Network Tasman Trust’s annual distribution to consumers

Each December the Network Tasman Trust makes a tax and GST free distribution to consumers connected to Network Tasman Limited’s network.

After many years of posting out cheques to our beneficiaries, we will now pay this money to you as a credit on your power bill for the second time – probably before Christmas depending on your billing cycle.


In 2019, all eligible customers will receive a credit on their power bill for their share of a tax-free distribution to beneficiaries from Network Tasman Trust’s accumulated funds.  To qualify for the payment, customers must have been connected to the Network Tasman distribution system at midnight on Thursday 14 November 2019.  The total amount to be distributed is approximately $3 million.  Most consumers will receive $80.00.  Eligible customers will receive this credit regardless of who their retail power supplier is. 

Some customers think if they switch retailer they will no longer get a distribution credit, but this is not the case as the distribution comes from Network Tasman Trust not the retailer.

To be eligible for the distribution a customer must have a permanent metered connection to Network Tasman’s electricity distribution system as at midnight 14 November 2019.  The distribution applies to eligible customers as at this point in time rather than over the past year. Check if you are eligible here.


The distribution applies to all eligible customers as at midnight 14 November 2019.  In terms of eligibility, all customers must satisfy the following criteria to be eligible:

  1. Not Disconnected
  2. Meters Not Removed
  3. Not Vacant
  4. No Temporary Boxes
  5. No Streetlights
  6. No Electric Fences
  7. Not a Child Account (ie split account not carrying the line charge)

In other words – an eligible customer is as follows:

  • The customer responsible for paying the line charge as at midnight 14 November2019.
  • The meters are not removed and the installation is neither disconnected nor vacant.
  • This therefore excludes customers in a property with meters removed or where the power has been disconnected prior to midnight 14 November 2019.
  • This also excludes customers in installations where the line charge is paid for by another account (so-called split accounts or child accounts).
  • And finally, it also excludes customers who have requested a final reading to be taken on or before midnight 14 November 2019.

If you have not received this credit by your January account and believe you are eligible, please contact: 0800 827 878


Frequently Asked Questions

Who is Network Tasman Trust?

Network Tasman Trust is an Electricity Consumer Investment Trust.  The Trustees hold shares in Network Tasman Limited in accordance with the Trust Deed.

What is the Network Tasman Trust distribution?

A distribution of surplus accumulated Trust funds.

Where have the accumulated funds come from?

Dividends received prior to 31 March 2019 by the Trust as shareholders of Network Tasman Limited and interest from investments.

How much am I entitled to receive?


Does everyone get the same distribution?


Do I have to pay GST or Income Tax on this payment?

No, this payment is exempt from all taxes.


I live in Nelson city, do I get a distribution too?

Only customers connected to Network Tasman’s network get a Network Tasman Trust distribution.  This includes Stoke, Tahunanui and Atawhai, but not other parts of the city central.

Who is entitled to receive this distribution?

Basically, all permanent metered connections to the Network Tasman distribution system as at midnight on 14 November 2019 are eligible.  For further information see the eligibility section or refer to the Network Tasman Trust Secretary’s office.

Will it affect my benefit?

No, it is not income for benefit or tax purposes.

Why isn’t the distribution apportioned or offered on a pro rata basis?

The distribution is provided by Network Tasman Trust at a set point in time and any customers affected eg.  by house sales, should make their own apportionment arrangements.  For further information, please contact the Network Tasman Trust Secretary’s office.

I sold my house before the cut off date.  Will I get a distribution?

Eligible customers whose name is on the power accounts as at the cut-off date will receive a distribution.  Any apportionment in these or any other circumstances is the responsibility of the interested parties and not Network Tasman Trust.

Timing and Payment

When do we get our distribution credit?

Most people will receive their credit on their December bill before Christmas.  But this will depend on your billing cycle.   The Network Tasman Trust Secretary’s office will reopen after New Year on 13 January 2020 if you have any questions. 

How often will we get a distribution credit?

At present the Trust is making a distribution credit annually.

Do I get a choice of a cheque or a credit on my power bill?

No, Network Tasman Trust is making a distribution by credit on your power bill only.

What do I do if I didn’t receive my credit?

If your credit has not shown on either your December or your January bill, please phone 0800 827 878 and it will be arranged for the Network Tasman Trust Secretary’s office to contact you when it reopens on 13 January 2020.

Indemnity Forms (PDFs)

For more information

Marina Buonocore
The Secretary
Network Tasman Trust
C/- Craig Anderson Ltd
270A Queen Street, Richmond, Nelson

PO Box 3115, Richmond 7050, Nelson

Telephone:  64 3 544 6179

Fax:  64 3 544 5979