Live in the Matamata-Piako Council area? Please tell your Council that “smart” water meters are not acceptable

Matamata-Piako District Council is  currently seeking public input into water issues, including water meters.  The consultation includes a discussion of whether water meters should be adopted.  (See this link for details http://www.mpdc.govt.nz/component/content/article/105-news-a-events/news-a-have-your-say/2455-water-supply?Itemid=647)

If you live in this area and do not want water meters or “smart” water meters, please make your opinions known;  Please make a submission by August 22.  (The link above has details how to do this.)

Please also let friends and family in this area know about the consultation.

 

INFORMATION TO HELP YOU MAKE A SUBMISSION

 
The links below provide information on the current status of “smart” water meters in NZ.  (Like “smart” electricity meters, “smart” water meters use radiation frequency radiation in the microwave to send information about water use.)

The lower of the two links also includes information about the potential downsides of water meters in general.  If you would like to make a submission regarding water meters in general and/or smart meters, you may find the information at these links helpful.
https://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/uncategorized/urgent-smart-water-meter-alert-for-waikato-district-council-area/

https://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/uncategorized/some-ideas-to-help-you-write-to-the-mayor-and-councillors-of-waikato-district-council/

Please encourage friends and family in the Matamata-Piako area to also contribute to the consultation.  A short statement outlining your concerns about water meters in general and/or your about the potential health impacts of “smart” water meters is all that is required to contribute to this consultation.

NB:  If you email Councillors about the smart water meter issue, please consider emailing through the Contact form at this link  https://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/contact-us/ to me know what response you receive. Many thanks.

Some ideas to help you write to the Mayor and Councillors of Waikato District Council

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.  (See this post for details: https://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/uncategorized/urgent-smart-water-meter-alert-for-waikato-district-council-area/.)

 

If you oppose the introduction of “smart”  water meters to  the area served by Waikato District Council (and/or oppose the introduction of water meters in general, here are some ideas you may like to use when emailing the Mayor and Councillors to express your opposition.

Please share this link and encourage everyone you know to do likewise. Thank you.

 

The email adresses for the Mayor and Councillors are at this link:
http://www.waikatodistrict.govt.nz/Your-Council/Mayor-and-councillors.aspx

 

A suggested format for the letter will be detailed below.

 

REASONS TO OPPOSE THE INTRODUCTION OF WATER METERS (REGARDLESS OF TYPE)

If you oppose the introduction of water meters in general, you may want to express one or more of the following reasons for your opposition:

* Cost to Council:  You may think that the money spent buying and installing water meters could be better spent by the Council in other areas (please give examples, if you know of a local Council service which has not been funded or is under-funded where the money could be better spent.)

*  Cost to Rate Payers:  You may wish to express concern that spending money on water meters will be reflected in your rates bill, in terms of increased charges for water and/or a general increase in rates to cover the capital expenditure involved in installing water meters.  If any rates increase may adversely affect your personal budget and/or viability of your business (if it is one that uses a lot of water, for example, a cafe or other business that provides toilet facilities for the public) you may wish to discuss this.

*  Public health reasons:  You may wish to express opposition to water meters as this increases the cost of living for everyone and low income families may be adversely affected by having to cut back on water use, and consequently being more at risk of developing impetigo, scabies and other communicable skin conditions as a consequence of being  unable to afford to pay for sufficient water to bathe and to wash clothes, towels, bedding etc. as often as necessary.  (If you work in an early childhood centre or school or other provider of education and care to children which may be adversely affected by changes in families’ water use patterns, you may wish to add this.)

*  Impact on home gardening: Installing water meters and making water expensive may reduce people’s ability to enjoy planting flowers to beautify their neighbourhood and also restricts people’s ability to  grow their own fresh fruit and vegetables, potentially reducing their nutrition and impacting adversely on their general health.

*  Impact on education and community facilities:  If you work in an early childhood centre, school or tertiary education provider that is already on a tight budget how will having to pay extra for water impact on the services that you offer? Will it mean cut-backs in terms of what you can offer chidlren and/or students?  or increased fees?  Or both?

* Other reasons:  You may have other reasons for opposing the introduction of water meters, for example that once water meters are instlled it may be easier for future Councils to privatise the water supply:  Please express these in any email you may write.

