Chilly response to power cuts
Families with young children, the sick and elderly have been disregarded by Aurora Energy, as power poles around the region are upgraded, Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean says.
Aurora has undertaken to replace nearly 3000 power poles around Otago by December, after issues with public safety came to light last year. Dean said cutting power in the middle of winter ‘‘impacts on vulnerable people’’ and she hoped the schedule would be reconsidered by Aurora.
About 180 households were without power in Wanaka on Tuesday, following Saturday’s outage in Clyde which affected 630 customers as well as businesses.
Outages are set for Alexandra from today until July 19 and Earnscleugh on July 19 as well in Cromwell from July 17 to 21.
Aurora Energy chief executive Grady Cameron said the company needed to complete the work for the safety of the community and the order of work was determined by replacing the highest priority poles first.
‘‘We understand the inconvenience that power outages cause, particularly in the winter months, and thank Otago residents for their patience.’’
Central Otago mayor Tim Cadogan and Alexandra Blossom Festival’s Sharleen Stirling-Lindsay.