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Southland Power Trust (SEPSCT)

In January 1998 the Government returned the ownership of the local electricity network to the people of Southland by establishing the Southland Electric Power Supply Consumer Trust.

The Trust holds all the shares in The Power Company Limited on behalf of consumers connected to the company’s network and distributes the benefits to these consumers.

The Government appointed the initial five Trustees, with subsequent Trustees elected by the electricity consumers.

While the Trustees do not have any direct involvement with the operation of The Power Company or PowerNet, they are responsible for appointing the Directors of The Power Company Limited, negotiating strategic direction and performance objectives with the Directors on behalf of consumers, and holding a public Annual Meeting of the Trust.

The Trustees are:

Carl Findlater, Chair

Carl Findlater

Carl was elected as a Trustee in September 2013, and has served as Chair from 2018.

He has been involved, through his career, in Heavy Industry, Education, and Compliance.

Carl splits his time between Energy Consulting and the family’s Sawmilling enterprise.  He has previously served as a Board member on the Forest Industry Training and Education Council, and Chair of the Solid Wood Processing Association.

Carl is active in community based Trusts and Clubs, and a committee member of the Invercargill Cultural Welfare Society.

Jim Hargest

Jim Hargest

Jim served as Chair from 2010 until 2018 and has been a Trustee since 2005. He is a livestock farmer in Rakahouka and was a member of the Edendale Veterinary Club for over 30 years and served 12 years on the New Zealand Executive of the Veterinary Club Movement.

He is married to Alison and they have three adult children. Jim participates in multi-sports and outdoor pursuits and is interested in family, friends, fitness and farming.

Stuart Baird

Stuart was elected as a trustee in September 2015. He is married to Sue with three children.  He is a sheep and beef farmer, farming at Aparima for over 30 years.

Stuart has served as a councillor on the Southland Regional Council and the Southland District Council and is a qualified hearing commissioner. He is also a member of the Aparima River Liaison committee.

His interests include a passion to serve his community, farming and politics and he also participates in many outdoor activities.

Stephen Canny


Stephen is a business and strategic projects group manager. He has an extensive background in business and business improvement and project management and has managed the successful completion of a range or large projects in Southland such as Southland’s Regional Energy Strategy, Southland’s Whole Community Broadband Network as well as the successful completion of major civil and mechanical engineering projects including satellite and space ground stations and terrestrial television. He also took a lead in the establishment of the SIT Velodrome.

Stephen is a member of the Institute of Directors of New Zealand and has broad experience as a Trustee and Board member, including chairman of the National Broadband Forum, chairman of Junior Worlds 2012 Limited and president of Cycling New Zealand at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) events, and has presented a numerous international conferences.

David Rose

David Rose

David was elected as a Trustee in September 2013. He farms at Northope. He is a member of Federated Farmers NZ (FFNZ) Southland executive. He has been Southland Provincial President and served seven years on FFNZ National Council. During this time he was elected a national FFNZ board member and was national spokesman for adverse events, ACC, rural security, employment, health and safety, education and local government. David has also served on the Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) Council, chaired his local Lochiel School Board of Trustees, Environment Southland’s Oreti Catchment Liasion Committee and been a trustee of the Southland Life Education Trust. His interests are a passion to serve his community, his family, farming and politics.

Strategic Plan
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