A Whangarei woman is accused of aggravated robberies in both the North and South Islands that targeted elderly victims, including a Hastings man.

Maera Todd, 39, has appeared in the Christchurch District Court charged with assaulting a 91-year-old man and an 81-year-old woman in their Papanui home yesterday.

Shantai Lawson, 38, has been jointly charged with the armed robbery.

The pair are alleged to have been armed with an offensive weapon - robbing the couple of their cellphone, wallet and other contents.


Todd has three outstanding charges for the kidnapping and robbery of an 87-year-old man outside a Hastings supermarket last month.

Today, she asked for all charges to be transferred to the Whangarei District Court, but was declined.

She'll reappear at Christchurch District Court later this month.