About us

king country energy

KCE has literally been the power behind our community – in one form or another – for more than 50 years.  And, with around 18,000 customers, we are the leading electricity retailer and generator in the King Country Region.  

KCE is a public company. Our two largest shareholders are Todd Energy Ltd (54.1%) and King Country Electric Power Trust (14.2%). The remaining shares (31.7%) are held by around 7,775 smaller shareholders, many of whom reside in the King Country area.

KCE was incorporated in 1991, taking over electricity retailing from the King Country Electric Power Board.  

We restructured in 1999 following the Electricity Industry Reform Act 1998. At that time, KCE and Waitomo Energy Services combined their assets and then split into King Country Energy Ltd (which acquired the generation and retail businesses) and The Lines Company (which acquired the electricity distribution business). KCE and the Lines Company are two totally seperate companies.

Our head office is in Taumarunui, where you will find a local welcome and local people to handle your calls and enquiries.

We generate your electricity at four local sites – Kuratau, Mokauiti, Piriaka and Wairere power stations – and at the Mangahao power station, near Shannon in the Manawatu.