District Court news

For robbery and escaping custody, which he denies, Tom Erwin Hawea, 30, was further remanded on electronically-monitored bail for a judge-alone trial date to be allocated on May 1.

Hawea claims he had the consent of the owner to take a vehicle involved.

A man charged with indecently assaulting a woman, was further remanded on bail for a Crown call over fixture on April 3. The defendant’s name is currently suppressed; that issue will be revisited at the call over.

Maremare Ruru, pleaded guilty to wilful damage but not guilty to assaulting a female. He was further remanded on bail for a judge-alone trial on April 2.

Bernise Te Puni, pleaded not guilty to assault (domestic), claiming he acted in self-defence. He was further remanded on bail for a judge-alone trial on April 2.

Shalym Mahanga Sosfia Waerea, 26, denied assaulting a female. The case will be heard at a judge-only trial on May 1. Waerea is on bail.

Roxanne Parie Newman-Price, 32, who is charged with drink-driving for a third or subsequent time, changed her earlier not guilty plea to guilty. She was further remanded on bail for a report and sentence on April 11.

Stuart John Wallace, 57, admitted breaching a condition of his community detention last June. He was convicted and discharged.

Sonny George Tuhou aka Tairakena, 45, pleaded not guilty to assaulting a female and breach of a protection order. He was further remanded on bail for a judge-alone trial on May 1.

Jimmy Warnock, 48, pleaded guilty to wilful damage but not guilty to other charges — injuring with intent to injure, assaulting a female, and two counts of threatening language.

Warnock was further remanded on bail for a further case review hearing on February 26.

Lukis William Ryland, 35, entered not guilty pleas to assault (domestic) and breach of a protection order. Ryland claims to have an alibi for the time of the alleged offending. He was further remanded on bail for a judge-alone trial on May 1.

Kereti Tamahanna Te Huna, pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis (three grams found during a personal search) and breaching release conditions. On those matters, he was convicted and discharged.

On six charges arising out of a family harm incident in Wairoa, Te Huna was further remanded in custody for a judge-alone trial in the Wairoa District Court on March 6.

The charges are assault with an air gun, assault of a female, presenting a firearm, and three breaches of a protection order — two of them by psychological abuse, one by physical abuse.

Counsel William Zhang said Te Huna claims the alleged violence didn’t happen.

Zion Terarua Oketopa Tuhou, denied breaching a protection order and was further remanded in custody for a judge-alone trial on May 1.

Tuhou also faced a raft of newer charges. Of those, he pleaded guilty to failing to attend a programme, two counts of wilful damage, speaking threateningly, and resisting police. He pleaded not guilty to threatening to kill, escaping police, and assaulting police, for which he was further remanded in custody for a case review hearing on April 9.

For robbery and escaping custody, which he denies, Tom Erwin Hawea, 30, was further remanded on electronically-monitored bail for a judge-alone trial date to be allocated on May 1.

Hawea claims he had the consent of the owner to take a vehicle involved.

A man charged with indecently assaulting a woman, was further remanded on bail for a Crown call over fixture on April 3. The defendant’s name is currently suppressed; that issue will be revisited at the call over.

Maremare Ruru, pleaded guilty to wilful damage but not guilty to assaulting a female. He was further remanded on bail for a judge-alone trial on April 2.

Bernise Te Puni, pleaded not guilty to assault (domestic), claiming he acted in self-defence. He was further remanded on bail for a judge-alone trial on April 2.

Shalym Mahanga Sosfia Waerea, 26, denied assaulting a female. The case will be heard at a judge-only trial on May 1. Waerea is on bail.

Roxanne Parie Newman-Price, 32, who is charged with drink-driving for a third or subsequent time, changed her earlier not guilty plea to guilty. She was further remanded on bail for a report and sentence on April 11.

Stuart John Wallace, 57, admitted breaching a condition of his community detention last June. He was convicted and discharged.

Sonny George Tuhou aka Tairakena, 45, pleaded not guilty to assaulting a female and breach of a protection order. He was further remanded on bail for a judge-alone trial on May 1.

Jimmy Warnock, 48, pleaded guilty to wilful damage but not guilty to other charges — injuring with intent to injure, assaulting a female, and two counts of threatening language.

Warnock was further remanded on bail for a further case review hearing on February 26.

Lukis William Ryland, 35, entered not guilty pleas to assault (domestic) and breach of a protection order. Ryland claims to have an alibi for the time of the alleged offending. He was further remanded on bail for a judge-alone trial on May 1.

Kereti Tamahanna Te Huna, pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis (three grams found during a personal search) and breaching release conditions. On those matters, he was convicted and discharged.

On six charges arising out of a family harm incident in Wairoa, Te Huna was further remanded in custody for a judge-alone trial in the Wairoa District Court on March 6.

The charges are assault with an air gun, assault of a female, presenting a firearm, and three breaches of a protection order — two of them by psychological abuse, one by physical abuse.

Counsel William Zhang said Te Huna claims the alleged violence didn’t happen.

Zion Terarua Oketopa Tuhou, denied breaching a protection order and was further remanded in custody for a judge-alone trial on May 1.

Tuhou also faced a raft of newer charges. Of those, he pleaded guilty to failing to attend a programme, two counts of wilful damage, speaking threateningly, and resisting police. He pleaded not guilty to threatening to kill, escaping police, and assaulting police, for which he was further remanded in custody for a case review hearing on April 9.

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