A 26 year old man is lucky to be alive after his vehicle tipped over the cliff edge o Te Mata peak in Hawkes Bay.

Last night the man was driving up Te Mata when his wagon plunged over the side of the cliff throwing him out as it carshed to the bottom of the mountain.

However the man remained perched on the mountain cliff which required a rescue helicopter to winch him into it before flying him to the Hawkes Bay hospital. Despite his injuries the man is making good progress in his recovery.

Waimarie tetahi tangata rua tekau ma ono tau tona pakeke kei te ora tonu ia whai muri mai i te rukuhanga o tona waka whenua i te pari o te tihi o Te Mata i Te Matau-a-Maui. No te pō ra te tangata e piki haere ki te maunga o Te Mata ka titaha tona waka whenua i te taha o te pari ā ka makere mai ia i te waka whenua e ruku ana ki raro ki te putake. Hoi ano ka piri tonu te tangata ki te pari, no reira te rere ana o te waka topa haumaru ki te hutia a ia ma te taura tukutuku ki roto i te waka topa kia kawe ia ki te hohipera o Te Matau-a-Maui. Ahakoa nga whara nui ki te tangata ka ora pai mai ano ia ki te aoturoa.