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Whangamata power cut cancelled

Monday, April 03, 2017

An eight-hour, blanket power cut scheduled for Whangamata on Tuesday has been cancelled due to bad weather.

Electricity distributor Powerco had planned to turn the power off between 8.30am and 4.30pm on April 4 to allow vital upgrade and maintenance work to be carried out on what is the only 33kV circuit supplying Whangamata and surrounding rural areas.

However, a weather forecast of heavy rain and strong winds has delayed the work.

“Our main priority is keeping people safe and, taking into account the less than favourable weather forecast and the terrain along the 26km line, we have decided to cancel the work for now,” says Powerco Commercial Manager Eric Pellicer.

“With the recent flooding in Whangamata, we also felt it was unfair to inconvenience residents further during this latest unsettled weather system.”

A ‘Power Out Party’ that was to be held during the afternoon in conjunction with Enterprise Whangamata has also be cancelled.

“It’s unfortunate, as we were really looking forward to getting the work done and being part of this fun, family event, but we are at the mercy of the weather,” says Mr Pellicer.

The intense eight-hour stint, involving 100 Powerco contractors, was aimed at providing greater, ongoing reliability.

“This is a major upgrade and by condensing the work into one day, we had hoped to minimise the disruption to Whangamata residents,” he says.

“The work will now be carried out at a later date, to be determined in consultation with the Whangamata community.”

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