New Zealand man Alex Manuel has been remanded after appearing in a Melbourne court charged with murder.

It's alleged the 27-year-old verbally argued with Ricky Thompson in the car park of a pub before fatally stabbing him last month.

The Age reports Manuel appeared at Melbourne Magistrates Court today and was remanded to appear again in November.

Manuel had been the subject of a police manhunt since the incident last month.

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Victoria Police confirmed Homicide Squad detectives, with assistance of the Special Operations Group, had arrested a man in relation to the fatal stabbing in Chelsea Heights.

They allege that Manuel verbally argued with Thompson in the car park of the licensed premises on June 18. Thompson was then stabbed and died the next day in hospital.

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During the manhunt for Manuel, Victoria police publicly urged his associates to give up.

"Alex Manuel is likely staying with an associate so now would be a good time to mention if he is being harboured by someone, that person risks committing a serious offence," Victoria Police said.

Manuel was arrested at a rural property at Toora, Gippsland, and charged with murdering Thompson, the Age reported.

Victoria Police say a male and a female who were also at the Toora property are currently assisting investigators with their inquiries.