In January 1998 the Government returned the ownership of the local electricity network to the people of Southland by establishing the Southland Electric Power Supply Consumer Trust.
The Trust holds all the shares in The Power Company Limited on behalf of consumers connected to the company’s network and distributes the benefits to these consumers.
The Government appointed the initial five Trustees, with subsequent Trustees elected by the electricity consumers.
While the Trustees do not have any direct involvement with the operation of The Power Company or PowerNet, they are responsible for appointing the Directors of The Power Company Limited, negotiating strategic direction and performance objectives with the Directors on behalf of consumers, and holding a public Annual Meeting of the Trust.
The Trustees are:
Jim Hargest, Chair
Jim was elected as Chair in October 2010 and has been a Trustee since 2005. He is a livestock farmer in Rakahouka and was a member of the Edendale Veterinary Club for over 30 years and served 12 years on the New Zealand Executive of the Veterinary Club Movement. He is married to Alison and they have three adult children. Jim participates in multi-sports and outdoor pursuits and is interested in family, friends, fitness and farming.
Stuart was elected as a trustee in September 2015. He is married to Sue with three children. He is a sheep and beef farmer, farming at Aparima for over 30 years.
Stuart has served as a Southland Regional Council councillor and as a qualified hearing commissioner. He is currently serving as a Southland District Council councillor and a member of the Aparima River Liaison committee.
His interests include a passion to serve his community, farming and politics and he also participates in many outdoor activities including fly fishing and hunting.
Stephen is a Business and Strategic Projects Group Manager. He has an extensive background in business and business improvement and project management and has managed the successful completion of a range or large projects in Southland such as Southland’s Regional Energy Strategy, Southland’s Whole Community Broadband Network as well as the successful completion of major civil and mechanical engineering projects including satellite and space ground stations and terrestrial television. He also took a lead in the establishment of the SIT Velodrome.
Stephen is a member of the Institute of Directors of New Zealand and has broad experience as a Trustee and Board member, including Chairman of the National Broadband Forum, Chairman of Junior Worlds 2012 Limited and President of Cycling New Zealand at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) events, and has presented a numerous international conferences.
Carl was elected as a Trustee in September 2013. He is married to Yvonne and they have a son Callum. His career has spanned marine steam engineering and design, education, compliance, and sawmilling. He is presently involved in his family sawmilling enterprise. Carl is a past Board member of the Forest Industry Training and Education Council and for many years a Committee member and Chair of the Solid Wood Training Association. He is a trustee of the Waimea Plains Railway, a member of the vintage car club and a committee member of the Invercargill Cultural and Welfare Society. Carl’s recreational interests include family, vintage motorcycles, politics and reading.
David was elected as a Trustee in September 2013. He farms at Northope with his wife Helen and their two teenage sons. He is a member of Federated Farmers NZ (FFNZ) Southland executive. He has been Southland Provincial President and served seven years on FFNZ National Council. During this time he was elected a national FFNZ board member and was national spokesman for adverse events, ACC, rural security, employment, health and safety, education and local government. David has also served on the Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) Council, chaired his local Lochiel School Board of Trustees, Environment Southland’s Oreti Catchment Liasion Committee and been a trustee of the Southland Life Education Trust. His interests are a passion to serve his community, his family, farming and politics.
To download the most recent Southland Power Trust Strategic Plan 2018-19