Hazards spark concerns

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Recent wild weather has a couple of locals checking out the hazards of our rural area.

Rob Grant is concerned about the huge limb of a pine tree that overhangs the stop sign at the Newell Road/State Highway 1 corner.

Joy Quilter, meanwhile, is frustrated by repeated power outages. Both wonder if others share their concerns.

“Were the pine tree branch to come down while someone was waiting for the traffic to pass the passengers in a vehicle would not have a chance,” says a worried Grant.

Despite last week’s weather locally being nothing like that experienced in the hard hit North Quilter said on Tuesday night the power fluctuated three times around 9.30pm before going off for two hours until 11.30pm in her Newell Rd area.

“A month or so ago it was off all day and the night before and the power company claimed they weren’t aware of the situation,” she said.

Quilter is unhappy with the response from her power company, Mercury, with calls going to automated messages only.

“Are we an isolated group or do others have the same problem?” she asks.

7 thoughts on “Hazards spark concerns

  • July 16, 2014 at 1:44 pm
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    Thanks to Rob and Joy for airing their concerns, and to others who’ve joined the debate. Good suggestion from Bill Hodgson on the Newell Rd tree issue to use the Waikato District Council’s complaint system. Nice to know it works well.
    Looks like many of us are grateful for the work of the linesmen when the electricity is off. The underlying concern, though, is that our power seems to go off a lot, and more than in, say, Hamilton. Adding to our woes, Hamiltonians don’t have to deal with the problem of no water because the pump’s out, too!
    Not much we can do about car crashes that take out power poles. Is it mostly the fault of the trees? Keeping trees trimmed and out of the way of power lines is a landowner responsibility. Do we need to be more vigilant about our own trees? Do we need to remind our neighbours to take a look at theirs?
    Or are there other problems with our power network? Any ideas?

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  • July 16, 2014 at 7:16 am
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    A few weeks ago a motorist ran into the power pole outside our house on the coldest night so far this year. She was on the wrong side of the road and airborne when she hit it. All the emergency services were here and the power company worked all night to put in a new pole. The incident happened at 9pm and it was 8am before we got the power back on. The engineer said they have to replace a pole approx. once a week. Personally I feel sorry for the linesmen having to work in all weathers so that consumers can get electricity and perhaps if Joy Quilter were to join them on their thankless task she would be more sympathetic! I have lived in Tamahere for 16 years and I have no complaints.

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  • July 15, 2014 at 4:21 pm
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    Yes we too have lived in Tamahere for 20 years and always have experienced power flutuations and outages with the lines company unable to confirm how long power will be out. I once noted the times and dates and wrote to Trustpower who confirm its mostly trees coming down on lines etc. Very fustrating in these techno times but esp for water pumps etc. Don’t know of anywhere in the wider Hamilton area that has as many power outages as Tamahere.

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  • July 15, 2014 at 12:04 pm
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    Power outages have been a fact of my 30+ year life in Tamahere and, as Sue says, it seems to be because the wires are strung across open spaces and many trees. Another factor, sadly, seems to be car crashes on SH1. Waipa Networks have always been very responsive. We always call quickly too to make sure they know the areas affected. If they do know of the problem already it’s on the voice message and if not you have the option of reporting it. I take my hat off to the linesmen who get out in all weather, any time of the day or night to get the problems fixed as soon as possible.

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  • July 15, 2014 at 11:16 am
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    Joy you are not alone. I would say we experience power outages at least once a month. thought it may have just been down our end of Newell Rd. would be interesting to see if other are affected

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  • July 15, 2014 at 10:34 am
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    I have had several ongoing discussions with the Council arborist re the pines in this location . He is well aware of them and has indicated a plan of action to deal with the overhanging branch. The pines are on council road reserve and it is intended to remove them at some time in the future.
    The complaints system that council implimented has worked well for me with prompt response and action.

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  • July 15, 2014 at 10:12 am
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    Re the power outages, yes we do seem to have more power cuts than most areas, It may be to do with the rural area, large trees and unsheltered open spaces compared to city living and also the number of overhead lines compared to urban areas. We always phone the Waipa Networks lines company faults line to ensure that they are aware of the problem fairly soon after the power goes out. We get to speak with a person, and they are usually very helpful. The lines company in the area is usually who will fix the problem particularly if it is to do with weather, gear failure or accident.

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