A man accused of murdering 23-year-old Kawerau man Gareth Lardelli Kaipara earlier this month has appeared in the Whakatane District Court.
The man was remanded in custody for a post committal hearing on March 13.
His lawyer, Roger Gowing, told the court a mental health report had been completed and, as a result of that report, a hearing date could be set.
The accused has had name suppression and that matter was still to be addressed today by the court.
Police allege the man murdered Mr Kaipara at a Kawerau property on January 10.