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MOKARAKA, William - 09/10/14

Parole hearing

Under section 21(1) of the Parole Act 2002

William Boyd MOKARAKA

Hearing: 9 October 2014
 at (withheld)

Members of the Board: 
Hon M A Frater – Panel Convenor
Mr J Thomson
Assoc Prof P Brinded
Mr B McMurray
Support People: (withheld)
In Attendance:  (withheld)

DECISION OF THE BOARD

1. William Boyd Mokaraka, aged 42, is serving a sentence of preventive detention imposed in 1999 for serious sexual offending against three women.  He has been in custody on this sentence for more than 16 years, after previously serving a sentence of six years and 10 months imposed in 1991, also for sexual offending.  All his victims were strangers.

2. Mr Mokaraka successfully completed the Adult Sex Offender Treatment Programme in May 2013 on the second attempt.  When he appeared before the Board last year he was housed in the Internal Self Care Unit, was working outside the wire and had been approved to participate in shopping leaves.  It was anticipated that from there he would proceed to Te Whare Oranga Ake, Release to Work and participate in home leaves, followed by individual psychological counselling. 

3. In the past year Mr Mokaraka has accomplished two of those goals.  He transferred to Te Whare Oranga Ake in March of this year and started work at (withheld) a few days later.  The firm (withheld).  Mr Mokaraka is regarded as an excellent worker and has been offered permanent employment post release.

4. He has maintained a minimum security classification since February last year, has not been identified in any incident or misconduct reports and has remained IDU free. 

5. There were some initial problems when he transferred to the whare.  He is said to push the boundaries and be over-controlling.  He was told to “keep the noise down” which, it seems, he has done more recently.

6. But while he has made progress in the whare and at work, there remains a considerable way to go in so far as the finalisation of his release plan is concerned.  Much hinges on the input and support of his wife, who resides in (withheld). She says she is willing to support him, but the evidence suggests that her priorities, quite rightly, remain with her children and family. She was listed to attend his hearing today but, although Mr Mokaraka believed that she had left (withheld), did not arrive in time.  Similarly, some seven home leaves with her were approved, but did not eventuate.  We understand that in the past year she has only spent one day leave with Mr Mokaraka, in addition to attending the whânau hui which was arranged by staff at Te Whare Oranga Ake and took place in (withheld).  She has said she is willing to move to (withheld) or (withheld) area so that he can live with her on release, but she has yet to indicate when she will actually make the move.  Mr Mokaraka anticipates that that will happen by January next, but we are sceptical. And in any event, he needs to have more community supporters than his wife. 

7. Mr Mokaraka needs to strengthen the support which he says he has from local kaumâtua.  He also needs to look realistically at where he sees his future - in the (withheld) area where he currently has work, or in (withheld).  Those decisions need to be made prior to the next hearing.  At this stage there is much work to be done on his release plan. 

8. Parole is declined. Mr Mokaraka will be scheduled to be seen again in accordance with the statutory cycle.

Hon M A Frater
Panel Convenor