Residents in some parts of Auckland have been without power for more than six hours after bad weather conditions brought down trees and powerlines early this morning.

Residents in Three Kings and Epsom were among those to contact the Herald to vent their frustrations at being without electricity for a long period once again.

Kat Wakerley said there was a lot of frustration over Auckland's "weak power grid" as their family was among those badly affected during a big storm last year.

"We were four days without much for inner city living," she said.


"We lost all our fridge and freezer food last time and had to take [the] kids to friends' houses for showers and to do homework at night.

"Hopefully the power is up again soon today.''

Neeru Manchanda said she was up about 6.30am to get ready for the day ahead when the lights went out.

"There was still power in the house [when I woke up], but by the time I got out of bed - boom, it was dark.''

She had to travel to her daughter's house to have a shower and get ready instead.

By 1.10pm today, electricity had still to be restored, according to the Vector website.

A statement said: "Our crew has advised that unfortunately, the work will take longer than expected. The estimated time for power restoration is now between 1pm - 2pm today."

Ross Clarke said: "Another windy day in Auckland - another day with no electricity in the far flung outpost of Epsom.


"My home was without power for a week last year after a windy day and this morning it's out again."

A tree has brought down powerlines on Settlement Rd in Papakura. Photo / Vector
A tree has brought down powerlines on Settlement Rd in Papakura. Photo / Vector

Vector said just before 12.30pm that it was responding to "several" outages affecting customers around Auckland as a result of today's weather conditions.

Spokeswoman Rachel Reynolds said they were monitoring the weather and had its crews ready to respond to power outages.

"We are actively monitoring the latest weather advice and our own data on network performance."

Reynolds said the main outages were in Three Kings after powerlines came down in bad weather.

As a result, Vector shut down power to that area as a safety precaution to allow its crews to work on the fault.

"[We] estimate that restoration for the remaining customers without power around Mt Albert Rd, St Andrews Road and Mt Eden Rd should be complete within the hour."

Workmen were also stationed at Settlement Rd, in Papakura, where a large tree had fallen across the main road and taken out multiple powerlines in the process.

Power in that immediate area has been shut down as a well, Reynolds said, as crews work to fix things.

"Traffic management and vegetation tree contractors have recently arrived on site and once the area has been made safe, our crews will assess the damage and estimate a restoration time."

Today's outages follow a large-scale power outage over Pt Chevalier, Westmere and Ponsonby over the weekend; caused by a fault from excess water after heavy rain.

Those affected by the outages are being told to keep-up-to-date with the situation via the Vector website, where people can enter their address to find out when their electricity is due back on.

Vector said it could not provide the exact number of households affected, but said the company's electricity operations centre was in the process of remotely redirecting power flows to as many affected households as possible.

Authorities are also warning people to stay away from any damaged electrical equipment and to treat all lines - even downed powerlines - as live and therefore dangerous, at all times.

To report an issue, call Vector: 0508 VECTOR.