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Wairere Power Station

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Located on Mokau river, Wairere Power Station began generating hydroelectricity in 1925. The scheme has an average annual output of 17 GWh and a maximum capacity of 4.5 GWh. Wairere Power Station is owned by King Country Energy (KCE), and operation of the scheme has been contracted out to Trustpower.

At a Glance


Commissioned 1925

Max Capacity 4.5 MW

Annual output 17 GWh

The Wairere Power Station consists of two powerhouses, one commissioned in 2014, and another built in the 1980s which houses the new main turbine.

Environment and recreation

KCE undertake extensive fish monitoring and fish passage development. These programs are required under their current resource consent, and this has led KCE to become an expert in effective simple fish transfer systems.

During a typical spring, more than 500 migrating eels successfully bypass KCE stations, using the fish passages KCE has built. These eels migrate to the oceans where their young (elvers) are born.

Following birth, the elvers begin migrating back up the rivers through the upstream passages. Each year more than 220,000 elvers safely move upstream past the KCE power stations.

Wairere Power Station
Wairere Power Station


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