Hastings District Council’s emergency management team have introduced an armoured response truck to combat the raft of recent attacks on pedestrians by thirsty pohutukawa.

Council’s senior emergency management officer, Paul Hawke, warned not to approach dehydrated trees during summer. “Natives in particular are dangerously unpredictable when parched,” Mr Hawke said. “During trees’ feeding times we’re asking people to stay clear, or stay in their vehicles.

“Our highly-trained response team also carry chainsaws aboard the state of the art vehicle in the unlikely event of another arboreal attack.”

BayBuzz took this photograph (left) of the swift response truck equipped with cautionary signage during a training run in Haumoana yesterday.

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