Stringing the lines
Construction of the South Waikato National Grid Connection is well underway, and will continue through until March 2023 at this stage.
As part of that work, there will be some road closures and planned power outages.
We know these are inconvenient and we'd like to thank residents, businesses and road users alike for your co-operation. These are necessary for our crews to work safely, and we're working hard to minimise disruption to you.
We'll also be using helicopters to install overhead lines onto poles (watch the video below).
Roads will be closed and diversions in place, approximately 9am - 3pm on the dates below. Residents and heavy trucks will be allowed through via stop/go traffic management.
There will be brief Stop/Go closures on Arapuni Road near Shine Road, and Shine Road will be closed as below.
The road will be closed as below and Shine Road may be closed to complete some work from 9 November.
19 and 20 November
Stop/Go traffic management will be in place along Arapuni Road.
30 November - 1 December, 12 - 14 January
We’ll be using helicopters to string overhead lines onto the poles we’ve installed along Arapuni Road, and across some private land.
The helicopter work will be taking place intermittently from mid-October through to December weather-depending.
We know helicopters can startle livestock so our contractors will be working with residents to let you know about flights ahead of time.
Planned power outages
There will be some planned power outages associated with the construction work. You'll find times and dates below.
You'll receive advance notification from your retailer (the company you pay your power bill to) if an outage will affect you.
You can also check if an outage will affect you by typing your address or the outage reference number into our planned outages page
|Outage date||time||alternate date||reference number|
|9 November||9am - 3pm||N/A||92356|
|10 November||9am - 3pm||11 November||92955|
|19 November||9am - 3pm||N/A||92358|
|20 November||9am - 3pm||21 November||92956|
|12 January||9am - 3pm||14 January||92360
|13 January||9am - 3pm||14 January||92359
|14 January||9am - 3pm||tbc||92957
Tuesday, March 21, 2023The South Waikato National Grid Connection is now on load.View moreProject update
Making good progress
Wednesday, September 21, 2022Our contractors have been making good progress on construction of the South Waikato National Grid Connection between Arapuni and Putāruru.View moreProject update
Thursday, May 05, 2022We've been using helicopters to help with the construction of the South Waikato National Grid Connection.View moreProject update
Blessing our mahi
Tuesday, March 15, 2022We recently blessed the start of construction of the South Waikato National Grid Connection.View moreProject update
Thursday, February 03, 2022Construction of our $43m South Waikato National Grid Connection has begun.View moreProject update
Incorporating feedback to finalise the design
Friday, July 02, 2021We're incorporating feedback from the community, council and Iwi to finalise the design of our new circuit.View moreProject update
Finalising the route
Thursday, June 17, 2021We’re working towards finalising the detailed design.View moreProject update
Continuing our detailed design
Monday, March 22, 2021We’re continuing to work with the local community to finalise the route for our new circuit.View moreProject update
Working with you - route options
Tuesday, December 15, 2020We're working with residents to determine the route that part of the circuit will take.View more