An aspiring politician has been jailed for stabbing the man he believed had stolen his family.
Maurice Temaki Wairau, who contested the Ikaroa-Rawhiti by-election last year after the death of Labour MP Parekura Horomia, was upset when his partner left him and took their children to live with another man in Hastings.
He reached breaking point on December 19, 2012. He packed a kitchen knife into a bag of belongings, set fire to his family home in Palmerston North, and arranged for a friend to take him to Hastings.
He stormed into the house and plunged the knife into man's chest while he was in bed. The knife made a four-centimetre wound above the man's heart.
Justice Susan Thomas said the blade just missed a major artery. The victim needed surgery on the life-threatening injuries.
Despite his injuries, the victim fought back and got the knife off Wairau, who went outside, sat on a step and waited for police.
He was charged with attempted murder and tried in August, but the jury could not reach a decision.
The Crown elected not to proceed with this in the High Court at Napier yesterday.
Wairau, 38, pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary, wounding causing grievous bodily harm, and arson. He was sentenced to nine years and four months imprisonment.
The judge said Wairau had a propensity for violence and was unable to control his anger.
She dismissed the suggestion that he was provoked, saying a woman had a right to leave a relationship and start another.
His actions had a huge impact on his former partner, who suffered post-traumatic stress and needed counselling for anxiety.
In a statement read to court, the woman said it was heart-breaking sifting through the ashes of her former home. She lost baby books, photographs and family heirlooms.
Their eldest son was angry about the offending and wanted to change his name so he no longer shared Wairau's.
- The Dominion Post