Neighbour Thomas Knight looks at where a tree smashed
through a Kaitaia house, trapping a woman inside. Photo /
Dean Purcell. NZ Herald
An elderly woman was rescued from her Kaitaia home
yesterday after a massive macrocarpa tree was uprooted and
crashed through her roof, pinning her to her chair.
Neighbour Thomas Knight heard the sound of the tree coming
down on to the house around 4:40pm and rushed out to check on
his elderly neighbour, known as Ivy.
"The wind was really loud and I heard a bang and then the
windows smashing," he said.
Ivy lives in a granny flat on the backyard of the house where
Mr Knight lived with his grandparents on Korimako Lane.
Mr Knight said he ran up the drive to the rear property and
looked in to the house. He saw that the chair Ivy was sitting
on was crushed, and she was trapped.
The tree had come through the roof of the house, crushing
some walls and windows.
He could see that Ivy was able to move a little, and believed
she may have been able to phone for help herself.
Emergency services arrived soon after and extracted the woman
from the badly damaged house.
"I saw her get taken away in the ambulance, I hope she's
okay," Mr Knight said.
Ivy was taken to Kaitaia Hospital. She was believed to be
Three other large trees on the property were felled in the
winds gusting to 160 km/h yesterday, and Mr Knight said he
was worried about his grandparents' 100-year-old home being
The historic home had last night escaped any major damage -
with just a small tree falling against a carport.
- By Sophie Ryan of APNZ