Power restored after large power cut hits homes and businesses in Nelson

A power outage on Wednesday afternoon has affected residents in Richmond, Brightwater, Wakefield and Mapua.
CHERIE SIVIGNON/FAIRFAX NZ

A power outage on Wednesday afternoon has affected residents in Richmond, Brightwater, Wakefield and Mapua.

Power has been restored to more than 12,000 homes and businesses after a large power outage across the region.

Network Tasman operations manager Robert Derks said the outage was the result of a Transpower fault and was not related to the 5.1-magnitude earthquake near Seddon at 2.42pm.

"Their switchboard in Stoke suffered a fault and it took out our supplies to Brightwater, Mapua, Richmond and Nelson North.

"Approximately 12,000 customers were affected and they are all back on now, the supply has been restored from Transpower." 

The power outage occurred around 3pm, not long after a 5.1-magnitude quake struck, 25km east of Seddon.

 

Derks said earlier that Network Tasman were working to establish the cause of the outage that had taken out a "fair chunk" of its network.

A police spokeswoman said they had received multiple calls from 3pm about traffic lights not working as a result of the power cut and the Tasman District Council had been notified.

The lights at the intersection of Gladstone Rd and Queen St were out, along with traffic lights on Lower Queen St, Oxford St, Salisbury Rd and Talbot St. 

Tasman District Council spokesman Chris Choat said they relied on people to follow the road rules during a power outage.

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"Be aware, be careful and normal road rules at intersections apply."

A generator was being taken to the traffic lights on State Highway 6 at the intersection of Gladstone Rd and Queen St.

Choat said the Richmond Library had been closed for the rest of the day. 

 - Stuff

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