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Powerco supports national campaign urging public to trim trees

Monday, May 18, 2020

Trees cause around a quarter of all power cuts each year on Powerco’s electricity network alone, which is about 70,000 people losing power annually.

With proper tree maintenance, most of these outages can be avoided. That’s why Powerco has joined forces with the Electricity Networks Association (ENA) to develop an online awareness campaign that highlights the importance of trimming trees.

Targeted at members of the public across the country, the campaign is being launched today with advertising appearing on YouTube, Google and Facebook over the next two months.

Customers are encouraged to visit www.cutsafely.org.nz for more information, which includes being directed to their local lines company for advice about any trees seen growing suspiciously close to power lines.

Powerco’s Senior Vegetation Manager Colin Winch says when overgrown, trees interfere with power lines and make it difficult for crew to restore power. In high winds and storms, branches get blown into lines, causing outages.

“Tree owners can help us prevent these problems by simply planting trees away from power lines, choosing smaller tree species and ensuring trees are regularly maintained by an approved contractor.”

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