The man accused then acquitted by a jury of murdering Feilding farmer Scott Guy is enjoying his freedom by playing club rugby in Christchurch.
Guy died after being shot at close range with a shotgun outside his rural property in the early hours of July 8, 2010.
His heavily pregnant wife Kylee and young son were in the family home nearby.
Ewen Macdonald - married to Guy's sister Anna - was charged with murder.
He also faced a raft of charges relating to other offences against Guy and his family.
After a high profile trial Macdonald was acquitted of murder but jailed for the other crimes.
The Herald revealed last year that he had been released on parole and had set up home in Christchurch.
Macdonald, who has a new partner after his wife left him and moved to Auckland with their four children, is now playing club rugby.
Fairfax reported Macdonald is a member of the Belfast Munchers, a club in the north of the city.
He was seen playing yesterday in the Canterbury senior classics division six competition.
His new partner was on the sideline watching the game, Fairfax reported.
Macdonald reportedly played 60 minutes of the game as flanker, then was subbed off.
Belfast Rugby club president Dave Pilkington initially told Fairfax that he unaware Macdonald was playing for the club.
However he later said the club had "no issues" with Macdonald.
"He has slotted into the Munchers team, he's paid his subs," Pilkington told Fairfax.
"Obviously he has moved into the community and is starting a new life, served his time and we are not prejudging him.
"Who are we to judge a guy that has served his time?"
Guy's widow Kylee did not want to comment on the matter this morning.