Native Affairs Summer Series 2014 - The Edge

By Native Affairs

The Native Affairs Summer Series is looking back at the biggest stories of 2014.

While we are often the bearers of bad news this next story is one of the good ones.

Ben Severne is an experienced bushman who lives on the shores of Lake Taupo.

In June he went hunting in the forest but fell down a waterfall and got stuck on a ledge the size of a car, below him a 50 metre drop.

The 48-year-old spent three freezing nights trapped less than a kilometre from home. If he hadn't been found on the fourth day, he doubts he'd be alive.

Iulia Leilua went to visit Ben and hear his remarkable story of friendship and survival.

Below is the full episode that featured this story earlier in the year.