Electricity Act 1992

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Reprint as at 19 April 2008

Electricity Act 1992

Public Act1992 No 122
Date of assent17 December 1992


Changes authorised by section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989 have been made in this eprint.

A general outline of these changes is set out in the notes at the end of this eprint, together with other explanatory material about this eprint.

This Act is administered in the Ministry of Economic Development



1A Purposes [Not in force]

Electricity operators

Functions and powers of Secretary

48 Levies [Repealed]

65 Offences [Expired]

70 Offence [Repealed]

72 Duty to supply [Repealed]

Registration of electrical workers

Maintenance of registers

Practising licences

Employer licences

Transitional provisions


147N Costs and expenses [Not in force]

147W Evidence [Not in force]

147Z Publication of orders [Not in force]

147ZA Appeals [Not in force]

147ZC Procedure on appeal [Not in force]

147ZE Costs [Not in force]

Electrical Workers Registration Board

Complaints Assessment Committees

General provisions

Financial statements of customer and community trusts

Complaints resolution system

Powers of entry


163D Other offences [Not in force]

Infringement offences

165A Infringement offences [Not in force]

165B Infringement notices [Not in force]

Miscellaneous provisions


Regulations—Information disclosure

Regulations—Consumer choice of electricity retailer

172 Offences [Repealed]

Regulations—Low fixed charge tariff option for domestic consumers

Regulations—Code on access for beneficiaries of community and customer trusts

Regulations—Reserve energy

Electricity governance regulations

Supplementary provisions

Provisions that apply if electricity governance regulations or rules are in force


Preliminary provisions

Duties of members

Role of the Commission in relation to electricity governance regulations and rules

Power to direct EGB

Levy of industry participants


Repeals, revocations, amendments, and savings

Amendment to Electricity Act 1968


Amendment to Electrical Registration Act 1979


Transitional provisions

Reprint notes

An Act—

  • (a) To make better provision for the regulation of the supply of electricity and the electricity industry in New Zealand; and

  • (b) To consolidate and amend the law relating to the regulation and control of electrical workers; and

  • (c) To provide for matters incidental thereto; and

  • (d) To repeal the Electric Linemen Act 1959, the Electricity Act 1968, and the Electrical Registration Act 1979

  • The Title of this Act was amended, as from 8 August 2001, by section 6 Electricity Amendment Act 2001 (2001 No 40) by inserting, after the words the regulation of the supply of electricity, the words and the electricity industry. See section 19 of that Act (for the transitional provision for Transpower's pricing methodology on and after 26 July 2001); section 20 (for the savings provision for Transpower's pricing methodology before 26 July 2001); and section 21 (for validations of actions by persons without electricity operator status).

BE IT ENACTED by the Parliament of New Zealand as follows: