In order to deliver energy safely and securely to the people of Waikato, WEL sometimes requires access to private land.

What is an easement?

An easement is a registered legal agreement which provides WEL with the right to have and operate electricity equipment on private land, and gain access to it for inspection, maintenance or repair. 

At the same time, an easement protects landowners, ensuring WEL acknowledges ownership and responsibility for the equipment, and will minimise and reinstate any damage to their land.

If an easement is required, here’s how it works:

Step one:

WEL will provide an easement agreement to the landowner which shows the route of the proposed network (reticulation) and easement area.

Step two:

Once the easement agreement has been signed and payment for the work made, the work can be completed. 

Step three:

After installation is complete the equipment is surveyed and identified on a plan by a surveyor.  The surveyor then deposits the plan with Land Information New Zealand.

Step four:

WEL arranges for the easement instrument (for registration) to be prepared and sent to the landowner’s solicitor for signing by the landowner.

Step five:

The easement is registered on the Record of Title to the land by the landowner’s solicitor.

View WEL Networks standard easement terms.