So to cut a long story short, a colleague had an issue with power line clash which ultimately caused blow-outs in the house.
She's spoken with the electricity provider (and her normal electrician) and they are saying that she is responsible for the maintenance/replacement of the section of lines that cross her property - they are only responsible for the lines from the pole to the boundary of the property. The recommendation is to contact the insurance company to help pay towards their repair/replacement.
I was always under the impression that the electricity provider (or lines company) are responsible for everything up to the meter - presumably also the meter. She is responsible for grounds maintenance to ensure that no trees etc come into contact with the lines therefore taking reasonable steps to "protect" the lines from the pole.
She has been told that there was a law change in the 90s that changed this "ownership". There does not appear to be any information on this on the Wellington Electricity website (that I could find).
Can anyone shed information on this - has it happened to you?
Thanks in advance.