Two homes in Wellington have been evacuated after a large slip.
Around 4.30 yesterday afternoon the ground fell from underneath one home on Sidlaw Street in the suburb of Strathmore Park.
Inspector Marty Parker says the earth and a tree threatened another home below.
He says the occupants of both houses have been told to stay somewhere else for the night due to safety reasons.
Inspector Parker says council contractors are working to clear the road blocked by the slip and engineers will be evaluating the safety of both homes this morning.