A 32-year-old man charged with murdering a New Zealander and dismembering his body in North Queensland is due back in court on 17 December.
Campbell Paterson's remains were found in a chilly bin in the bush near Cairns after he disappeared just over a week ago.
Local police said Mr Paterson and the man accused of killing him, David Leslie Hickson, associated regularly, the ABC reported.
Mr Hickson was also accused of misconduct with a corpse.
Mr Paterson worked in Cairns, returning every few months to Napier where his wife and four children live.
Although he was not reported missing the police began a search after a tip-off.
The Cairns Post newspaper said his family was informed of the death on Thursday night and said his body was due to be returned to New Zealand tomorrow.