20 Aug 2013

Sinkhole appears in Wellington street

5:58 pm on 20 August 2013

A central Wellington street has been closed after a large sinkhole opened.

Wellington City Council spokesperson Richard MacLean says the 3 metre deep hole has appeared in Hobson Street, Thorndon.

Mr MacLean says the council suspects the hole is the result of a 19th century brick water main slowly collapsing over recent months, causing the ground above it to collapse.

He says it may have been exacerbated by the recent earthquakes in Wellington.