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NAPIA - Wiremu Teura Kowhai - 28/05/15


Parole hearing

Under section 21(1) of the Parole Act 2002


Wiremu Teura Kowhai NAPIA

Hearing: 28 May 2015
 via AVL [withheld]

Members of the Board: 
 Hon. M A Frater – Panel Convenor
 Ms L Nathan
 Dr J Skipworth
 Dr P Taylor

In attendance:   [withheld]


1. Wiremu Teura Kowhai Napia, aged 49, is serving a sentence of preventive detention with a minimum period of 12 years imprisonment imposed on 5 November 2004.  Mr Napia pleaded guilty to one charge of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and was found guilty of unlawful sexual connection and injuring with intent to injure.

2. The events giving rise to these charges occurred on 5 May 2003.  Mr Napia became eligible to be released on parole on 21 May last.

3. Mr Napia has an extensive, serious and versatile history of offending dating back to 2002.  It includes convictions for driving with extremely high levels of alcohol in his breath or blood, breaches, escaping and, most significantly for the present purposes, convictions for male assaults female, breaches of a protection order, wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, and assault with intent to rape. 

4. This is not the first time that he has been sentenced to imprisonment.  He was sentenced to three years, ten and a half months in 1991 and four and a half years in 1997. 

5. Mr Napia has a RoC*Rol score of 0.67483 and a low/medium security classification.  During this sentence he has been the subject of 23 incident reports but only two of these led to proven misconducts. 

6. Mr Napia is currently housed in [withheld].  He has been employed in the correctional [withheld] for 27 months.  The [withheld] instructor speaks highly of him, and, in particular, his passion for learning and his work ethic.  He is currently studying towards industry qualifications which, we were told, require at least another nine months to complete.  However, this is a diversion.  While it may provide useful skills for reintegration, Mr Napia is nowhere near that point.  He has not addressed his significant rehabilitative needs.

7. He talked to us at length about his offending.  Although he said at the outset that he took responsibility for all his actions, he then proceeded to minimise and rationalise his ongoing violent and sexual offending.  He also purported to have addressed his past substance abuse problems himself, and did not see the need to attend treatment for that, at least at the moment. 

8. The psychologist who prepared the psychological assessment report for the Board assessed Mr Napia’s risk of sexual re-offending as moderate to high and recommended that he undertake the Adult Sex Offender Treatment Programme.  We endorse that recommendation.

9. Parole is declined today.  Mr Napia will be scheduled to be seen again in accordance with the statutory cycle.  We gave him notice that at the next hearing the Board will consider not only the possibility of release on parole but, if that is declined, whether or not to postpone his next hearing for up to five years. 

10. He will be given formal notice of his rights in respect of that matter, prior to the next hearing. 


Hon. M A Frater
Panel Convenor