Rural schools upgrade

Kaimata school principal and students

Since late 2020, we’ve undertaken work to upgrade the power supply at select rural schools across our electricity network.

Schools in urban areas tend to have access to more modern parts of Powerco’s electricity network, while rural primary schools are often located in areas that are due investment.

Because schools function as a venue for other activities (such as Civil Defence emergency centres, polling places and community events) ensuring they can provide a safe, reliable power supply is important not only for our tamariki, but our wider communities too.

Starting in Taranaki, we checked the power supply at all rural primary schools and identified those most in need. During the December 2020/January 2021 school holidays (timed to minimise disruption) we invested $490,000 to upgrade the power supply at 12 schools, including replacing poles, lines and crossarms, and undergrounding some cables.

Following Taranaki, we carried out similar upgrades in 2021 at 9 schools in the Wairarapa, an investment of $452,000, and 16 rural schools in Whanganui, an investment of $446,000.

Kaimata Primary School Principal Charlaine Spencer and her teachers have “peace of mind” following an upgrade of the power poles and power lines outside their school gate.

“It’s good to know the lines outside the school are in good condition and that our school users are safe,” Charlaine says.

 Taranaki schools:  Whanganui schools:  Wairarapa schools:

Tikorangi School

Kaimata School

Whenuakura School

Mimi School

Urutī School

Huirangi School

Lepperton School

Waitoriki School

Hurleyville School

Toko School

Mākāhu School

Mokoia School

Brunswick School

Kai Iwi School

Kaitoke School

Mangamahu School

Mangaweka School

South Mākirikiri School

Whangaehu School

Mataroa School

Moawhango School

Namatapouri School

Orautoha School

Papanui Junction School

Pukeokahu School

Taoroa School

Waitotara School

Te Wainui-ā-rua School

Dalefield School

Gladstone School

Kahutara School

Mauriceville School

Opaki School

Rathkeale College

South Featherston School

Wainuioru School

Whareama School


December 2020 - January 2021

Twelve Taranaki rural schools upgraded.


July-October 2021

Nine Wairarapa rural schools upgraded.


December 2021 - January 2022

Sixteen Whanganui rural schools upgraded.


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