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Yun Qing (Jack) Liu, 57, appeared in the High Court at Auckland today before Justice Timothy Brewer.
He entered a not guilty plea to the murder of Ms Chen.
Ms Chen, 44, was last seen on November 5, 2012, after leaving the accountancy firm she worked at and driving home.
Police found her body late last month after a contractor mowing the lawns at Totaravale Reserve found a ribcage and skull in a drain.
Most of the rest of Ms Chen's remains were found nearby.
Liu's trial will begin October 13 and the Crown has indicated it will call more than 50 witnesses.
Liu was remanded in custody and will have a bail hearing next month.
- Sophie Ryan of APNZ