October 16, Take Back Your Power, Napier!

Just a reminder that on October 16 there is a special community screening of the award winning smart meter documentary Take Back Your Power.

Please make plans to attend and/or tell friends and family in this area about the screening. Thank you!

For full details see this link:

https://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/uncategorized/october-16-take-back-your-power-napier/

 

 

 

October 16, Take Back Your Power Marton!

Just a reminder that there will be a second community screening of the award-winning smart meter documentary Take Back Your Power in Marton on October 16.  Full details are at this link:

https://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/uncategorized/october-16-take-back-your-power-marton/

Please let family and friends in this area know about this screening.

Also:  If you are on Facebook you may like to visit this new group and let your friends know about it.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rangitikei-Smart-Meter-Watch/1472539493022803

Thank you!

 

 

October 16: Take Back Your Power Napier!

A special community screening of the award winning smart meter documentary Take Back Your Power will take place in Napier at 7 pm on Thurssday October 16.

 

The venue is:

Tamatea Community Church Hall

1 York Ave

Tamatea

Napier

 

if you need to contact the organisers please email through this link: www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/contact-us/

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

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

The latest on how smart meters affect your privacy

If you value your privacy, please take a few minutes to read the information at the link below about how smart meters could affect your privacy.

 

http://www.takebackyourpower.net/news/2014/08/29/comprehensive-report-how-smart-meters-invade-privacy/

 

For a specifically NZ perspective, please see these links:

 

https://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/government-and-electricity-industry-positions/network-tasman-there-are-no-privacy-concerns-with-smart-meters-yeah-right/

 

https://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/uncategorized/smart-meters-and-your-privacy/

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

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: https://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/

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.]


TAKE BACK YOUR POWER
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).

REVIEW

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

 

 

REFERENCES

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. https://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
10.http://www.takebackyourpower.net/news/2014/03/27/us-department-of-interior-attacks-fccs-exposure-standards-out-of-date-and-inapplicable/
11.http://democrats.org.nz/News/NewsItem/tabid/119/ArticleId/1218/Stop-Smart-Meters.aspx#.U9Nsc0Bj1EJ
12.https://www.ea.govt.nz/operations/retail/metering/metering-installation/ Item 40
13.https://www.national.org.nz/news/news/media-releases/detail/2014/03/20/smart-grid-forum-members-announced
14.http://www.med.govt.nz/sectors-industries/energy/electricity/new-zealand-smart-grid-forum/view
15.https://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/2014-election-questionnaire/
16.http://www.emfacts.com/2014/03/a-critique-of-the-new-zealand-report-health-and-safety-aspects-of-electricity-smart-meters/
17.http://www.organicnz.org.nz/node/653
18.http://sagereports.com/smart-meter-rf/?p=368

THIS SCREENING MADE POSSIBLE BY GENEROUS SPONSORSHIP FROM

East Bay REAP

 

Exposure Standards: “Out of Date and Inapplicable” – and allowing harm to wildlife

