The presence of coronary artery "insufficiency" was unlikely to have played a part in the death of a Wairoa man who died after a fall during a hunting accident last May.

Rather, coroner Chris Devonport found 48-year-old Jerry Joe had died from the injuries sustained when he fell down a steep bank while out pig-hunting with two friends.

Mr Joe went hunting on May 29 on a farm at Raupunga.

On arriving, he noticed a pig in one of the bottom paddocks and let his dog off after it. He told his two companions to go on without him and headed down to the paddocks. He failed to return to meet up with his companions at an agreed time so they set out to look for him.


He was eventually found at the foot of a steep hill. His rifle was found leaning against a fence.

In his findings, Mr Devonport said he was satisfied Mr Joe had left it there before setting off down the slope to stick the pig, which his dog had bailed up.

One of his gumboots was found at the top of the hill, while his hunting knife, pouch and glasses were found at various sites down the hill.

A post mortem by pathologist Roslyn Iversen showed Mr Joe had suffered head and internal injuries, along with multiple abrasions. There was evidence of early signs of some heart damage involving slight enlargement, which could be brought about by artery insufficiency.

However, such a state had also been linked to situations which may involve a "massive" adrenaline response and it was ruled out as causing Mr Joe to fall.