UPDATE, Monday, 8.45am: The New Zealand man charged with murdering Nirranda surfer/musician Sean McKinnon now won't appear in a Hamilton court until next month.
The High Court hearing for the man, who allegedly shot a campervan containing Mr McKinnon, has been pushed back by almost four weeks to September 19, when he's expected to enter a plea.
The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was remanded following a manhunt near the New Zealand seaside town of Raglan.
Last week: Less than a week after Nirranda surfer/musician Sean McKinnon was shot and killed on New Zealand's North Island police have reminded gun owners of a pre-organised buy-back in the region.
Prohibited guns can be exchanged for cash during the Waikato region collections on Wednesday and Sunday, police said.
The country banned semi-automatic weapons after the March Christchurch massacre and opened a national amnesty and buy-back program to collect the weapons.
The Waikato collection comes as police still try to find the gun which killed Mr McKinnon at the surf town of Raglan on Friday the previous week while he was asleep in his campervan with fiancee Bianca Buckley.
Police have urged anyone who may have spotted a hitchhiker around Gordonton or at nearby Whitikahu during the day on Friday to contact them.
A 23-year-old man was charged with murder on Saturday.
He allegedly fired several shots into the couple's campervan, then drove off with Mr McKinnon dying inside.
Ms Buckley managed to escape and fled on foot to a nearby farmhouse to call for help.
Mr McKinnon's body was later found in the vehicle in the nearby town of Gordonton at 8am on Friday.
In a note shared with Nine News, Ms Buckley wrote that Mr McKinnon was "the light and love of my life. My greatest teacher. My protector."
While Ms Buckley has asked for privacy, Detective Inspector Pitkethley said she and the family appreciated the support they have received.
The accused killer faced Hamilton District Court and was remanded in custody to appear again in the High Court on August 27.
His name and identity have been suppressed.
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