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More 2000 homes in Wairarapa town without power – again

Kate Hardwick, left, and her staff at Vixen Burger in Featherston are unable to prepare or serve food because there was another power outage on Friday night.

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Kate Hardwick, left, and her staff at Vixen Burger in Featherston are unable to prepare or serve food because there was another power outage on Friday night.

Many Featherston residents have lost power, again, and they are getting sick of it.

More than 2000 homes were without electricity from just after 4pm with lines company Powerco expecting to have electricity restored by sometime after 8pm.

Kate Hardwick, of Vixen Burger on Fox St, said every time they lose power, it knocks the business back, and over the year it has cost them thousands of dollars.

“It’s terrible – we can’t trade. All refrigeration, extraction, IT doesn’t work. We can’t get any Internet orders and our Eftpos goes down, so we really can’t operate.”

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At 4pm on Friday they were gearing up for the busiest time of the week.

An hour later they were on the phones calling people telling them they couldn’t fulfil their orders.

“Particularly on a Friday night we’ve got maximum prep and maximum staff and now we’ve got people unable to work.”

“It impacts me and impacts them and the business really badly.”

This was the fifth day this year something similar has happened.

A spokeswoman for the lines company said it was not yet known what the cause was.

More than 2000 homes were without electricity from just after 4pm with lines company Powerco expecting to have electricity restored by sometime after 8pm.

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More than 2000 homes were without electricity from just after 4pm with lines company Powerco expecting to have electricity restored by sometime after 8pm.

Resident Colin Olds was in the supermarket when the power went off and said there were sighs of despair from shoppers who were all too familiar with outages.

“It’s just not cricket to be quite honest. I’m not sure what the lines company are up to, I know the infrastructure around Featherston is not good at the best of times.

“Certainly that’s been evident by recent outages.”

Winds weren’t unusual in South Wairarapa on Friday by spring standards, with some strong gusts coming down the valley from the Remutaka Range.

Power was restored to around 1500 properties around 5.30pm.

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