The skipper of a vessel used to protest against deep sea oil exploration off the east coast of the North Island has reappeared in court.
Elvis Teddy is charged with operating a vessel in an unsafe manner in April this year after his boat San Pedro took part in a protest flotilla.
Police say the charges were laid under the Maritime Act after Mr Teddy repeatedly ignored safety instructions while sailing near a survey vessel working for Brazilian oil company Petrobras.
In the Tauranga District Court on Wednesday, Mr Teddy's lawyer sought a further adjournment to allow the team to get more information from police.
Mr Teddy was remanded on bail until December.
About 100 protesters held a rally outside the court in support of Mr Teddy and in opposition to deep sea oil drilling.