Gisborne & Wairoa residents urged to prepare for possible power cuts tonight

Gisborne & Wairoa residents urged to prepare for possible power cuts tonight

Eastland Network this afternoon advised residents living in Gisborne, Wairoa and the East Coast to wrap up warmly and prepare for possible power cuts overnight. Electricity was restored at 11.56am this morning, after snow in Hawke’s Bay caused widespread power cuts affecting all of Gisborne, Wairoa, and the East Coast. Electricity was also interrupted in… Read more »

Eastland Network warns Pokémon hunters to stay safe near electricity

Eastland Network warns Pokémon hunters to stay safe near electricity

Eastland Network has issued a warning to Pokémon hunters as the game grows in popularity across the Gisborne, Wairoa and East Coast region. Pokémon Go encourages players to locate virtual Pokémon hiding in the real world and capture them using their mobile phones. But Eastland Network general manager, Brent Stewart, says players need to stay… Read more »

Changes ahead for region’s electricity network

Changes ahead for region’s electricity network

Eastland Network has launched a solar research trial to gather “real world data” as part of its planning for the future electricity needs of the Gisborne, East Coast and Wairoa regions. Eastland Group chief executive, Matt Todd, says solar panels will be installed at up to 12 sites, including the roof at Eastland Network’s Carnarvon… Read more »

Eastland Group expands investment in Flick

Eastland Group expands investment in Flick

Gisborne-based Eastland Group has boosted its investment in electricity business Flick Electric Co, raising its shareholding from 11 to 16 percent. When announcing the company’s cornerstone investment in December last year, Eastland Group chief executive Matt Todd said Eastland was attracted to Flick’s technology-driven model, disruptive potential and strong customer engagement. “It’s exciting to be… Read more »

Eastland Group reports $15.2 million profit in 2016

Eastland Group reports $15.2 million profit in 2016

Eastland Group today announced a record audited profit of $15.2 million for the year ended 31 March 2016. The Gisborne-based specialist infrastructure company is 100 percent owned by Eastland Community Trust. Its operations include Eastland Port, Gisborne Airport and Eastland Network – the electricity network for Gisborne, Wairoa and the East Coast – as well as… Read more »

Te Ahi O Maui drilling is underway

Te Ahi O Maui drilling is underway

Drilling is underway on the first of three wells for the Te Ahi O Maui geothermal power project near Kawerau. Following completion of this well, two further wells will be drilled later this year. Project Manager, Ben Gibson, says the drilling process will target known sources of geothermal fluid, which could be as hot as… Read more »

Te Ahi O Maui signs construction deal with Ormat

Te Ahi O Maui signs construction deal with Ormat

The Te Ahi O Maui partnership and an Israeli company, Ormat, signed a deal last week for the construction of a new geothermal power plant near Kawerau, New Zealand. The Te Ahi O Maui geothermal project is a partnership between Eastland Generation and the Kawerau A8D Ahu Whenua Trust, who are owners of the land… Read more »

Excitement brewing for geothermal project

Excitement brewing for geothermal project

Excitement is brewing across both the Kawerau township and Whakatāne district as a much anticipated project launches a new phase of development. The Te Ahi O Maui geothermal project at Kawerau is preparing to enter its first production well-drilling phase. Site works are currently underway to prepare the well-pads and later this month a well-drilling… Read more »

Waiau River recovering well near Waihi dam

Waiau River recovering well near Waihi dam

The Waiau River system appears to be in good shape following repairs to the sluice gates at the Eastland Group-owned Waihi dam, near Wairoa. The 5MW hydroelectricity station was out of operation from late last year until 23 March, following damage to the sluice gates caused by extreme weather in September 2015. The damage meant… Read more »

Eastland Port smashes previous export record

Eastland Port smashes previous export record

More than 2.3 million tonnes – mostly raw logs – was exported from Eastland Port during the past 12 months, a record that smashes the company’s previous best year. The total tonnage of 2.302 million tonnes eclipses the port’s 2014 result of 2.274 million tonnes, and is a 59,000 increase on the 2015 throughput, despite… Read more »