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Electricians in Gore

The town of Gore in Southland New Zealand lies at the centre of a rich agricultural sector, and is the main service centre for the region. Almost all the trades people in the region live and work out of the town, and for the electricians this is definitely the case.

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The electricians customer base includes homeowners, builders, business owners, factory owners, councils and farmers. Being a small town means that Gore electricians need to be able to service all the sectors, and for them to work is extremely varied and interesting. Anybody needing an electrician in 2017 will not consult the Yellow Pages but will instead do a simple Google search 4 electrician Gore, and they can expect that the electricians they find in their search will almost certainly be able to address their problem. The truth is that in a town like Gore that is relatively isolated then all the trades people must be self sufficient and able to solve any problem that comes up, is it is simply impractical and costly to bring tradespeople from the adjacent largest cities.

A Gore electrician could find themselves working on an emergency milk vat repair for a desperate dairy farmer, and then moving on to wire up a new implement shed for another farmer, all in the space of a busy day. The very next day but same electrician could be repairing an electrical fault for a worried homeowner, and could be repairing a large electric motor in a local Factory for an equally worried factory manager. Electricians in small towns need to be a jack of all trades, and while they’re prices may not be as high as electricians can charge in larger sentence, they should still have a lucrative business and occupy a well-respected niche in the local community.

Electricians often deal with complex Electrical problems and issues, and to attack these problems they will need a lot of experience, plus they will need to call on their qualifications and any reference material they have for working on a particular equipment or insulation that is causing the problem. Often they can be regarded by their customers in much the same light as the local GP is regarded, and their repair expertise can be seen as vital as a GP’s especially when a manufacturing line has been shut down or a milk vet is not calling milk quick enough. The local electrician in a small town such as Gore will have worked on almost all of the electrical equipment and all the businesses over the years, and will be well known to the business owners and held in high regard in the community.

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Drainlaying in New Zealand

Drainlaying is any work that involves either installing altering or repairing a drain, and this includes joining a drain to an existing onsite wastewater system. It almost always involves work inside a property boundary, and any work on drains outside the property boundary is not legally drainlaying.

In New Zealand it is regarded as a technical trade, and is closely regulated to make sure that only qualified and experienced people are responsible for work. New Zealand has 4 different licence categories, what’s the highest category being a certifying drainlayer. These people are both fully qualified and registered, and they are responsible for making certain that their own work and the work of anyone that they supervise is done in a competent and safe manner.

The next category is the tradesman who is also qualified and registered, and although they generally work independently their work must always be approved and supervised by a certified drainlayer. The third category is the journeyman, who is registered and authorised to work but must be supervised and have their work approved. The last category is called a limited certificate trainee, with these people working to get qualified, and needing their work supervised and approved at all times.

Drainlaying is one of the skilled trades in New Zealand that is experiencing labour shortages, and this is due to the line number of apprentices coming through and the boom in construction. It generally involves a lot of hard manual work, and it is likely that this turns off a number of potential recruits.

However drainlaying can be a reasonably lucrative career once qualified and certified, and an employee can easily earn over $45,000 per annum. The sector in New Zealand is largely unappreciated, until there is a health emergency on someone’s property, and at that point the humble worker can take on the image of Superman.

Successful drainlayers Christchurch have to love the work, and for most if not all the simple fact that they provide an absolutely vital public health service can make this work deeply satisfying. While there is often a hard manual labour components to the work, there is a high degree of technical competence required in order to ensure the drains have the correct slope, are correctly bedded and are correctly fitted. Drains should last for the life of the property if properly installed.

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Renewable Energy in New Zealand

Around 80% of all the electricity generated in New Zealand is from renewable energy sources, mainly hydro and geothermal although there is some wind energy. Around 40% of all the energy consumed in New Zealand comes from renewable resources.

If New Zealand was to convert to 100% renewable energy for electricity and transport, then this would require the replacement of coal fired and oil and gas fired power stations with a renewable alternative and it would require the replacement of all transport with electric vehicles. While this is no mean feat, it is actually plausible in the relatively near future if we take into account some overseas developments that are happening very rapidly.

The coal and gas fired power stations are there primarily to supply peak load and as backup when the available hydropower is restricted after a large scale drought in the South Island for example. Overseas there are new utility scale solar plants coming online at a price point less then the ongoing cost of keeping existing coal and gas fired power stations going, and this is definitely a possibility for New Zealand.

Another trend overseas is the development of large-scale utility battery storage solutions which are used primarily to defer network expansion to cope with larger day to day peaks. Battery storage costs significantly less and is significantly faster to install then the equivalent network upgrade.

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Any transition to electric vehicles in New Zealand will require beefing up the electrical network to cope with the increased electricity demand, although the fact that most EV charging will occur overnight means that the electrical network can largely cope with the increased demand. A rapid transition to electric vehicles will  will be inevitable once fully autonomous electric vehicles arrive on your shores,  as these vehicles will be probably 10 times safer on the road then human driven vehicles,  and when operated in a fleet will be probably 10 times cheaper to use as a service then buying and maintaining a new or used vehicle. This technology wave is imminent and could be starting to take hold in New Zealand by the year 2019 or 2020.  Some expert predictions are that  internal combustion engine vehicles will be completely off the road by the Year 2030. At this point New Zealand will probably have 90% of all it’s energy being renewable.

 

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