UPDATE Friday, 14 April 2017 10:44 a.m. - Cyclone Cook Power Outages

Horizon Networks wishes to advise customers that cyclone Cook has caused significant damage to power infrastructure supplying the Whakatane, Kawerau and Opotiki districts. The following areas are without power:

  • All areas east of Ohiwa Harbour including Waimana, Waiotahi, Opotiki, Te Kaha and Cape Runaway.
  • Whakatane township, Otakiri, Taneatua, Ruatoki, part of Tauranga Rd east of Matata, Matata, Thornton, Manawahe and Herepuru Rd.
  • Galatea north of Haumea Road.


We have restored the sub-transmission supplying Whakatane, Ohope and Galatea regions following an assessment of the lines, Transpower have teams repairing the fault on the 110kV supplying Waimana, Opotiki, Kawerau, and Waiotahi. We will progressively restore the 11kV network, however there may still be issues to resolve and customers may experience further power outages. Supplies have been restored to areas surrounding the Whakatane township including Coastlands. Supplies have also been restored to Murupara, most of Galatea, Ruatahuna and Minginui.

Please be aware we have had multiple reports of lines down around the district, please stay well clear of any low hanging lines and those on the ground.

Horizon Energy apologises for any inconvenience this may cause and advises all customers to contact their retailers in the first instance and to treat ALL lines as alive at ALL times.

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