Electricity Authority (New Zealand)

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Electricity Authority
Agency overview
HeadquartersLevel 7, Harbour Tower, 2 Hunter Street, Wellington
Minister responsible
Agency executive
  • James Stevenson-Wallace, Chief Executive

The New Zealand Electricity Authority (Māori: Te Mana Hiko) is an independent Crown entity responsible for the regulation of the New Zealand electricity market.[1] The Authority was established in November 2010, following a government review[2] of the electricity industry, and replaced the Electricity Commission. The Authority has a narrower focus on industry competition, reliability and efficiency than the Electricity Commission had.

The key functions performed by the Authority[3] are:

  • Registering industry participants
  • Developing and administering the Electricity Industry Participation Code
  • Monitoring and enforcing compliance with the Code
  • Acting as Market Administrator and contracting providers of market operations services
  • Facilitating market performance through information, best-practice guidelines and related services; and
  • Undertaking sector reviews

Functions that were performed by the Commission, but which are undertaken by agencies other than the Authority include:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "About us". Electricity Authority.
  2. ^ "Ministerial Review of Electricity Market performance 2009". MED. 9 December 2009.
  3. ^ "Electricity Industry Participation Code". Electricity Authority. Archived from the original on 2011-08-11.

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