The New Zealand shearing industry is mourning the loss of well-known identity, Koropiko Tumatahi Mullins.
A statement from Shearing Sports New Zealand said the commentator and Dannevirke shearer, farmer and businessman died suddenly on Monday.
The 65-year-old was the husband of well known rural business leader Mavis Mullins, who he ran the family shearing business Paewai Mullins with for many years.
Koro Mullins was a Golden Shears Open shearing finalist in 1993, and more recently well known for his shearing commentating, heading up a team each year at the event.
Chairman of Shearing Sports New Zealand, Sir David Fagan, said the industry and sport worldwide had been rocked by the news of his death.
He said Mullins was involved in every aspect of shearing and had set the standard for shearing commentary.
"He will be missed by everyone," he said.
Mullins is survived by his wife Mavis, daughters Aria and Korina, and sons Punga and Tuma, and other whānau