Highlights of Stop Smart Meters NZ’s first newsletter for 2019

Stop Smart Meters NZ is pleased to report that for people in NZ who are concerned about the potential health effects from the EMR produced by smart meters, various options exist to stop the smart meter producing pulses of radiofrequency (microwave) radiation.  These include removal or disconnection of the smart meter’s modem (also known as a comms package or chip) OR removal of the entire smart meter and its replacement with a non smart meter.

The link that discusses the pros and cons of these option is below:

Not all electricity retailers will facilitate modem removal/disconnection or smart meter removal but thanks to every person in NZ who has refused to accept being blasted by pulses of radiation from a smart meter, there is now a choice of retailers that welcome customers who don’t want smart meters.

Important links on www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz

The most important update on the smart meter issue that was posted on the site in 2018 relates to smart meters and fires in NZ and you can read it here: https://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/latest-news/update-on-smart-meter-fires-in-nz-october-2018/

A link via which you can access an entertaining video about smart meter (ideal for sharing) is below:

https://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/latest-news/entertaining-video-smart-meters/

A link that lists many of the reasons that many NZers refuse smart meters is below:

If you value your privacy (or have friends that do) this link is an interesting (although potentially infuriating) read…

At the link below you can access a presentation by Don Maisch, PhD, who toured NZ and gave public talks in 2014.

Dr. Maisch’s lecture is important for many reasons but not least because it puts smart meters into the context of the “Internet of Things” (or IoT) which the telecommunications companies are now touting as the latest greatest innovation (along with 5G).  You can read an introduction to the  “Internet of Things”  at the link below: http://www.5g.org.nz/2018/06/03/what-is-the-iot-and-what-is-its-connection-with-5g/

New blog covers wireless and health issues, among other topics

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NB: If you wish to report a smart meter related problem (for example new symptoms after a smart meter installation or a fire or bullying behaviour on the part of a smart meter installer or staff in any electricity company etc. etc,) you may do this through the contact form at this link: https://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/contact-us/

All correspondence is treated in confidence and information received is not posted on this website unless permission is given for this to be done.

New blog covers wireless technology and health issues

A new blog called Spirit Strength covers covers wireless technology and health issues – as well as including writing that considers philosophical issues relating to being human in an age that is increasingly dominated by digital technologies.

Most of the posts on Spirit Strength are short and therefore ideal for busy people. They are also a very useful resources for sharing with people who are new to wireless and health issues who need to become aware of risks of wireless technology for their own sake as well as that of their children….

The blog has an RSS feed to which you can sign up so you are notified when new posts are available to read.

Thank you for visiting www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz

If you are interested in the smart meter issue, please sign up for email updates at www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz

NB: If you wish to report a smart meter related problem (for example new symptoms after a smart meter installation or a fire or bullying behaviour on the part of a smart meter installer or staff in any electricity company etc. etc,) you may do this through the contact form at this link: https://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/contact-us/

All correspondence is treated in confidence and information received is not posted on this website unless permission is given for this to be done.

New 5G website for NZ

Just a note to let readers know that there is now a dedicated NZ 5G website for New Zealand which is www.5G.org.nz.  (The introductory link is http://www.5g.org.nz/welcome/ )

The site has a Resources page so that anyone who wants to put flyers in letter boxes etc. has some ready-to-print PDF files,

There is a contact form on 5G website so that anyone who would like to help with the site (such as by working as a volunteer to translate information into other languages or helping with graphic design etc.) can contact the organisers.

There is also a FB page for the 5G Free New Zealand campaign which is  https://www.facebook.com/5GFreeNewZealand/.


Thank you for visiting www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz

If you are interested in the smart meter issue, please sign up for email updates at www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz

NB: If you wish to report a smart meter related problem (for example new symptoms after a smart meter installation or a fire or bullying behaviour on the part of a smart meter installer or staff in any electricity company etc. etc,) you may do this through the contact form at this link: https://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/contact-us/

All correspondence is treated in confidence and information received is not posted on this website unless permission is given for this to be done.

Update on smart meter fires in NZ October 2018

Website editor’s note: A supporter of Stop Smart Meters NZ recently contacted the Fire and Emergency NZ (previously the NZ Fire Service)  to find out the latest data about smart meter related fires in NZ.

She received the following information, together with a covering letter that stated that fires reported as being associated with smart meters could in some cases be due to a combination of factors not just the smart meter (such as water entering a meter box).

