The identity of the man accused of setting fire to several Auckland and Piha properties will remain a secret, for now.

The 19-year-old appeared in the District Court in Tauranga today to face three counts of arson and one of burglary after a string of suspicious fires including the destruction of a Piha fish and chip store and a large scrub fire adjacent to the store.

Judge David Cameron upheld a request for interim name suppression, despite strong media interest after the alleged arsons this week.

Judge Cameron said threatening behaviour on social media sites was the reason for the suppression.

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The man did not apply for bail and has not pleaded to the charges.

He is expected to next appear in the Waitakere District Court on Monday, May 15.