This week Stephen Henare appeared in the High Court on five charges of stealing from Parengarenga 3G (the charges were ‘theft by person in special relationship’, as he was a trustee). He was also charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice. Parengarenga 3G Trust manages a 512ha forestry block of Māori land in Te Taitokerau. Mr Henare’s sister, Margaret Dixon, had already pleaded guilty to stealing with him, with funds taken in 2012-2013 being circa $1.1 million – leaving the Trust with only $150 in its bank account, not enough to manage its forestry operations, thereby causing even more losses. Mr Henare started the week with a not-guilty plea; but by Thursday had changed his plea to guilty. He was subsequently convicted by Justice Matthew Muir and will be sentenced later this year.