Kia kaha Rotorua High Court!

Tania Shailer and David Haerewa

Tania Shailer and David Haerewa

Tania Shailer, 26, and boyfriend David Haerewa, 43, were each jailed for 17 years in June after pleading guilty to the manslaughter of Moko, who had been left in their care.

Shailer and Haerewa abused and neglected the three-year-old for two months before his death in August last year. They were supposed to be looking after him while their mother Nicola Dally-Paki was at Starship Hospital caring for one of her other children.

Haerewa admitted to police that he’d slapped, kicked and stomped on Moko, and confessed he would regularly lock the toddler in a bathroom on his own for hours at a time.

A summary of facts also revealed that Shailer, who was an early childcare teacher, stomped on Moko’s stomach and abdomen – injuries believed to have been the main contributors to his death.

Shailer and?Haerewa appear in court today to attempt to have their sentences reduced.

Not a single day less.

Not a single day!

Moko Rangitoheriri

Moko Rangitoheriri


– NZN via Newshub