Slightly more than 100 extra Alexandra power poles have been added to its pole-nailing programme and another 360 will be nailed in Cromwell, Clyde and Roxburgh. This is a good thing, as tensions are high in Alexandra after three poles fell over in the town in just over three months. But when power poles are falling on people's fences and parked cars, and live wires are landing on roofs, the public is quite right not to be swayed by semantics. All the additional poles are condition two or three poles, the same rating as the three that fell. No doubt questions will continue, including about the safety of other condition two and three poles elsewhere in Otago.
Source: Otago Daily Times December 15, 2017 16:07 UTC