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Firefighters were called in to help the woman, who was stuck at hip-height in the floor at Arthur Street Kitchen this morning.
They were called at 10.50am, and spent about 20 minutes cutting her free.
She was in quite a lot of pain and distress, but members of the public helped to keep her calm, Fire and Emergency said.
She was taken by ambulance to Timaru Hospital in a moderate condition.