NEW ZEALAND-Smart meters refusal urged

Otago Daily Times

Smart meters refusal urged

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About 20 people at a public meeting in Oamaru last night were urged to consider refusing to have smart meters on electricity supplies to their homes.

The meeting is the first of two this week and was called by a group of Oamaru residents concerned about the introduction of smart meters for electricity consumers starting next month by Meridian Energy, but to be followed by other electricity retailers.

The meeting was chaired by Oamaru man Rob Hutchins, who established the Electro-sensitivity Trust in New Zealand.

Meridian plans to install smart meters for about 8500 customers on Network Waitaki, which stretches from Shag Point to the Waitaki River and inland to the Hakataramea Valley and Ohau.

Smart meters send information to the electricity retailer using microwave frequencies, which some research says harms people and the environment.

Electricity retailers say there is no credible research in New Zealand or internationally that supports that. Last night, Mr Hutchins produced reports and research from two boxes of information and outlined the effects these had identified.

”There is a huge amount of research from independent researchers that says they (smart meters) cannot be considered to be safe and may be harmful,” he said.

Smart meters were being foisted on people without their informed consent. The meeting had a list of websites, DVDs and research people could access to get information on the effects of smart meters to make an informed decision on whether to accept them.

There was also a form letter they could send to their electricity retailers and Network Waitaki refusing to have a smart meter.

They were advised to keep a paper trail of their refusal and follow that up with phone calls to ensure it was recorded against their account.

A second public meeting will be held at the Oamaru Club on Sunday at 1pm.

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COMMENT

Smart meter refusal urged

I moved to NZ to get away from smart meters. In Australia some people have had very adverse health issues after smart meters were installed in their homes. I know of people who have moved live in caravans and also had to move interstate to get away from their influence because their lives had become unlivable. Some people don’t seem to suffer ill effects but there are some who show a sensitivity to microwave radiation, but that does not mean that it is not having an effect on everyone.

In Australia many people refused to have them and put locks on their meter cabinets. They were told by the electricity companies that they had to have them, that it was the law, which was untrue, and that if they didn’t comply they would have their electricity supply cut off, which was illegal. In other words, they were bullied. As I have a chronic illness I wasn’t prepared to take the risk. I put a lock on my meter board for over two years and withstood their pressure as did many others.

This proposal seems to me to be for the electricity company to lower their costs; in my experience they do not seem to care for the people who have suffered ill effects.

Stand firm and oppose this proposal.