A 19-year-old forestry worker from Gisborne was killed on Monday morning after he fell into a hole and was crushed by a tree stump, police say.
Police were called to the accident about 10am in the Wharerata Forest, south of Gisborne, Wairoa Senior Sergeant Tony Bates told NZPA.
He said the man had been standing near a tree stump which was being used as an ``anchor point'' for a log-hauler.
``The anchor point pulled out of the ground -- ripping a large hole in the ground causing the youth to lose his footing and fall into the hole.
``The anchor point then rolled back into the hole trapping the youth underneath,'' he said.
Nearby forestry workers came to the man's aid and pulled the tree stump off the man but he died at the scene, he said.