Woodlands Rd again!

Jul 27th, 2017 | By | Category: News
Hole on Woodlands Rd

Photo: Raewyn Reynolds

What is it with Woodlands Rd? A few weeks ago a Huge Sinkhole appeared out of nowhere, and yesterday, right outside our house, power lines came down.

We’d just finished a cuppa after lunch when a loud crunching noise was heard, followed by the alarm bleeping to say the power was out.

Some roadworkers had been quietly working just outside. A truck with its tray up had backed into a driveway and somehow connected with a power pole, bringing the lines down.

Truck and power lines

A very nice man knocked on our door shortly after and said we should be extra careful of our electric fences – the lines were on them and they might be dangerous. Transpower were on their way.  He also apologised and of course, we said no worries, these sorts of things happen.

Shortly after, a fire engine arrived, sirens blaring. This was followed by an ambulance and three (3) police cars, emergency lights flashing.



Meanwhile, the Transpower people were on the job – and they worked flat out for the next four hours.

Wanting to see how good our new camera with the extra zoom lens was, Annette Taylor jumped on to the roof and got the following pics.

Up we go…




Must have been windy up there (it certainly was on the roof!)





Lining things up.  Yup, looking good.  (I reckon I could now apply for a job with Transpower, having watched what wires to cut and replace.)


Got it


By the time the power went on – 5.15pm – dusk was falling and it was time for everyone to go home.




Hope all the guys went home to a warm house and hearty dinner.  Thanks for the great work one and all, great team effort!


Road works


From Transpower:  if you see lines down, never approach them.   Call 111 immediately. You can also reach them on their 24-hour hotline: 0800 THE GRID (0800 843 4743).

Make sure people and animals keep well away.  Downed power lines are extremely dangerous.

PS:   WEL Networks got in touch to say the power lines crew mentioned and pictured in the story is their team, not Transpower.

Transpower operates the national grid; WEL Networks is the distributor moving power from the grid to houses.

Click here for a link on what they do.



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3 Comments to “Woodlands Rd again!”

  1. Gayle Pearson says:

    Great photography Annette. How was the truck driver? Did they need the ambulance?

  2. […] around here stay calm and orderly – no more mysterious sink holes in Woodlands Rd, or the need for emergency services […]

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