Man allegedly involved in boat rage incident at Tairua Wharf last month granted name suppression

A man who allegedly rammed his inflatable dinghy into another vessel during an intense confrontation in Tairua has been granted name suppression.

A 58-year-old man and a 52-year-old woman were arrested this week following the boat rage incident on January 23. 

The man, who appeared in Hamilton District Court on Wednesday, has been charged with assault and operating a vessel dangerously. 

The 52-year-old woman was charged with common assault and is due to appear in the Thames District Court on February 18.

Widely-circulated footage of the incident shows a verbal dispute between two individuals at Tairua Wharf on the Coromandel Peninsula.

A man, standing in a white inflatable, yells at a woman on a larger aluminium boat, accusing her of causing "$1000 worth of damage" by allegedly speeding past his vessel. 

After launching explicit insults at one another, the man allegedly rammed her boat with his dinghy.

"There are children," the woman scolds the man, who responds: "I don't care".

The woman is then seen jumping into the shallow water wielding an oar, attempting to whack the man and his dinghy. As he tries to defend himself, the man in the video drives his inflatable into a pier.

During his court appearance on Wednesday, the man was remanded in custody under an interim recall to prison without entering a plea, and was granted interim name suppression.