The police have named the man who died during a controlled scrub burn-off near Mt Alexander in Canterbury, yesterday.
He was 71-year-old Denis Luke Hazlett from Ohoka.
His death has been referred to the Coroner.
Police said Mr Hazlett was assisting two other men at a rural Hurunui property with a controlled scrub burn-off on a steep gully.
Police, Fire Service and WorkSafe New Zealand investigations into the incident are continuing.