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Canterbury Earthquake – update 3.20pm

Canterbury earthquake – update 3.20pm

While much of Telecom’s network in Christchurch remains operable, there is significant congestion and due to widespread power outages much of our network is currently working off backup power.

To minimise the stress on the network and to conserve back-up power we ask people to only use their phones for emergency calls.

111 services are stable. The Christchurch 111 call centre has been successfully diverted to Wellington, and a back up site in Palmerston North is on standby if required.

We are working to maintain services and adding extra capacity to the mobile networks.

Our primary objective is to restore communications to emergency services, civil defence and health and safety organisations.

In addition, due to the loss of power in customers’ homes, wireless landline phones will not be working as base stations require power. If customers have analogue non-wireless landline handsets they will still work without power, so they are encouraged to use those for landline calls.

Telecom has moved to enable free calling from 280 payphones in and around Christchurch for local, national and mobile calls. Free payphone calling will be live from 3am on Wednesday 23 February.

We will provide regular updates as more information becomes available.

Our thoughts are with the people of Canterbury.

ENDS

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Election Day: Make Sure You're A Part Of It!

Saturday 20 September, is election day, and New Zealanders’ last chance to have a say on who leads the country for the next three years.

“The people and parties we elect tomorrow will be making the decisions that affect us, our families and our communities,” says Robert Peden, Chief Electoral Officer. “It doesn’t get much more important than that, and we need all New Zealanders to use their voice and vote.”

Voting places will be open from 9.00am until 7.00pm on election day. The busiest time at voting places is usually 9.00am - 11.00am.

“Take your EasyVote card with you when you go to vote, as it will make voting faster and easier, and vote close to home if you can. But don’t worry if you forget your card, or didn’t receive one, because as long as you are enrolled to vote, your voice will be heard,” says Mr Peden. More>>

 

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