About Us

Unison is wholly owned by the Hawke’s Bay Power Consumers’ Trust (HBPCT). The HBPCT was established following the passing of the Energy Companies Act in 1992. The Act deregulated New Zealand’s electricity industry, permitting the formation of energy retailers and requiring regional electric power boards, or municipal electricity departments, to become commercial entities.

The Hawke’s Bay Electric Power Board became a commercial entity- Hawke’s Bay Power Distribution Ltd – with a retail subsidiary, Hawke’s Bay Power. To ensure the community retained ownership of the retail and distribution of electricity, the Hawke’s Bay Power Consumers’ Trust was established in 1993, and all shares vested in the Trust.

The Trust is made up of five elected Trustees. They act on behalf of all electricity consumers connected to Unison’s electricity network in Hawke’s Bay, by:

  • Setting and distributing the dividend (“the cheque”) to consumers connected to Unison’s electricity network in Hawke’s Bay
  • Communicating with consumers connected to Unison’s electricity network in Hawke’s Bay (and the general public) on energy issues
  • Being involved in energy matters in the interests of Unison and consumers connected to Unison’s electricity network in Hawke’s Bay
  • Taking a proactive role in ensuring continuation of a high quality, reliable service for consumers connected to Unison’s electricity network in Hawke’s Bay
  • Monitoring and addressing regulatory issues affecting Unison, The Hawke’s Bay Power Consumers Trust, and consumers connected to Unison’s electricity network in Hawke’s Bay