City street­lights back on


Res­i­dents of eerily blacked out Palmer­ston North streets had their lights re­stored on Mon­day night.

A num­ber of city thor­ough­fares and side streets had been left in dark­ness for five evenings fol­low­ing last Wed­nes­day‘s power fail­ure.

Af­ter power was re­stored, the fault at the Trans­power Bun­nythorpe sub­sta­tion con­tin­ued to af­fect ar­eas of street light­ing, with some lights re­main­ing turned on dur­ing day­light, while others would not work at night.

Pow­erco Net­work Op­er­a­tions Man­ager Phil Marsh de­scribed the fault as ‘‘com­plex’’ and said Trans­power and Pow­erco staff had worked to re­pair and re­store it with­out fur­ther af­fect­ing the power sup­ply to Manawatu’s elec­tric­ity net­works.

Marsh said work to the sub­sta­tion was com­pleted on Sun­day af­ter­noon and Pow­erco then re­stored the au­to­matic func­tion of the af­fected lights man­u­ally.

The net­work had re­sumed nor­mal op­er­a­tions at 11pm Sun­day, and most of the af­fected lights were back on Mon­day night.

Marsh said the restora­tion had in­volved a team ef­fort with Pow­erco staff work­ing on the dis­tri­bu­tion net­work along­side Trans­power staff.

Both com­pa­nies apol­o­gised for any in­con­ve­nience the power fail­ure and light­ing shut­down had caused.


A fault at the Bun­nythorpe sub­sta­tion blacked out city streets.

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