Public kept in the dark over power cuts

Wednesday 9 June 2021 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Economy, National

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Public kept in the dark over power cuts
The head offices of Te Aponga Uira. 16051105

Electricity was cut to parts of Rarotonga on Monday, knocking out the Ministry of Justice server, causing further delays and postponements on Tuesday.

Power went down in parts of Ngatangiia, Tupapa, Takuvaine, Tutakimoa, Avatiu,and Pokoinu to the Rarotongan Beach Resort and Lagoonarium about 3pm.

Power was restored from Ngatangiia to the National Auditorium and Pokoinu to the Rarotongan Beach Resort and Lagoonarium just after 5pm - and to all affected areas about 5.30pm.

Cook Islands News contacted Te Aponga Uira with questions on Tuesday but did not receive a response.

The newspaper also contacted Secretary of Justice Tamatoa Jonassen with questions but did not receive a response. 

The newspaper visited the Ministry of Justice building at Avarua and was told by a registrar that court proceedings had been delayed due to a server issue, connected to Monday’s power outage.

The registrar said about half of the ministry’s staff were still affected by the fault and staff were still awaiting an updated list of court proceedings.

Signage at the High Court stated Tuesday’s Land Court sitting had been postponed until Wednesday due to system issues.

Monday’s power outages and associated issues follow similar dramas in March when government agencies were affected.    

A power outage on March 30 affected the areas of Are Mango in Muri to the Rarotongan Beach Resort and Spa, and parts of the Avatiu Valley – caused by a HVcable fault as stated by Te Aponga Uira on its social media page.   

Some residents were without electricity for more than 30 minutes.     

Te Aponga Uira again did not give reasons for the island wide power outage which on March 18 caused widespread disruption.     

At the time, Ministry of Justice advised that due to the power outage, its government network resources and certain services offered by the ministry were limited, and all electronic communications unavailable. 

Te Aponga Uira when restoring power at the time said that the cause of the outage was still being investigated, adding: “we will update you all as the situation is progressed”.

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