Farm death investigation continues

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Worksafe NZ is investigating the death of a 60-year-old Waimate man after he was found dead in an effluent pond at a Waitaki Bridge property on Friday afternoon.

Police were informed of a sudden death at the property on McPherson’s Rd on August 15 at 2.55pm.

A spokesperson for Worksafe NZ in Wellington said they were currently investigating the incident but could not give any more details and could not give a time-frame for the completion of the investigation.

WorkSafe NZ is the country’s workplace health and safety regulator with a focus to promote good workplace health and safety practices. They are also the regulator for electricity and gas safety in the workplace and home.

Oamaru Police Sergeant Craig Sew Hoy said he could confirm the man was Bene Poihakena Materoa Mahu, of Waimate, and that he was found on a property which was being used as a pig farm.

There were no suspicious circumstances and death is being treated as an accident and is being referred to the coroner, he said.

A service will be held this afternoon to celebrate the life of Mr Mahu at the Waimate Rugby Club Rooms, Wall St, Waimate, at 2pm.

Mr Mahu’s family declined to comment when contacted by the Oamaru Mail.

A Waimate resident, who did not want to be named, said Mr Mahu was very involved in the community, had done a lot of scrap metal work in the town and had also been a member of a local band.