The sentencing for a Hawke's Bay man who claims he traded his smoking habit for an addiction to child pornography has been delayed.

The man appeared in the Napier District Court today expecting to be sentenced on eight representative charges of importing and exporting objectionable material.

He also faces two charges of making an intimate visual recording.

The 41 year old, who has interim name suppression, had 56 movies, videos and images of sexual child abuse on two devices.

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He downloaded the footage before leaving for Fiji in January this year.

New Zealand Customs found the images on his devices when he returned five days later.

Judge Bridget Mackintosh has asked the Crown to file more information on the issue of the man's name suppression and exact wording of the charges before he comes back for sentencing Wednesday morning.