A man impaled himself on a metal stake while gardening at his Gisborne home this morning.
The 85-year-old man was conscious when firefighters arrived at the Inner Kaiti address about 8.45am.
Gisborne senior station manager Pat Hogan said the man was gardening when he tripped and fell onto a waratah.
The metal post, about 1.5 metres high with a diameter of 50 millimetres went through his stomach.
Hogan said the man was fortunate that the stake missed any vital organs.
''As he fell it caught the edge of his stomach, it was in the fold of his skin above his hip.''
The post did not break through his back skin.
The man did not appear to be in a lot of discomfort, Hogan said.
Firefighters cut the man from the post, leaving it to a medical team at Gisborne Hospital to remove the rest of the waratah.
The man was recovering in hospital.
- The Dominion Post