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 legal agreement which provides WEL with the right to operate electricity equipment and provides access for any inspection, maintenance or repairs. At the same time, an easement protects landowners, ensuring WEL minimises and reinstates any damage to 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 the work can be completed. After installation is complete the reticulation is surveyed and identified on a plan by a surveyor.
  • Step Three: The surveyor registers (deposits) the plan with Land Information New Zealand.
  • Step Four: WEL forwards the new easement (instrument) to the landowner’s solicitor for signing by the landowner.
  • Step Five: The easement is registered on the certificate of title of the land by the landowner’s solicitor.

View WEL Networks easement terms