A family accused of abusing Child Youth and Family children in their care have been remanded on bail until July 22.
Auckland couple Andrew and Jenny-Lee Hemara and their daughter Tamara, 21, are facing 38 charges of abuse between them.
They were all excused from a court date in the North Shore District Court today because they live out of town.
Judge Laurie Hinton remanded them on bail until a post-committal conference on July 22.
The Hemaras are accused of scrubbing the bodies and teeth of four boys in their care with wire brushes, forcing them to sleep outside without blankets and making them run around a racetrack until they vomited.
The abuse is alleged to have taken place over a seven-year period until last September, when one of the boys told a social worker about it during a routine check.
The charges relate to four boys aged between seven and 14.
Child Youth and Family are also investigating a complaint against the Hemaras made by a fifth child earlier this month.
Regional director of northern Child Youth and Family Grant Bennet said if the allegations are found to be true they will result in further charges being laid against the Hemaras.