A woman stabbed to death by a man in her West Auckland home has been described as a "fantastic person".
She was at home with her husband on Wednesday night when they were both stabbed multiple times.
Police arrived just before 8pm, and the woman, who is in her 60s, died shortly after.
Her husband, who is also in his 60s, was rushed to Auckland City Hospital with severe stab wounds to his head and neck, and last night remained in a serious but stable condition.
A 34-year-old man was found an hour later about a kilometre from the scene.
He was charged with murdering the woman and the attempted murder of her husband.
He appeared in the Waitakere District Court yesterday, where extensive suppression orders were made preventing the publication of the alleged killer and victims' names.
His lawyer, Sheila McCabe, told the court he had "serious mental health issues".
Judge Hemi Taumaunu described the incident as "tragic and disturbing" and remanded the man in custody to appear later this month before the High Court at Auckland. He will be held at the Mason Clinic so mental health reports can be completed.
The dead woman worked as a sales representative.
Her managing director paid tribute to her yesterday. "We are deeply saddened by the loss of our much-loved colleague," she said. "She was a very special member of our team and will be sadly missed." Her husband works as a consultant, and is the director of several companies.
His friend and former business partner was reeling over what had happened to the couple.
"She was a wonderful person, a fantastic person," he said of the dead woman.
"She was a really loving mother. This is just a tragedy. They were a great couple... I'm still in shock."
- additional reporting APNZ