Chilly re­sponse to power cuts

Central Otago Mirror - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - RHYS CHAM­BER­LAIN

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.’’

JO MCKEN­ZIE-MCLEAN

Cen­tral Otago mayor Tim Cado­gan and Alexan­dra Blos­som Fes­ti­val’s Sharleen Stir­ling-Lindsay.

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