Here is information on what to do if you need Aurora Energy to relocate its electrical equipment, for example to make way for new construction or roading.

Moving equipment on private property

Section 35 of the Act allows land owners or occupiers to request the movement of works on private land.

Aurora Energy may not unreasonably withhold approval for the relocation; however, the full cost of relocation, including the cost of creating any necessary easements, is payable by the land-owner, or occupier.

Where the nature of the moving works projects requires the assets to be reconfigured (a typical example is underground conversions), the moved assets will be constructed to Aurora Energy prevailing standards, and any incidental betterment that occurs will not be funded by Aurora Energy. Aurora may also set reasonable conditions for moving the works.

Contact an Aurora Energy approved contractor if you need electrical equipment moved on private property.

Moving equipment in the road reserve

Sections 32 & 33 of the Electricity Act 1992 (the Act) apply to the moving of works in the road reserve when a controlling authority requests the movement.

The cost of electrical fittings only is paid by Aurora; all other costs including the cost of labour, plant, and civil works are to be paid by the controlling authority.

Where Aurora elects to reconstruct the works to specifications different to the original; for example, replace an overhead line with underground cable, Aurora will pay for all of the additional costs that arise from the changed specification.

Similarly, where Aurora elects to install additional works, Aurora will pay for all of the additional costs that arise from installation of the additional works. 

Where the controlling authority elects or requires reconstruction to specifications different to the original, including underground conversion, the controlling authority will pay for all of the additional costs that arise from the changed specification.

Note that, as a result of the Infrastructure (Amendments Relating to Utilities Access) Act 2010, local authorities no longer have controlling authority status and the cost share arrangement in section 33 of the Electricity Act 1992 does not apply. Local authority requests to move works in the road reserve are treated on a causer pays basis.

Email getconnected@auroraenergy.nz if you need electrical equipment moved on road reserve under section 32.

Other Requests

Network owners have no legal obligation to move works in the road reserve at the request of private individuals.

Movement will be permitted, however, providing that it is technically feasible and will not adversely affect system reliability or increase on-going maintenance costs.

The full cost of moving the works, including the costs of creating any necessary easements, shall be met by the requestor.

Submitting a request

Controlling authorities relying on Section 32 of the Act shall give formal notice of the requirement to move works. Notice shall be forwarded to:

The Commercial Manager Aurora Energy Limited

PO Box 5140 DUNEDIN 9058

All other requests for Aurora to move works may be initiated through an Aurora Energy approved contractor.