The outage affected about 700 internet connections in Rai Valley, Pelorus Bridge, Anakiwa, Linkwater, Canvastown, and several Marlborough Sounds bays. There were also reports of cellphone outages as some cell towers used fibre to transport calls and data to a mobile provider’s core network.

A Chorus spokesperson said technicians arrived at the scene about 2.30pm and excavated the cable ends, to put in place a temporary overlay to restore services by about 6.15pm.