An Auckland man accused of murdering his ex-wife while subject to a protection order can now be named.

Accused killer Manchao Li appeared briefly in the High Court at Auckland this morning before Justice Simon Moore.

Li had enjoyed name suppression until today after first appearing in court last July.

The now 64-year-old faces two charges for murder and of breaching a protection order by physically abusing the protected person through stabbing his former wife Zhimin Yang to death.

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The court heard Li has been found fit to stand trial, which has been scheduled for October.

He was remanded in custody by Justice Moore and will appear in court again next month.

Manchao Li, pictured during his first court appearance in the Waitakere District Court last July. Photo / Dean Purcell
Manchao Li, pictured during his first court appearance in the Waitakere District Court last July. Photo / Dean Purcell

Yang was fatally stabbed on Westgate Drive in Massey on July 29 last year.

It is alleged she was stabbed repeatedly by her ex-husband.

Several members of the public - including a construction worker and woman driving past in a car - stopped to help Yang but she died at the scene.

Good Samaritan Peter Simpson stopped to help after Yang was stabbed and was later recognised by police with a bravery award.

The Massey man earlier told the Herald he thought Yang may have been a pedestrian who had been hit by a car But as he got closer he noticed she had been stabbed.

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"I started talking to the victim and then she passed ... there was a gentleman way up the road who said that the [alleged killer] was leaving.

"So I jumped in my car and left the site."

Flowers at the scene where Zhimin Yang died on Westgate Drive in Massey. Photo / Dean Purcell
Flowers at the scene where Zhimin Yang died on Westgate Drive in Massey. Photo / Dean Purcell

Simpson then started to move slowly in his car towards the man's car in a bid to stop him leaving.

"I couldn't do much where I was so I went to the next step and helped to apprehend the person," he explained.

"I didn't ram it, he ran into me - I slowed up to stop him and he drove into me.

"I was surprised, not 100 per cent sure what happened but I just knew something had happened - and then I was on the phone with 111."

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Li was arrested just eight minutes after the alleged murder.