A woman has pleaded not guilty to murdering a man earlier this month in a rural area north-west of Auckland.
Emergency services were called to a property at South Head on the Kaipara Harbour on 3 April after reports of gunfire.
A 52-year-old man was found dead at the house.
Amy Christine Smith, 37, was found nearby and charged with murder.
Smith was tearful as she entered a not guilty plea at the High Court in Auckland this morning.
Family and friends supported her in the public gallery.
Justice Toogood set a trial date for August next year and remanded the accused woman in custody.