Aurora Energy


Lauder Flat substation (Omakau) completed

Camp Hill substation (Hawea) completed

Ōtākou voltage upgrade project (Dunedin) completed

Lindis Crossing substation (Cromwell) completed


Two new 33‑kilovolt underground cable circuits installed in Andersons Bay, Dunedin


Commonage substation (Queenstown) completed


On 1 July, Dunedin Electricity becomes Aurora Energy Limited to reflect the inclusion of Queenstown, Central Otago and Dunedin in the network coverage.

Legacy Years


Dunedin Electricity purchases the line business assets of Central Electric Ltd, becoming New Zealand’s fifth largest lines company.


The Electricity Industry Reform Act is passed, requiring full ownership separation of distribution (lines) businesses from supply (retail and generation) businesses.

Dunedin Electricity's owner sells its shares in Waipori Power and United Electricity, effecting full ownership separation of line and energy activities.

Delta Utility Services Limited is formed, to separate competitive asset servicing activities from Dunedin Electricity's regulated delivery business.


Dunedin Electricity anticipates industry restructuring and sells its shareholding in electricity retailer United Electricity to generator Waipori Power Generation.


Dunedin Electricity quits electricity retailing, selling its retail activities to the newly formed United Electricity Limited, in which it retains a 42% shareholding.


Dunedin City Council establishes its electricity generation and distribution functions as separate companies, Dunedin Electricity Limited and Waipori Power Generation Limited respectively.


Waipori Falls Hydroelectric Company is acquired by Dunedin City Council which commences electricity distribution and subsequently appliance retailing, operating as the Dunedin City Council Electricity and Gas Department.


Waipori Falls Hydroelectric Company Limited begins construction of the Waipori power scheme.