28 Jun 2016

Man's body found in bale of cardboard

5:59 pm on 28 June 2016

Police are investigating after a man's body was found in a bale of cardboard at a cardboard processing plant in Hamilton.

Staff at the OJI Fibre Solutions plant found the body this morning.

In a statement, the police said they still needed to identify the man and figure out how his body came to be inside the bale.

The company's general manager, Matthew Hitchings, said employees had found the body during the course of the morning's work.

He would not say whether the man was an employee or not, saying he would leave that to police.

The plant takes cardboard and paper gathered from across Waikato and the Central North Island and compacts it into bales, which are then recycled elsewhere.

The area where the body was found had been closed off and work would not resume until police had finished investigating, Mr Hitchings said.

It had been a difficult day for the six staff at the plant, who had been offered counselling, he said.

The police said they could not release any further information at this time.

According to its website, OJI Fibre Solutions has cardboard packaging manufacturing plants in Auckland, Hamilton, Levin, Christchurch, Sydney and Melbourne.

The company is owned by a Japanese group but operates mostly in New Zealand.