About 38,000 homes and businesses in the lower North Island
lost power this afternoon after a bird's nest at a substation
caused a large outage.
Transpower said the outage had affected customers in the
Upper Hutt, Masterton, Mangamarie and Greytown areas.
Spokeswoman Rebecca Wilson said the fault was caused by a
bird's nest coming into contact with electrical equipment at
the Masterton substation, causing a small fire.
Power had been restored to the Upper Hutt and Greytown areas,
However, power was still out in Masterton and would not be
restored until further remedial action could be taken.
"We will advise on restoration times for this area as soon as
possible," Ms Wilson said.