The police are appealing to the public for help as they investigate a rape in Canterbury and the subsequent blackmail of a victim, using a video recording.
A 20-year-old man from Rangiora was arrested overnight and appeared in Christchurch District Court this morning facing charges including blackmail, threatening to kill, and rape of a female aged 12 to 16 years of age.
The man had been remanded in custody to reappear in Christchurch District Court on 4 May.
The police said they were working with the victim and arranging ongoing support.
They asked anyone with information, or who had been in a similar situation, to contact them.