Power poles have been steadily disappearing in Pakuranga over the last few months, as work on the AECT/Vector undergrounding programme nears completion.

A total of 436 poles and 15 km of overhead lines have been removed as part of the conversion to a new underground electricity network in the area. The project is expected to be completed by the end of December with new footpaths and street lights in place.

AECT Chairman, William Cairns said one of the ways the AECT makes a real difference to Aucklanders’ lives is by supporting Vector’s programme to replace power poles with underground cables. Through an agreement with Vector, $130 million has been invested in the programme since it commenced.

The Pakuranga project commenced in January this year and completes earlier undergrounding in the Pakuranga area, resulting in the area between Pakuranga Road and Te Rakau Drive being fully undergrounded.

Mr Cairns said he was delighted with feedback from local residents who were pleased with their new look streets.