Her killer, Steven Williams, was high on methamphetamine at the time, partly because he feared death threats from Junior Kapene, now president of Black Power New Zealand.
“He’s thinking I am coming after him,” Kapene said this week. “I still blame myself to this day for that girl’s death.
“That is something I will have to live with for the rest of my life, knowing that her mother thinks that of me.”
Kapene had a moment of clarity about methamphetamine, or P, and its effects after being diagnosed with a health problem. As a result, Black Power did not deal P, he said, and he wanted to rid New Zealand of it.
“The drug was causing people to go to their deaths, and I knew I was to blame for Steven Williams.
“I see my own people going without and see people making so much money … with them getting richer and not giving a f… about the habits, or not caring who has an addiction.
“We need to get the message into schools. Tell people not to go my way.
“Then our tamariki can see. Don’t ruin your future for a bit of crack.
“I will be keen to do that. I hope I can get into schools and talk.
“I can set the example, and when whoever calls time up there puts me up, I hope someone picks up my chess piece and carries on my work.”
Kapene says Black Power has a staunch no-P policy and is becoming more aggressive at keeping the drug away from the community.
“These Skippy Cornflakes gangs that come and sell our people an addiction, you come to my door … I’ll tell you to leave once. I’ll tell you to leave twice. Then I’ll pull the gun out.
“Give you a warning shot. You still won’t leave? It’s in your leg.
“I don’t give a f… about cops when it comes to meth.”