You may see the data released under the Official Information Act by clicking on the document below:

OIA 2018-6557 Stats related to smart meters and fires in NZ from Fire and Emergency NZ

Please note that the information may released under the Official Information Act may NOT include all smart meter related fires that have occurred in NZ in this time frame. The reason for this was elicited in further correspondence between the supporter of Stop Smart Meters NZ and a representative of Fire and Emergency NZ who wrote:

“I am advised that the field on our incident reporting for noting whether there was equipment involved in the ignition of the fire is not mandatory, as not all fires are ignited by a piece of equipment. Coding it as a ‘smart meter’ fire also relies on the incident reporter being aware that the meter was a smart meter.” [Emphasis added]

So while the official statistics on smart meter related fires in NZ list only a relatively small number of fires, the official figures could be somewhat or even much lower than the actual number of smart meter-related fires.

The potential fire risk from a smart meter is a good reason (among any others) to refuse to have a smart meter installed. Smart meters are NOT compulsory in NZ so you can refuse a smart meter if you don’t want one.

Previous stories on smart meter fires in NZ on this website are below:

Smart meter fire at NZ school

Are smart meters causing fires in New Zealand?

Website editor’s note

If you are interested in the smart meter issue, please sign up for email updates at www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz

NB: If you wish to report a smart meter related problem (for example new symptoms after a smart meter installation or a fire or bullying behaviour on the part of a smart meter installer or staff in any electricity company etc. etc,) you may do this through the contact form at this link: https://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/contact-us/

All correspondence is treated in confidence and information received is not posted on this website unless permission is given for this to be done.

Warning: NZ smart meter installer lies to gain access to property

Website editor’s note:  The following report has recently come in through our Contact Form from a New Zealander who had a smart meter installed at a property he owns after the installer lied to his neighbour to gain access to the property.

If you do not want a smart meter at your home (or another property that you rent or own) please ensure that your family or employees or tenants (or anyone else with access to your property) know this. 

With this sort of underhand behaviour, it is important to emphasise to family, tenants, employees etc. that they should not allow access to the meter box for any purpose other than meter reading unless they have been specifically advised by YOU that access to the meter box is for a legitimate purpose.

 

The report is below:

 

Had a smart meter install done [date here] 2018 in my shop.  The installer conned owner of shop next door into giving him the shop key by saying meter wasn’t working and that I had requested it be changed.  Installer went inside changed meter and left.  I found out what had happened on [date here] 2018.  LIVID!!

Install was in Invercargill.  Electricity company is Contact Energy.  I phoned Contact and said I wanted the new meter removed and laid a complaint.

BEWARE:  Installers using fraudulent means to enter properties when owner/occupier not present!

 

 

 

Website editor’s note

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NB: If you wish to report a smart meter related problem (for example new symptoms after a smart meter installation or a fire or bullying behaviour on the part of a smart meter installer or staff in any electricity company etc. etc,) you may do this through the contact form at this link: https://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/contact-us/

All correspondence is treated in confidence and information received is not posted on this website unless permission is given for this to be done.

 

A meter reader provides important info about smart meters

Website editor’s note:  At the link below you can hear Newstalk ZB host Chris Lynch talking to a caller named Chris who said he had worked as a meter reader for over 15 years.  During the conversation, Chris shares important information about smart meters and meter box safety.

Thank you to Chris Lynch for covering this important topic and thank you to Clare Swinney for creating a video from the audio track.

 

Website editor’s note

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NB: If you wish to report a smart meter related problem (for example, a significant electricity bill increase or new symptoms after a smart meter installation or a fire or bullying behaviour on the part of a smart meter installer or staff in any electricity company) you may do this through the contact form at this link: https://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/contact-us/

All correspondence is treated in confidence and information received is not posted on this website unless permission is given for this to be done.

Faulty smart meter results in massive over-billing

Website editor’s note:  At the link below you can hear Newstalk ZB’s Chris Lynch talking to Genesis customer Bradley Tuhi about how the smart meter installed at his  fully insulated and gas heated home resulted in massively inflated electricity bills.

Thank you to Chris Lynch for covering this important topic and thank you to Clare Swinney for creating a video from the audio track.

 

 

Website editor’s note

If you are interested in the smart meter issue, please sign up for email updates at www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz

NB: If you wish to report a smart meter related problem (for example, a significant electricity bill increase or new symptoms after a smart meter installation or a fire or bullying behaviour on the part of a smart meter installer or staff in any electricity company) you may do this through the contact form at this link: https://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/contact-us/

All correspondence is treated in confidence and information received is not posted on this website unless permission is given for this to be done.

Smart meter bullying is an international problem

Website editor’s note:  Over the years Stop Smart Meters NZ has reported on New Zealanders (such as this one) who have been bullied by electricity companies that want to install smart meters at their homes or businesses regardless of the fact that customers don’t want them – and have good reasons for refusing their installation.

Recently Stop Smart Meters NZ received an email regarding a case of smart meter bullying in Spain, illustrating the fact that electricity companies there are similarly shameless in the way that they are prepared to bully people who do not want smart meters.

