A man accused of murdering his mother and attempting to murder his father has appeared in the Waitakere District Court.
The Titirangi man's name is suppressed while family members in Britain are notified of the incident.
The 34-year-old, dressed in white overalls and with long, dark hair, this afternoon was remanded in custody at the Mason Clinic, a forensic mental health service, until September 26 when he will appear in the High Court in Auckland.
"This is a very tragic event within this family," said his lawyer, Sheila McCabe.
The man had "serious mental health issues", she said.
Judge Heemi Taumaunu ordered a report to determine whether the man is fit to stand trial.
The man was captured after an hour-long manhunt yesterday evening.
Police were alerted to the incident about 7.50pm yesterday and quickly confirmed it was a homicide investigation.
Senior Sergeant Grant Tetzlaff said they were not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.
The site had been guarded overnight.
A scene examination at the property will take several days, and police will be speaking with neighbours as part of their inquiry.
The father is in a stable but serious condition in Auckland City Hospital.
- © Fairfax NZ News