 

REASONS TO OPPOSE THE INTRODUCTION OF  “SMART” WATER METERS SPECIFICALLY

* Health reasons:

1) “Smart” water meters use radiofrequency radiation (RFR) in the microwave range to send information about water use and this radiation is considered a “possible carcinogen” by the International Agency on Cancer. (See: http://microwavenews.com/short-takes-archive/iarc-publishes-rf-cancer-review.)

2)  People who are sensitive to electromagnetic radiation may suffer from increased symptoms if “smart” water  meters are introduced given that these meters produce RFR.  For more information about how people who are sensitive to electromagnetic radiation and the challenges they face, please see these links:

https://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/latest-news/what-is-it-like-to-live-with-electrohypersensitivity-ehs-one-womans-story/

https://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/latest-news/electrohypersensitivity-a-short-film-by-time-magazine-free-to-watch-online/

https://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/latest-news/retired-ceo-speaks-out-on-electrosensitivity/

http://www.scribd.com/doc/87308119/Guideline-of-the-Austrian-Medical-Association-for-the-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-EMF-related-health-problems-and-illnesses-EMF-syndrome

NB:  There is no information on how many people are affected in NZ because NZ does not keep statistics.  However, in Sweden where good statistics are kept, three percent of the adult population is known to be affected by sensitivity to electromagnetic radiation, also variously known as EHS, ES or EMS.  As you will see from the links above, life is very difficult for people who are sensitive to electromagnetic radiation and they certainly do not deserve to be further burdened with extra EMR from “smart” water meters when analogue meters are available, if the Council wants to introduce water meters.

 

* Potential adverse impacts on wildlife: 

The US Department of the Interior has cited substantial research that shows RFR has an adverse effect on wildlife and that current US standards (which, like the comparable National Standard in NZ are designed to protect ONLY against thermal injuries and shocks) provide in inadequate protection for wildlife. (Please see this link for details: http://www.takebackyourpower.net/news/2014/03/27/us-department-of-interior-attacks-fccs-exposure-standards-out-of-date-and-inapplicable/

If the Waikato District Council plans to link up “smart” water meters with WEL Network Ltd’s “smart boxes” there will likely be an increase in the use of 900 MHz frequencies that have been cited by the US Dept of the Interior as harming birds.

 

GENERAL ADVICE FOR WRITING AN EMAIL

1)  Start with your name and address

(If you are not in the Waikato District Council but are writing, for example,  because you are concerned about friends or family in the area, or because you are a health professional with an interest in public health issues or you or your environmental group are concerned about adverse effects on wildlife, etc. please specify, this when you introduce yourself at the beginning of the email.)

 

Suggested format for rest of email:

 

 

Dear Sirs/Madams, [if you are writing the same email to everyone]

I am a resident of [your town] OR I am writing on behalf of [your business/community organisation]

I am writing to ask you to vote against any proposal to introduce water meters and/or smart water meters because

[List your reasons]

[Add any other comments you may want to make;  bearing in mind that short emails are more likely to be read than long emails.]

Thank you for taking the time to read this email.

 

Yours sincerely/ Naku noa, na,

 

[Your name]

[Your organisation, if writing on behalf of an organisation]

 

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:https://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:  https://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 https://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:  https://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”:  https://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.

 

http://www.waikatodistrict.govt.nz/CMSFiles/cc/cc56a109-0520-4526-b8ce-8b844c31a43d.pdf

 

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/

Cell phone radiation damages cells

Scientists in the Ukraine state that cell phone radiation damages human cells – and that the mechanism by which this occurs is through increased oxidative stress.

 

Y0u can read the full story here:

 

http://www.activistpost.com/2014/06/mobile-phone-radiation-confirmed-to.html#!byCfF9

 

NB: Given this new information  (and the research linking cell phone use to brain, and other, cancers)  if you have to use a cell phone, placing the phone on a table or other surface and using an air tube headset  is the safest way to do this to reduce radiation exposure to your brain.

Avoid using cell phones in vehicles, especially moving vehicles, even with hands free sets as the phone has to put out extra RFR to connect while in a car or other moving vehicle such as a bus or train.

