Severe weather causes widespread damage across Queenstown Lakes and Central Otago electricity network, Update 2 as at 20:30h

23 Jan 2019

Severe wind gusts and heavy rain have caused widespread damage and power cuts in multiple areas across the electricity network in Queenstown Lakes and Central Otago.

There are reports of multiple downed trees and power lines. Please always treat downed lines as live and stay well clear.

The number of homes and businesses without power is estimated at around 4,200 (down from 4,500 at peak).

Customers with power off should prepare for the power remaining off overnight.

Aurora Energy’s response crews have been mobilised and are working to repair damage where it is possible and safe to do so. While every effort will be made to restore power as quickly as possible, this may take some time.

Aurora Energy is responding to damage caused to power lines. Power is off to customers in:

  • Makarora
  • Glenorchy
  • Glenda Drive, Frankton
  • Jack’s Point
  • Lake Hayes and Millbrook
  • Glendhu Bay, Wanaka
  • Albert Town
  • Hawea Flat
  • Ettrick
  • Millers Flat.

Power has been restored to:

  • Queensberry
  • Clyde.

We urge electricity customers in Central Otago and Queenstown Lakes to conserve power to lessen the chance of further power outages during the evening peak.

During a power outage, please remember that the safety of the public and Aurora Energy’s field contractor staff is of primary importance at all times. They will respond as soon as it is possible and safe to do so. Please always treat downed lines as live and stay well clear.

Keep safe:

  • Always keep well clear of fallen power lines or damaged electrical equipment and treat them as live at all times
  • Watch out for falling tree branches as these can cause damage to power lines.
  • Avoid possible damage to electrical appliances when power is restored by switching off appliances at the wall.

People using medical equipment that relies on electricity should ensure they are prepared for power disruptions and if there is an immediate health threat, contact their health provider or call 111.

To report downed lines, or trees in power lines, please contact Aurora Energy on 0800 22 00 05.

To report a loss of power, please contact your electricity retailer.