The trial of a prominent New Zealander and a relative has ended with a hung jury after a day and a half of deliberations.

However, the prosecution indicated at the Manukau District Court this afternoon that it will seek a retrial.

The case is subject to heavy blanket suppression orders, including the defendants' identity and the charges.

The jury of six men and six women were sent for deliberations yesterday morning but via a note they told Judge Richard Earwacker they couldn't reach a verdict.

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He discharged them this afternoon.

Judge Earwacker previously told the court the suppression orders were in place to protect the victims and related to "background matters", which would be revealed throughout the trial.