This is approximately double the allowances we set Aurora for the previous comparable periods.

Aurora says its investment plan is to address historic under-investment in its network which has resulted in a gradual deterioration of its equipment including lines, poles and transformers. In recent years this has resulted in a higher number of safety incidents and an increasing number of unplanned power cuts.

To pay for this, Aurora is proposing significant increases to power bills. You can read Aurora’s final proposal here.

It is clear that major investment is needed in Aurora’s network. Our role in Aurora’s investment plan is to set network reliability standards, as well as determining how much money it should be allowed to recover from its customers to carry out its plan and over what period.

We understand that now, more than ever, household incomes will be strained, especially in light of COVID-19. Many consumers will be struggling to pay their bills while needing a reliable electricity supply. As part of our assessment we will consider what options there are to manage price shocks, while ensuring Aurora’s investment plans are for the long-term benefit of their consumers.

All consultation documents, including consumer fact sheets on our assessment of Aurora’s investment plan and Aurora’s proposal are available below.

About Aurora

Aurora Energy owns and operates the poles, lines and other equipment that distribute electricity from Transpower’s national grid to 90,000 homes, farms and businesses in Dunedin, Central Otago and Queenstown Lakes. Aurora is a wholly owned subsidiary of Dunedin City Holdings Limited, owned by Dunedin City Council. Aurora’s charges are built into power bills and are something its consumers are required to pay no matter which power company they are with. Typically, electricity distribution charges make up about a quarter of an average residential consumer’s power bill.

Contact us

We are seeking specific feedback from consumers throughout our assessment process.

However, if you want to get in contact with us or be added to our mailing list for updates on this project please email us at

A timeline of key steps in our assessment process are outlined below.

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Note: these dates are indicative only and are subject to change.

  • 31 Mar 2021

    Final decision due

  • 17 Dec 2020

    Cross-submissions on draft decision due

  • 03 Dec 2020

    Submissions on draft decision due

  • 12 Nov 2020

    Draft decision due

  • 17 Sep 2020


    Cross-submissions on process and issues paper due

    See documents

  • 27 Aug 2020


    Submissions on process and issues paper due

    See documents

  • 07 Aug 2020


    Notice that Aurora’s CPP application has been accepted as complete and IM compliant issued

    See documents

  • 06 Aug 2020


    Aurora public drop-in session presentation

    See documents

  • 30 Jul 2020


    Process and issues paper due

  • 30 Jul 2020
  • 12 Jun 2020


    Aurora Energy's CPP application published

    See documents

  • 19 May 2020


    Introductory paper about Aurora Energy’s upcoming investment proposal

    See documents

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