A 14-year-old boy charged with the murder of a Bay of Plenty man has denied the allegation.
The teenager was one of five youths charged in relation to the death of Alex Donner outside a Flaxmere pub on 4 March.
The 40-year-old was found injured outside the Flax Bar and Eatery and died of his injuries shortly afterwards.
Four other teenagers aged between 14 and 16 are facing charges of grevious bodily harm in relation to Alex's death.
The accused has pleaded not guilty to the charge and a trial date has been set for 19 November.
Alex was described by many in the Flaxmere community as humble, well-liked, and quiet.
He worked at a local packaging business, but could often be found returning trolleys in the New World car park just to help out.
He died less than 100m from that car park, on a patch of grass outside the Flaxmere tavern.
A memorial garden for Mr Donner has been planted by the community.