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Wellington 'hum' becomes nationwide obsession

Thursday 11 Oct 2012 1:18 p.m.

The most bizarre theory was from a man convinced Daleks had surrounded the city

The most bizarre theory was from a man convinced Daleks had surrounded the city

News of the ‘Wellington hum’ has reverberated across the country with the local council inundated with calls on theories about the phenomenon.

The Wellington City Council says calls have flooded in since the noise was first reported in parts of the city three days ago.

The cause of the noise is still unknown but council spokesperson Clayton Anderson says there are several theories floating around.

“We’ve had around 20 phone calls and got around a dozen emails from around New Zealand from people speculating what it is,” he says.

One theory is that the Wellington sewerage pump station is reverberating through the pipes into people’s house.

Another caller said the work being carried out on the Mt Victoria Tunnel ventilation shaft could be producing a low-pitched hum.

The most bizarre theory was from a man convinced Daleks – fictional mutant aliens from the TV series Doctor Who – had surrounded the city.

But Daleks or not, it appears the noise is spreading with the council receiving its first call from a resident in Berhampore last night.

It takes the total to around 20 noise complaints from Mt Victoria, Mt Cook, Newtown, Berhampore and Karori.

“We’ve put the word out to our business units about what could potentially be making that noise and they’ve all come back saying it’s not us,” says Mr Anderson.

He says the council will continue to go out and monitor noise complaints.

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