Paekakariki-Takapu Road Tower Replacement Project

Last updated: 12 Dec 2023

Tower 66 on the Paekakariki to Takapu Road 110 kV line.

What are we doing?

Transpower is replacing five towers of its Paekakariki-Takapu Road 110 kV line with new pole structures.  All structures to be replaced are within the western side of Belmont Regional Park, adjacent to East Porirua.  Three of these will be replaced in 2023, and two in 2024.

Why are we doing it?

These towers were originally built in 1924 and despite our regular maintenance activities on them (including regular painting), they have significant corrosion and loss of galvanising on them.  Rather than a continued aggressive maintenance plan into the future - a more optimal solution is to replace the tower structures with new pole structures.

When is this work timed for?

We expect to get underway on site for this season's work from around early August 2023, and have complete by the end of the year.  Timings for the 2024 work are expected to be similar.

Will this work impact me?

We do not expect any outages while we do this work, however as it is within Belmont Regional Park, we will be notifying park users through signage and advertising to take care and watch out for closed tracks to allow our crews to safely get equipment to and from the site.

Example of type of pole to replace towers on Paekakariki to Takapu Road Line