A drone survey of 8,000 power poles and lines will continue throughout 2023
Counties Energy will be surveying power poles and lines using drones to identify potential issues, such as low-lying lines, leaning poles or vegetation, and rectify them before they cause power outages or safety issues.
Type of Images the Drone will Take
High resolution imagery of the top of power poles, lines and equipment will be taken by drones mainly within the road reserve, so safety and replacement assessments can be made. Filming will only occur of the Counties Energy electricity equipment, not of people or private property, or of private service lines.
During drone surveys, we encourage residents to move their dogs or horses to a secure location if they are likely to become stressed by low flying drones.
The aerial survey of the electricity network will be undertaken in the following areas shown below.
The map below shows the areas for the drone survey that started on 7 February 2023.
Area 1 (completed)
- Waiau Pa, Great South Road, Blackbridge, Cape Hill, Pukekohe, Clarks Beach, Karaka, Paerata, Runciman, Ramarama (West of SH1), Patumahoe
Area 2 (completed)
- Waiuku, Otaua, Tuakau, River Road, Whangarata, Buckland
The remaining dates are listed below by area and may change depending on weather conditions:
Remaining parts of Area 3 to be surveyed (October-November) Delays due to bad weather
- Hunua, Paparimu, Happy Valley, Mangatawhiri, Mercer, Kellyville, South Pokeno
Area 4 (July-October) Delays due to bad weather
Glen Murray (commenced), Port Waikato and Churchill Road remaining, Onewhero and Pukekawa completed.
Area 5 (October) Delays due to bad weather
Area 6 (October-November) Delays due to bad weather
- Manukau Heads, Te Toro
If you would like to see which parts of your area the drone will fly over, please click on the link below.