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King Country Energy Appoints New Director

Today we announce that Robert Carter, Trustee of the King Country Trust, has stepped down as director of King Country Energy after 8 years serving in the role.Jo Bransgrove - Trustee of the King Country Trust based in Omori – was appointed in his place to fill the role of King Country Trust’s board member for King Country Energy.Jo is an active leader in the King Country community, also serving as Chair of Pihanga Health in Tūrangi and Chair of Amplify - the economic development agency...

March 20, 2024

King Country Energy announce new director

Today we announce that Catherine Thompson, general manager of regulatory and risk at Manawa Energy, stepped down as director of KCE on 29 September 2023. Todd Mead, General Manager – Generation for Manawa Energy, will be stepping into the role, bringing with him over 25 years of management and technical experience in the renewable energy industry. Todd has led teams developing new renewable energy projects, managed O&M activities, and has overseen major r...

October 4, 2023

More consents, less hydro renewable electricity investment under RMA reforms

The Government’s RMA reforms will trap small hydroelectricity generators in an endless and costly consenting loop and lead to less investment in hydro renewable electricity generation, according to King Country Energy (KCE) general manager Chris Fincham.“We are one of the operators of the numerous small hydro schemes around the country who connect to local electricity networks, not the national grid, and supply electricity to households around New Zealand,” says Chris.KCE is based in Tauma...

May 3, 2023

King Country Energy announces two new directors

King Country Energy (KCE) has today announced the appointment of two new additions to its Board of Directors.Phil Wiltshire of Manawa Energy has joined the Board effective 1 February 2023, following Chair Kevin Palmer stepping down on 31 January.General Manager of King Country Energy, Chris Fincham, acknowledges the significant contribution Palmer made during his five year tenure on the Board.“With over 25 years’ experience in the energy industry, Kevin’s deep knowledge of the sector allow...

February 3, 2023

KCE renews sponsorship of Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter and the Grassroots Trust Rescue Helicopter

The Philips Search and Rescue Trust rescue helicopters provide a vital service to the communities they serve, and so we are pleased to announce KCE has signed up to continue our sponsorship of the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter and the Grassroots Trust Rescue Helicopter for the next three years.Our sponsorship of these two helicopters covers all five of our hydropower scheme areas, and having been a sponsor since 2013 we’re excited to see the positive impact we can continue to make acr...

January 31, 2023

Change of Directors announced for King Country Energy

King Country Energy (KCE) has today announced the appointment of Rob Buchanan to its Board of Directors, effective 1 September 2022. Buchanan will replace Peter Calderwood on the KCE Board. Calderwood steps down following his departure from Manawa Energy (formerly Trustpower) in January. He has held the role since March 2018. “Calderwood’s wealth of experience across the energy sector has been invaluable to King Country Energy over his four years as a member of the Board,” says Chairman of...

September 5, 2022

KCE and local pest management group trap unprecedented number of pests at Lake Kuratau

A new trapline near Lake Kuratau set up by King Country Energy (KCE) and the Omori Kuratau Pest Management Group (OKPMG) has captured an unprecedented number of pests in just three months. The new trapline is intended to capture possums, stoats, rats and mice that both compete with native wildlife for food and habitat and prey on them. It runs through a forestry block around the southern part of Lake Kuratau, above the Kuratau Power Station owned by KCE. “Usually a new trapline takes about a m...

February 4, 2022

King Country Energy sponsors second rescue helicopter

King Country Energy (KCE) is extending its sponsorship of the rescue helicopter to service more people around the North Island. KCE has been an associate sponsor of the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter since 2013. It will now sponsor a second helicopter, the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter, based further down the country servicing the Manawatu-Whanganui region. Both fall under the Philips Search and Rescue Trust umbrella. KCE General Manager, Chris Fincham, says the company is proud to suppo...

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