A New Zealand teenager charged with assaulting an Australian television reporter has been identified as the son of former Split Enz drummer Michael Barker.

Tristan Barker, 18, appeared in court on Thursday accused of assaulting Seven Network's Today Tonight reporter David Eccleston earlier this month.

He has not entered a plea.

It is understood the alleged assault took place during an interview which focused on Barker's internet trolling which took place when he was living in Australia.