October 16…Take Back Your Power Marton

Marton’s Valhalla Cinema will be holding a second special community screening of the award winning documentary Take Back Your Power at 6 pm on Thurdsday October 16.

Please  bring a gold coin donation to help the organisers cover their costs.

If you have friends or family in this area, please let them know about this event so that they can make plans to attend.

Thank you.

For more information about the film, please see www.takebackyourpower.net


September 13 award-winning smart meter documentary to screen in Marton

Just a reminder that a special community screening of the award-winning smart meter documentary Take Back Your Power will take place in Marton on September 13. Full details are at this link: www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/uncategorized/award-winning-smart-meter-documentary-to-screen-in-marton-on-september-13/

If you are not in this area, you can stream or purchase the documentary from www.takebackyourpower.net

Dr. Samuel Milham presentation now online for limited time

There were some technical glitches with the opening presentation of the EMF Summit.  Consequently if you weren’t able to see Dr. Milham’s presentation you can sign up at http://www.emfsummit.com/ now and watch it for FREE for the next 48 hours or so (as of  about 6pm  on 4/9/14 NZ).

His presentation is:

  • Dirty Electricity: How We Can Co-exist With This Powerful Technology and Its Inherent Dangers 
  • Dr. Samuel Milham is the physician-epidemiologist who first alerted the world about electromagnetic exposure in various careers and the link to human disease.
  •  He was also the first person to notice the correlation between different professions, exposure to dirty electricity and certain types of cancer.

Special community screening of Take Back Your Power in Marton September 13

Just a reminder that a special community screening of the award-winning smart meter documentary Take Back Your Power will take place in Marton on September 13. Full details are at this link: www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/uncategorized/award-winning-smart-meter-documentary-to-screen-in-marton-on-september-13/

If you are not in this area, you can stream or purchase the documentary from www.takebackyourpower.net

WellFest Expo to feature talk on smart meters and health

The WellFest expos http://wellfest.co.nz/  feature a large variety of health-related exhibitors, plus food court, free seminars and a special Kids Zone with entertainers. The WellFest events are high quality events and very enjoyable.

This year’s Auckland WellFest event takes place on September 20-21.

On Saturday September 20 from 2.15 to 2.45 pm, Katherine Smith, founder of www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz will speak at WellFest’s Seminar Room 5  about smart meters and health and share vital information to help you to protect yourself and your family.




Free community screening of Beings of Frequency September 23

Beings of Frequency, the documentary that covers electromagnetic radiation and health  will screen at St Heliers Community Centre, 100St Heliers Bay Rd in Auckland on September 23 at 7pm.

Bookings are essential due to limited seating so please phone 575 6098 to book your place.

The screening is free and refreshments will be served.  The event has been organised by Paul Waddell from www.safespace.ne.nz who will be available to answer questions after the movie.

Please let family and friends in Auckland know about this event. Thank you.


You can download a poster to put up to advertise this event from the link below:




Friday August 29 is your chance to see Take Back Your Power

Just a reminder that there is a special screening of the award-winning smart meter documentary on Friday August 29 in Whakatane.  Please see this post for details: http://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/uncategorized/award-winning-smart-meter-documentary-to-screen-in-whakatane-friday-august-29/


NB: If you are not in Whakatane, you can stream it from www.takebackyourpower.net

PS:  If you are in Marton your chance to see the movie for FREE is coming on  September 13:  See: www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/uncategorized/award-winning-smart-meter-documentary-to-screen-in-marton-on-september-13/

Expert environmental lawyer Sue Grey’s presentation on wi-fi in schools now online

Expert environmental lawyer Sue Grey’s presentation on wi-fi in schools is now online.


You can see her presentation at this link:


Thank you to Sue Grey and to everyone who helped with recording and editing her presentation so it could be made available online to people who could not attend the presentation.

Award winning smart meter documentary to screen in Marton September 13

You can see the award-winning smart meter documentary Take Back Your Power in Marton for FREE on Saturday 13 September at 2pm at the Valhalla Cinema in Broadway, Marton.


If you would like to bring a donation to help cover the organisers’ expenses, this would be welcomed but there is no obligation.


