A 17-year-old boy killed this week on a Hastings orchard was a bright, ambitious kid with it "all in front of him" just days after finishing his final year at high school.
Ira Gannaway-Gardner died after he fell from a home-built vehicle on the Twyford Rd orchard about 11.30am on Tuesday.
Yesterday the Napier Boys' High School student was remembered during the end-of-year prizegiving.
Principal Ross Brown said Ira was due to accept the commerce and humanity award, the first time the award was presented.
"He was a delightful kid, very ambitious."
Mr Brown said the 17-year-old was to attend Victoria University next year to study commerce.
"There was a powhiri and a very powerful haka that was led by the prefects. It was a very emotional time."
He said a number of fellow students were also orchard workmates with Ira.
The school's Year 13 dean, Anne Millward-Brown, said Ira's sister received the award on his behalf.
"It was a very emotional time. To lose a boy is just awful."
She described Ira as a "very bright, hard worker" who was well liked by all students and staff members.
Police and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment are conducting an investigation into the accident.
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