A 48-year-old homeless man appeared in the Auckland District Court today charged with the murder of Steven Harris on Wednesday night.

The accused man was granted interim name suppression until his next court appearance in the Auckland High Court on Wednesday.

He stood in the dock with his hand over his mouth not saying anything or displaying any emotion. He had short hair and wore a dark blue hoodie.

In court the Justice of the Peace, Mr B Smith, declined the Herald on Sunday and TV3's applications to photograph the man. His lawyer, Ian Brookie, said naming the accused could cause "extreme hardship" for him or his family. The matter would be addressed again on Wednesday.


Earlier police alleged Harris was fatally stabbed in Myer's Park, central Auckland about 11.30pm on Wednesday.

He died later in hospital.

The accused presented himself at Auckland Central Police Station on Friday afternoon with a lawyer.