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Who's afraid of the dark? Transpower New Zealand Ltd

Luke, Belinda G., Kearins, Kate , & Verreynne, Martie-Louise (2010) Who's afraid of the dark? Transpower New Zealand Ltd. Business Case Journal, 17(2), pp. 84-97.

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Abstract

On 12 June 2006, the lights went out in New Zealand’s largest city and major commercial centre, Auckland. Business was disrupted and many thousands of people inconvenienced. The unscheduled power cut was the latest in a series of electric power problems in New Zealand over the past decade. Attention turned to state-owned enterprise [SOE] Transpower, which was in charge of maintaining and developing New Zealand’s national electricity grid. The problem of 12 June was traced to two shackles in poor condition, small but essential parts of the electricity grid infrastructure. Closer examination of New Zealand’s electricity sector indicated these shackles were merely the tip of a power supply iceberg. Transpower’s Chief Executive, Ralph Craven, was now answerable to the Prime Minister for the issues creating the problems, and a workable solution to fix them. Transpower Chief Executive Ralph Craven needed to produce answers that went well beyond the problem of the two faulty shackles. The power crisis had brought to the fore wider issues of roles, responsibilities, and expectations in relation to the supply of electric power in New Zealand. Transpower was contending with these issues on a daily basis; however, the incident on 12 June publicly highlighted the urgent need for solutions that served the stakeholders in this critical industry.

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ID Code: 39030
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: All cases and teaching notes accepted for publication in the 'Business Case Journal' are subject to editorial review as well as to a triple-blind review process
Keywords: Transpower, State owned enterprise, Public sector management, Accountability
ISSN: 1937-8459
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > ACCOUNTING AUDITING AND ACCOUNTABILITY (150100) > Accounting Auditing and Accountability not elsewhere classified (150199)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLITICAL SCIENCE (160600) > New Zealand Government and Politics (160608)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Accountancy
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 by the Society for Case Research
Deposited On: 08 Dec 2010 08:20
Last Modified: 11 Aug 2011 04:05

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