There’s no convenient time for a power cut and it’s small consolation for the individuals and businesses inconvenienced by the loss of supply in Auckland today that it happened while it was still light.
The power went off in Northern Queensland from Ayr to Cooktown just after we arrived in Townsville 12 days ago. It was early evening which wouldn’t be quite so bad here as it was there where the sun goes down about 7pm.
I had to drive to a hen party and had a local navigating who helped me at intersections. My brother got safely to the stag party by luck alone because he drove through the city oblivious to the fact that the traffic lights were out.
No-one will be impressed by the explanation for today’s power cut – one transformer down for routine maintenance and a problem with a second which put two much pressure on the third.
But that’s probably not as bad as the cause of the problem in Queensland – bird droppings from nesting eagles.