At approximately 3pm today police were called to the report of a fatality on the grounds of Opotiki College.
A local man in his 70s had been assisting with repairs on mowing equipment belonging to the college when he was caught in the machinery leading to fatal injuries.
There are no suspicious circumstances. The Department of Labour have been advised and the matter will be referred to the Coroner.
The man's name is expected to be released tomorrow once all of his next of kin have been advised.