What we do
PowerNet’s shared vision is to deliver safe, efficient and reliable power to communities.
We build, maintain and manage electricity assets across Southland, West Otago, Queenstown Lakes, Central Otago and Stewart Island—that’s most of southern New Zealand—on behalf of four electricity network owners.
The electricity industry is dynamic and constantly evolving. PowerNet is focused on positioning itself for the future, including realising new opportunities in emerging technologies and in regional growth areas. We’re now New Zealand’s fourth largest electricity management company (based on regulatory value).
Power to communities
Communities are at the heart of what we do. We operate in diverse rural and urban environments, sometimes with unique geographical challenges. We’re committed to delivering the best possible service to homes and businesses in every community we work in, no matter where it is.
Formed in 1994, PowerNet is jointly owned by The Power Company Ltd and Electricity Invercargill Ltd.
- We manage assets on behalf of network owners: The Power Company Ltd, Electricity Invercargill Ltd, OtagoNet Joint Venture, and the Southland District Council-owned Stewart Island Electrical Supply Authority.
- The company’s headquarters is in Invercargill and it also has an office in Balclutha. Its depots are in Lumsden, Te Anau, Gore, Palmerston, Ranfurly, Frankton, Balclutha and Stewart Island.
- Over 70,000 customers are connected to PowerNet-managed networks.
- The company manages significant network assets. These include 14,300kms of lines and cables; 160,000 poles; 73 zone substations and 15,900 transformers.
PowerNet and St John – working together in the Southern region
With far-reaching benefits for Southern communities, PowerNet’s sponsorship partnership with St John supports first-aid training as well as other St John-related activities. A key goal is to have a trained first responder in every home who can deal with a medical emergency until specialist assistance arrives.