When Children Kill


Over the last five years, 40 children aged between 12 and 18 were jailed for murder or manslaughter in New Zealand.

What makes our children go off the rails?  Are the parents to blame?

This documentary “When Children Kill” examines high profile cases and asks what went wrong.  We find out what it’s like to have a child take part in a horrific crime that shocked the nation.

We speak with Lorraine West, the mother of Bailey Junior Kurariki who in September 2001, along with eight other teenagers, was convicted of the ambush, robbery and killing of Auckland pizza deliveryman, Michael Choy.  BJ was just 12 years old – the youngest of the group.  He was sentenced to 7 years jail for manslaughter.

And we speak with Pandra Reihana the mother of 15-year-old Mark, and 16-year-old Luke.  In November 1998, the brothers along with two others were involved in the armed home invasion and robbery of an isolated Reporoa homestead.  Mrs Beverley Boma, mother-of-three, was shot dead.  Neither Luke nor Mark used the gun that night.  They both got eight years for manslaughter.


Promotional Trailer

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Production Details

Producer: Rachel Stace

Thanks to: Pandra & Mark Reihana & Reihana whanau, Lorraine West, Celia Lashlie, Matt Hakiaha

Exec producer: Tony Manson

Network exec: Sue Woodfield

Director: Felicity Morgan-Rhind

Researcher: Jane Wynyard

Script Consultant: Phil Wallington

Online Editor: Matt Sturge

Offline Editor: Karryn de Cinque

Production managers: Ruth Clarkson, Karen Bunting

Production assistant:

Camera: Simon Ellis, Steve Latty, Mark Chamberlin, Andrew Commis, Karen Wilson

Sound: Debs Frame, Jan McKinley, Ant Nevison

Narrator: John Sumner

Titles/Series Music: Ian Morris, Tim Pattison

Production accountants: Glenda Paterson, Liz Goddard

Funded by: New Zealand on Air and TV3