26 year old Sonny Te Aramoana Waiti, the half brother of Rotorua woman Ana Eriepa, appeared in the Rotorua District court this morning charged with kidnapping and was remanded in custody.

Anna Eriepa was dragged behind a dark Subaru for more than a kilometre between Putaruru and Tokoroa.  She is currently in the Waikato Hospital.

Rua tekau ma ono te pakeke o te tangata e whakapaetia ana mo te kahakina o Anna Eriepa o Rotorua, i tu ia ki roto i te kooti a rohe o Rotorua i te rangi nei.  Ka noho mauhere a Sonny Te Aramoana Waiti i nga pirihimana kia tu ano ia ki roto i te kooti hei te tekau o Pipiri.  I te ahiahi o te Rahoroi ka huri, i toia a Anna Eriepa na tana takahanga mai muri i te  waka Subaru mai i Putaruru neke haere ki Tokoroa.  Kei roto tonu a Anna Eriepa i te hohipera ki Waikato.