The Palmerston North coroner is still considering whether to hold an inquest into the death of Feilding farmer Scott Guy in July 2010.
Mr Guy's brother-in-law, Ewen Macdonald, was last year acquitted of murdering him. Nobody else has been charged over the killing.
Almost a year after the trial verdict, a spokesperson for Coroner Carla na Nagara said discussions are underway with the police about the way forward.
She said it's hoped a decision might be reached within the next two months.
Macdonald is serving a sentence of five years in prison for other offences, including arson, vandalism and killing calves before Mr Guy's death. He is eligible for parole in December.