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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXdg9VKaYS0

 

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ce8VNpT1sEs

Neuroscientist warns Arizona Health Authorities about “smart meters”

Swedish Neuroscientist and Associate Professor at the prestigious Karolinska institute in Stockholm Sweden, Olle Johansson, has written a letter to the Arizona Dept. of Health Services encouraging them to re-evaluate the risks of utility company smart grid policies.   Johansson urges them to share his skepticism of industry-funded research into the extremely controversial question of whether exposures from wireless devices- including “smart” meters-  are causing preventable damage to the public health.

 

You can read more about this at this link:

http://stopsmartmeters.org/2014/07/25/swedish-neuroscientist-olle-johannson-warns-arizonas-health-authorities-about-smart-meter-poisonous-snake/

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/

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:

 

https://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/uncategorized/public-presentation-on-wi-fi-in-schools-august-7th/

 

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

Maori Party: 2014 Election Questionnaire

Given that this is an election year, in May 2014, I prepared a formal Election Questionnaire on behalf of www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz and sent it to all the parties I knew to be contesting the 2014 general election.

For the record, I am neither a member of any political party, nor a donor to any political party.

Below is the response from the Maori Party (http://maoriparty.org/) For a more general discussion of the 2014 Election Questionnaire and links to replies from other parties contesting the 2014 general election, please see this link:https://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/2014-election-questionnaire-2/

A general discussion of the responses from the political parties may be found at this link:   https://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/uncategorized/2014-election-questionnaire-general-discussion/   (Reading this link is recommended for people who are new to the “smart meter” issue as it helps to put the statements made in some of the party responses into the overall context of the “smart meter” situation in NZ.)

Links to other political parties responses to the 2014 Election Questionnaire may be found at this link:

https://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/2014-election-questionnaire-2/

 

Please click on the link below to read the response from the Maori Party:

Maori Party response to 2014 Election Questionnaire

United Future: 2014 Election Questionnaire

Given that this is an election year, in May 2014, I prepared a formal Election Questionnaire on behalf of www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz and sent it to all the parties I knew to be contesting the 2014 general election.

For the record, I am neither a member of any political party, nor a donor to any political party.

Below is the response from the United Future Party (http://www.unitedfuture.org.nz/) For a more general discussion of the 2014 Election Questionnaire and links to replies from other parties contesting the 2014 general election, please see this link: Links to other parties’ responses are here: https://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/2014-election-questionnaire-2/

A general discussion of the responses from the political parties may be found at this link:   https://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/uncategorized/2014-election-questionnaire-general-discussion/   (Reading this link is recommended for people who are new to the “smart meter” issue as it helps to put the statements made in some of the party responses into the overall context of the “smart meter” situation in NZ.)

Links to other political parties responses to the 2014 Election Questionnaire may be found at this link:

https://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/2014-election-questionnaire/

Please click on the link below to read the response from the United Future party:

United Future party’s answers to 2014 Election Questionnaire

NZ First: 2014 Election Questionnaire

Given that this is an election year, in May 2014, I prepared a formal Election Questionnaire on behalf of www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz and sent it to all the parties I knew to be contesting the 2014 general election.

For the record, I am neither a member of any political party, nor a donor to any political party.

Below is the response from the Conservative Party (http://nzfirst.org.nz/) For a more general discussion of the 2014 Election Questionnaire and links to replies from other parties contesting the 2014 general election, please see this link:https://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/2014-election-questionnaire-2/

A general discussion of the responses from some political parties may be found at this link:   [add link ] (Reading this link is recommended for people who are new to the “smart meter” issue as some of the party responses contain statements that are misleading, and the discussion de-bunks these statements.)

NZ First did not respond to www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz 2014 Election Questionnaire.

I am not aware of any publicly-available information on the party’s position on “smart meters”.  If anyone is aware of information regarding the party’s position, please email me through the Contact form at this link https://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/contact-us/   

Special note to any representatives of  NZ First  reading this post:  If you would like to complete the questionnaire, please email me through https://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/contact-us/ and I will send the questionnaire to you.  Thank you.

Links to other political parties responses to the 2014 Election Questionnaire may be found at this link:

https://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/2014-election-questionnaire/

 

 

www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz

Political Parties’ Questionnaire (2014)

 

The new “smart meters” being introduced to measure electricity and water consumption use radiofrequency radiation (RFR) in the microwave range to transmit information to electricity and water suppliers. The RFR used has been classified by the World Health Organisation’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) as a “possible carcinogen” (Type 2b.)

