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Vice-Chancellor Steve Maharey has expressed his condolences to the whānau, friends and colleagues of Bachelor of Construction student Hatu Herewini, 64, who collapsed and died at the Albany campus yesterday.
Ambulance medical officers spent 20 minutes trying to revive Mr Herewini (Ngāi Tai – Tauranga Moana, Mataatua), who had been eating lunch at a hangi put on for students and staff as part of Matariki and Māori Language Week.
Mr Maharey and Albany campus registrar Andrea Davies thanked staff who provided support to Mr Herewini's wife and whanau, and organised prayers and a blessing once his body was removed. Police were also called and an inquest will follow.