An Auckland man accused of breaching a high-profile name suppression has been granted name suppression himself.
The man appeared in Auckland District Court today facing two charges of contravening suppression orders.
He is also charged with five counts of criminal harassment.
The complainants include a politician, civil servants, a real estate agent and the former partner of an Auckland businessman - all of whom feature prominently on the website named on court documents in relation to the man.
It is alleged that both in August and December last year, the defendant named and posted photographs of two accused.
Their names and images were specifically suppressed at sentencing in the High Court at Auckland.
Breaching suppression carries a maximum penalty of six months in prison and/or a fine of up to $100,000.
The five people who the defendant allegedly harassed are all regular targets on the website named on court documents and have allegedly been the subject of his vitriol over a significant period of time.
His alleged actions occurred between December 2012 and July 2014.
The man could face up to two years in jail if found guilty.
It is understood he has pleaded not guilty to the charges and will be back before the court next month.
The issue of his name suppression will be revisited at that appearance.
The man could not be reached for comment today.