The website www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz provides New Zealanders with a local source of information about “smart meters” in NZ. It covers health, privacy and other “smart-meter”-related issues that are important to families and businesses.

The www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz questionnaire will be sent to all political parties and the results will be posted on www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz and will also be featured in the regular newsletters sent to the email list.

 

Please reply to this questionnaire by June 15, 2014. Thank you.

Replies may be emailed to [email address was here but has been removed from this online posting to prevent spamming]

Name of political party:

Name of person completing the form:

Position in political party:                                                           Email:

 

 

Question 1: Does your party have a formal policy on “smart meters”. YES   NO [Please circle/highlight]

If YES, is your party’s policy on “smart meters” available online at your party’s website? YES NO

If YES, please put URL where this information may be accessed:

 

Question 2: Does your party support the introduction of “smart” meters for electricity?

 

YES   NO   [Please circle/ highlight]

Why or Why not?

 

 

Question 3: The current legislation only stipulates the electricity meters must have a current certificate of accuracy, yet some power companies are using this legislation to force people to have “smart meters”. Does your party support the right of people to retain a functioning analogue (Ferraris) meter if they do not want a microwave-radiation emitting “smart meter” measuring electricity consumption at their home?

 

YES   NO   [Please circle/ highlight]

Why or Why not?

 

Question 4: Some electricity companies are trying to coerce customers into accepting “smart meters” by including in their Terms and Conditions clauses to the effect that the customer must accept a “smart meter” (the inference being that their electricity could be cut off if they do not accept a “smart meter”.) Will your party change the relevant legislation/regulations to make it illegal for companies to try to intimidate customers to accept “smart meters” through such means?

 

YES   NO   [Please circle/ highlight]

Why or Why not?

 

Question 5: Members of the public have reported to www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz that once a “smart meter” has been installed it can be very difficult to get it removed, even when it is causing health issues. Will your party make changes to the relevant legislation/regulations so that companies are legally obliged to remove “smart meters” promptly (and replace them with either a modern analogue – Ferraris – meter or another non-smart meter of the customer’s choice) when a customer makes a request for the removal of a “smart meter”?

 

YES   NO   [Please circle/highlight]

Why or Why not?

 

 

Question 6: In their Terms and Conditions, some electricity companies claim to own all data gathered by “smart meters” and the right to disclose it to other parties. We believe that this is a significant breach of privacy. Will your party change the legislation/regulations governing the electricity industry so that data gathered by “smart meters” may be used only for billing purposes and make it an offence to supply this information to any other party (with the exception of the account holder and the police if there is cause to believe that there is/was criminal activity at a home or other building.)

 

YES   NO   [Please circle/highlight]

Why/Why not?

 

 

 

Question 7: Given that the RFR produced by “smart meters” is a possible type 2 carcinogen, does your party support a moratorium on further “smart meter” installations until comprehensive research has been conducted into “smart meter” health effects?

 

YES   NO   [Please circle/highlight]

Why/Why not?

 

 

 

Question 8: Given that the EPEC Report states that “a sensible approach” is to site “smart meters” somewhere where people are “unlikely to spend longer than a few minutes per day at a distance of less than 1 metre from them,” does your party support a ban on placing “smart meters” on bedroom walls?

 

YES   NO   [Please circle/highlight]

Why/Why not?

 

Question 9: Does your party support the introduction of “smart” meters for water?

YES   NO   [Please circle/highlight]

 

Why/Why not?

 

Thank you for your time.

 

National Party: 2014 Election Questionnaire

Given that this is an election year, in May 2014, I prepared a formal Election Questionnaire on behalf of www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz and sent it to all the parties I knew to be contesting the 2014 general election.

For the record, I am neither a member of any political party, nor a donor to any political party.

Below is the response from the National Party (https://www.national.org.nz/) For a more general discussion of the 2014 Election Questionnaire and links to replies from other parties contesting the 2014 general election, please see this link:Links to other parties’ responses are here: https://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/2014-election-questionnaire-2/

A general discussion of the responses from some political parties may be found at this link:   [add link ] (Reading this link is recommended for people who are new to the “smart meter” issue as some of the party responses contain statements that are misleading, and the discussion de-bunks these statements.)

