DarthKermit: Living in a city where almost all power and phone lines have been undergounded (Palmerston North here) is good. We very rarely have any outages due to bad weather.

Each storm in our area gives the local lines company, the fire service, the police and anyone else who gets involved when lines are down, a chance to justify their continued, expensive existence.

(no, I'm not saying that police and fire service should be abolished but I am saying that undergrounding is a worthwhile investment).

What area are you in? If I may ask.

Central Auckland.