NZer dies in Queensland mine

A New Zealand man has reportedly died in an Australian copper mine.

The contractor for Incitec Pivot Limited was fatally injured in an accident near the Xstrata Mount Isa Mines' copper smelter in northwest Queensland on Wednesday morning, ABC News reported.

The man was former Waikato man Jordan Taurima, the Waikato Times reported.

The Hautapu Rugby Club paid tribute to Taurima on their Facebook page.

"RIP Jordan Taurima, We will sadly miss seeing and playing alongside you in the Red & White Jersey. On behalf of Hautapu Sports Club we send our thoughts and prayers to Jordans whanau & friends. Proud to Play for Hautapu!!"

Xstrata, Incitec Pivot, Queensland Police and the Queensland Department of Mines are investigating the accident, ABC News reported.

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