Power was out across the Wanganui region this morning.
Powerco network operations manager Phil Marsh said supply to
about 8600 customers was interrupted due to the outage at
about 8.20am. He said supply to all but 200 affected
consumers was restored by 9.55am.
Most other people's power was restored by midday.
"The fault occurred following an overhead line failure on a
33,000 volt line. The exact cause of the failure is under
investigation," Mr Marsh said.
A spokesman for the national grid operator Transpower, Geoff
Wishart, said this fault caused a transformer at its
Brunswick substation to trip and cut service to about 12,000
Some traffic lights in Wanganui were affected by the outages
and police officers had to assist to ensure smooth traffic
flows at some intersections.
Ray Stevens, owner of the Double S Motordrome petrol station
on SH3, said he had two customer cars on the forecourt which
couldn't go anywhere as the petrol pumps were not working.
"It's frustrating, to put it mildly. We can't sell anything
as it all uses power - the tills, the deep freeze, the
[barcode] scanners, the mechanics can't do any work because
the hoist isn't working.
"But it is nice to be able to take the opportunity to just
talk with our customers and get to know them," Mr Stevens
- By Zac Yates of the Wanganui Chronicle