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Electricity company threatens street light

2013-08-01 09:04

Wellington - New Zealand electricity company Meridian Energy has sent a letter to a street light threatening to cut its power off, the Taranaki Daily News reported on Thursday.

Meridian seems to have been under the impression someone was actually living in the pole in the small North Island settlement of Oakura.

The letter was addressed: To the occupier, 771800 Streetlights, NPDC Control Point 394, 9 Shearer Drive, Oakura 4650.

The resident of 9 Shearer Drive, Clive Saleman, told the Daily News that the letter had left him and partner Libby Baker perplexed.

"We were a little bit alarmed about what was going to happen to us. Then we thought, hang on a minute, we're not with Meridian Energy, we're with Nova Energy."

"Now I'm thinking, is there somebody living there in that street light?"

A Meridian spokesperson said the letter had been automatically generated and the company was fairly sure no one actually lived in the street light.

"Well, we sincerely hope not as we think it could be quite draughty."