Update 2.46pm: We’re awaiting official clearance, however we can see schools have come back up online.

Update 2.10pm: Work is being carried out to repair the fibre. We will continue to provide further updates and confirm when work has been completed here.

Original Update: We are aware of an outage impacting schools near Timaru. Engineers have identified it as being caused by broken fibre. Jointers are en route from Dunedin to carry out work.