Talakai Aholelei, 65, appeared in the Manukau District Court yesterday.
Kaniva News reports he was charged with three counts of careless driving causing death and 27 charges of careless driving causing injury.
Aholelei, who was represented by Nalesoni Tupou, was remanded to appear in the Waitakere District Court on July 25.
A large contingent of the Tongan community were at court today.
Aholelei was driving a bus carrying members of the Mailefihi Siu’ilikutapu College brass, which was raising money for the Tongan school’s 70th anniversary.