A man has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Paul Te Hiko.

The 28-year-old appeared at the High Court in Wellington this morning after being charged by police in Hawke's Bay last month.

Te Hiko's body was found at a subdivision in Wainuiomata in March. Police say he died from a gunshot wound.

After arresting the man, police said they believed Te Hiko was targeted by attackers and others were involved. A team is still investigating to establish what exactly happened.

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The defendant was granted interim name suppression and remanded in custody.

A trial by jury is set down for August next year.