Power Grid | Te Pūkawe Hiko Matua o Aotearoa
A primer on New Zealand’s electricity transmission grid.
This video describes how electrical energy is distributed from power plants to homes and businesses in New Zealand. This is a background information resource and does not include any demonstrations.
Te Reo Māori Version
This short video provides background for the hydroelectric generator, wind generator, and Bicycle Generator videos.
The electricity distribution grid in New Zealand is run by a state-owned company called Transpower. Their web page can provide a lot of information for keen students, and electricity transmission grids here and elsewhere are based on a lot of good physics. The Cook Strait cable for example has a lot of interesting physics behind it.
Individual teachers are responsible for safety in their own classes. Even familiar demonstrations should be practised and safety-checked by individual teachers before they are used in a classroom.
This teaching resource was developed by the Te Reo Māori Physics Project with support from
- Te Puni Kōkiri
- The MacDiarmid Institute
- Faculty of Science, Victoria University of Wellington
- School of Chemical and Physical Sciences, Victoria University of Wellington
- The New Zealand map shown on the poster frame above is used with permission from www.nz.com.