• 1989

    Electricity reforms to commercialise power boards.

    Power consumers in Tairāwhiti engaged with 70% favouring a community trust ownership model.

    Trust Tairāwhiti – first known as the Eastland Energy Community Trust – was established following electricity reforms in the early 1990s.

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  • 1993

    Eastland Energy Ltd was formed gaining assets of Poverty Bay Electric Power Board. $20m equity retained in region through Eastland Energy Community Trust.

  • 1998

    Reform requiring power companies to separate retail and lines businesses. Eastland Energy became Eastland Network and the retail energy business was sold.

  • 1999

    Eastland Network expanded its generation business with the purchase of the 5MW Waihi Power Station.

  • 2003

    The Trust bought Port Gisborne from GDC for $16m. Eastland Infrastructure Limited (EIL) was set up to manage the network and port companies.

    In its first decade, the Trust assets grew from $20m to $77m.

    EIL was renamed Eastland Group Limited in 2010.

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  • 2004

    Eastland Energy Community Trust becomes Eastland Community Trust(ECT)

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  • 2005

    Eastland Group takes over the management of Gisborne Airport from GDC.

  • 2010

    Eastland Infrastructure Limited became Eastland Group Limited. Around the same time, they also purchased a geothermal power station and set up Eastland Generation Ltd.