A man facing three charges of attempted murder after allegedly shooting at police officers in Morrinsville has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Rollie James Heke, 37, appeared via audio visual link in the High Court at Rotorua this morning.
Heke was arrested on August 25 at a home in the Kaingaroa Forest township, near Rotorua, ending a 12-day police manhunt.
Heke also pleaded not guilty to failing to stop for police, unlawfully possessing a semi-automatic military-styled rifle, unlawfully possessing ammunition, possessing equipment and material used to manufacture methamphetamine.
Four other people charged as being accessories to attempted murder also appeared via audio visual link before Justice Timothy Brewer today.
They are Natasha Dawn Telford, 43, from Taupo, Joseph Manunui Long, 32, from Taupo, Rangimaria Haami, 62, from Napier and Monique Jane Eggleton, 29, from Hamilton.
Rangimaria Haami has pleaded not guilty to being an accessory to attempted murder.
Monique Jane Eggleton has pleaded not guilty to being an accessory to attempted murder.
Natasha Dawn Telford has pleaded not guilty to a charge of being an accessory to attempted murder.
Joseph Manunui Long has denied being an accessory to attempted murder.
Justice Brewer said it was "unsatisfactory" that three of the accused could not take part in the court hearing and asked their lawyers to allow them to appear in person at the next appearance, which they all agreed to.
Justice Brewer remanded all five in custody to reappear on November 14 in the High Court at Hamilton. A callover on February 13 next year and a three-week trial starting October 1 next year were both set down for the High Court at Hamilton.