'Guardian' fails to show up in court

JIMMY ELLINGHAM
Last updated 12:00 04/10/2012

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A Levin man who calls himself the guardian of Lake Horowhenua has failed to appear in court to face a disorderly behaviour charge.

Philip Dean Taueki, 53, was arrested in the weekend at the opening of the town's new community centre, Te Takere.

He was due to appear in Levin District Court yesterday, but did not show up.

Judge Gregory Ross said it was Taueki himself who asked to appear as he wanted to vary his bail on other charges, due to be defended by Taueki next week.

Judge Ross remanded the bail matter until today.

Also this week the Court of Appeal has upheld two assault convictions against Taueki and the 60 hours' community work sentence imposed on him.

He was also cleared on another charge of assault at a judge-only trial in Palmerston North District Court last year.

On September 14, 2008, he shook Anthony Brown and was ruled to have punched his son, David Brown, at Lake Horowhenua.

They are members of the sailing club that uses the lake and were about to embark on a day's yachting.

Taueki argued he was protecting the lake and was concerned the use of a motorboat was breaking local bylaws.

"We have no doubt . . . Taueki has a genuine view that others with a responsibility for stewardship of the lake have not been doing their part to protect it," the appeal judgment says.

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