A 30-year-old woman charged with assaulting missing woman Rae Portman has pleaded not guilty.
Voi Marie King appeared at the Manukau District Court today charged with assaulting Portman at a Manurewa house on Friday June 8.
Counties Manukau Police arrested King last week.
Police say the charge is not directly related to Portman's disappearance.
Portman, 33, nicknamed "Bok", was reported missing to police on July 2, almost two weeks after she disappeared.
Police have expressed fears for her safety.
Portman, who was unemployed at the time of her disappearance, had known links to the drug world.
She drove from Hamilton to Auckland on June 20 and checked into a Mt Albert motel. She visited friends in Auckland before returning to the motel that evening.
She failed to check out the next day and left personal belongings in the room.
Leila Wang, an employee at the motel, confirmed Portman had stayed there in June.
When she had not checked out of her room staff put her belongings in a bag and cleaned the room as normal.
She said the items were mostly clothes and there was nothing to raise suspicions of foul play being involved.
Portman had paid for the room when she checked in and although Wang did not remember her, she recalled being surprised so many things had been left in the room.
Police were speaking to Portman's friends and piecing together her movements in the days before her disappearance.
The family are at a loss as to what happened to her, police say.
Portman's bankcards have not been used or accessed since her disappearance.
The vehicle Portman drove to Auckland, a silver coloured VW Passat, has been recovered and examined.
King will reappear at Manukau District Court on October 25.
Anyone with information can call the police investigation team on 0800 723 767 (0800 RaePortman) or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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