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December 03, 2018 | New Zealand Herald
Some of Waimarama's feelings of isolation in storms and other calamities could be overcome by the use of a 680kVA diesel-power generator to bolster the area's electricity supply.
The back-up is the first of its type on the Unison Networks system and will provided a more resilient, adaptable and reliable alternative for up to 450 properties, Unison relationship manager Danny Gough says.
It's been welcomed by Fire and Emergency New Zealand and Civil Defence Waimarama controller Peter Morrell.
"Having this back-up is going to be excellent support for keeping our community up-and-running," he said.
Gough said added generation also allowed Unison to be adaptable and manage routine maintenance in the area without significantly disrupting power supply for customers.