Work continues to restore power
Powerco is making progress restoring power to thousands of customers whose electricity was cut overnight in the wake of ex-Cyclone Gita.
Taranaki and Whanganui were hardest hit and extra crews have been brought in to complete repairs to the network.
At 12.30pm, Powerco customers still without power included 11,405 in Taranaki (down from 13,224 at 7am), 1,163 in Whanganui region (down from 2103) and 288 in Manawatu (down from 422).
At the height of the storm, there were about 26,000 Powerco customers without power, with lines, transformers and poles all affected.
Powerco Network Operations Manager Phil Marsh said Powerco’s electricity network had suffered considerable damage with downed lines a major problem, particularly in Coastal Taranaki.
He could not predict when power could be restored to all customers. The extent of the damage may mean some customers are still without power for another night.
“Our biggest concern is downed lines and the need for everyone to treat them as being live. Please keep yourself, children and animals well away from downed lines and call emergency services immediately.”