Drama erupted in the Waitakere District Court this afternoon when the man accused of stabbing Ronald Clayton Karipa in Glendene appeared.
The 23-year-old man appeared on one charge of murder this afternoon after being arrested today.
When he was brought into the courtroom from custody, the man pulled a gang signal and acknowledged people in the public gallery.
Another group erupted, with one shouting profanities at the man.
His friends held him back as he was cautioned by the judge and a security officer.
The man was granted interim name suppression while he notifies people he knows of the charge and because the police investigation was still ongoing.
The man was remanded in custody until his next appearance at the Auckland High Court on November 2.
As he was lead out of the dock, the man shouted at his supporters while the other group yelled more profanities at the man.
Karipa, 42, died after he was stabbed on Hepburn Rd in Glendene on Saturday.