Power continues to be restored to the Tinui Valley, with another section up and running yesterday. Most of the Tinui township had its power restored late on Wednesday evening, after the Tinui substation was submerged in floodwater. A tree near the substation was removed to enable a line from the Awatoi substation to supply Tinui township. Contractors patrolled the backup line to remove any trees or other vegetation that could cut supply in high winds.
Extra crews arrived from Wellington to assist Powerco field crews with power restoration in the area. Power is yet to be re-established northwest of Castlepoint, with 10 poles down on Tanawa Rd and a tree across a line on Tinui Valley Rd. As of 4pm yesterday, 159 Wairarapa households were still without power, down from 262 at 4.30pm on Thursday. PHOTO/GRACE PRIOR