato Police spokesman Andrew McAlley confirmed a 16-year-old boy had been arrested on Saturday night on boy racer charges.

A witness said Korotangi and his friend were lucky to escape any serious injuries from either the impact of the crash or from the 33,000 volt powerlines that hung dangerously low afterwards.

“I didn’t see it happen, but I heard it,” the witness said. “He turned the corner and put his boot in.

“There was very, very heavy revving and then he skidded up onto the kerb and hit the power pole.

“I thought he had hit my fence at first, it’s right near the road.”

The witness said the 50kmh stretch of road was popular with speeding drivers and he was expecting the worst when he went outside, but found the two boys had climbed from their car unaided.

“They are two very lucky young chaps.”

The witness called the police and said three police cars showed up quickly as well as a Wel Networks vehicle.

Korotangi was quickly moved into one of the police cars where he sat “for about three quarters of an hour” until he was taken away by police.

Wel Networks staff had secured the pole but the Riverview Rd and Porritt Rd area was expected to be without power for up to six hours tomorrow while repairs are carried out.

Wel Networks supervisor of faults Hamish Thomson said it was the third time a car had driven into one of its poles that day. Earlier a car hit a power pole in Hamilton’s Peacockes Rd and another hit a pole in Nevada Rd.

– Waikato Times

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Tainui on the Web. Eraka's Blog
    Jun 06, 2011 @ 10:10:10

    This is what happens when you give powerful cars to little kids.

    Reply

  2. Pirairaka
    Jun 08, 2011 @ 08:44:53

    was it one of our waikato-tainui cars that the long-suffering people pay for?

    or was it a car the paki family had actually bought with money they had earned?

    lol!

    or let me guess it was money they scrounged off the people?

    yep you got it in one!

    Reply

  3. unhappy Tainui beneficiary
    Jun 08, 2011 @ 15:13:32

    Bloody idiotic if you ask me. I suppose Tainui will be dumb enough to replace it.

    Reply

  4. Why ?
    Jul 03, 2011 @ 11:45:01

    we are so lucky nothing serious happened to our moko , all our mokos are getting restless and they are hurting because we are hurting.
    Tuku you are affecting our tamariki and their roles in the future.

    Reply

  5. OVERiT
    Jul 26, 2011 @ 20:58:53

    and after this accident happen korotangi posted on facebook and said ‘so im still the man’
    someone needs to grow up , and who else to blame but his own parents for getting this unreliable teenage boy a car and i wonder who’s pocket did the money come out of

    i heard (thanks to facebook) the other person that was in the car with him, was tuheitia’s older son whatumoana

    Reply

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