Man accused of abusive confrontation at Christchurch mosque pleads guilty

A man who yelled abuse and allegedly kicked tributes outside Al Noor mosque in Christchurch has pleaded guilty to insulting behaviour.

Daniel Nicholas Tuapawa, 33, appeared in the Christchurch District Court on Friday after being arrested on Thursday.

Tuapawa pleaded guilty to a charge of behaving in an insulting manner that was likely to cause violence against people.

The maximum penalty for the offence is three months imprisonment and a $2000 fine.

A summary of facts says Tuapawa said: "I'm sick of these f***wits, they need to f**k off" and "I'm sick of these f**king Muslims thinking they own the place".

It is alleged Tuapawa tried to intimidate people by flexing his muscles, while also saying "all Muslims are terrorists and need to get the f**k out of here".

Defence lawyer Stephen Hembrow said his client was ashamed about the incident.

On the day, his client could not remember what happened and had a history of blacking out, Hembrow said.

Outside the court, he apologised for his actions. He said he felt embarrassed and was upset.

On Wednesday, the man was photographed after the alleged confrontation wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with 'Trump for New Zealand'.

The mosque was one of two targeted in the Christchurch terror attack on March 15, when 50 people were killed and dozens more injured.