Gale force weather causes outages in Wairarapa

Thursday, July 21, 2022
Gusts of up to 130km an hour have caused a number of outages on Powerco’s network in the Wairarapa, with wind bringing down trees and power lines.

By late afternoon, there were 1,271 customers without power across the region and crews are out in force reconnecting customers as quickly and as safely as they can, where possible.

Those reconnection efforts are being hampered by the conditions, along with some road closures due to flooding. Crews will be working up until 9pm this evening to restore as many customers as they can, and thereafter, for the safety of crews, will be responding to emergencies only.

Several hundred customers across the region will be off overnight, and Powerco apologises for the inconvenience.

The largest outages are as follows:

221 customers in the Cape Palliser area are without power after a pole came down at 10:30am. Crews are still on site conducting repair work.

342 Masterton customers lost power at 11:19am after a tree brought down lines in the Stronvar Road area. A field crew is currently making repairs.

190 customers lost power at 11:55am after lines came down on Te Whiti Road. A total of 65 customers were reconnected by 12pm, and the remaining 125 customers will be reconnected once repairs are completed.

Trees in lines have also caused a power outage for 101 customers in the Admiral Road area, with power going off at 10:20am.

Powerco thanks customers for their patience as crews work hard to restore supply, and advises customers to visit the outages page here for the latest outage information.

Customers can report an outage by phoning their retailer (the company they pay their power bill to), or by reporting an outage on Powerco’s website. 

In the case of an emergency, such as downed lines, customers should stay well clear and phone Powerco’s 24/7 emergency number on 0800 27 27 27 or the emergency services on 111.

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