99 Hobson

Moving the power pole - 13-14 June

As luck would have it, a power pole was located just inside our boundary on the Hobson Street side. These sorts of installations are permitted to be on your land under the Electricity Act 1992, but they can be moved at your own expense, subject to the Act's conditions (Section 35).

We had been in touch with Wellington Electricity since late 2014, to try and determine what was possible and what it might involve. It surprised us to learn they are a private company owned by a Hong Kong group who contracts to the Council. Don't know if this is why they are so difficult to deal with (and everyone who deals with them says the same thing), but if you are having problems, get on the web and find someone to escalate to. Note to WE: Room for improvement guys, seems like you're a brake on the efficiency of the local economy!

The pole supplied our neighbours and NZTA traffic boxes (also located on our site). We wanted to get the pole and lines off the property, and if we were going to the trouble to move it, chose to place the pole a bit more out of the way.

The price from WE was nearly $9,000, so it’s not a cheap exercise. It would have been ideal to put the cables underground, but this would have involved digging up Tinakori Road and Hobson Street – rough estimates for this were two to three times more!

Power pole relocation

The Connetics team

New power pole

Power services moved - telco to come

Tender process - June

We suspect professionals who are tendering for construction all the time would probably request tender prices to be broken down against specific areas, to make comparison easier, but we didn’t do this. Instead, we entered all the tender submissions into a spread sheet, which allowed us to group and sum items from each builder to compare ‘apples with apples’. The effort of entering the data made later work much easier.

While tenders were being worked on, we reference checked the builders. We wanted at least three references for each. It’s good to choose referees with projects that are similar to your own, if you can.

These are the things we asked during reference checks – skip questions if the referee has already covered the topic and enquire further about any areas that catch your attention:

  • What was your project?
  • What services did he/she provide?
  • How did you find him/her to work with?
  • How involved were you in the build?
  • How did he/she communicate with you during the project?
  • What challenges, problems or surprises did you encounter, and how did he/she handle these?
  • What was the quality of the team and subcontractors?
  • Were there any particular problems with the quality of work?
  • Were there any problems with the budget or timeframe?
  • How well did the initial estimates match the actual costs?
  • How accessible and reliable was he/she?
  • What are his/her strengths and weaknesses?
  • Having been through the build, is there anything you would do differently?
  • Would you use him/her again?
  • Anything else you’d like to say or that we should know?

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