A man has pleaded not guilty to firearms charges relating to an incident in Kuirau Park where shots were allegedly fired near a children's playground.

Daniel Tere McMeeking, 27, appeared via audio visual link before Judge Phillip Cooper in the Rotorua District Court today.

He pleaded not guilty to two charges - that he jointly with unknown persons had in his possession in a public place a .22 calibre firearm and that he jointly with unknown persons without reasonable cause discharged a .22 calibre firearm with reckless disregard for the safety of others.

However, he pleaded guilty to two other charges, possession of cannabis and disorderly behaviour.


Judge Cooper remanded him in custody to reappear via audio visual link on July 5.

The charges relate to an incident about 10am on Saturday April 22 when police received multiple reports of shots being fired near a children's playground and the busy Saturday morning Rotary market.