Cause of power cuts still unknown
If you experienced a power cut recently you were not alone.
Powerco, which is New Zealand’s second largest electricity utility and largest gas distribution utility, is investigating two separate power cuts in and around the Tokoroa area.
Network operations manager Phil Marsh said power was lost to 2210 properties at 12.07pm on Friday and to 3445 properties at 8.33am on Sunday.
‘‘The cause of the outages is under investigation. On patrolling the lines, no faults were found, however in the first outage wet bark was found beneath the lines suggesting a branch may have hit them,’’ he said. ‘‘Following the Sunday outage, burn marks were found on lines, indicating a possible bird strike.’’
Many businesses in the central business district had to close due to the power cut on Sunday while others accepted cash only.
Paper Plus Tokoroa manager Kerry Tong said it was very frustrating.
‘‘We have power cuts quite often in Tokoroa and it is not good for business. We just had to close the doors and lost a lot of business because of it,’’ he said.
Power was restored to all customers by 2pm on Friday and by 11am on Sunday.
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