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.