Terry Rangi was stopped by police in December and ordered to take a drink-drive breath test. He allegedly refused.
Rangi is Corrections Minister George Angene’s chief executive.
Rangi, through his defence lawyer Mark Short, first entered a guilty plea in court.
Then he asked Justice of the Peace Carmen Temata to recall the matter – and Short advised there was a misunderstanding between him and his client.
Rangi therefore, entered a not guilty plea, denying the charge of refusing a breath or blood test.
The matter has now been adjourned to August 26 for a defended hearing.