History

"Electricity had performed great wonders and has become the tireless servant of man. The welcome clean heat which the electric stove provides, is generated far from home through the waters of Lake Coleridge, but in the not too far distant future it is hoped that South Canterbury will provide its own source of generation from the unfathomed depths of the great Lake Tekapo, in the Mackenzie Country - a vast, silent body of water possessed of the almost unlimited power, and patiently awaiting the call to the service of man."

"Electricity had performed great wonders and has become the tireless servant of man. The welcome clean heat which the electric stove provides, is generated far from home through the waters of Lake Coleridge, but in the not too far distant future it is hoped that South Canterbury will provide its own source of generation from the unfathomed depths of the great Lake Tekapo, in the Mackenzie Country - a vast, silent body of water possessed of the almost unlimited power, and patiently awaiting the call to the service of man." 

This extract from the publication of the South Canterbury District Power Board November, 1923, when considered in conjunction with the present development of a chain of generating stations fed by the waters of Lake Tekapo, Pukaki and Ohau, exemplifies the foresight and judgment of those public spirited men who were the first involved in bringing power to South Canterbury.

Initial switching on dates through the boards area

1924

5th February First supply from Lake Coleridge to Timaru at 66,000 volts
December Power is made available at Timaru substation by Government

1925

March First supply to Temuka
May Geraldine
July Orari and Winchester

1926

January Milford, Clandeboye, Tripp Settlement, Speechleys Bridge, Shaws Road and Woodbury
February Waimate and Orari Dairy Factory
July Hilton and Waitohi
August Pleasant Point
November Pareora and Seadown
December Totara Valley

1927

March Gleniti line at Fairview
June Morven and Cave
October Salisbury
November St Andrews
December Springbrook

1928

February Makikihi
March Nukura
July Peel Forest Albert and Mawaro
December Mount Nessin

1929

August Otipua

1930

March Kerrytown