Five young friends are standing trial for raping a Canterbury woman at a beach bonfire last year.

Stuart Lewis, 21, Troy McIver, 21, Isaac Mould, 21, Brook Norris, 22, and Ky Reid, 21, each deny three charges of rape and one of unlawful sexual connection.

The alleged incident happened at Woodend Beach, 25kms north of Christchurch, on May 23 last year.

The woman's identity is protected by statutory suppression.


A jury of 10 men and two women was empanelled in the High Court at Christchurch this morning.

The trial, before Justice David Gendall, is set down for two weeks.