Orion New Zealand Limited

Orion New Zealand Limited
Industry Electricity distribution
Predecessor Southpower
Founded December 1998 (December 1998)
Headquarters Christchurch, New Zealand
Key people Geoff Vazey, acting CEO
Website www.oriongroup.co.nz

Orion New Zealand Limited (Orion) is an electricity distribution company, based in Christchurch, New Zealand.[1]

The company was formed under its current name in December 1998.[2] Orion is owned by Christchurch City Council (89%) and Selwyn District Council (11%).[3] In 2009, Orion posted a $50m profit, with $44m in dividends going to the shareholding councils.[4]

Orion has over 14,000 km of lines and cables, delivering 3,325 GWh pa to 186,000 customer connections.[5] Its last CEO was Roger Sutton, who resigned to become CEO of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority on 13 June 2011.[6]



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