Paua to the People offers our customers the choice of two tariffs (Cheap As and Simple As). Both are super cheap because they are based on passing through the wholesale costs of supplying your home with electricity.



Cheap As Tariff

The Cheap As tariff gives you access to wholesale electricity rates for a small administration charge.


In New Zealand you have the following GST Exclusive costs to get electricity to your property.


Generation (per kWh)

The Cheap As tariff links the cost of generating your electricity to the New Zealand Wholesale electricity market. This means that the rate you will pay will vary every 30 minutes based on the supply and demand for electricity. This means that some weeks you will pay more than other weeks but on average means that you will pay so much less that you would with other electricity retailers.


Distribution (per kWh and a daily charge)

The company that maintains all the wires in the Wellington region is Wellington Electricity. They are responsible for keeping the electricity flowing to your property and if things go wrong and you are without power, they are who retailers will send out to get it sorted. The Distributor charges a daily and a per kWh charge.


Metering (daily charge)

The meter in your property is owned and operated by a Metering Equipment Provider. They are responsible for collecting the daily reads from your meter and supplying it to us. There is a daily charge for metering.


EA Levy (per kWh Charge)

A small per kWh charge is levied by the regulator (Electricity Authority) to cover their costs.


Administration (per kWh and a daily charge)

To give you access to wholesale electricity rates, Paua to the People adds a small charge. For low users we add a per kWh charge while for standard users we add a daily and per kWh charge.


Charges are based on your meter. If you are unsure of your meter type please check your current bill or email us at ask@pauatothepeople.co.nz.

Please note that daily charges are per ICP so a meter with more than one register still only pays a single daily charge.

UNCONTROLLED Generation
 Distribution
per Day
Distribution
per kWh 
Metering
per Day 
 EA Levy
per kWh
Admin
per Day 
Admin
per kWh 
 Low User
 Spot Rate
 $0.15 $0.1158$0.15  $0.0013
$0.00 
$0.03 
 Standard
 Spot Rate
 $1.10 $0.0725 $0.22 $0.0013 $0.37 $0.01
INCLUSIVE Generation
Distribution
per Day
Distribution
per kWh 
Metering
per Day 
EA Levy
per kWh
Admin
per Day
Admin
per kWh 
 Low User Spot Rate $0.15 $0.0929 $0.15 $0.0013 $0.00$0.03 
 Standard Spot Rate $1.10 $0.0499 $0.22 $0.0013 $0.37 $0.01
CONTROLLED Generation
Distribution
per Day
Distribution
per kWh 
Metering
per Day 
EA Levy
per kWh
Admin
per Day
Admin
per kWh 
Low User  Spot Rate $0.15 $0.0558 $0.15 $0.0013 $0.00$0.03 
Standard  Spot Rate $1.10 $0.0222 $0.22 $0.0013 $0.37 $0.01
NIGHTGeneration
Distribution
per Day
Distribution
per kWh 
Metering
per Day 
EA Levy
per kWh
Admin
per Day
Admin
per kWh 
Low User  Spot Rate $0.15 $0.0189 $0.15 $0.0013 $0.00$0.03 
Standard  Spot Rate $1.10 $0.0173 $0.22 $0.0013 $0.37 $0.01

If you have an electric vehicle and register it with Wellington Electricity, ALL your kW used between 9pm and 7am will cost.

 Electric Vehicle
Night Rates
 Generation
Distribution
per Day
Distribution
per kWh 
Metering
per Day 
EA Levy
per kWh
Admin
per Day
Admin
per kWh 
 Low User Spot Rate $0.15 $0.0189 $0.15 $0.0013 $0.00$0.03 
 Standard Spot Rate $1.10 $0.0173 $0.22 $0.0013 $0.37 $0.01


Is a Spot Market Tariff right for you?

Cheap As is designed to give you access to wholesale electricity pricing to enable you to get the cheapest electricity rates. There is some risk to purchasing on the NZ Wholesale Electricity Market as prices vary every 30 minutes and can vary widely. There will be some days or weeks every year where you may have paid less with a set tariff - however for most weeks throughout the year you will definitely be paying substantially less on a spot market tariff.


To make customers aware of the potential risks of purchasing your electricity from the NZ Wholesale Electricity market the Electricity Association operates a regieme called stress testing. You can find out more about this on the Electricity Association's website at; www.ea.govt.nz/operations/wholesale/spot-pricing/stress-tests.



Simple As Tariff

Our Simple As tariff is also really cheap and like Cheap As passes on the wholesale costs of supplying your home with electricity. However, to keep it simple we set the cost of supplying your electricity every month to closely match the expected wholesale rates. This means that Simple As customers know exactly how much each unit of electricity will cost them regardless of the day or time of day.


Prices for Simple As include a daily rate and a per kWh rate.


Contact us at ask@pauatothepeople.co.nz to find out our current rates.