A silver lining has emerged for those left without power after a severe storm battered Auckland.
Lines company Vector said on Wednesday 93,000 homes throughout the region had no electricity.
Some might not have it restored for several days.
Auckland-based restaurateurs Roberto Giampaolo and Kamesh Kunala, who jointly manage Satya South Indian Restaurants, said on Wednesday they were offering free meals to all those affected by the storm.
Their mission was simple: "to feed people and give back to the community", the duo said.
"If you know people who have been affected by the power outages, please send them to any of the Satya South Indian Restaurants or Satya Chai Lounge tonight.
"Of course we will never say no to sympathisers as well. So effectively all are welcome."
From 6pm-9pm on Wednesday, people could order the full menu, eat-in or take-away, from their restaurant locations in the CBD, Sandringham, Ponsonby and Mt Eden.
"We will feed them and give them a hot drink on the house, no questions asked."
The pair said the idea came from their family values of giving back to the community in times of need.
"We're spending all day preparing, and have restored on extra staff to handle the rush."
Source : Stuff