Would-be MP enters no plea

Last updated 12:00 15/01/2014

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Aspiring politician Maurice Temaki Wairau has been charged with attempted murder.

The Palmerston North man contested the Ikaroa-Rawhiti by-election last year following the death of Labour MP Parekura Horomia. It was his second attempt to secure the electorate as an independent MP.

He ran unsuccessfully in the 2011 election and received just 30 votes in the by-election.

Wairau, 37, appeared in the Hastings District Court yesterday with his arm in a cast.

He entered no plea to a charge of attempted murder, injuring with reckless disregard, intentional damage by fire and aggravated burglary.

The alleged offending occurred on December 20. Wairau is accused of setting a Housing New Zealand property in Roslyn, Palmerston North, on fire. It is alleged that on the same day Wairau attempted to enter a Hastings property armed with a knife. He is accused of injuring a woman and attempting to murder a Hastings man.

Judge Jonathan Down said because of the serious nature of the charges the case needed to be transferred to the High Court at Napier. Wairau was remanded in custody until February 4.

While campaigning for the by-election in Hawke's Bay last year Wairau was arrested when he refused to undergo a blood test when pulled over by the police. He entered no plea at his first appearance in June. The charge would be heard alongside the other matters next month.

On his Facebook page, Wairau labelled himself an "activist Maori" and supported the legalise cannabis page.

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- Manawatu Standard

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