A Chinese International School pupil collapsed and died while on a hike in New Zealand. Michael Yap Sheung-yue, 14, is thought to have been a victim of meningitis. He died within minutes of becoming ill while walking with a group of fellow students on Mount Tarawera, near the tourist town of Rotorua on the North Island on Sunday afternoon. Police said that despite attempts by teachers to revive him, the pupil, described by his headmaster as a 'solid student', was dead before a rescue helicopter arrived. Yesterday, his father, Zheng Yap, and mother, Kam Yeuk-mui, who run a haberdashery company, arrived in New Zealand to discuss bringing their son's remains home. They have a nine-year-old daughter. Rotorua police Senior Sergeant Dave Donaldson said: 'It's just a terrible tragedy. A post-mortem has been conducted and he died from natural causes. There are no suspicious circumstances. He sat down under a tree and was having difficulty breathing, then he fainted. 'Attempts were made to revive him but he was dead before the rescue helicopter arrived.' Chinese International School headmaster Alex Horsley said he had been told by medical officials in Rotorua that the boy died from a non-infectious form of meningitis. 'It's obviously a terrible shock and a very difficult time for the family, especially at this time of year. There will be a meeting with the parents of the rest of the students to discuss whether or not the holiday should be cut short.' The group of 30 students and five teachers arrived in New Zealand last Friday and were due to stay two weeks. The party had been taken up one side of Mount Tarawera in four-wheel drive jeeps and were walking down the other side towards Lake Tarawera when the tragedy happened. Mr Horsley said a memorial would be held when students returned.