 

 

June 11, 2018

Dear Stop Smart Meters NZ,

 

I am writing you from Spain, my home country, where a struggle against smart meters has been taking place in the last few years, ever since the Spanish Government issued a decree in 2012 making mandatory to have the analog meters replaced by smart meters.

 

Since I rejected the installation of a smart meter by IBERDROLA – the Spanish utility company three years ago, I have been following very closely this struggle in countries like Unites States, Australia, Canada, United Kindom and, of course, yours in New Zeeland.

 

In Spain, the struggle is relatively active, but the awesome power of electrical companies and the idleness of the government, makes it extremely difficult for citizens to win this war. We have no one in the government willing to openly confront electrical companies, the reason being what you call “revolving doors”, i.e some high government officials are given very well paid jobs in the board of directors of the electrical companies once they leave their public life. We have a list of high ranking officials, including former Spanish presidents, who today are occupying a seat in the board of directors of Iberdrola, Endesa, Gas Natural, etc.,”

 

After my three years of struggle and my repeated argument that I reject the smart meter on medical grounds, (I have been diagnosed with CLL (Leukemia) which could very well be linked to electromagnetic waves), Iberdrola has kept on bullying me and just last week has given me a final warning threatening with having my electrical supply interrupted if I do not let them to install me a smart meter; this is plain bulling since the only reason to suspend electrical supply is to have two consecutive unpaid bills and I always pay my bills on time.

 

I know that my case has nothing to do with your struggle in New Zeeland, but I believe that if, published in your web, it will serve to convey to New Zeeland citizens and also citizens of other countries like myself, that the struggle is not confined to a particular country but that it has become universal, as demonstrated by the already institutionalized “International Day of Action Against Smart Meters”. I can assure you that, if this case is referred in your web, I will make sure that it is published in the various related webs existing in Spain.

 

Kind regards,

Manuel Delgado

Madrid, Spain

 

Website editor’s note

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NB: If you wish to report a smart meter related problem (for example new symptoms after a smart meter installation or a fire or bullying behaviour on the part of a smart meter installer or staff in any electricity company, you may do this through the contact form at this link: https://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/contact-us/

All correspondence is treated in confidence and information received is not posted on this website unless permission is given for this to be done.

Submissions on 5G consultation now available online

Radio Spectrum Management NZ (a unit of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment or MBIE) recently posted a discussion document about the planned introduction of 5G on its website and invited submissions.

Radio Spectrum Management NZ has now posted the submissions that it received on its website.

Here is the main link to access submissions:

https://www.rsm.govt.nz/projects-auctions/current-projects/preparing-for-5g-in-new-zealand/submissions-received

Overall, submissions covered three main areas:  health concerns, the use of radio microphones in the 600MHz band and submissions from companies in the telecommunications industry.

Most of the submissions on health issues have been compiled into one document that you can see at the link below. https://www.rsm.govt.nz/projects-auctions/current-projects/preparing-for-5g-in-new-zealand/folder-potential-health-effects-of-5g-technology/submissions-relating-to-health-concerns.pdf  (In cases where people sent in supplementary submissions these have been listed separately.)

Radio Spectrum Management NZ states on its website that it “will be providing advice to the Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media over the coming weeks and months.”

(https://www.rsm.govt.nz/about-rsm/news-updates/latest-news/submissions-received-for-5g-spectrum)

Stop Smart Meters NZ will bring you updates when there is more news available.

 

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Why is this lawyer scared of his new TV?

Not just any TV; a brand new TV.

A top of the line TV.

A “smart” TV.

The sort of TV that would be the envy of the neighbours.

 

So why is a lawyer confessing that he is actually “terrified” of his new TV in Salon magazine?

In a few words, his new TV is not just a TV;  it is a surveillance device:

According to the article the TV can collect a “staggering” amount of data:

“It logs where, when, how and for how long you use the TV. It sets tracking cookies and beacons designed to detect “when you have viewed particular content or a particular email message.” It records “the apps you use, the websites you visit, and how you interact with content.””

It has no respect for viewers’ privacy:

“It ignores “do-not-track” requests as a considered matter of policy.”

The sort of “smart” TV that has given the lawyer the willies is not just something you watch for your entertainment;  the TV also watches you:

“It also has a built-in camera — with facial recognition. The purpose is to provide “gesture control” for the TV and enable you to log in to a personalized account using your face.”

And that’s not all…it listens to you, too:

“More troubling is the microphone. The TV boasts a “voice recognition” feature that allows viewers to control the screen with voice commands. But the service comes with a rather ominous warning: “Please be aware that if your spoken words include personal or other sensitive information, that information will be among the data captured and transmitted to a third party.” Got that? Don’t say personal or sensitive stuff in front of the TV.”

Still want a smart TV?   Read this article first:

http://www.salon.com/2014/10/30/im_terrified_of_my_new_tv_why_im_scared_to_turn_this_thing_on_and_youd_be_too/

 

 

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