40yo murder-accused woman pleads not guilty after man struck with vehicle dies

The 40-year-old woman charged with murder after allegedly striking a man with a vehicle in west Auckland last night has pleaded not guilty.

The woman appeared at Waitākere District Court late Friday afternoon and was granted interim name suppression by the court magistrate.

The defendant's lawyer argued she would be put in danger while in custody if her name was known, and the police did not oppose the argument.

The defendant stood in the dock barefoot wearing a long green padded sleeveless smock.

Despite having a group of family members in the public gallery, the defendant never looked at them during her brief court appearance.

Police earlier said in a statement they were called to Moire Road in Massey at around 11:20pm on Thursday following a report of a person struck by a vehicle.

"Despite efforts from first responders, the man sadly died at the scene," it said.

Detective Senior Sergeant Nick Poland said the victim and the female were known to each other.

"We would like to reassure the community that this appears to be an isolated incident."

The defendant will appear at the High Court in Auckland on July 3.