Tragic end for Ōpōtiki man

The family of an Ōpōtiki man who died while repairing a tractor are devastated at the loss of the respected community member.

Robin Paruru (76) was fixing a tractor on the grounds of Ōpōtiki College.

It's believed he got caught in the machinery and suffered fatal injuries.

He was a retired mechanic, a former Army colonel, a father, grandfather and great grandfather.

A funeral service for Mr Paruru will be held on Saturday.