Auckland’s 1998 power crisis resulted in a loss of supply to parts of the city that lasted for five weeks. While the city centre ‘throbbed with diesel generators and looked like a war zone’, hospitals cancelled operations, factories halted production, and staff lost pay. Eleven years and a few power cuts later, the electricity network was described in the local newspaper as ‘a succession of power cuts waiting to happen’.
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Source: Editorial, ‘Transpower’s Auckland grid a power cut waiting to happen’, New Zealand Herald, 8 February 2009