Power Out Party planned during power cut for Whangamata

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Whangamata residents are invited to a special Power Out Party on April 4 to entertain the community while key strengthening works are completed 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 to prevent future serious faults and power cuts.

Powerco needs to turn off the only 33kV circuit supplying Whangamata so that their contractors can work on it safely. As a result, power will be shut off to Whangamata town and surrounding rural areas from 8.30am to 4.30pm.

An estimated 6470 residents will be affected says Powerco Commercial Manager Eric Pellicer but the result will help to provide greater ongoing reliability.

To offset this power cut Powerco, in conjunction with Enterprise Whangamata, is hosting the Power Out Party, where families are encouraged to bring a picnic and enjoy the free afternoon of activities including, face painting, games, a sausage sizzle and bouncy castle.

“We have been working closely with Enterprise Whangamata and the business community to bring what we think is a fantastic event during this scheduled outage and help limit the disruption to their daily lives as much as possible,” says Mr Pellicer.

“Powerco is happy to cover the community event’s costs as a way to say thanks to the community for its understanding and we can’t wait to see everyone come and enjoy the Power Out Party festivities.”

The Whangamata Medical Centre, as well as schools in the area from the Waihi town boundary north to Opoutere, will be provided with generators to supply electricity while the line is shut down.

Powerco will also erect a marquee at the event where it will communicate with local residents on the scale of work being undertaken and its future benefits. Powerco officials will be on hand at this site throughout the day to answer any questions locals may have.

“We anticipate people will have numerous questions and we want to ensure these are answered, so we can ease any concerns the public might have,” says Mr Pellicer.

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