Aurora Energy's network stretches across 6,600 kilometres of overhead lines and underground cables in Dunedin, Central Otago and Queenstown Lakes. We get to work in some of the most spectacular parts of the country maintaining and upgrading the network. Here we share stories about who we are and how we manage our network.

Who is Aurora Energy?

We asked people on the street who Aurora Energy is. Hear what they say and keep watching for the right answer!

 Staff story - Graeme Johnson. Quality and Compliance Manager

Graeme Johnson, Quality and Compliance Manager, has over 40 years' experience working in the energy sector. He tells us why safety is critical and what he loves about the job.

Staff story - Aslina Steel, Project Manager - Transformation

Aslina Steel talk's about her background in land mine clearance and bomb disposal and find out why she loves being Project Manager  - Transformation at Aurora Energy. “There’s a lot more to power than just turning your lights on.”

How does electricity get from where it's made to you?

Our job is to deliver power from the national grid through our network to 90,000 homes, farms and businesses. How exactly does electricity get from where it's made to where you can use it? Watch this video to find out.

Carisbrook Substation

Take a look inside Aurora Energy's Carisbrook Substation and see how it compares to the decommissioned Neville Street Substation positioned just across the road.

Now you see them, Now you don't!

We've undergrounded the electricity supply along the West Harbour walkway in Dunedin. Check out how we take the poles down and the picturesque harbour views.

Bird's eye view

Drones are used for the first time on Aurora Energy’s electricity network to carry out visual inspections of our overhead power lines and pole-top equipment.


 Spanning the gorge

A helicopter is called on to upgrade power lines that span 600 metres across Gorge Creek near Roxburgh, Central Otago. The six high voltage lines connect the power between Alexandra and Roxburgh as well as carry power from the Teviot hydro schemes for export to the national grid.

Tree trimming in Queenstown

Adventure is not the exclusive domain of visitors to Queenstown, sometimes we go to extreme lengths to maintain the network. Here our skilled contractors defy heights to keep trees clear of power lines.

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