Centralines is a consumer-owned and operated electricity lines business.

Centralines is one of 27 distribution companies in New Zealand. It distributes electricity to customers across the Central Hawke’s Bay region.

The Centralines network has over $54 million worth of assets, is 1,700km in length, and supplies around 8,500 connection points. Centralines is owned by the CHB Consumers Power Trust on behalf of the consumers in Central Hawke’s Bay.

Centralines is responsible for distributing electricity from Transpower’s national grid to electricity consumers.

As the only supplier of network services in our regions,  Centralines is regulated by:
• The Commerce Commission (Commission) under Part 4 of the Commerce Act 1986, and
• The Electricity Authority (Authority) under the Electricity Industry Act 2010 and other regulations.


Our Vision:

"To energise the growth of Central Hawke's Bay by electrical infrastructure."

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Central Hawke's Bay Consumers Power Trust


Centralines is wholly owned by CHBCPT

Trust shareholding ensures that the long-term focus of our company is to deliver economic benefits to our customers and community shareholders.

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Centralines people. Our background.

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    Ken Sutherland

    Chief Executive

    Ken Sutherland has extensive experience and leadership within the utility, infrastructure and electricity sector in New Zealand. He is Chairman of the Board of the Electricity Networks Association and a member of the electricity sector’s Chief Executive Group. He is also a member of the following organisations; the Business New Zealand Major Companies Group CEO Forum, the Energy Networks Association CEO Forum in Australia, the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants and the New Zealand Institute of Directors. Read more about Ken Sutherland

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    Ian Walker


    Ian was appointed as Director to Centralines in July 2013, and then as Chair in October 2020. Ian moved with his family into the district over 38 years ago, working as a veterinarian for Vet Services (Hawke's Bay) Ltd until March 2016, and subsequently obtained a good knowledge of the geography of the distribution area. Ian is directly involved with a family sheep, deer and beef farm, and is also involved in several community sporting and cultural groups. Read more about Ian Walker

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Reports & publications

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Annual Reports

Every year, Centralines publishes an Annual Report.
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Statement of Corporate Intent

Centralines is a primary provider of infrastructure services for the distribution of energy to consumers in the Central Hawke's Bay. The quality and efficiency by which these services are provided has a significant impact on the economic and social wellbeing of these areas.
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Pricing information

Each year, Centralines is required to set tariffs within the Commerce Commission’s ruling on pricing, and publish these tariffs and related methodology.
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