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Power at my Farm

Ensure you’re aware of the important electricity supply information affecting your farm or rural property.

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Who owns the electricity assets on my property?
As the distributor of electricity in Hastings, Napier, Rotorua and Taupo, we own, manage, and maintain all electrical assets located outside the boundaries of private properties.

Any electrical assets inside your property boundary, such as power lines and poles, underground cables and power boxes will in most cases be owned by you, the property owner. This includes assets supplying power to pumps, sheds, and other buildings such as shearers' accommodation.

In these cases, you are responsible for all management and maintenance (and the associated costs) of these assets.  For example, if there is a problem or damage to the service line connecting your house or woolshed to Unison’s power lines at the roadside, in most cases you will be responsible for all costs associated with repairing the line.

Ensuring your privately-owned electricity assets are in a safe operating condition is crucial for rural landowners, not only to reduce a loss of productivity from asset failure, but also to ensure your own safety.

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 your farm or rural property.