Powerco’s existing network in the Waikato town of Matamata needed attention to support reliability of power supply into the future.
A $6 million two-year development project was started this year. It involves:
The Matamata development is a classic example of large companies and local councils working together for the benefit of everyone.
We met with Matamata-Piako District Council, and agreed the least disruptive route for the undergrounding of 2.3km of cable, linking our two substations, was through Centennial Park.
Our contractors completed the work on time, with minimal fuss – the park and walkways remained open throughout the job. This mitigated the impact of potential traffic delays in the town’s busy shopping centre.
Putting the cables underground is aesthetically important for a community that takes prides in its CBD, and surrounding streets.