A man who died in a crash west of Hastings on Friday has been identified as 19-year-old Shaun Michael Grant, of Napier.

The building apprentice was on his way to work when the crash happened on Taihape Rd, Pukehamoamoa, just before 7.50am.

He was a second-year member of the Napier Pirates Colts rugby team which performed a haka in his honour and as a gesture to his family at the Colts' game against Hastings Rugby and Sports on Saturday.

His funeral will be at the Taradale Rugby Club on Wednesday at 2pm.


Hastings Police are still seeking information following the crash.

Senior Constable Tim Rowe said they would like to speak to anyone travelling along Taihape Road between 7.40am and 7.50am that morning who may have seen the vehicle in question, a green Toyota Hiace van.

Police would also like to speak to the occupants of a light coloured or silver car, travelling east on Taihape Road towards Fernhill about 7.50am, as we believe they may have information that can assist.

Police urge anyone with information that can help this investigation to contact Hastings Police on 06 877 0609, or via the non-emergency number 105.