Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


Pot Shots Cause Power Outages, Public Safety Risk

Pot Shots Cause Power Outages, Public Safety Risk

Tuesday 26 February 2014 - It appears ‘pot shots’ at power poles were the cause of a recent power outage in a rural part of Havelock North last week.

In determining the cause of the outage, Unison Faultman Gerald Mulinder found a section of 11kV cable with ‘shot’ embedded in it, after noticing the possum guard on the pole was pock-marked.

Unison Chief Executive Officer, Ken Sutherland, said damaging power equipment created a risk to public safety, and urged the public to call the Police and Unison immediately should they witness a person damaging equipment.

“The safety of the public is paramount to Unison, and we are greatly concerned by situations such as these were damage occurs due to wilful or negligent behaviour.”

“Damaging any form of power equipment creates a risk to the public. In this case, damaging the insulation around the cable could have caused ‘arcing’, and could also result in power ‘leakage’ were electricity is conducted down the pole, livening the ground in the immediate area.”

Unison used mobile generators to supply power to the affected customers while the section of cable was replaced.

The matter was referred to the Police for further investigation.

-Ends-

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Media: Julian Wilcox Leaves Māori TV

Māori Television has confirmed the resignation of Head of News and Production Julian Wilcox. Mr Maxwell acknowledged Mr Wilcox’s significant contribution to Māori Television since joining the organisation in 2004. More>>

ALSO:

Genetics: New Heat Tolerant Cow Developed

Hamilton, New Zealand-based Dairy Solutionz Ltd has led an expert genetics team to develop a new dairy cow breed conditioned to thrive in lower elevation tropical climates and achieve high milk production under heat stress. More>>

Fractals: Thousands More Business Cards Needed To Build Giant Sponge

New Zealand is taking part in a global event this weekend to build a Menger Sponge using 15 million business cards but local organisers say they are thousands of business cards short. More>>

Scoop Business: NZ Net Migration Rises To Annual Record In September

New Zealand’s annual net migration rose to a record in September, beating government forecasts, as the inflow was spurred by student arrivals from India and Kiwis returning home from Australia. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Fletcher To Close Its Christchurch Insulation Plant, Cut 29 Jobs

Fletcher Building, New Zealand’s largest listed company, will close its Christchurch insulation factory, as it consolidates its Tasman Insulations operations in a “highly competitive market”. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Novartis Adds Nine New Treatments Under Pharmac Deal

Novartis New Zealand, the local unit of the global pharmaceuticals firm, has added nine new treatments in a far-ranging agreement with government drug buying agency, Pharmac. More>>

ALSO:

Crown Accounts: English Wary On Tax Take, Could Threaten Surplus

Finance Minister Bill English is warning the tax take may come in below forecast in the current financial year, as figures released today confirm it was short by nearly $1 billion in the year to June 30 and English warned of the potential impact of slumping receipts from agricultural exports. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
Standards New Zealand

Standards New Zealand

Mosh Social Media
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news