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If you are concerned about the safety of any power lines, please call us on 03 307 9800 on 0800 430 460.
Coming into contact with power lines can be fatal or lead to serious injury. Be aware of the dangers of power lines and keep yourself safe.
If you need to work near power lines or poles, you must first apply to us for a Close Approach Consent, either by using our Online Form or by downloading our Close Approach Consent Application. The consent will set out detailed safety information.
There is a code of practice that sets out safety distances and that must be followed. NZECP:34 - the New Zealand Electrical Code of Practice 34 – Safety distances. This code of practice:
If you plan to move any tall structure like a house or large machinery, you must first apply in writing for a high load consent so we can check your proposed route and see if it's clear. We will then advise you accordingly.
If you are excavating near a power line you must be particularly careful not to disturb the ground around the poles causing them to become unstable. Power poles have strains placed on them from the weight of the overhead conductors. Any lowering of the depth of the ground around a pole can weaken the support of the pole causing it to fall. If in doubt give us a call to discuss your plans on 03 307 9800 or 0800 430 460.