New Zealander killed in Australian mine

Last updated 10:51 07/03/2013

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A former Waikato man has been killed in a Queensland mining accident.

Jordan Taurima was carrying out contract work for explosives and fertiliser company Incitec Pivot when the incident happened late on Wednesday morning.

Few details are known about what took place but ABC news in Australia reported that the accident happened near Xstrata's Mount Isa copper smelter.

Taurima is a former age group Waikato rugby representative.

He also played club rugby for Hautapu in his home town of Cambridge where he was described as a talented first five.

Both Xstrata and Incitec Pivot were investigating the incident alongside Australian police and the Queensland Department of Mines.

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