Cyclone Gabrielle: 19 Feb 8am update

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As of 8am, around 3000 homes and businesses remain without power, following widespread and significant damage from Cyclone Gabrielle.

This number includes around 600 in the West Coast beaches of Piha, Bethells, and Muriwai. We have worked with Auckland Emergency Management on responding to the immediate needs of these areas, with the remaining work being extremely complex and challenging.

We are further boosting our workforce with additional crews set to join our response from Monday, coming from other network businesses where spare capacity was available and taking into account the needs of other parts of the North Island. 

We know it’s difficult for people still without power, and that certainty over what to expect from here would help people make plans. Unfortunately, we are still finding that some faults have multiple issues which we do not discover until work starts, which makes restoration times challenging and changeable in some cases. In many cases, the first time we were able to access sites was last Wednesday or later due to safety reasons and road or site access. 

Where we are able to provide estimated restoration times, we are doing so. Some communities will receive these times sooner than others. More general information about restoration timelines at each zone of our network, is available on our website: This is updated at the end of each day.

Vector has a highly motivated team whose single focus is getting the power back on for people safely and as quickly as we can. We will not rest until this complete and will continue to work with Auckland Emergency Management and Civil Defence regarding welfare issues.

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