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Flying in poles to restore power

A handful of people were still without power this morning following high winds on Sunday night.

A total of 65 properties were without power across the district yesterday morning, with power restored to most by the afternoon or evening.

“We are pleased to say that most people are back on now. Unfortunately, a handful of people were without power overnight,” Eastland Network general manager Brent Stewart said this morning.

“There are several faults that require us to helicopter in new poles.”

About 15 properties at Te Wera Rd – Intersection with Rakauroa Rd, Tahora Rd, Tauwhareparae Rd, Tarndale Rd, as well as isolated sites at Te Araroa and Oliver Road, Matawai, were still without power this morning.

“There are also reports of individual customer outages throughout the region. We really appreciate the patience shown by affected customers.”

Power to those properties would be restored later today, he said.

“As always, if you are experiencing any electrical supply issues please report to our 24/7 Call Centre on 0800 206 207.

“All electricity lines should be treated as live at all times.”