Dunedin residents Louisa (front) and Tony Bennett stand
with Lorraine Paish, of Christchurch, on the 117-year-old
pine tree that blocked a road in North Otago yesterday.
Photo by Timothy Bennett.
A fallen 117-year-old pine tree was still blocking a
North Otago road yesterday.
Dunedin resident Tony Bennett called police on Tuesday
evening after a large tree had blocked Waianakarua Rd, about
300m from State Highway 1 between Herbert and Hampden.
The police asked Mr Bennett if they should bring a chainsaw.
''I said `I think you'll need more than a chainsaw'.''
Mr Bennett said he helped with the cleanup by collecting some
of the scattered pine cones in his trailer.
Waitaki District Council roading network engineer Ping Ge
said the pine tree had been about 40m tall, with a trunk more
than 5m in circumference.
The Otago Regional Council had been called because some
branches had fallen in the river, he said.
The reasons why the tree had fallen were unknown and the
weather had been good with no wind, Mr Ge said.
SouthRoads started removing the tree yesterday and a single
lane would be open today, he said.