Power outage in Christchurch affected 3500 homes
Power has been restored to more than 3200 Christchurch homes after a widespread outage in the eastern suburbs on Monday afternoon.
The outage occurred about 2.35pm, affecting 3500 properties in Burwood, Dallington, Mairehau, Marshlands, Shirley and Westhaven.
An Orion spokeswoman said the outage was caused by a contractor severing a cable on Burwood Rd.
She said they managed to reroute power to more than 3200 homes.
Restoring power to the remaining 198 customers could take "a little bit longer", she said.