The man accused of killing construction worker George Taiaroa has been denied bail.
Quinton Winders, 45, is charged with shooting the 67-year-old as he held a stop/go sign at a road construction site in Atiamuri, south of Tokoroa, in March 2013.
The public gallery was cleared from the High Court at Rotorua by Justice Kit Toogood with the exception of the Winders family as the bail application was lodged on his behalf by barrister Jonathan Temm.
Bail was opposed by Crown solicitor Amanda Gordon.
Justice Toogood suppressed all details relating to the proceedings other than the application's outcome.
Winders, who appeared in the dock well-groomed and wearing a suit, remained composed throughout the hearing which took more than an hour via audio-visual link.
He was ordered to reappear on December 9 where media will be permitted to take still photographs of him.
Winders trial has been set for August 8 next year and is expected to run for several weeks.
The Winders family were expected to make a statement to the media following the proceedings but decided to delay until his next appearance.
He will appear in Rotorua High Court on December 9.