One person has been seriously injured after a digger caught fire on Wellington's south coast.
The fire then spread to nearby pine trees on the urban fringe of the city in the suburb of Owhiro Bay.
An ambulance spokeswoman said one patient, in a serious condition, was being transported to Wellington Hospital.
Firefighters are working to get access to the blaze on Happy Valley Road near the city landfill and Carlucci Land mini-golf.
At least five pumping appliances are on the scene.
A helicopter with a monsoon bucket is now at the scene, as fire crews are having troubling getting to the blaze due to strong winds and because the fire is on a hill.
Part of Happy Valley Road is blocked and traffic has been diverted.
There are several houses at the foot of the hill, but none have been evacuated.