A senior Child Youth and Family manager says no concerns were ever raised about the home where Moko Rangitoheriri was living before he died.

The social worker met with Tania Shailer and a Maori Women's Refuge social worker, on July 29, 2015.

Less than two weeks' later, Moko was dead.

He and his sister were living with Shailer because their mother, Nicola Dally-Paki, was struggling to cope and had nowhere for them to live.

The siblings' brother was in Starship children's hospital and Dally-Paki was escaping a violent relationship.

The social worker, who is now retired, has name suppression in the inquest hearing at the Rotorua District Court.

She said the meeting with Shailer and the Maori Women's Refuge worker on July 29, 2015 was about Shailer's concerns about the children returning to Dally-Paki's care.

"Ms Shailer said she did not have any reservations about looking after the children, right now, bit could not commit to helping the children for too much longer," said the social worker.

Following the meeting, the social worker made phone calls to confirm Dally-Paki was booked in to go to the Grey Lynn Women's Refuge in Auckland. She also confirmed Moko's brother was in Starship Hospital and then made a formal "Report of Concern" to CYF.

This was about concerns about Dally-Paki's ability to adequately care for the children and the relationship with her former partner, Karauna Rangitoheriri.

However, the social worker said no concerns were raised at the 29 July meeting about Tania Shailer's ability to cope with Moko, his sister and Shailer's four young children of her own.

"During the entire conversation Ms Shailer did not raise any current in-house domestic or child care issues or showed signs of not being able to cope with two extra children in the home."

This conflicts with the evidence of the Maori Women's Refuge worker, who was "100 per cent" certain that Shailer did tell the social worker she was not coping.

Under cross-examination from John Munro, the lawyer representing Moko's father, the CYF social worker denied there was any suggestion Shailer was struggling to deal with six children.

"There was nothing mentioned about 'not coping'," said the social worker. "Her main concern was Ms Dally-Paki was coming to pick up her children in two weeks' time."

In hindsight, the Maori Women's Refuge worker said Tania Shailer was a convincing liar and "actress".

On one hand, Shailer was expressing concerns about Dally-Paki's ability as a mother.

While on the other, Shailer and her partner David Haerewa were inflicting horrific injuries on Moko, just three-years-old, over a two month period.

Earlier in the hearing, the Maori Women's Refuge worker denied she was told Moko Rangitoheriri was being assaulted while in the care of Shailer and did nothing.

"If I saw any signs of abuse, I would have reported it," said the Maori Women Refuge worker in giving evidence at the inquest of the toddler in the Rotorua District Court this morning.

On the first day of the inquest, a senior detective said the worker originally told police that Moko's sister told the worker that "Aunty Tania would punch Moko" - but did nothing about it.

The worker said her statement to police about how "Aunty Tania would punch Moko" was either "inaccurately written or understood".


The worker said Moko's sister said Shailer hit her - not Moko - when the siblings were fighting.

"She also told me that Aunty Tania would punch her to stop the arguing," said the worker. "I immediately asked her to demonstrate what she meant by punch and she fold the tips of fingers and pushed my shoulder," said the worker.

"As she was pushing my shoulder she said 'but it didn't hurt Nanny Trina'."
The worker discussed this discussion with her manager and it was agreed this was a disciplinary measure to protect the sister from Moko.