More challenges ahead for new generation
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.