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

The man appeared the Napier District Court this morning, 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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Judge Bridget Mackintosh has told the Crown that the wrong charges have been laid to suit the admitted offending.

Judge Mackintosh says the summary of facts is also scant on details in the extreme, and she can't proceed until there is more information provided.

The sentencing's been rescheduled for next month.

- Newstalk ZB