More than 100 homes in the wider Manawatu were still without power this afternoon, with lines company staff scrambling to fix homes one-by-one in rural areas.
Gales of more than 120kmh at times have been buffeting the region this week, particularly on the eastern side of the Tararua Range.
Powerco network operations manager Phil Marsh said 75 staff were working to restore power to the remaining 150 homes in the region without it, with all but the most challenging expected to be completed by nightfall.
About 10,000 properties on the Powerco lines network - which covers Manawatu - had power cut at some stage this week.
"Powerco is mindful of the inconvenience caused to customers and we are working to get power back on safely as soon as possible," Mr Marsh said.
"We are now restoring power to properties one at a time so progress is slowing but we expect by the end of today there are likely to be only a dozen or some customers without power."
Falling trees and flying debris tore down overhead lines and snapped more than 40 concrete power poles, Marsh said.
"We understand the criticality of restoring supply to dairy sheds at this time of year to avoid distressing the herds and minimising the chance of animals suffering mastitis and the related milk quality problems."
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