Power poles destroyed in fire replaced

Aurora Energy had to repair and replace multiple power poles in the Emerald Bay area near Wanaka...
Aurora Energy had to repair and replace multiple power poles in the Emerald Bay area near Wanaka after a massive fire damaged power lines earlier this month. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Power has been restored to people living at the remote end of the Matukituki Valley following the devastating fire at Glendhu Bluffs two weeks ago.

Aurora Energy announced yesterday seven poles destroyed in the fire had been replaced, along with another four that had been on the programme for replacement within five years.

Repairs to the electricity network were completed yesterday afternoon.

The fire meant 78 customers needed a generator or were switched to a temporary supply.

Aurora operations and network performance general manager Matt Settle said the additional work was done at the same time to future-proof the network and prevent disruption to rejuvenating vegetation. Delta contractors had worked in challenging conditions to do the repairs.

Mr Settle thanked the Department of Conservation and landowners for access to land.

There was a temporary outage for some Wanaka customers yesterday afternoon while contractors switched them back to their usual supply.

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