Electricity has been restored to almost all of the 68,000
customers in Tauranga, Mount Maungaui and Kaimako affected by
today's massive power cut.
Powerco was given the green light by Transpower to begin
restoring power following a fault on the national grid just
after 2pm today.
Powerco network operations manager Phil Marsh said an
automatic system switched the power off when the problem was
"The system protects the integrity of the national grid," he