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serving its community for over 90 years.
Unison Group Chief Executive
In 2023 following 16 years of pivotal work to drive the business forward, Jaun took up the role of Group Chief Executive of the Unison Group, bringing his in-depth knowledge of our business, our communities and our customers along with a passion and commitment to the success and wellbeing of our people.
Chairman, Remuneration Committee Chairman, Audit & Risk Committee Member
Philip Hocquard is a business advisor, company executive and director with broad experience in many different types of business, corporate and commercial structures, financing options, business strategies and governance.
Statement of Corporate Intent
Unison is a primary provider of infrastructure services for energy distribution to Hawke's Bay, Taupo and Rotorua. The quality and efficiency of these services has a significant impact on the economic and social wellbeing of these communities.
Unison group history
Serving the community and providing a service in this industry sector for over 90 years.
In the very early days of electricity generation, the generation and supply of power was managed by Councils or Municipal departments. Our home town of Hastings first enjoyed the benefits of an electricity network in 1912.
The Electric Power Boards Act 1918 gave Power Boards the opportunity to produce, reticulate and sell power to those areas not supplied through the local government.
Following the Electric Power Boards Act 1918, Power Boards could produce, reticulate and sell power to those areas not supplied through the local government. So, on 27 September 1924, the first meeting of the Hawke’s Bay Electric Power Board (HBEPB) was held.
With all power for the Hawke's Bay region coming from a single point of supply at Redclyffe, by the early 1950’s growth in demand for electricity required the Government to build a second point of 20,000kVA supply at Fernhill to meet the increasing electricity needs of customers.
Increasing demand for underground installations in residential areas meant the focus shifted from construction of new connections to the undergrounding of existing overhead supplies.
The 1990s was the period of most significant organisational change for the Board. The first change came in November 1991 when the Board finally purchased the electricity business, Bay City Power, operated by the Napier City Council.
The Energy Companies Act 1992 allowed for the corporatisation of the Electricity Boards, changing the ownership to one of shareholdings, with the option of vesting the shares into Trust ownership a most popular choice around New Zealand.
For the Hawke's Bay Electric Power Board, the Energy Act resulted in the formation of Hawke’s Bay Power Distribution Limited and its subsidiary company, Hawke’s Bay Power Limited, both trading as Hawke’s Bay Power on 20 May, 1993. All shares were vested in the Hawke’s Bay Power Consumers’ Trust ensuring continued “consumer ownership” of the Company and its distribution network.
This Act required that one company could no longer both distribute and retail electricity, and so on 30 September 1998, the retail business of the Company was sold to Contact Energy Ltd, and its changed to Hawke’s Bay Network Limited in January 1999.
In 2002, Hawke’s Bay Network Limited acquired the Taupo and Rotorua electricity distribution assets of United Networks Limited and Vector Limited.
Unison Networks Limited (trading as Unison) came into being on 17 April 2003, when the Company changed its name.
In 2009, Unison branched out into fibre, with the establishment of subsidiary Unison Fibre Limited. In the same year Unison also purchased ETEL - New Zealand’s largest transformer manufacturing company.
The Company underwent a restructure in 2010, separating out its electrical, fibre, vegetation and civil contracting services under a new subsidiary, Unison Contracting Services Limited (UCSL).
Supplies ELECTRICITY and FIBRE to Hawke’s Bay, Rotorua, and Taupo
Over 9,300km of power lines
Over 800km of FIBRE NETWORK
FIFTH LARGEST electricity distributor in New Zealand
We've installed six electric vehicle chargers across our network
Supplies over 114,000 customers
$620m of electricity & fibre assets
Over 500 employees
Established in 1924, as the Hawke’s Bay Electric Power Board
Serving its community for over 90 years
UnisonFibre’s network offers speeds in excess of 10 gigabits
More than $88 million distributed to the beneficiaries of the Hawke's Bay Power Consumers Trust