A Kaitaia man accused of murdering a 28-year-old woman during a road vehicle incident on Tuesday will defend the charge.

Viliami One Fungavaka, 45, a plasterer, appeared in the Whangarei District Court this afternoon. He was remanded in custody after a brief appearance before Judge Duncan.

No plea was entered but his lawyer Kahungunu Barron-Afeaki indicated that Fungavaka would plead not guilty to the charge.

He will next appear in the High Court at Whangarei on September 12.

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Fungavaka is accused of murdering Georgina Manuel, 28, during a road vehicle incident on Pukepoto Rd, Kaitaia, on Tuesday. She died in Whangarei Hospital about 5am yesterday morning.