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Monday, November 06, 2017

A snow machine will be part of festivities to keep people entertained during an eight-hour planned power cut in Whangamata on 14 November.

A snow machine will be part of festivities to keep people entertained during an eight-hour planned power cut in Whangamata on 14 November.

Whangamata residents are being encouraged to bring a picnic and attend a special ‘Power Out Party’ while key strengthening work is carried out on the town’s main power supply.

The free family event, to be held at Williamson Park from 1pm-4pm, coincides with electricity distributor Powerco’s 100 contractors working for an intense eight-hour stint along the 26km 33kV line. The work will reduce the likelihood of future faults.

Powerco needs to turn the power off so contractors can safely work on the circuit.  Supply will be disconnected to Whangamata town and surrounding rural areas from 8:30am to 4:30pm.

The work was to be carried out in April 2017 but was put on hold due to unfavourable weather conditions. The new date was set in consultation with the Whangamata community. The outage is still weather dependent and if postponed it will be rescheduled for 21 November.

Around 6500 customers will be affected, with the majority of businesses planning to close. Powerco will supply the local medical centre, kindergartens and schools with generators so they have power during the outage.

Enterprise Whangamata and Powerco are working together to ensure the Power Out Party will be a success. Activities will include a snow machine, bouncy castle, volleyball and a sausage sizzle. Powerco representatives will be there to answer any questions people may have.

“We understand the power cut is an inconvenience,” Powerco Asset Management and Network Transformation General Manager Ryno Verster says. “The party is our way of saying thanks to the community for bearing with us while we get this essential work done.”

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