Omaha Marae cold case resurfaces

Three men will appear in the North Shore District Court on November 1 charged with arson at the Te Kiri Omaha Marae, in Leigh, in 1987.

All three men pleaded not guilty and were granted interim name suppression when they appeared on August 24. The application for name suppression was due to be heard on September 4, but has been postponed.

The men are currently on bail and cannot associate with four listed witnesses.

Their defence lawyers, who included former high-ranking police officer Clint Rickards, requested that as members of the Ngati Manuhiri Settlement Trust, the men should be allowed to attend meetings and tangi at the marae, where the listed witnesses might be present.

Their request was granted.

The men have requested trial by jury.