Story: South Canterbury region

Supplying hydroelectricity

From the 1960s, the Mackenzie Basin became New Zealand’s most important supplier of hydroelectricity. Lakes Tekapo and Pūkaki now hold about 50% of the country’s hydroelectric storage. This map shows the completion date and capacity of the eight power stations in the Waitaki River catchment.

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John Wilson, 'South Canterbury region - Mackenzie Country', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 September 2020)

Story by John Wilson, updated 1 Feb 2017