New power trust chairman looking forward to role

Recently elected Waitaki Power Trust chairman John Clements is excited about his new role. PHOTO:...
Recently elected Waitaki Power Trust chairman John Clements is excited about his new role. PHOTO: DANIEL BIRCHFIELD
Newly elected Waitaki Power Trust chairman John Clements is grateful to have been given the chance to give back to the industry he has spent most of his life in.

In fact, it could be said electricity flows through his veins.

A former one-term trustee of the 100% consumer-owned trust, he considered it a ‘‘privilege and an honour’’ to be elected to head up the 12th trust.

‘‘The electrical industry has been very good to me and I look forward to being able to put back something into it via the trust.’’

Mr Clements started as an electrical apprentice in 1969 and also worked as an electrician for the Dunedin City Council’s electricity department until 1977, when he moved to Oamaru after taking up a position with the then Waitaki Power Board.

He established his own business, Clements Electrical Ltd, at Alma near Oamaru, in 1998.

He said Network Waitaki was in a better position to deliver a reliable service than other lines companies.

‘‘Looking around our neighbouring networks, Network Waitaki can be proud to have a safe, reliable electricity network which through good stewardship has left us in a good position to face the challenges that the industry is going to throw at us in the next 10 to 15 years, be it wind, solar, electric vehicles or others.’’

New trustee Doreen Cleave replaced the retiring Tony Brady on the trust, which also includes Dr Helen Brookes, Jock Webster, Herb Tonkin and secretary Faye Ormandy.

daniel.birchfield@odt.co.nz

 

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