A recent fire in a bamboo shelter belt is a clear demonstration of what can happen when vegetation gets into our lines.


Top Energy Chief Executive is emphatic about the risk burning trees pose to the community and the electricity network.  “They can carry electrical current and are clearly hazardous to people and property.”


Bamboo is a particular concern for Top Energy and is grown widely in northland as shelter belts.


“Tree owners are responsible for ensuring their trees do not interfere with the power lines. They carry full legal and cost liability for any safety incident or damage they cause,” Mr Shaw says.

“Our involvement is limited to supporting tree owners to make good decisions regarding hazard elimination and to meet their compliance obligations.  “People who don’t manage their trees in proximity to our power lines, create widespread outages and long delays in power restoration, for which they potentially carry liability.”


Call us on 0800 867 363 if you want more information on management of trees around lines or go to

For more information please contact:

Philippa White / 021-2418740