Links to other political parties responses to the 2014 Election Questionnaire may be found at this link:

https://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/2014-election-questionnaire/

The National Party did not answer the 2014 Election Questionnaire, but instead made a written statement which you may read below.

 

Response from the National Party (received June 26, 2014)

Dear Katherine

 

Please see below statement from Hon Simon Bridges, Minister of Energy and Resources.

 

Increased competition is the Government’s key policy for keeping power prices down. Competition provides incentives for retailers to offer services valued by their customers, and one such service is smart meters, which have the potential to drive considerable innovation in products and pricing.  The rollout of smart meters has been done without any Government regulation or funding. 

 

Kind regards,

Cameron Oldfield

(Mr Oldfield is Hon Simon Bridges’ private secretary.)

 

Website editor’s note: it seems fair to assume that the National Party is in favour of “smart meters” given that Mr Bridges has established a national Smart Gird Forum.  (See: https://www.national.org.nz/news/news/media-releases/detail/2014/03/20/smart-grid-forum-members-announced )

 

Links to the other political parties’ responses to the 2014 Election Questionnaire may be found at this link:

https://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/2014-election-questionnaire/

 

The text of the 2014 election questionnaire sent to each political party may be read below:

 

www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz

Political Parties’ Questionnaire (2014)

 

The new “smart meters” being introduced to measure electricity and water consumption use radiofrequency radiation (RFR) in the microwave range to transmit information to electricity and water suppliers. The RFR used has been classified by the World Health Organisation’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) as a “possible carcinogen” (Type 2b.)

The website www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz provides New Zealanders with a local source of information about “smart meters” in NZ. It covers health, privacy and other “smart-meter”-related issues that are important to families and businesses.

The www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz questionnaire will be sent to all political parties and the results will be posted on www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz and will also be featured in the regular newsletters sent to the email list.

 

Please reply to this questionnaire by June 15, 2014. Thank you.

Replies may be emailed to [email address was here but has been removed from this online posting to prevent spamming]

Name of political party:

Name of person completing the form:

Position in political party:                                                          Email:

 

 

Question 1: Does your party have a formal policy on “smart meters”. YES   NO [Please circle/highlight]

If YES, is your party’s policy on “smart meters” available online at your party’s website? YES NO

If YES, please put URL where this information may be accessed:

 

Question 2: Does your party support the introduction of “smart” meters for electricity?

 

YES   NO   [Please circle/ highlight]

Why or Why not?

 

 

Question 3: The current legislation only stipulates the electricity meters must have a current certificate of accuracy, yet some power companies are using this legislation to force people to have “smart meters”. Does your party support the right of people to retain a functioning analogue (Ferraris) meter if they do not want a microwave-radiation emitting “smart meter” measuring electricity consumption at their home?

 

YES   NO   [Please circle/ highlight]

Why or Why not?

 

Question 4: Some electricity companies are trying to coerce customers into accepting “smart meters” by including in their Terms and Conditions clauses to the effect that the customer must accept a “smart meter” (the inference being that their electricity could be cut off if they do not accept a “smart meter”.) Will your party change the relevant legislation/regulations to make it illegal for companies to try to intimidate customers to accept “smart meters” through such means?

 

YES   NO   [Please circle/ highlight]

Why or Why not?

 

Question 5: Members of the public have reported to www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz that once a “smart meter” has been installed it can be very difficult to get it removed, even when it is causing health issues. Will your party make changes to the relevant legislation/regulations so that companies are legally obliged to remove “smart meters” promptly (and replace them with either a modern analogue – Ferraris – meter or another non-smart meter of the customer’s choice) when a customer makes a request for the removal of a “smart meter”?

 

YES   NO   [Please circle/highlight]

Why or Why not?

 

 

Question 6: In their Terms and Conditions, some electricity companies claim to own all data gathered by “smart meters” and the right to disclose it to other parties. We believe that this is a significant breach of privacy. Will your party change the legislation/regulations governing the electricity industry so that data gathered by “smart meters” may be used only for billing purposes and make it an offence to supply this information to any other party (with the exception of the account holder and the police if there is cause to believe that there is/was criminal activity at a home or other building.)

