From the Radio New Zealand News website
Three men have appeared in court in Tauranga and Whakatane as part of the police investigation into alleged firearms offences in the Bay of Plenty.
One of the men, (name now suppressed), 24, of Ruatoki, was granted bail by a judge in Whakatane on Tuesday and has had his case transferred to Auckland.
Raunatiri Hunt, 44, and Tekaumarua Wharepouri, 46, both of Maketu in the Western Bay of Plenty, are to reappear before a judge in Tauranga District Court next week.
The judge in Tauranga ruled that the pair needed time to arrange legal aid to avoid delaying the combined pre-depositions hearing planned for all 19 defendants in Auckland.
Nine joint charges were laid against the trio relating to weapons including an AK47 semi-automatic rifle, various other rifles with telescopic sights and a sawn-off, double-barrel shotgun.