Cause of two-hour power cut elusive

17:00, May 08 2012

The cause of a fault that cut power to 9800 homes and businesses in South Taranaki for two hours yesterday morning remains a mystery.

The power was cut about 7am, causing early morning disruption, and the cause is being investigated.

Transpower communications manager Rebecca Wilson said their staff had patrolled the lines in South Taranaki and found no damage.

The cuts were recorded in Alton, Hawera, Hurleyville, Kakaramea, Kapuni, Manutahi, Normanby, Okaiawa, Patea, Manaia and Whenuakura.

By 9am power had been restored and cars poured into Hawera petrol stations to get fuel, creating a mini rush hour in the town.

"I didn't realise it was so hectic," Hawera High School groundsman Paul Milne said while he waited for a spare pump.

"No power, no petrol. There's a lot of grumpy people by the looks of it."

Meanwhile McDonald's Family Restaurant manager Megan Peters summed up the thoughts of many business owners once power flowed: "We're back in business."

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