Deck collapse injures six in South Te Atatu

Six people were taken to hospital after a deck they were on collapsed in West Auckland yesterday afternoon.

A Tongan family gathered at a Covil Ave  address in Te Atatu South for an 80th birthday celebration but it ended up in disaster when thirteen people, including eight children, plunged to the ground. They suffered minor injuries.

Ola Mahe, 40, said his family and other family members had just finished saying grace and when they went out to partake in a buffet set up in the deck it suddenly collapsed.

His 8-year-old son James who suffered a sore bum said the incident was a shock.

“We said our family prayer in the living room, and after doing the birthday song and blowing out the candles, then family [members] started to walk to get the food [on the deck]”, he told Herald.

It is understood the patients had been discharged from the hospital last night.

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