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    Power Outage Hits Wellington: Parliament in 'Semi-Darkness' - Reports

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    Over 10,000 properties in Wellington, including New Zealand's Parliament, have been cut off from the power grid, local media reported Friday.

    State-run Transpower New Zealand confirmed in a tweet on Friday that it has experienced a fault at its Wilton substation. Wellington City Council tweeted it could take more than three hours to restore power.

    Utility provider Wellington Electricity said on its website the outage had cut electricity to around 12,500 customers in the north of the city and it was working to fix the problem. Nation's parliament is in semi-darkness and its internet is down while it relied on back-up generators, Reuters reported.

    The legislature was not in session on Friday, however, parliamentary committees and ministerial offices were reportedly affected. Moreover, Wellington City Council warned on its website drivers to hold off on unnecessary travel while some traffic lights were out. Local media outlets reported that Wellington residents have been sent home early from work and some business, like Countdown, have shut for the meantime.

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