The 32-year-old man killed in a helicopter crash in the Lindis Pass at the weekend was a new father.
Liam Edwards from Otautau was involved in the crash on Saturday.
He was with 51-year-old pilot Murray Sarginson, who was taken to Dunedin Hospital and treated for head and chest injuries.
Mr Edwards had just begun life as a married man and father to a baby boy born some weeks ago.
Many have taken to social media to express their heartfelt thoughts towards Mr Edwards and his wife Jaimee.
The pair were in a Robinson R22 model flying in foggy conditions. The wreckage is about a kilometre from the Lindis Pass-Tarras Rd.
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is investigating the incident, one in a long line of Robinson helicopter crashes in the past few years. There was a fatal R22 crash near Mt Aspiring in 2011 and another near Wanaka in 2012.
The CAA introduced additional safety awareness training for pilots flying Robinson R22 and R44 helicopters last year.
Investigators have been unable to reach the wreckage site today because of bad weather, instead they've been gathering information from surrounding areas. The team of three will try again tomorrow.