Frustration over Auckland power cuts

00:16, Jun 17 2014
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Tree down over the road in Devonport, North Shore.
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A trimaran blown off its cradle in Devonport, North Shore.
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A tree down on a car on Great North Road, near Western Springs, Auckland.
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Damage at the Thirsty Dog pub in central Auckland.
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Blown out window at Stuff's Auckland office.
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A tree and power pole were taken down by the wind, blocking Firth St in Hamilton.
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Large tree down blocking Wendover Rd, Glendowie.
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Tree down at Kelston, Auckland.
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Tree down in Herne Bay.
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Car damaged by a falling branch, Princess St, Auckland.
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Civil Defence Staff cordon off Old Titirangi Road in West Auckland.
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Damage to Grant Solley's West Auckland property after a tree was brought down by the winds.
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These cars escaped serious damage from a blown down tree in Roland Hill Rd, West Auckland.
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The storm brought down this gum tree down across Boyd Rd, in Waikato.
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The storm took the roof off this Waihi Beach house.
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Laingholm, in West Auckland, was hit badly. The storm brought down trees across houses and fences.
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Damage in Orewa.
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Kris Fannin fixes up a tent at the Fieldays near Hamilton, which was blown down by strong winds over night.
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Cox's Bay Reserve in Auckland's Herne Bay.
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Trees down on Scenic Drive in Titirangi.
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"Found this outside our driveway this morning," says Campbell Grieve, who lives in Auckland's Avondale.
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Trees down at Westlake Girls High School on Auckland's North Shore.
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Storm damage at Omaha Beach.
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Damage to a van outside a house in Mt Roskill.
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A 15 metre gum tree fell on Robyn Whittaker and Mike Schultze’s roof in Rodney.
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Workers clean up on Auckland's Great North Road.
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A tree swallows up two cars in Devonport.
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Absinthe Lucas and dad, Jamie, make the most of water in Kaiapoi.
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Bernadette Thomas surveys her garage after heavy rain flooded Kaiapoi.
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Tree down at a non-display area in Auckland Zoo.
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Lines down in Titirangi, Auckland. Pedestrians had to crawl under the tree.
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"How close was this? If the tree had fallen the other way then say goodbye to our roof!" said Brett Ihaka of Titirangi.
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A falling tree damaged the roof of this North Shore house and destroyed the clothes line.
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Power lines down on the road in Henderson.
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A pine tree branch fell on power lines on Auckland's North Shore.
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A boat grounded at the North Shore end of Auckland's Harbour Bridge.
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Davies, 11, in front of the roof of his home which blew off in high winds at Wainui in the Rodney District.
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Bridge washed out on Grays Road, Amberley.

Frustration is growing for some Aucklanders who've been without hot water since last week's storm, with crews coming in for verbal abuse, Vector says.

Vector said today "small pockets of customers" in Northcote, Torbay,  Devonport and New Lynn/Titirangi and Te Atatu had still not had their hot water supply pilots restored.

"We appreciate the frustration from some customers and reiterate that there are numerous crews out working on these hot water issues," Vector spokeswoman Sandy Hodge said today.

 "However, we have had reports of some of our crews being verbally abused and we will pull them out of those areas if need be."

She said that the priority with storm damage was ensuring that the large outages were fixed first, then smaller area outages. 

"We are also mindful that we must have power to rest homes, medical centres and elderly care villages."

Hodge said the hot water supply was on a different system to the electrical network. 

"It's possible to have had power on since the storm, but vegetation or debris has struck the hot water supply system, taking it out. Please remember that hot water cylinders do take some four to six hours to heat up."

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