Two men charged with the murder of NZ Outlaws leader Peter Lui


The 63-year-old Lui, also known as “China”, died during the attack near the club’s headquarters in Napier’s Pandora industrial district on March 19.

Previously charged with related offenses, Hemi Rapata Meihana Cahill, 29, of Waipukurau, and Belmont Sonny Freed Eruiti Te Aonui-Tawhai, 22, of Wainuiomata, appeared in Napier District Court via audio-visual link from prison on Wednesday.

Now their charges by the words of Police prosecutor Tanya Ashfield had been changed from a previous joint-charge injury to premeditated murder.

However, the defendants do not admit their guilt.

Judge Mina Wharepouri remanded them in custody for case-review proceedings in the High Court at Napier on August 13.

Liu was a long-time member of the Outlaws MC, involved into the club’s life for more than 40 years, and was acting as the club’s national president.