Our network covers 13,700sq km and stretches from Otorohanga in the north to Mt Ruapehu in the south; from rugged black sand beaches in the west across to the quiet shores of Lake Taupo.
While most of our customers are residential connections, we also supply electricity to major industrial businesses like the iron-sands mine at Taharoa and New Zealand’s largest lime quarry at Oparure.
Our head office is in Te Kuiti and we have operational depots in Taumarunui, Turangi, Ohakune, and Mangakino. We employ over 140 staff – the majority of whom are based in the field to maintain our lines that carry electricity from New Zealand’s national grid to individual homes, businesses, farms, baches and schools that are spread right across this geographically diverse area.
To reach all of our customers we have:
Our staff operate a 15 year maintenance cycle, meaning 300km of lines and power poles are inspected each year and replaced when necessary. Our transformers and zone substations are also regularly upgraded and new remote control switches are added to ensure our network can handle the increasing peak load demands placed on it.
The Lines Company is 100% owned by the Waitomo Energy Services Customer Trust and was formed in April 1999 following the Government’s electricity industry reforms. Our business operates in a regulated environment where revenue controlled by the Commerce Commission.
The Lines Company is committed to operating a fair, equitable and reliable service for all our customers so electricity will always be available wherever you are in our region.