US Department of Interior has attacked the Ferderal Telecommunications Commission (FCC) because of problems that radiofrequency radiation (RFR) from cell phone towers and other sources is causing to wildlife.
The Director of the Office of Environmental Policy and Compliance of the United States Department of the Interior sent a letter to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration in the Department of Commerce that addresses the Interior Department’s concern that cell tower radiation has had negative impacts on the health of migratory birds and other wildlife.
The Interior Department accused the Federal government of employing outdated radiation standards set by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), a Federal agency with no expertise in health.  The standards are no longer applicable because they control only for overheating and do not protect organisms from the adverse effects of exposure to the low-intensity radiation produced by cell phones and cell towers:
“Study results have documented nest and site abandonment, plumage deterioration, locomotion problems, reduced survivorship, and death (e.g., Balmori 2005, Balmori and Hallberg 2007, and Everaert and Bauwens 2007). Nesting migratory birds and their offspring have apparently been affected by the radiation from cellular phone towers in the 900 and 1800 MHz frequency ranges – 915 MHz is the standard cellular phone frequency used in the United States. [Website editors note:  These frequencies are used by many “smart meters” in NZ and the 915 MHz band is also used for cell phones.]
However, the electromagnetic radiation standards used by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) continue to be based on thermal heating, a criterion now nearly 30 years out of date and inapplicable today. [Website editor’s note:  NZ standards for RFR are similar designed to protect against thermal injury and shocks, not other adverse effects, despite voluminous evidence of harm at non-thermal levels: see www.bioinitiative.org for more information on RFR.]
The Department  criticized the Federal government’s proposed procedures for placement and operation of communication towers, and called for “independent, third-party peer-reviewed studies” in the U.S. to examine the effects of cell tower radiation on “migratory birds and other trust species.”
“The problem, however, appears to focus on very low levels of non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation. For example, in laboratory studies, T. Litovitz (personal communication) and DiCarlo et al. (2002) raised concerns about impacts of low-level, non-thermal electromagnetic radiation from the standard 915 MHz cell phone frequency on domestic chicken embryos – with some lethal results (Manville 2009, 2013a). Radiation at extremely low levels (0.0001 the level emitted by the average digital cellular telephone) caused heart attacks and the deaths of some chicken embryos subjected to hypoxic conditions in the laboratory while controls subjected to hypoxia were unaffected (DiCarlo et al. 2002).
The full text of the letter, the addendum and citations are available at:
http://www.ntia.doc.gov/files/ntia/us_doi_comments.pdf
Al Manville PhD, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, gives a presentation to Congress on radiation impacts on wildlife (2007):
[2 min 33 sec video at webpage]
Sources & more information:
http://www.saferemr.com/2014/03/dept-of-interior-attacks-fcc-regarding.html
http://smartgridawareness.org/2014/03/23/can-we-protect-birds-and-people/

 

Adapted from: http://www.takebackyourpower.net/news/2014/03/27/us-department-of-interior-attacks-fccs-exposure-standards-out-of-date-and-inapplicable/

Award-winning documentary to screen Monday July 21

Just a reminder to people who live in or around Motueka that the “smart meter” documentary Take Back Your Power  will screen at Motueka’s State Cinema on Monday July 21 at 6.30 PM.

The screening is free so please tell everyone you know in this area so they can make plans to attend.

 

If you are not in this area, you can buy a DVD or stream the documentary via www.takebackyourpower.net

July 21: Award winning “smart meter” documentary to screen in Motueka

Motueka’s very own State Cinema will host a special community screening of the award-winning “smart meter” documentary Take Back Your Power on Monday, July 21st at at 6.30pm.

 

The screening is FREE.  (If anyone would like to contribute a donation this would be welcomed but there is no obligation.)

 

This documentary is a great way to get informed about the “smart meter” issue so if you have friends or family in this area, please let them know about it so they can plan to attend.   Thank you.

June 15: Special screening of award-winning “smart meter” documentary

Just a reminder that the award-winning documentary on”smart meters” Take Back Your Power will screen at Wanaka’s Cinema Paradiso at 12 noon on June 15.

 

Details for the screening are as follows:

Date: Sunday June 15

Time: 12 noon

Cost: This special screening is just $5 per person.

The address for the cinema is:

72 BROWNSTON ST, WANAKA. (Opposite the entrance to the New World supermarket & Base Backpackers.)

 

Please tell all your friends and family in the area so that they know about this important event.

You can promote the screening through Facebook…please share Cinema Paradiso’s facebook page https://www.facebook.com/paradisowanaka  and visit it yourself and indicate that you will be attending…this screening has been organised at short notice so please help get the word out so people find out about it in time to attend.

If you are not in this area, you may like to  stream the movie from www.takebackyourpower.net

 

To be notified in advance of screenings of Take Back Your Power, please join the email list at www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz

June 15…Take Back Your Power Wanaka!

Just a reminder that a special community screening of the award-winning smart meter documentary Take Back Your Power will screen in Wanaka’s Cinema Paradiso on Sunday June 15.  Full details are at this link:

https://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/latest-news/take-back-your-power-wanaka-june-15/

This screening has been organised at short notice so if you have family or friends in this area, please let them know about it!  Thank you!