Akaroa without internet and cell coverage

ANNA PEARSON
Last updated 14:15 10/04/2014

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It is cash only at some Akaroa establishments today with internet down across town and cellphones out of reach.

Chorus spokeswoman Elissa Downey said a fibre cable was damaged about 3pm yesterday, causing a loss of service to broadband customers in the Akaroa area.

''Technicians have managed to locate the damaged fibre and are now excavating the site to carry out repair and restoration work,'' she said.

Akaroa iSite Visitor Centre manager Christine Pryor said cellphone and internet coverage went down yesterday afternoon, but power to the town was unaffected.

''I'm just wondering how far it actually spreads. I know Duvauchelle doesn't have any internet,'' she said.

''We're having to write everything down and try and keep a record if we sell anything.''

Akaroa Auto Centre owner Brian Little said he heard "contractors have cut a cable".

''The whole town is out as far as I can gather. We're alright. Our Eftpos machine gets landline and internet,'' he said.

''Some of the shops that are online with their Eftpos are probably having a few issues.''

The Brasserie owner Carlos Clements said customers were having to pay with cash, because the cafe's Eftpos machine was not working.

"No-one has told us anything. It would be nice to find out what's going on," he said.

"If it was a busy day, we'd be in the crapper."

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