Please let family and friends in this area know about this special community event.   Thank you.

Award-winning smart meter documentary to screen in Whakatane Friday August 29

Take Back Your Power, the award-winning documentary on smart meters will screen in Whakatane on Friday August 29.

Details are below:

Date: Friday 29th AUGUST
Time: 6.30-8.30pm

VENUE: Eastbay REAP, Pyne Street, Whakatane

Cost: Koha towards refreshments

Copies of DVD for sale at $16 each

Join us for an action-oriented screening of Take Back Your Power.
Come to our sparking discussion about how we can save energy, save
money and not endanger our health.


A few words of introduction about the film, written by the organiser, Pip Norvell are below:

[NB: If you would like to be in touch with the organiser, please email through the Contact form at this link  www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/contact-us/ and your email address will be passed along to her if you request this.]

is a feature length documentary from the USA about Smart Meters and takes us on a journey “investigating the erosion of rights…”  Smart Meters are electronic electricity meters that measure and record electricity consumption and transmit this information back to the retailer (reference 1 – see below for reference list), and the claim is that they will significantly reduce our impact on Climate Change, amongst other things (2).


The film has melodramatic pseudo-science moments and creepy menacing music, but don’t be misled – there is a serious case to be answered about the safety of yet another Radio Frequency EMF-emitting device attached permanently to the side of your house.

I have never given so much of my time to researching one film topic; I wanted to establish the relevence of the Smart Meter industry to a NZ audience, discovering on the way that our retailer had attached one without our consent, and despite current NZ safety guidelines (3)(4), less than one meter from a young person’s head when he sleeps.

I have been in touch with others in NZ seeking to avoid Smart Meters (5)(6), read countless scientific documents, and contacted several retailers – exposing the retailers in this situation is not my intention. They have attempted to be helpful, and stand to lose customers, possibly, through no fault of their own. They are not the ones making money from the deployment of smart meters in most cases (7). The ‘safety’ information they have been feeding me has been supplied to them by Government agencies (8)(4) relying on industry-funded research (3)(9) using out-dated and inadequate US standards (10)(16).

The Government’s activity on the issue has been to establish a Forum “to advance the development of smart electricity networks in New Zealand” (13) and to remove barriers (14) to the roll out. This is being hailed by nearly all Political Parties as of benefit to the Environment, the customers and the wallet (15). Only one Party, the Democrats for Social Credit (11) is calling for an immediate moratorium “until the technology is proven to not be a risk to health, and until home owners are given a choice about whether or not they are willing to admit the smart grid into their homes.”

Over one million smart meters have already been installed in NZ. This drive has been fuelled by a directive from the Electricity Agency to certify meters before April 2015, even though analogue meters are “by no means inaccurate”(12). The Agency says “All residential meters installed prior to October 1999 have certification that expires on 1 April 2015. To ensure that they operate accurately, all these meters need to be recertified before that date. Many retailers are using this as an opportunity to update metering technology, rather than having existing meters recertified.”

I can see that there is a relentless drive to replace every single meter in NZ (and the world..) as soon as possible, and for plausibly good reasons, but what if…? What if they are not safe? (17)(18) What if they do increase the risk of your house burning down? What if they do enable data hackers or ‘the industry’ to spy on you through your appliances? What if….?

Please come and see this film. Inform yourselves. Find out which retailers will give you a choice, and what you can do if you don’t want the smart meter you didn’t realise you had. Take Back Your Power!

Best Regards,

Pip Norvell




1.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smart_meter and  https://www.ea.govt.nz/operations/retail/metering/advanced-metering/
2. http://energy.about.com/od/metering/a/Pros-And-Cons-Of-Smart-Meters.htm
3. http://www.epecentre.ac.nz/docs/media/ARC_Full_Final_02.pdf (page 16);
4. http://www.health.govt.nz/system/files/documents/publications/electric-magnetic-fields-your-health.pdf (page 20)
5. https://www.facebook.com/groups/453123721454384/ -Smart Meter Free Families in NZ FB Group
6. http://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/  and http://smartmeterpowerstruggle.wordpress.com/ for collated information
7. https://www.consumer.org.nz/articles/electricity-rights – Question under “Meters’ heading about ownership.
8. https://www.ea.govt.nz/– Electricity Agency
9. http://www.arcinnovations.com/smart-meters-get-the-safety-nod – Arc Innovations, Meridian
12.https://www.ea.govt.nz/operations/retail/metering/metering-installation/ Item 40


