The case of an alleged murder in a remote East Coast settlement is set to go to trial next year.
Luke Tupua Hati of Waihau Bay appeared in the High Court at Tauranga yesterday
The 41-year-old is defending a charge of murdering Haurewa Ririnui in Waihau Bay on June 1.
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Hati was remanded in custody ahead of a trial set to start on October 26 next year in Rotorua.