Monday 6 October, 2014 (3.30pm) – About 1400 customers are without power across Rotorua, with the region currently being battered by high winds.
Unison Networks’ Relationship & Customer Care Manager Danny Gough said the majority of outages had been caused by trees and debris on power lines, and advised customers to prepare for prolonged periods without power.
“At this stage we’re aware of outages affecting customers in Rotoma, Okere, Tumunui, Tarawera and Waikite, and with the weather set to continue, we expect that number to remain fluid until the weather front passes.
“Our crews are working hard to restore power to areas where access permits, but in high winds we do have to put the safety of our crews first, which may mean it could take time to repair damage and reconnect some customers.”
Unison is advising customers to ensure they are prepared for power outages, and to call 0800 2 UNISON if they are without power.
“As part of your household emergency kit, make sure you have a battery operated radio and torch, a full gas bottle for cooking on your BBQ, and if you rely on electricity for heating, we also recommend a portable gas heater.”
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For more information, contact:
Unison Relationship & Customer Care Manager