East Bay REAP


URGENT: Smart water meter alert for Waikato District Council area

September 25, 2014: An update on this issue is at this link:  www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/uncategorized/waikato-district-council-vote-on-water-meters-and-smart-water-meters/


URGENT: The Waikato District Council is having an extraordinary meeting on August 19 during which they will decide (among other things) whether to accept a resolution relating to “smart” water meters.


The wording of the relevant portion of the item on the agenda is “that the Council continue to monitor the progression of smart water metering technology with a view to implement the technol0gy when it becomes cost effective and proven in NZ.”*


Given that there has already been a trial of “smart” water meters in Tauranga (see this link:http://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/latest-news/smart-water-meters-in-nz-the-situation-so-far/

and a trial is ongoing in Tairua (see this link:  http://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/uncategorized/tairua-smart-water-meter-update/    ) it may not be long before the Council may consider that the technology is proven for NZ – and the Council may consider it cost effective, given that “smart” water meters can potentially be integrated with the so-called “smart boxes” (actually  Landis+Gyr smart meters) being installed by Waikato  lines company WEL Networks Ltd.

(Please see this link http://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/government-and-electricity-industry-positions/is-the-wel-smart-box-a-way-to-facilitate-smart-water-metering/ for how “smart” water meters may be integrated with “smart boxes”.

The Council will also be discussing whether to pass a resolution regarding the installation of water meters in Ngaruwahia, Huntly and Raglan.

Water meters of any type are controversial because they usually result in an increase in the amount of money home and businesses end up paying to their Council each year.

Charging for water potentially has public health impacts, especially for low income families who may have to cut back on water use and consequently be more vulnerable health problems associated with poorer hygiene such as impetigo, scabies and other communicable conditions that can be spread via towels, clothing and bedding that are not washed sufficiently regularly.


If you would like to do something to help:


* Please email the mayor and Councillors stating your opposition to “smart” water meters

You can find their emails here  http://www.waikatodistrict.govt.nz/Your-Council/Mayor-and-councillors.aspx and I will be posting template letters to make this easy to do later; please check back at this site later.


*  Please alert all your friends and family in the Waikato region to this issue by sharing this post.


Please tell all friends and family in the Waikato region that it is NOT compulsory to have a WEL smart box installed and to refuse its installation.  Without WEL smart box installations to collect the data from “smart” water meters, it may not be economically feasible to install “smart” water meters.  (Please see this link for information on  WEL smart boxes and how they are NOT compulsory:  http://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/uncategorized/shame-on-you-wel-networks-ltd/

Also please see this link on potential health impacts of the WEL Networks Ltd “smart box”:  http://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/government-and-electricity-industry-positions/is-the-wel-smart-box-a-health-hazard/

(If this link is not working when you click on it, please copy and paste it into your browser. Thank you.)


*You can read the full text of the agenda of the meeting at the link below.




An update on this issue is at this link:  www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/uncategorized/waikato-district-council-vote-on-water-meters-and-smart-water-meters/

New videos on EMR and Health

Auckland electropollution Expert Paul Waddell from www.safespace.net.nz now has two new videos available. The one at this link is his presentation to  AIMA (Australasian Integrative Medical Association) members at their 2014 conference:



The video at this link is to Paul Waddell’s presentation on wi-fi in schools:


August 7: Expert environmental lawyer to talk on Wi-Fi in schools

Just a reminder for people who are in the Hawkes Bay area that expert environmental lawyer Sue Grey will be giving a talk on the science, health and other issues associated with wi-fi in schools in Hastings on August 7.


Full details are at this link:




If you are not in Hawkes Bay yourself but have friends or family there, please let them know about this important presentation.  Thank you.