A 37-year-old woman has appeared in court accused of being a party to a murder in Palmerston North in 2009.

Jamie Faulkner, 32, was gunned down by James Mill in the grounds of a block of flats in Heretaunga St over a $140 drug deal on September 4, 2009.

In June last year Mills, 31, pleaded guilty to the murder and was jailed for life with a minimum non-parole period of 11 years.

The woman, who was granted name suppression, appeared in Palmerston North District Court on Friday charged with being party to Mr Faulkner's murder, the Manawatu Standard reported.

She was remanded in custody until Tuesday.

- NZPA