The man accused of assaulting co-leader James Shaw has appeared before the Wellington District High Court this afternoon.
The 47-year-old has been granted interim name suppression, his representation claiming extreme hardships on his business would occur due to high media interest as the reason.
He waved to his family in court; his wife, daughter, father and sister-in-law and showed little emotion during the proceeding.
His representative claims the 47-year-old’s family experienced a medical difficulty earlier in the week, which caused instability in the household and which then lead to the assault on Mr Shaw.
No plea was entered today and he’s been remanded on bail until the 29th March, when he is next due to appear.
He is not to contact James Shaw directly or indirectly, is not to assault nor threaten to assault anyone else and is not to travel south of the Ngauranga Gorge.
No official victim impact statement has been filed at this time.