Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Northpower Storm update #8

July 10, 2014 – 11.40am

Northpower Storm update #8

Bad weather is hampering some power restoration efforts for Northpower lines crews in Kaipara and Whangarei Districts.

Flooding has prevented crews restoring power to 22 customers at Paerata Road in Tangiteroria and 13 people at Umuwhawha Rad at Hukerunui.

At Telfer and Waiparera Roads, Parua Bay, 28 customers remain without power. A snapped power pole needs to be lifted in by helicopter and winds are too high for that to happen today. The situation will be reassessed tomorrow.

At Pataua, where 312 customers are without power, lines crews are walking gear in on foot to attempt repair damage to a pole. Vehicles are unable to get there.

Northpower now has more than 24 lines crews and a total of 100 field staff mobilised throughout Whangarei and Kaipara Districts.

Additional crews from Northpower depots - Tauranga, Matamata, Hamilton and Warkworth – have been a huge boost for local crews. Three helicopter inspections of Northpower’s lines network yesterday also helped fast-track trouble-shooting by identifying damage to lines and poles.

1500 Northpower customers are currently without power across the Kaipara and Whangarei Districts.

While the company is hoping to have power outages reduced to the low hundreds by later this evening, that figure could be impacted by the ongoing storm.

Many locals will be without power tonight and into the weekend, so Northpower is encouraging people to check in on neighbours where possible.

Those in need of medical assistance should phone 111 immediately, says Public Affairs Manager Steve Macmillan.

“People still without power should call Northpower faults on 0800-10-40-40 – and likewise, if you know of someone without power (who may also be without phone lines), please advise us of that potential on their behalf,” says Mr Macmillan.

As always, staying clear of downed lines is imperative – as is phoning in the potential cause of faults.

Northpower is a Northland owned electricity distribution company with around 55,000 consumers connected to its network over an area of 5,700 square kilometres across the Whangarei and Kaipara Districts in Northland. Northpower owns more than 3700km of high voltage electricity lines (237km underground) and almost 2100km of low voltage lines (643km underground) in Kaipara and Whangarei Districts, along with the 50kV transmission lines between Dargaville and Maungatapere. It is also one of New Zealand’s leading fibre network companies. www.northpower.com

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Labour: Cash For Charter Schools, Mould For State Schools

“Recently released financial statements show the Whangarei charter school He Puna Marama received $3.9 million in government funding to the end of last year. Yet their audited accounts show they only spent $1.4 million on education, leaving almost $2.5 million over two years unaccounted for." More>>

ALSO:

Kiwirail Plans Shift From Electric: National Urged Not To Take Backwards Step

The National Government shouldn’t drag New Zealand backwards by replacing its climate friendly electric trains with carbon-polluting diesel trains, the Green Party said today. More>>

ALSO:

Capital Connection:

Harmful Digital Communication Bill Passes: Focus Must Be On Education

InternetNZ acknowledges the passage of the Harmful Digital Communications Bill into law this afternoon, and says that the sooner the education efforts at the heart of the legislation start, the better... More>>

ALSO:

3-Year Transport Plan: No Plans On Six Northland-Election Bridges

The Transport Authority’s decision to fund only four of the 10 bridges promised in National’s shameless Northland by-election bribe is a huge embarrassment for Transport Minister Simon Bridges, Labour’s Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford says. More>>

ALSO:

Gaza Blockade: Māori TV Crew Returning Safely From Israel

A Māori Television crew will be flown back from Israel after their boat was detained by the Israeli Navy while attempting to break the Gaza blockade. More>>

ALSO:

Family Violence: Increasing Reporting But Fewer Resolutions

“We are aware the Police have embarked on a significant programme of change in how they respond to family violence. The data suggests that adequate resourcing including investing in staff training, support and culture change will be required for this to be effective.” More>>

ALSO:

Health: NZ Children Still Suffer Rickets From Lack Of Vitamin D

Vitamin D deficiency continues to cause rickets in young New Zealanders, new University of Otago research has found. The researchers say that their finding suggests that at-risk mothers and children should be better targeted for Vitamin D supplementation. More>>

Also GPs, Housing, Milk: PM Press Conference On The UN Security Council

In a press conference today the Prime Minister discussed the upcoming appointment of New Zealand to chair the UN Security Council. He said they would put pressure Asad in Syria and attempt to “jump start” negotiations between Israel and Palestine. More>>

ALSO:

Housing: State Houses Could Sell To Overseas Groups

Bill English’s admission that he would sell hundreds of New Zealand’s state houses to the Australians is the latest lurch in the Government’s stumbling, half-baked housing policy, Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. More>>

ALSO:

AND:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news