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An electricity easement helps us to maintain all the equipment that’s used to generate electricity across Northpower's network.
Electricity easements give us permission to enter private property to carry out inspections and repairs to our network as required.
Electricity easements are important because they benefit both Northpower and landowners.
They help us to own and operate electricity reticulation equipment by allowing access to private land so we can maintain or replace it.
Easements help protect landowners by ensuring we minimise and repair any damage to land. They also formally record the location of the electrical reticulation for the landowner.
Electricity easements aren't required for electricity reticulation on public roads and they also don't apply where the reticulation installed on private land is for the exclusive use of property owners.
Electricity reticulation installed before 1 January 1993 doesn’t require an easement as it is protected under the Electricity Act 1992.
The route of any new electricity reticulation is surveyed and shown on a plan by a surveyor. It’s then deposited with Land Information NZ by the surveyor.
Legal documents called the easement instrument are prepared by a solicitor and signed by both the landowner and Northpower. The easement instrument is then registered on the certificate of title of the land by the solicitor.
Please submit completed easement documentation for execution to firstname.lastname@example.org
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