Police may have charged a man in relation to the death of Nathan Albert but have yet to find the weapon they believe was used to kill him.
Panmure man Peter Job, 38, appeared in Auckland District Court yesterday accused of assaulting the Papatoetoe 27-year-old who was stabbed on an East Auckland street on New Year's Day.
He was remanded in custody to appear later this month.
Detective Inspector Mark Benefield said more serious charges may yet be laid as the investigation continues.
Today he confirmed no weapon had yet been found and police were keen to speak to a taxi driver who dropped Albert off on the street were he eventually died.
The taxi picked him up from the lower end of the Auckland Central Business District (In the vicinity of Fort Street, Fort Lane and Customs Street West) and then delivered him to Pilkington Road Panmure between 3.30am and 4am.
The victim was found just after 4am by the side of Pilkington Rd, Panmure. A member of the public tried to revive him.
Benefield said statements from witnesses pointed to only one person being involved in the attack.
Next of kin had been informed, Benefield said, and they were understandably devastated.
"It's a bad start to the year," he said.
Neighbours reported hearing a large argument on the "usually quiet" street shortly before the alleged assault occurred.
Police want anyone with information to call 0800 4 TERRI or 0800 4 83774, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.