Ko tā ngā pirihimana, ka hāmenehia te pirihimana pakeke a Huri Dennis mō te kahaki, koinei te kōrero a tōna rōia ki a mātou o Te Kaea. Hei tā te rōia kuini, hei tā Steve Bonnar, ko ngā hāmene kua whakaū ki aia, whai muri i te hono tahi a tēnei taiohi tekau mā whitu tau te pakeke, me tētahi kōtiro tamariki rawa.
E ai ki te rōia a Steven Bronnar me kaua a Hurimoana Dennis e hāmene ki te ture.
“I don’t think he should have been charged with anything. Why? Because he's acted at all times in what he considered to be the best interests of the young man with the consent of the young man’s whānau and he believed with the consent of the young man himself.”
Kei te noho a Dennis i raro i te kapua whakatewhanga mo te whakapae, nāna tētahi tāne i mauherehia kia taea e ia te aukati i te hononga ai ki waenga i te tama me tētahi kōtiro.
“That’s the essential allegation that's been made against him. The circumstances arise out of a sexual relationship which was taking place between the young man at the centre of the allegation and an underage girl. I believe she was 15 at the time.”
Kua heke iho a Dennis i tana tūranga pirihimana i te marama o Māhuru i tēra tau i muri i tē tukunga o tētahi amuamu nā te tama.
“Huri will be vigorously defending the charge. He has acted at all times honourably. He's acted at all times with the consent and the encouragement of the whanau of the young man at the centre of the allegation and he has acted at all times in what he considered to be the young man’s best interests.”
Ko Huri Dennis te pou matua mo te kaupapa Manaaki Tangata ki Te Puea marae. E ai ki te kaitohu mo te marae a Anthony Ruakere kei te noho tika, pono hoki a Dennis mai te timatanga o te whakatewhanga.
“It’s important to understand that when the issue first came to light and Mr Dennis was advised that an investigation was going to be underway he took that immediately to the trustees and Mr Dennis being the chairperson the current chair of the trust forwarded his duty or his obligation to do that.”
Hei tā Bonnar, “Maximum penalty for an offence of kidnapping is 14 years imprisonment but I don’t anticipate that anyone’s suggesting that that sort of outcome would be appropriate in this case.”
Hei te rua tekau ma rima o tenei marama ka heke iho a Dennis i tana turanga heamana i Te Puea marae.
E ai ki tētahi māngai pirihimana ki a Te Kaea i tētahi pūrongo e haere tonu ana te whakatewhanga na reira e kore e taea e rātou te kōrero mo ngā whakapae.