More than 1400 properties are set to be without power in the Wakatipu area overnight after heavy snowfalls knocked down powerlines.
Aurora Energy says extreme weather conditions and difficulty of access is hampering restoration of power to affected customers, but power has been restored to more than 3000 customers during the course of the day.
Power remains out for 1436 people after heavy snowfall and the company says affected customers should prepare to be without power overnight.
Areas affected are Fernhill, Lake Hayes and Gibbston Valley, Speargrass Flat and Lower Shotover, Glenorchy, Dalefield and Queenstown's Littles Road.
Snow on the Crown Range.
Line crews are working hard to restore power in challenging conditions as off road conditions are treacherous and tracks are hidden and very slippery, an Aurora spokesperson said this evening.
Crews are still on site at Arrowtown, Dalefield, Queenstown and Frankton to repair faults caused by snow-load on trees and branches.
The safety of the public and line crews is of utmost importance at all times, the spokesperson said.
The public is being reminded to keep well clear of fallen power lines or damaged electrical equipment and treat them as live at all times.
Kiwi rally driver Hayden Paddon has earned his first podium finish of the 2018 World Rally Championship season after a clean final day in Turkey.
Paddon and British co-driver Seb Marshall stuck to their game plan of racing a consistent race in the final four stages of Rally Turkey, allowing them to finish in third.
The pair went into the final day with a firm grip on third place - they were nearly a minute behind second-placed Jari-Matti Latvala but ahead of fourth-placed Teemu Suninen by a safe margin of over two minutes.
Paddon said racing with the concept of preserving third place instead of chasing those ahead of him felt like being in no man's land.
"It's a about playing the long game in this rally. When you're in 'no man's land' it can be really hard because you have to look after the car. It can be really painful but it's what you have to do."
The finish is Paddon's seventh on a WRC podium.
"I am really happy to take our first podium of the season. It has been a very tough rally. We have adopted a particular strategy this weekend that has required us to hold back and be patient," he said.
"Thankfully that approach has paid off and we have been rewarded with third place - it's been a while since we've been on the podium."
Paddon is coming to New Zealand for the Ashley Forest Rallysprint in Canterbury next weekend before he returns to Europe for the Wales Rally GB next month.
Scott Dixon has won his fifth IndyCar championship with a second-place finish at Sonoma Raceway.
The Kiwi needed only a steady race to hold off challenger Alexander Rossi in the championship fight. Rossi broke his front wing on the opening lap when he ran into teammate Marco Andretti and it effectively ended his chances.
The Kiwi driver notched up the milestone at Sonoma Raceway in California.
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Dixon from there didn't take any chances and coasted to the title. His five championships trail only the seven won by A.J. Foyt.
He was in disbelief at securing a historic fifth title.
“Man, this is so awesome, I can’t believe it, I can’t believe it’s actually happened,” he said.
“I don’t know, you always doubt these situations so much that it’s never going to happen.”
Dixon was also full of praise for his wife, Emma.
"It’s all about the people, I’m the lucky one that gets to take it across the line," he said.
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"I can’t thank my wife, Emma, enough, she’s been so amazing through the whole season, it’s actually the anniversary of her father’s passing today so it’s an emotional time."