Power at my Property
Whether you are a residential, rural or commercial customer, we can help you better understand your rights and responsibilities relating to your electricity connection.
Understanding who owns the electrical assets
Unison owns, manages and maintains all electrical assets located outside the boundaries of private properties in Hastings, Napier, Rotorua and Taupo.
Usually, any electrical assets inside your property boundary, such as power lines and poles, underground cables and power boxes will be owned by the property owner. In these cases, the property owner is responsible for all management and maintenance (and associated costs) of these assets.
There are some variations to this ownership rule. If you’re unsure, or would like to confirm, who owns the lines or other electrical assets on your property, please contact us on 0800 2 UNISON (0800 2 86476) or fill out this form here.
How does electricity get to my property?
Unison Networks is the local electricity distributor, responsible for making sure electricity reaches your home. New Zealand’s National Grid operator, Transpower, takes the electricity from generation points like the Clyde Dam and the Tararua Ranges’ windfarm and distributes the electricity to ‘Grid Exit Points’ (GXPs) around the country. Unison connects to its local GXPs and uses underground and overhead lines to transport the electricity to homes and businesses.