Good progress is being made restoring power to the Coromandel Peninsula and Eastern Waikato following strong winds last night.
Powerco Network Operations Manager Phil Marsh said power was expected to be restored to all affected customers by the end of today, with more than 4500 already reconnected.
About 75 field staff were working to restore supply to the remaining affected customers, mostly around the Coromandel Peninsula and the Hauraki Plains.
“There are currently around 900 properties without supply and Powerco expects to restore their supply by the end of the day, barring further damage.”
Mr Marsh said Powerco thanked customers for their patience. Field staff had difficulty fixing some faults faster due to land slips blocking access, he said.
Gales gusting 130km/h saw power cut to about 5500 properties overnight. Trees and debris tore down overhead lines, cutting power to parts of Waihi, Whangamata, Pauanui, Whitianga, Whiritoa, Thames Coast and Colville, with a smaller number of customers impacted in Wairarapa, Manawatu and Taranaki.
Mr Marsh said trees had caused the majority of the cuts to supply.
“Many of the power cuts could have been avoided if people had contacted suitably qualified tree trimmers to have their trees cut or trimmed before they caused a problem.”
People wanting further information about power cuts should call their electricity retailer.