The man accused of murdering British backpacker Grace Milane has been granted interim name suppresion.
The 26-year-old appeared in Auckland District Court, where
The accused's defence lawyer, Ian Brookie, argued for name suppression on the grounds of a "fair trial".
"A lot has happened in the last two days."
Ian argued he needed further time to gather information on his client as investigations were ongoing.
The police prosecutor opposed the interim name suppression and shared the Millane family's wishes for Grace Millane's accused killer to be named.
Today's court appearance following a week long investigation into the disappearance of 22-year-old Grace.
Grace was last seen on the eve of her 22nd birthday. She was seen on the night of December 1 going into CityLife Hotel with a man.
The body remains at the scene and is yet to be formally identified, but police believe it's the backpacker.
Detective Inspector Scott Beard says the police investigation into Grace's death would continue for some time, as they pieced together what happened after she was last seen entering a central Auckland hotel more than a week ago.
-Additional reporting by Stuff and RNZ.