Putauaki Maunga Decommissioning Project

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We need to continually operate, maintain and develop New Zealand’s transmission network – the National Grid – to ensure we meet the ongoing electricity needs of New Zealanders.

We are decommissioning and removing our communications tower and associated building from the top of Mount Putauaki in the Bay of Plenty. 

Why we're doing it

With the commissioning of our nationwide fibre optic network (TransGo) we no longer need the services of a radio-based communications site on Putauaki Maunga (Mount Putauaki). 

How it will affect you

Because of the special significance of Putauaki Maunga to the landowner, and local iwi (Ngati Awa in particular), the objective of our decommissioning and removal project is to keep our disturbance to a minimum.  With that in mind, we will be using a helicopter to remove all heavy equipment from site, including the communications tower on the western peak.