Planned power outage for Opotiki, Te Kaha and surrounding areas

07 November 2018

As owner and operator of the National Grid, Transpower needs to undertake scheduled maintenance activities at the Waiotahe substation and on the connecting line from Edgecumbe to ensure a reliable supply of electricity to Opotiki, Waiotahe, Te Kaha and the surrounding areas.

To undertake the work, a power outage to Opotiki, Waiotahe, Te Kaha and the surrounding areas is required on Sunday 11 November 2018 from 7:30AM to 5:00PM*. 

To check if your property is affected, please contact your retailer (the company you pay your electricity bill to) with your customer/ICP number. 

Transpower recognises that there is never an ideal time for consumers to be without electricity and apologises for any inconvenience this power outage may cause.

*Please note that while Transpower will endeavour to restore its service by 5:00PM it might take the local lines company (Horizon Networks) a little longer to restore all their connections to the grid.


Preparing for the power outage

1. If you are reliant on electricity for medical support equipment, please contact your medical provider for advice.

2. Turn off all electronic appliances at the wall (microwaves, TVs, DVDs, computers etc).

3. Lift and store enough drinking water from personal water wells before the power goes off.

4. If you are on shift work, fill up your petrol tank the night before – remember pumps and eftpos won’t work.

5. While the power is off, treat all power lines and electrical wiring as being live at all times as it could be restored earlier than planned.


For further information, please contact or phone 04 590 7000.