High Winds And Trees Cause Power Outage

Posted by Gold FM on 02/03/2012

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A power out-age affected approximately 5,000 people from Whangamata to Tauranga yesterday. We had a number of calls from people asking when power would be restored but were unable to tell them anything.

Trust Power told us to call Powerco and Powerco referred us back to Trust Power. After being unable to speak with anyone there who knew something a look on the Powerco website confirmed that there was an outage in Whiritoa and Waihi, but didn't list some of the other areas we heard from.

Finally this morning after a number of phone calls to Trust Power and Powerco we were able to ascertain that Waihi, Whiritoa, Omokoroa, Katikati, parts of Whangamata and Tahawai were affected by a power cut yesterday between 3 pm and 9 pm. Some areas had power restored earlier than others and it was the high winds that caused the problem.

Trees snapped falling on over-head lines and power poles.

Powerco said they spend $5 million dollars a year trimming trees which cause a lot of damage to their network.They urge people to take a look at their website and check out the information they have about tree trimming on their Safety page.

They stress that people should not try to cut or trim their trees away from power lines. It is always best to use one of their approved contractors. Regulations provide for Powerco to do the first trimming and then landowners become responsible for keeping the trees away from the lines.

Powerco has a promotional campaign for tree owners to get trees trimmed that are growing too close to power lines. Their info says to show how serious they are, Powerco is offering a bounty. For each trimming a tree owner pays for, Powerco will donate $100 to a local school of the tree owner’s choice.

Tree owners will also go into the draw to win a Honda 4WD quad bike with helmet valued at $14,000. There are also five Husqvarna chainsaws, helmet, visor and earmuff packages up for grabs valued at $1000 each.