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MainPower requires at least two working days' notice to issue a Close Approach Consent.

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Application Terms and Conditions

MainPower chooses to apply the following terms and conditions when issuing close approach consents.

This Close Approach Consent Application is for one (1) specific location. If multiple locations are required, you may need a number of consents simultaneously. If unsure contact the MainPower Network Operation and Control Centre – Phone 03 311 8312.

  1. The consent and its terms and conditions shall be strictly adhered to.
  2. The consent is not transferable to any other operator.
  3. The consent must be available for inspection on site at all times.
  4. All work under the consent shall comply with all relevant codes of practice, including NZECP 34:2001.
  5. All power lines are to be treated as “live” at all times. All workers shall observe the minimum approach distances (MAD) from power lines shown in the consent. The MAD are minimum distances under ideal environmental, weather and working conditions.
  6. All workers working under the consent must be Competent[1] to carry out the work.
  7. The Site Supervisor is responsible for compliance with all relevant Acts and Regulations and is to remain on site at all times that mobile plant is within 4.0 metres of overhead lines. The Site Supervisor shall be contactable by phone on site unless prior arrangement has been made.
  8. A Safety Observer[2] is required when mobile plant is within 4.0 meters of overhead lines.
  9. A warning notice stating “WARNING, KEEP CLEAR OF POWER LINES” shall be affixed in a conspicuous place as near as practicable to the operator's position in compliance with NZECP 34:2001, Section 5.
  10. Site warning flags or signage must not be attached to MainPower poles or equipment.
  11. Any overhead line or underground cable contact is to be immediately reported to MainPower Network Operation and Control Centre – Phone 03 311 8389.
  12. If any unsafe conditions occur during the performance of the work under the consent, the work shall cease immediately, and the Site Supervisor shall immediately advise MainPower Network Operation and Control Centre – Phone 03 311 8389.
  13. Any work involving excavation or construction near overhead electric line supports (towers, poles, or stay wires) shall comply with NZECP 34:2001, Section 2.
  14. Before any excavation work is undertaken, a “Dial Before You Dig” application must be undertaken. This can be done at or by telephone on 0800 248 344. Plans provided from this service must be on site while work is being undertaken.
  15. Any mechanical excavation within 2 metres of MainPower cables requires hand digging to identify and locate cables, and an observer when mechanical excavation is being undertaken. Bucket teeth must not be used when excavating around cables.
  16. The consent may be rescinded or rescheduled at any time at MainPower’s sole discretion to meet operational needs.
  17. The consent holder agrees that work can be halted at any time by any MainPower employee.
  18. The consent applicant agrees that any cost incurred by MainPower in carrying out the work in connection with the consent may be charged to the consent holder and payable to MainPower.
  19. Failure to comply with the consent conditions may incur further costs for the applicant and/or withdrawal of the consent.
  20. At no time does MainPower accept liability for the actions or inactions of the applicant or any persons covered under the consent.
  21. The consent holder will be liable for all repair and restoration costs for any damage to any MainPower asset.
  22. If the information provided by the consent applicant is incorrect and as a result damage is suffered, the consent applicant will cover all costs of repairing that damage and any claims by third parties arising from that damage, and to indemnify and keep indemnified MainPower New Zealand Limited against such damage and claims, including consequential damage and legal and other costs associated with the same.




[1] Competent – An employee is deemed to be competent when they can demonstrate to their employer, at any time, that they have the necessary knowledge, skills and experience to carry out the work safely and to the standards used by the employer. Where qualifications, certificates, and/or licences are a legal pre-requisite for determining competence, such qualifications, certificates, and/or licences shall be held.

[2] Safety Observer – A person on site assigned the sole role of observing and warning against unsafe approach to live power lines, cables or equipment. The safety observer must be competent in the identification and control of the potential hazards of the work they are observing, and be able to effectively warn persons being observed.

The WorkSafe Guide for Safety with Underground Services sets out agreed work methods and preferred work practices for the location and excavation of underground services. The guide may be downloaded here.