Telecommunications tower on Mt Putauaki to be removed

28 July 2017

Transpower confirmed today that work to decommission and remove its telecommunications tower and associated facilities on top of Mt Putauaki will start early August (weather permitting).

The old radio communications site which was relocated to Putauaki over 20 years ago is no longer required and therefore will be removed from the mountain top together with the associated building.  The tower, one of two on the mountain, is located on the western peak.

Transpower’s Corporate Communications Manager, Rebecca Wilson, said that the project team had been working with the owner of the land, Nga Maunga Kaitiaki Trust Board, and the local iwi, including Ngāti Awa and Ngāti Tuwharetoa Bay of Plenty to plan for the culturally safe decommissioning and removal of the assets.

“It’s been important for us to work closely with the mana whenua and the landowner to ensure we preserve respect for the maunga given the site is within a waahi tapu area. We are appreciative of their assistance and advice in ensuring a smooth decommissioning process, while respecting the cultural requirements of the area.”

“Given this, the equipment will be removed entirely by helicopter to keep disturbance of the wider area to a minimum and minimise disruption to the surrounding vegetation,“ she said.

The work is scheduled to begin within the next month and will take until December to complete. People in the area may notice increased helicopter activity in the area while this mahi is being undertaken.


For further information, please contact:

Rebecca Wilson, Corporate Communications Manager, 021 578 608


Putauaki Decommissioning Work [ pdf 438.81 KB ]