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Crews Complete Repairs After Wairarapa Wind Damage

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Power has been restored to all customers in the Wairarapa after severe winds blew down trees, tore down overhead power lines, snapped poles and cut power to around 5500 customers on Powerco's electricity network in the region yesterday.

Powerco Network Operations Manager Phil Marsh said the extremely high winds caused widespread damage to Powerco's overhead lines in the Wairarapa.

"The winds have caused trees and branches to snap and rip through our lines as well as snapping several poles. Our field staff worked hard and have certainly earned their Christmas dinner tonight."

"Powerco is mindful that it is Christmas Day and we wish to thank our customers for their patience over the past 24 hours and wish them a Merry Christmas."

Mr Marsh said the wild weather was a clear example of what happened when tree-owners allowed their trees to grow too close to overhead lines.

"Powerco spends millions of dollars on trimming trees to clear them from lines each year. Tree owners need to take responsibility for their trees and have approved tree trimmers clear their trees away from overhead lines to avoid problems like we have experienced today which cause wide spread inconvenience to our customers."

Mr Marsh said information about tree trimming including lists of Powerco's approved contractors was available on Powerco's website at .

"Safety is Powerco's top priority and people should not attempt to cut trees growing close to lines themselves. People should call in the professionals to do the work safely and avoid unnecessary power cuts."

Detailed information on the locations currently without supply are available on Powerco's website at .

Powerco is New Zealand's second largest electricity and gas distribution utility with around 420,000 consumers connected to its networks.

Powerco's electricity networks are in Tauranga, Thames, Coromandel, Eastern and Southern Waikato, Taranaki, Wanganui, Rangitikei, Manawatu and the Wairarapa. Its gas pipeline networks are in Taranaki, Hutt Valley, Porirua, Wellington, Horowhenua, Manawatu and Hawke's Bay.

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