Western Leader : January 13th 2012
www.westernleader.co.nz 4 WESTERN LEADER, JANUARY 13, 2012 NEWS connected Locally The latest local news and information -- anywhere, anytime The latest local news and information -- in print & online w w w.westernleader.co.nz Use your smart phone to connect to our website. Find us on Follow us on Print Tablet Phone PC View our real estate publication online at www.westernhomes.co.nz We stern Morning fright as tree tumbles By HINERANGI VAIMOSO Close call: Val Rikys of Titirangi takes a look at the damage done to her back deck by the fallen tree. Photo: HINERANGI VAIMOSO It looked like a 3D movie in slow motion but the 18-metre tall tree falling on to Val Rikys back doorstep on Sunday morning was a fright- ening reality. Mrs Rikys spent years worrying about the large pine tree just beyond the border of her Titirangi property. Her nightmare came true when the tree fell on to her deck at about 10am, smashing pot plants and railings and demolishing her beloved yard. I was just sitting inside working away on my com- puter then I looked up and saw that coming down, she says. It didn t look real. It went so slowly that it was like watching a movie. I was in shock. Mrs Rikys has lived in the home she and her husband built for 61 years. It s such a beautiful home andIputalotoftimeand effort into making it this way and then this just ruins everything, she says. I m very thankful that it missed my house and I m glad it didn t reach the other neighbour s property. Mrs Rikys had spent $6500 on getting major drainage installed. Now it s going to be a com- plete write off, she says. The Titirangi fire brigade arrived to clear her deck and make sure she was safe. Mrs Rikys is now con- cerned about a pine tree on another property which towers over two bedrooms of her home. She is talking with neighbours about the situ- ation. EnviroArb arborist Jon Redfern says trees don t fall often but people should get large ones checked to avoid massive costs in the future. Trees are very unpredict- able so it s important that you always keep an eye on them and get them checked out by a professional every year or two, Mr Redfern says. He says pine trees don t like change so it s important to check and see what factors may have altered growing conditions such as new hous- ing or drainage.
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