An article from the Kapiti Independent News site follows. The question of putting the power cables underground through Waikanae in conjunction with the Expressway work has been an issue, see earlier posts. We weren’t surprised with Transpower’s intransigence about keeping them above ground.
Unwanted pollution in Peka Peka
About 30 months ago Transpower grit blasted the pylons on our property, and all the pylons on the Haywards A&B line to Bunnythorp.
They in effect striped the galvanized skin off the pylons and spread heavy metals all over the countryside.
According to the Greater Wellington Regional Council permit, they were not allowed to drop any of this stuff onto water ways –- rivers, streams, creeks and swamps.
However, it seems private property does not get the same protection?