Bird brings down Auckland powerlines

Last updated 09:01 19/12/2012

Relevant offers


Mt Ruapehu avalanches spark volcano worries Three fatal road crashes in 10 hours Below the beltway: who's up and who's down in politics Government to outlaw animal test Falling petrol prices mask rising margins Alps 2 Ocean cycle trail to be completed with almost $1 million in funding One dead after Southland smash High rate of maori infants suffering sudden deaths prompts Hutt Valley hui Woman assaulted by intruder in her bedroom at Paraparaumu Beach Auckland elevator shaft patient in a 'serious but stable' condition

A large bird is responsible for cutting power to hundreds of Auckland homes and businesses this morning.

The bird brought down power lines at about 6.30am on Richardson Rd in Mt Roskill, in front of May Road School.

It left 281 properties without power.

Mt Roskill fire station officer Terry Bird said the fault was unusual.

"Usually you would need a car accident or something to knock them down," he says.

A Vector spokeswoman said bird strike often happened in the early morning and evening when the light could disorientate and blind birds, causing them to hit the lines.

It is very rare for the lines to actually fall when this happened and it would take a big bird to cause the damage, she said.

It's unclear what type of bird was responsible.

Power was expected to be restored shortly.

Ad Feedback

- Auckland Now

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content