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Vector Network News - 20 August, 2012

13 August 2012
Vector Network News

Vector’s OnGas Bottle Swap program is going from strength to strength, reporting good sales across all sites for the winter period. Our featured site this week is BP Connect Lunn Avenue, Mount Wellington. BP’s recently opened flagship site is already featuring in the top 10% of sales volume across OnGas’ Bottle Swap Outlets nationwide. Category Manager, Wendy Jordan, is extremely pleased with this result. “Given we have a large amount of retail competition local to the area, it goes to show that BP’s consumer offer continues to sit favourably with our customers,” she said. Vector’s 9 kg Bottle Swap is available at hundreds of outlets nationwide. (photos available of BP Lunn Avenue)

NETWORKS SUMMARY for Week Commencing 6 August July 2012
• Winter returned with a vengeance when temperatures plummeted mid week. Wednesday night was the highest instantaneous peak so far this winter, 1711 MW. The mean temperature on Wednesday was 11.5 degrees - a couple of degrees lower than Monday or Tuesday. Despite rain earlier in the week, car v pole incidents were kept to a minimum, with a truck hitting a pole n Hatfield’s beach, a car v pole at Clover Park in Manukau and another in Takanini. We also had an underground cable fault cause a short power outage for 168 Glen Eden customers early in the week. The weekend’s storm caused trees to strike lines on Little Huia Road take out a number of customers for a short while, but otherwise the network stood up well to the wild weather. Faults crews attended two fires, one in St Heliers and another at the super yacht builder’s shed in Mt Wellington.

• It was a week for third party strikes on our gas distribution network. Diggers were responsible for hits in New Lynn, Botany Downs and Weymouth, while there was also a third party strike in Hamilton. Let’s not forget the DIY’ers; a person put a spade through a gas line in Te Kuiti on Friday. Faults crews made both sites safe and repaired the pipes. Please take care around our gas network and call 0508 B4 U WORK (248 967) or 0800 B4 U DIG if outside Auckland.

• Each year Auckland Council chooses an suburb to put artwork on some of Vector’s transformers. These areas are chosen either because they are in areas that are frequently vandalized or, because local communities want to “Adopt a Spot”. The process involves submitting a design to Vector and once approved, the artist gets the go ahead to complete the painting. Vector’s crews check the equipment is in good condition and has a good surface to produce the artwork on.
The next project is expected to be at St Dominic’s School, West Auckland. Vector is currently waiting for designs for two transformers that the school wishes to adopt.
(Photos available)

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• Vector owns over 17,737 kilometres of overhead and underground lines in the greater Auckland area, and 12,572 kilometres of gas pipe lines, with almost half supplying gas to Auckland.

• Vector welcomes Slash to the Arena on Friday 17 August and Jeff Dunham on Sunday 19 August. Vector, proud sponsor of the Arena.

The company owns and manages a unique portfolio which consists of electricity distribution, gas transmission and distribution, electricity and gas metering installations and data management services, natural gas and LPG and fibre optic networks.

Vector is listed on the New Zealand Stock Exchange with ticker symbol VCT. Our majority shareholder, with voting rights of 75.4%, is the Auckland Energy Consumer Trust (AECT).

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