Update from Eastland Network:
As of 7am this morning, just over 400 customers across the region were experiencing power outages. This included around 300 in the Ruatoria area.
Crews were dispatched at first light to investigate and repair the faults. They’re making steady progress, and by 9am just 150 people were still without power.
Ruatoria: approx. 28 customers in the Tikitiki/Waiomatatini area.
Tokomaru Bay: approx. 18 customers in Mata Rd/Ihungia Rd.
Tolaga Bay: approx. 48 customers at the top of Tauwhareparae Rd.
Whatatutu: approx. 8 customers in Tarbuck Lane.
Tiniroto: approx. 35 customers in the Doneraille Park area.
Wairoa: approx. 12 customers in the Kakariki area.
“As usual, when heavy winds are experienced, the majority of power outages are due to toppling trees, falling tree branches or flying tree debris contacting overhead lines,” said Eastland Network general manager Brent Stewart.
“Some areas are difficult to access because roads are blocked by fallen trees. Full restoration of the remaining faults is expected to take at least all day.
“We thank customers for their patience, and we remind everyone to always treat electricity lines as live.”
If you’re experiencing any issues with your electricity supply, please ring our 24 hour faults line on 0800 206 207.