5 Jul 2018

Labour Party camp accused in court, name suppressed

11:32 am on 5 July 2018

A 20-year-old man has appeared in court charged with indecent assaults at a Labour Party youth summer camp.

Signage outside the Auckland District Court

The man appeared at Auckland District Court this morning. Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly

The man from Mount Roskill appeared at Auckland District Court and has interim name suppression.

He denied six charges of assaulting four victims believed to be aged 16 to 18.

His lawyer, Emma Priest, entered the pleas of not guilty on the man's behalf and elected a trial by guilty.

Each charge of indecent assault carries a maximum term of seven years in prison.

Teenagers had reported the assaults happened at an evening party at the Young Labour camp in Waihi in February.

The man was arrested on 26 June.

His name will be kept secret until at least the end of the month when he is due back in court.

An independent review into Labour's handling of the complaints was expected to report back about now, but will take another month.

Party president Nigel Haworth said at the time that all Young Labour events would be suspended while an independent review took place and there would be a ban on alcohol at any Labour events attended by anyone under 18.