A severe power outage has left more than 22,000 houses without power in Tauranga.
Powerco reported 22,483 properties were affected by the unexpected power cut to the Bethlehem area in the west of the city.
There are currently 5200 broadband fibre optical network terminals down and that number is on the rise due to the outage.
An investigation is currently underway to determine what caused the outage.
Power is estimated to be back on for all those affected by 4.30pm.