Northland gunman Joshua Kite appears in court

Joshua Kite (Newshub.)
Joshua Kite (Newshub.)

A man who allegedly shot at police then went on the run for almost a week has appeared in court.

Joshua Kite was arrested on Thursday after police carried out search warrants in Manurewa, south Auckland.

The 33-year-old appeared in Manukau District Court on Friday afternoon facing a raft of charges, including using a firearm against police, unlawfully taking a motor vehicle, impersonating a police officer, kidnapping, reckless driving and failing to stop for police.

Kite had been on the run from police after allegedly shooting at two officers in Northland last Friday.

Police allege he then stole an unmarked patrol vehicle before ditching it at Maungatoroto.

Family of Kite's were in the public gallery for his brief appearance, and told him they loved him as he was taken away.

He's been remanded in custody to reappear at various courts throughout the country in the coming weeks, for previous charges as well as those faced today.