The condition of an Auckland man allegedly shot in the chest by his wife has improved, but his family say they do not want to speak publicly about what led to the shooting.

Brent Dudley, 39, was taken to hospital in a critical condition late on Friday night and was listed as serious.

But an Auckland City Hospital spokeswoman last night said his condition was stable.

His wife, Mona Dudley, 39, has been charged with assault, and police say further charges are possible. The couple's 15-year-old son Stephen died after a fight at a rugby training session in June. Two youths will face a High Court manslaughter trial in February in relation to his death.


The Dudley family did not want to comment about the shooting.

"I don't have any comment ... I don't feel comfortable talking about it," a female relative told the Herald outside the family home.

Neighbours were protective towards the family and did not want to speculate on what could have led to the shooting.

Police would not comment on the circumstances of the shooting. They were alerted by St John ambulance, which received a 111 call about 11:30 on Friday night.

Mrs Dudley was bailed after appearing in the Waitakere District Court on Saturday. Her bail conditions included not contacting her husband and staying away from the family home.

After her son's death, Mrs Dudley spoke out about violence in the community.

"Violence is not acceptable, whether it's in the home, on the sports field, in a pub, on the street, shopping malls. People are just so angry."