More chal­lenges ahead for new gen­er­a­tion

Matamata Chronicle - - Rural Delivery - By STEW WADEY

Ev­ery­one hooked up to lines company Pow­erCo for elec­tric­ity ser­viced by the Hin­uera sub sta­tion re­ceived a con­sul­ta­tion doc­u­ment about an up­grade to that net­work.

The Hin­uera sub sta­tion is only one of three in New Zealand that has only one feed from the na­tional grid. The pro­posal is to con­struct a sec­ond con­nec­tion into the net­work at Lich­field with a switch over sub sta­tion in the Duke­son Rd area that will feed into the present Ara­puni Rd Pu­taruru sub sta­tion that has all the con­nec­tions to the Pow­erCo lines in­fra­struc­ture.

Mata­mata Fed­er­ated Farm­ers, provin­cial Waikato pres­i­dent Chris Lewis and Pu­taruru elec­tri­cian pro­fes­sional Chris McKil­lop met with Pow­erCo’s con­sul­ta­tion man­ager Matthew Ogier and sys­tems and per­for­mance en­gi­neer Peter Ap­per­ley. We had a very con­struc­tive meet­ing, to which quite tech­ni­cal is­sues were also ad­dressed. It is common knowl­edge hav­ing only one grid feed into a huge net­work area has caused blow outs and power cuts at crit­i­cal times of the farm­ing day in our area.

Fed­er­ated Farm­ers sup­ports the pro­posed sec­ond grid con­nec­tion into the net­work. The con­sul­ta­tion doc­u­ment quotes an av­er­age $9 per con­sumer for that to hap­pen. The legacy of the Trans­power in­ter­ac­tion with ru­ral fam­i­lies re­gards the 400Kva line in that part of the South Waikato is still hurt­ing, one landowner may not al­low Pow­erCo to go over ground with the con­nec­tion, so Pow­erCo may have to go un­der­ground at an ex­tra cost. I am sure if ne­go­ti­a­tions are fair and equi- ta­ble and in good faith, I am sure the landowner and Pow­erCo will con­clude a good out­come.

Agri­cul­tural pri­mary in­dus­try is well on the way into the cur­rent sea­son in our dis­trict. Re­duced milk price taken on board and ap­pro­pri­ate cash­flow man­age­ment in place on farm, beef sched­ule very healthy right now, even a lo­cal butcher re­tailer lament­ing to me that it is now flow­ing through to his pro­cure­ment costs. Re­gard­less of re­turns at the farm gate, we are get­ting rev­enue for our milk and meat. Why! Be­cause the world needs food and I can­not fore­see a sit­u­a­tion that we pro­duce milk or meat and can­not sell it, un­less a ma­jor bio se­cu­rity is­sue makes our New Zealand an­i­mal sourced prod­ucts un­sellable. The pol­i­tics of re­turn on that pri­mary agri­cul­tural food source we pro­duce, is de­pen­dent on how we ad­min­is­ter our ex­port business on the world scene. Our world pop­u­la­tion is now de­vel­op­ing an ex­po­nen­tial curve to 9.5 bil­lion by 2050. What is a fact, since 1993 the area we can grow food on the world scene is di­min­ish­ing rel­a­tive to the pop­u­la­tion growth. Clearly a chal­lenge for our next gen­er­a­tion.

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