 

YES   NO   [Please circle/highlight]

Why/Why not?

 

 

 

Question 7: Given that the RFR produced by “smart meters” is a possible type 2 carcinogen, does your party support a moratorium on further “smart meter” installations until comprehensive research has been conducted into “smart meter” health effects?

 

YES   NO   [Please circle/highlight]

Why/Why not?

 

 

 

Question 8: Given that the EPEC Report states that “a sensible approach” is to site “smart meters” somewhere where people are “unlikely to spend longer than a few minutes per day at a distance of less than 1 metre from them,” does your party support a ban on placing “smart meters” on bedroom walls?

 

YES   NO   [Please circle/highlight]

Why/Why not?

 

Question 9: Does your party support the introduction of “smart” meters for water?

YES   NO   [Please circle/highlight]

 

Why/Why not?

 

Thank you for your time.

 

 

 

Mana Party: 2014 Election Questionnaire

Given that this is an election year, in May 2014, I prepared a formal Election Questionnaire on behalf of www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz and sent it to all the parties I knew to be contesting the 2014 general election.

For the record, I am neither a member of any political party, nor a donor to any political party.

Below is the response from the Mana Party (http://mana.net.nz/) For a more general discussion of the 2014 Election Questionnaire and links to replies from other parties contesting the 2014 general election, please see this link:https://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/2014-election-questionnaire-2/

A general discussion of the responses from the political parties may be found at this link:   https://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/uncategorized/2014-election-questionnaire-general-discussion/   (Reading this link is recommended for people who are new to the “smart meter” issue as it helps to put the statements made in some of the party responses into the overall context of the “smart meter” situation in NZ.)

 

The Mana Party did not respond to the www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz 2014 Election Questionnaire.

I am not aware of any publicly-available information on the party’s position on “smart meters”.  If anyone is aware of information regarding the party’s position, please email me through the Contact form at this link https://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/contact-us/   

Special note to any representatives of the Mana party reading this post:  If you would like to complete the questionnaire, please email me through https://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/contact-us/ and I will send the questionnaire to you.  Thank you.

Links to other political parties’ responses to the 2014 Election Questionnaire may be found at this link:

https://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/2014-election-questionnaire/

 

The text of the 2014 election questionnaire sent to each political party was the following:

 

www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz

Political Parties’ Questionnaire (2014)

 

The new “smart meters” being introduced to measure electricity and water consumption use radiofrequency radiation (RFR) in the microwave range to transmit information to electricity and water suppliers. The RFR used has been classified by the World Health Organisation’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) as a “possible carcinogen” (Type 2b.)

The website www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz provides New Zealanders with a local source of information about “smart meters” in NZ. It covers health, privacy and other “smart-meter”-related issues that are important to families and businesses.

The www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz questionnaire will be sent to all political parties and the results will be posted on www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz and will also be featured in the regular newsletters sent to the email list.

 

Please reply to this questionnaire by June 15, 2014. Thank you.

Replies may be emailed to [email address was here but has been removed from this online posting to prevent spamming]

Name of political party:

Name of person completing the form:

Position in political party:                                                           Email:

 

 

Question 1: Does your party have a formal policy on “smart meters”. YES   NO [Please circle/highlight]

If YES, is your party’s policy on “smart meters” available online at your party’s website? YES NO

If YES, please put URL where this information may be accessed:

 

Question 2: Does your party support the introduction of “smart” meters for electricity?

 

YES   NO   [Please circle/ highlight]

Why or Why not?

 

 

Question 3: The current legislation only stipulates the electricity meters must have a current certificate of accuracy, yet some power companies are using this legislation to force people to have “smart meters”. Does your party support the right of people to retain a functioning analogue (Ferraris) meter if they do not want a microwave-radiation emitting “smart meter” measuring electricity consumption at their home?

 

YES   NO   [Please circle/ highlight]

Why or Why not?

 

Question 4: Some electricity companies are trying to coerce customers into accepting “smart meters” by including in their Terms and Conditions clauses to the effect that the customer must accept a “smart meter” (the inference being that their electricity could be cut off if they do not accept a “smart meter”.) Will your party change the relevant legislation/regulations to make it illegal for companies to try to intimidate customers to accept “smart meters” through such means?

