An armed clash between the Mongrel Mob and Outback Blacks gangs that began as a body was being taken to a Whakatane crematorium will see two dozen men facing High Court juries.
In total they face eight charges. Their appearances were excused when their cases were called before Justice Rebecca Edwards in the High Court at Rotorua on Wednesday.
Andre Ata is charged alone with possessing an offensive weapon, a knife, intending to use it to commit an offence that involved violence.
The remaining charges are jointly laid but against different defendants at two different locations and incorporate three of rioting, unlawfully possessing firearms, using a firearm against seven law enforcement officers and discharging a firearm with reckless disregard for the safety of others, those people being Mongrel Mob members.
All are charged with participating in an organised criminal group.
The offending is alleged to have occurred on Whakatane's Arawa Road on January 17 last year and later the same day at Douglas Street Alleyway in the Eastern Bay of Plenty town.
Pre-trial arguments are to be heard on March 27 with the matter called again on April 18 when it's anticipated a trial date will be confirmed.