Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search


Community Energy Sharing Wins Award

Community Energy Sharing Wins Award

A community where neighbours share clean energy generated on their rooftops has won the Revolutionising Energy award at the Sustainable Business Network Awards, held last night in Auckland.

Developed as a partnership between energy company Vector and the Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei property investment arm Whai Rawa, Kāinga Tuatahi is a residential development for first home owners of the hapū. Residents are able to generate, store and share their own clean energy thanks to a networked system of solar panels and battery storage in each of the 30 homes.

Vector CEO Simon Mackenzie said it was gratifying to win the award as it showed how new energy technology coupled with new affordable homes gave people more freedom in how they use, and pay for, energy.

“We’re very proud of this project and very excited to have won,” he said.

“This is case where a shared vision between Vector and Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei meant we could find a model to make clean energy more accessible to people who might not otherwise have considered it as an option.

“Residents have the potential for lower power bills thanks to the solar and battery systems, and can potentially share excess energy generated on their rooftop with their neighbours. But most exciting of all is that residents now have choices about their energy use as they’re no longer passive consumers of electricity.

“I hear reports of individuals timing their energy use around when they can maximise their solar supply, and even neighbourly competitions to see which side of the street can bring their power bills down the furthest.

“It’s a clear demonstration of what’s possible when you give people the power to choose how to use energy, and I hope we see more projects like this in the future”.

Mr Mackenzie said the project also demonstrated Vector’s commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, in particular providing access to affordable and clean energy and working in partnership with others.

Ngarimu Blair, a director on the Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Whai Rawa Board, said the collaboration with Vector provided Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei with a way to meet its overall objectives for the hapū.

“Our goal was to create a community that was self-sufficient as possible, with energy generated on site, a development with minimal impact on the environment. A lot of thought went in to developing innovative and integrated solutions” he said.

“With Vector’s help, we have done more than we originally thought possible through the installation of solar panels and Tesla Powerwall batteries at each residence – technologies that would normally be out-of-reach for our first-home buyers.”

About the Kainga Tuatahi housing development

• 30-unit development

• 80% of the dwellings meet the government’s definition of affordable housing

About the solar and battery system:

• Solar power generated onsite has the potential to reduce power bills

• Less need to draw power from the grid due to onsite generation

• The community can generate its own power to meet a proportion of its overall energy needs

About Vector

Vector is New Zealand’s leading energy solutions company, delivering energy and communication services. We are the country’s largest distributor of electricity and gas, owning the lines and pipes to households and businesses across Auckland.

Vector is bringing to life its vision of a new energy future with sustainable energy solutions that offer more reliability, choice, and control. This means being at the forefront of change, embracing new technologies and disrupting old utility models. Our innovative products include solar power systems, energy storage, smart meters, EV charging stations, customer apps and online platforms, while we are constantly trialling new solutions.

Vector is listed on the New Zealand Stock Exchange with ticker symbol VCT. Our majority shareholder, with voting rights of 75.14%, is Entrust (formerly Auckland Energy Consumer Trust).

For further information, visit


© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Tiwai Point: Rio Tinto Announces Plans To Close Tiwai Point Smelter

Rio Tinto has just announced that it will wind down New Zealand Aluminium Smelters - the Tiwai Point smelter - saying the business is no longer viable. More>>


Freight: New Report On Auckland Port Relocation

The Government has released a major new report on the options for relocating the Port of Auckland’s freight operations while deferring any decision on the issue. More>>


Chartered Accountants: COVID-19 Fails To Knock Kiwi Investor Confidence, But More Disclosure Wanted

Three months of COVID-19 lockdown and investment turmoil has done little to knock confidence in New Zealand capital markets and listed companies with overall investor sentiment very similar to 2019, an investor survey held in mid June shows. However, ... More>>


Taxation: Black-Market Tobacco Sidesteps $287 Million In Excise Tax

Year-on-year increases in consumption of illicit tobacco in New Zealand have seen illegal trade swell to 11.5% of the total market. If consumed legally, illicit products would have netted the Government $287 million in excise tax during 2019. Independent ... More>>


Energy Sector: Meridian Spilled Water To Hike Electricity Prices - Authority Ruling

The Electricity Authority has found that generator Meridian Energy manipulated the power market, costing consumers about $80 million. More>>


XE Data Update: RBNZ Official Cash Rate Decision

The RBNZ will keep the Official Cash Rate (OCR) at 0.25%. T he key points in the RBNZ statement are: RBNZ keeps the OCR unchanged at 0.25% Maintain the LSAP (large scale asset purchase) at NZD$60 billion. Committee prepared to use additional monetary ... More>>


Electricity: Kiwis Ignore Promise Of Cheaper Power

Electric Kiwi and Flick Electric Co are joint winners of Canstar Blue’s award for Most Satisfied Customers | Electricity Providers From putting on an extra layer – rather than turning on a heater – to turning off lights and choosing the energy-saving ... More>>


Electricity: Transmission Pricing For A Low Carbon Future

The Electricity Authority has decided on new guidelines for transmission pricing. James Stevenson-Wallace, Chief Executive of the Electricity Authority says the new guidelines will deliver significant benefits to consumers, through lower electricity ... More>>


RNZ: Economic Activity And Business Confidence Bouncing Back

Two surveys from ANZ show business confidence and economic activity have rebounded, but uncertainty about the future remains extreme. More>>


NIWA: The Climate Record That Keeps Getting Broken

Among the multitude of New Zealand climate statistics there is one record that continues to be broken month after month. Since January 2017 there has not been one month that recorded a below average nationwide temperature, according to NIWA’s seven station ... More>>


Govt: Extended Loan Scheme Keeps Business Afloat

Small businesses are getting greater certainty about access to finance with an extension to the interest-free cashflow loan scheme to the end of the year. The Small Business Cashflow Loan Scheme has already been extended once, to 24 July. Revenue and Small ... More>>


Science: 2019 Prime Minister’s Science Prizes Announced

The 2019 Prime Minister’s Science Prizes have been announced in a digital livestream event today. The Prizes recognise the impact of science on New Zealanders’ lives, celebrate the achievements of current scientists and encourage scientists of the ... More>>


RNZ: Fuel, Alcohol Costs To Go Up From Today

The increase today in the taxes on fuel, road user charges and alcohol is being called a tone-deaf move. More>>


Stardome Observatory: Young Kiwi Astro-Photographer Shoots For The Stars

Matariki by Josh Kirkley. The stars are aligning for up-and-coming Auckland-based astro-photographer Josh Kirkley (Kāi Tahu). During lockdown, one of his images was picked up by NASA and shared on the space agency’s Instagram to its 59.2 million ... More>>

DCANZ: Time For EU To Commit To A Level Playing Field For Trade

The Dairy Companies Association of New Zealand (DCANZ) has welcomed New Zealand Trade Minister David Parker’s statement that it is unacceptable for New Zealand exporters to continue facing an ‘unlevel playing field’ in the EU. Details leaked ... More>>


New Zealand Government: Supporting Kiwi Businesses To Resolve Rent Disputes

The Government will legislate to ensure businesses that suffered as a result of the COVID-19 response will get help to resolve disputes over commercial rent issues, Justice Minister Andrew Little announced today. More>>