Safety Alert: Copper theft at power poles

Theft of copper earth wires from power poles has increased over the past 12 months throughout North Canterbury. When they are cut or stolen, there is a risk of electric shock, burns or fire, as well as the risk associated with removing an important safety system on the pole.


If you observe anyone interfering with a power pole or other electricity network equipment, please dial 111 immediately and ask for Police.


If you notice a power pole with cut or stolen earth wires (earth wires are either bare copper or have a green, or green/yellow covering), please call MainPower on 0800 30 90 80.

MainPower NZ Ltd