Power was restored to thousands of customers yesterday,
including to almost all of Waiheke Island. Photo: NZ
Thousands of people are still without power across the
north following a severe storm which battered the country over
the past two days.
Around 9400 homes are without electricity this morning across
Auckland and Northland as many prepare to spend a second day
without power, just four weeks since the last damaging storm.
The worst of the wind has eased off, MetService said, but
blustery and wet weather is still expected throughout the
Just under 2000 households are without power in Auckland,
Vector said, with 913 homes restored overnight - down from a
total 16,900 at the height of the storm.
"Vector crews restored small pockets of customers left off
from the storm and also dealt with fresh outages overnight in
Torbay, Woodlands, Oratia, and Titirangi caused by the
continual blustery high winds," a spokeswoman said.
"The customers still off are in areas where access is
challenging or where the network damage requires extensive
work. Fresh crews will be out in numbers today to take over
from the night crews."
In the Far North 7500 homes are still without power this
morning, despite 3500 being restored last night.
"Two thirds of those off supply are in the northern part of
the region, where the damage has been more extensive," a Top
Energy spokesman said.
"Crews will be back out at daylight, but continue to
experience very heavy rain and high winds across the region."
The worst affected areas are in Pukenui, Awanui, Te Kao, Te
Hapua, Mahiniapua, Peria and Towai.
The company also warned customers that some may be facing a
third night without power.
"We're gutted that, by the time supplies are fully restored,
a significant chunk of the Far North will end up having been
without power for two, possibly even three nights," said Top
Energy CEO Russell Shaw.
"We lost 75 per cent of supply to the Far North supplied from
Kaitaia and 25 per cent to the Mid North supplied from
Repairs are being hampered by significant access issues due
to downed trees and flooding.
"Our lines staff have had to chop trees off roads just so we
can get to the lines," Mr Shaw said.
The storm was the most severe event the company had
experienced for at least a decade, he said, and the scale of
the damage to the network, across the entire region, was
This included damage to poles and other structures.
"Sturdy concrete electricity poles have been blown down and
even snapped, and large 50-60 year-old trees have been blown
down across lines and access roads. Winds gusting up to 160
km/hr have ripped lines out of the cross-arms on electricity
The structural damage would increase repair time, Mr Shaw
Meanwhile, power has been restored to all customers in
Christchurch who experienced an outage due to a fault last
night, Orion said.
The fault occurred on a high voltage line that runs from
Islington to Papanui, cutting power to around 30,000
customers in north and north-west Christchurch at around
The cause of the outage will not be known until the high
voltage line is able to be examined in the daylight, Orion
Meanwhile, insurers have paid out nearly $77 million on
claims for storm damage in the first half of this year, the
Insurance Council of New Zealand says. The final insurance
cost of damage from the storm that hit Canterbury and the
lower North Island on March 4 and 5 was $22.5 million, taking
the total storm-related insured payouts for the first six
months of the year to $76.9 million, chief executive Tim
Insurers settled more than 4000 claims for the Canterbury
storm paying out $21.6 million, including $15.2 million in