More than 1000 customers in remote parts of North Island remain without power

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More than a thousand properties in the lower North Island are still without power after last weeks storm. And a Rangiwahia farmer, Greg Clifton, told our reporter Emile Donovan the vague window for when it'll be reconnected isn't reassuring.

More than 1300 homes in the central North Island are still without power after last week's storm.

Most of the properties lie in remote parts of the country, spread across the Central Plateau.

Rangiwahia farmer Greg Clifton told RNZ he ran a generator to power everything while the main connection was out.

A downed power line in the Central Plateau.
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A downed power line in the Central Plateau.

"It's a reasonable generator and it keeps us out of trouble, I suppose."

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On Sunday, Powerco network operations manager Phil Marsh said there was "immense damage" to the network and the worst affected area was the Central Plateau.

The company restored power to the township of Mangaweka on Sunday, but more than 800 customers in the Central Plateau remained without power. Across the entire network, there were 1300 without power.

It would take "a few more days" to restore supplies to rural customers.

"The complexity of the damage to more than 50 poles and kilometres of downed lines has meant work is slower than we anticipated," Marsh said.

Snow landed in Kiwitea.
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Snow landed in Kiwitea.

An additional 220 field crew were brought in to help and they were working in difficult conditions.

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Marsh urged people to remain wary of downed lines.

Powerco supplies 442,000 homes and businesses in the North Island.

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