Power cut will force Staglands to close for a day for the first time in 45 years

Staglands, home to this kunekune pig, will have its power cut off for a day on August 24, meaning the park will have to ...
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Staglands, home to this kunekune pig, will have its power cut off for a day on August 24, meaning the park will have to close for a day.

Its doors have been open through rain, hail and snow for 45 years, but now a power cut will force Upper Hutt wildlife park Staglands to close for a day this month.

The business had been open every day except Christmas Day since 1972, office manager Celeste Digby-Smith said.

Wellington Electricity has contracted Northpower to replace multiple poles that have reached the end of their lives, which will leave the park and cafe on Akatarawa Rd without power on Thursday, August 24.

Staglands Wildlife Reserve has been open every day, besides Christmas Day, for 45 years.
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Staglands Wildlife Reserve has been open every day, besides Christmas Day, for 45 years.

"Flooding, bridge replacements and heavy snowfall has meant that part of the Akatarawa Rd has been closed, but this has never meant that Staglands has had to close its doors," Digby-Smith said.

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Contractors will carry out work between the Wellesley Camp and the last house on the Akatarawa Rd.

Turning off power helped with efficiency and was "also for our safety", Digby-Smith said.

​"To gain power, you sometimes have to lose power," she said.

This winter had been unusually busy during the week, "but we'll be fine".​

There will be limited access to numbers to Akatarawa between 2120 and 2420. 

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The outage is supposed to last only one day, with a backup rain day on Friday, August 25. 

Work will run from 8am till 4pm. 

 - Stuff

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