More than 400 Canterbury residents remain without power more
than a week after severe winds buffeted the area.
The number of customers affected were "dispersed around the
rural region", electricity company Orion said.
"We are working as hard as we can to get electricity supply
back to the few remaining customers without power," chief
executive Rob Jamieson said.
"Reduction in the number of customers without power isn't
quick now as we are well beyond the stage where a repair that
takes up most of a crew's day may bring back supply to
hundreds of customers. Now such a repair may only bring back
a handful, or less, of customers," he said.