Major power cut

2 March 2017

Released at 12.00pm, Updated at 1.00pm

Update- 1.00pm

Orion has now restored power to all 50,000 customers in Christchurch who experienced power cuts due to an issue with the Transpower service coming into the city from Twizel.

Update- 12.45pm 

The outage is now affecting 7,500 customers down from 50,000.

More than 50,000 Orion customers across Christchurch are currently without power, due to an issue with the Transpower line coming into the city from Twizel.

The issue is also affecting service to communities in the upper South Island.

Orion is currently working through issue with Transpower to restore power as soon as possible. Further updates will be provided as restoration time frames are available.

For updates on power cuts around the city visit or call 03 363 9898 for more information.


Media contact:
Linda McGregorCommunications and Engagement Manager;   03 363 9614  027 548 7418