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About us

The Lines Company is proud to keep over 18,000 customers connected to electricity throughout the King Country, Ruapehu and Central Plateau.


We supply electricity to homes and businesses across the network.


Our head office is in Te Kūiti and we have operational depots in Taumarunui, Tūrangi and Ohakune. We have around 140 staff working across our region, with the majority in the field to maintain our lines.

We are a limited liability company, with a board of directors appointed by our community trust, Waitomo Energy Services Customer Trust. Our business operates in a regulated environment where revenue is controlled by the Commerce Commission.


  • We’ve around 18,000 customers and 24,000 connection points.
  • Our network covers an area of 13,700 square km. That’s bigger than the countries of Vanuatu and Montenegro.
  • 4,500km of power lines — longer than a return trip from Auckland to Sydney.
  • Eight supply points; 35,000 power poles; 27 substations; 5000+ transformers.
  • Over 140 people have jobs with us.
  • Around 80% of our team are locals living on the network.
  • Every dollar we spend brings around $3.40 back into the local economy.
  • We supply around 381 Gigawatt of power per year — the equivalent of supplying 48,000 average New Zealand households.


We’re 100% owned by the Waitomo Energy Services Customer Trust.


We’re here for the community

The Lines Company was formed in April 1999 following the Government’s electricity industry reforms. We’re wholly owned by the Waitomo Energy Services Customer Trust, which works directly with our Board of Directors to negotiate and set the company’s direction through a Statement of Corporate intent.


Most customers in the northern part of our network are beneficiaries of our trust. Any profits we make are distributed annually to our beneficiaries by way of credit on your lines bill at specific times throughout the year. You’re eligible for this credit if you’re one of our active customers and live within the Trust’s legal boundaries.


WESCT is comprised of six trustees:

  • Three trustees are elected by customers within the trust’s gazetted area and represent the interests of trust beneficiaries. This group of trustees also appoints an additional trustee that will also represent the interests of trust beneficiaries.
  • Two trustees are elected by major customers within the Trust’s gazetted area and represent business and economic development interests of our area.

The WESCT Trust meets monthly and usually holds its annual general meeting in September.