Power fully restored on Aitutaki after Tuesday failure

Thursday August 02, 2018 Written by Published in Outer Islands

Failure of an electronic control module resulted in a power outage on Aitutaki from around midday on Tuesday.


The island-wide outage lasted for about 30 minutes in some areas, while the remainder of Aitutaki had power restored by later that night.

In a statement, Aitutaki Power Supply (APS) chairman John Baxter, said with the assistance of Cook Islands Investment Corporation and the cooperation of Te Aponga Uira, an engineer was flown to Aitutaki on Tuesday to help APS staff rectify the outage and to restore power as soon as possible.

He said while the immediate issue had been rectified, they were already developing a longer term solution to reduce the likelihood of the problem reoccurring.

“The Aitutaki Power Supply board and management together with staff, would like to convey our sincere apologies to the people of Aitutaki for the inconvenience caused by an unexpected power outage that occurred yesterday (Tuesday),” Baxter said.

“The APS Board would like to thank the staff and Tere Akava from Te Aponga Uira for their hard work and commitment, working through to the early hours of this morning, to restore power back into our homes.

“We would like to thank the general public again for patience and understanding and apologise for any inconvenience caused.”

The power outage caused some major disruptions on the island including the telecommunication services.

On Tuesday Bluesky Cook Islands said in a statement that due to the power outage services were still being affected in the areas of Arutanga, Ureia/Amuri and Akitua.

Other areas including the Takapora site, Vaipae, Tautu and Aratea services had their Bluesky services restored after power was reinstated in these areas.

“We will advise the public once all services have been restored. We apologise for the inconvenience,” the Bluesky statement said.

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