Man killed while repairing ride-on mower

A man has died after being pinned underneath a large ride-on lawnmower he was trying to fix.

The incident happened at Opotiki College, about 3pm, police said.

The local man, aged in his 70s, was helping to repair the mower, which belonged to the college, when he got caught in the machinery and sustained fatal injuries.

A Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment spokeswoman said preliminary investigations were being carried out.

The death has also been referred to the Coroner.

Police said there were no suspicious circumstances, and the man's name would be released once next of kin had been notified.