Stayz Te Atamira RAUKAWA - 21/02/2018

Parole Hearing

Under section 21(2) of the Parole Act 2002

Stayz Te Atamira RAUKAWA

Hearing: 21 February 2018

at Rolleston Prison via AVL to New Zealand Parole Board, Wellington

Members of the Board:

  • Ms S Pakura – Panel Convenor
  • Mr L Comer
  • Mr A Hackney


  1. Stayz Te Atamira Raukawa, 45, appears for further consideration of parole.
    Mr Raukawa is serving a sentence of three years six months for multiple sex offences.  Mr Raukawa was sentenced on 20 October 2015.
  2. Mr Raukawa’s victim was a 15 year old student of Mr Raukawa’s dance academy.  He accepts responsibility for grooming the victim by offering her leadership opportunities and increasing contact with her outside the classes.  He fully disclosed his offending as well as disclosing other offences that were not known at the time.
  3. Mr Raukawa’s prison security classification is minimum.  The sentence expiry date is
    19 December 2018.  Mr Raukawa’s RoC*RoI is 0.06156.
  4. At this time Mr Raukawa continues to have a positive attitude in the wing.  He is compliant and respectful.
  5. There is a psychological treatment report dated December 2017.  Mr Raukawa completed the Short Intervention Programme.  The treatment report highlights that he is considered to have addressed his sexual offence related needs and developed a safety plan that will assist him when he is confronted with high risk situations.  He has been assessed as a low risk of further sexual offending.
  6. Mr Raukawa has also completed the brief and intermediate AOD programmes.
  7. The release plan highlights the support of [withheld] his wider extended whānau.  That support is strong.  The whānau understand that they will hold him accountable to adhere his safety plan as well as support him reintegrate back into the community.
  8. Mr Raukawa was able to talk openly and frankly about his offending today.  He took particular care to acknowledge that the victim lives in [withheld] and many of her family members reside in [withheld].  He believes a condition that prohibits him from entering both those cities is a respectful way to acknowledge the impact of his offending and be respectful to the family of the victim. We agree with Mr Raukawa’s position.
  9. Having considered all of the information, we have come to the view that Mr Raukawa has reached the point where the risk he now poses to the safety of the community is no longer undue.  There are some residual risks, however, and we believe these can be adequately managed with appropriate release conditions.
  10. Mr Raukawa will be released on [withheld] March 2018.  He will be subject to the standard conditions set out in section 14 of the Parole Act 2002 and the following special conditions, with all conditions continuing until six months past his sentence expiry date.
  11. The special conditions are as follows:

    (1) To undertake and complete any further counselling/ treatment/ programmes as directed by the Probation Officer and to the satisfaction of the Probation Officer and provider.

    (2) If directed, to attend for a psychological assessment. To attend and complete any treatment/counselling as recommended by the psychological assessment to the satisfaction of your Probation Officer and treatment provider.

    (3) To reside at [withheld] and not to move from that address without the prior written approval of a Probation Officer.

    (4) Not to stay away overnight from your residence without prior written approval of a Probation Officer. This means that you are to be at your approved address seven nights per week, from 10:00 pm to 6:00 am for a period of three months post release.

    (5) To notify your Probation Officer prior to starting, terminating or changing your position or place of employment.

    (6) You are not to associate or otherwise have contact with any person 16 years of age or younger unless under the direct supervision of an informed adult who has been approved in writing by your Probation Officer. An informed adult, is a person over the age of 20 years who is fully aware of your previous offending and high risk situations and in the opinion of the Probation officer will not support or collude with any further offending.

    (7) You are not to have contact or otherwise associate with the victim(s) of your offending, directly or indirectly, unless you have the prior written consent of your Probation Officer.

    (8) Not to enter the city of Whanganui, as defined by your Probation Officer without the prior written approval of your Probation Officer.

    (9) Not to enter the Auckland region as defined by your Probation Officer without the prior written approval of your Probation Officer.

    (10) To disclose to a Probation Officer, at the earliest opportunity, the start or resumption of any intimate relationship.

Ms S Pakura
Panel Convenor