Front sweeps across Taranaki, stealing trampolines along the way
Summertime toys are a nightmare in winter conditions - as Samantha Eley discovered when she watched her husband battle winds attempting to steal their trampoline.
"We had strops tying it down and to the fence," she said. "But the strops were snapped and the trampoline almost flew off."
A southerly front sweeping the North Island has brought chilling temperatures, snow, swells and powerful winds reaching gusts topping 110 kilometres an hour.
Police warned Taranaki residents to secure outside belongings before the bad weather struck, but even those who prepared are bearing the brunt of the storm.
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Eley said husband Jason Dahm came home on Thursday to find their trampoline gaining height over the fence of their property in Whalers Gate, New Plymouth.
He quickly ran outside to grab the runaway toy.
"He was battling the winds to try to pull it back down," Eley said.
"The gusts just come down the hill and the wind gets quite bad here."
The couple live in a newer property development, she said, and there were no houses to help block the wind.
Dahm successfully won back his trampoline and was able to secure it again with two new strops.
But Eley feared the storm would just pick it right back up.
"Apparently the weather is going to get worse," she said.
"I'm just waiting for the snow."
Several properties in the region have suffered runaway trampolines in the wild weather.
One landed on the roof of a Midhirst home and another came to rest on top of a property in Patea.