 

YES   NO   [Please circle/ highlight]

Why or Why not?

 

Question 5: Members of the public have reported to www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz that once a “smart meter” has been installed it can be very difficult to get it removed, even when it is causing health issues. Will your party make changes to the relevant legislation/regulations so that companies are legally obliged to remove “smart meters” promptly (and replace them with either a modern analogue – Ferraris – meter or another non-smart meter of the customer’s choice) when a customer makes a request for the removal of a “smart meter”?

 

YES   NO   [Please circle/highlight]

Why or Why not?

 

 

Question 6: In their Terms and Conditions, some electricity companies claim to own all data gathered by “smart meters” and the right to disclose it to other parties. We believe that this is a significant breach of privacy. Will your party change the legislation/regulations governing the electricity industry so that data gathered by “smart meters” may be used only for billing purposes and make it an offence to supply this information to any other party (with the exception of the account holder and the police if there is cause to believe that there is/was criminal activity at a home or other building.)

 

YES   NO   [Please circle/highlight]

Why/Why not?

 

 

 

Question 7: Given that the RFR produced by “smart meters” is a possible type 2 carcinogen, does your party support a moratorium on further “smart meter” installations until comprehensive research has been conducted into “smart meter” health effects?

 

YES   NO   [Please circle/highlight]

Why/Why not?

 

 

 

Question 8: Given that the EPEC Report states that “a sensible approach” is to site “smart meters” somewhere where people are “unlikely to spend longer than a few minutes per day at a distance of less than 1 metre from them,” does your party support a ban on placing “smart meters” on bedroom walls?

 

YES   NO   [Please circle/highlight]

Why/Why not?

 

Question 9: Does your party support the introduction of “smart” meters for water?

YES   NO   [Please circle/highlight]

 

Why/Why not?

 

Thank you for your time.

 

Labour Party: 2014 Election Questionnaire

Given that this is an election year, in May 2014, I prepared a formal Election Questionnaire on behalf of www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz and sent it to all the parties I knew to be contesting the 2014 general election.

For the record, I am neither a member of any political party, nor a donor to any political party.

Below is the response from the Labour Party (http://campaign.labour.org.nz/). For a more general discussion of the 2014 Election Questionnaire and links to replies from other parties contesting the 2014 general election, please see this link: https://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/2014-election-questionnaire-2/

A general discussion of the responses from the political parties may be found at this link:   https://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/uncategorized/2014-election-questionnaire-general-discussion/   (Reading this link is recommended for people who are new to the “smart meter” issue as it helps to put the statements made in some of the party responses into the overall context of the “smart meter” situation in NZ.)

The Labour Party did not respond to www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz 2014 Election Questionnaire.

However, based on the fact that Labour’s Energy spokesman, David Shearer has called for compulsory (“ZigBee”) monitoring chips to be installed in “smart meters”, it seems fair to assume that the party is pro-“smart meters”. (ZigBee chips are designed to emit higher frequency microwave radiation to communicate with any “smart appliances” in a home and may also be used to send information to an in-home energy monitor. The microwave radiation produced by a ZigBee chip (also called a ZigeBee unit) is in addition to the microwave radiation produced to send information about electricity consumption back to the electricity company.)

Labour’s press release may be read here:

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1407/S00218/smart-meters-are-plain-dumb.htm

A TVNZ story on the issue may be read here: http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/real-time-electricity-monitoring-chip-complusory-under-labour-6024403

I am not aware of any other publicly-available information on the party’s position on “smart meters”.  If anyone is aware of information regarding the party’s position, please email me through the Contact form at this link https://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/contact-us/   

Special note to any representatives of the Labour party reading this post:  If you would like to complete the questionnaire, please email me through https://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/contact-us/ and I will send the questionnaire to you.  Thank you.

Links to other political parties’ responses to the 2014 Election Questionnaire may be found at this link:

https://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/2014-election-questionnaire/

 

The text of the 2014 election questionnaire sent to each political party was the following:

 

www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz

Political Parties’ Questionnaire (2014)

 

The new “smart meters” being introduced to measure electricity and water consumption use radiofrequency radiation (RFR) in the microwave range to transmit information to electricity and water suppliers. The RFR used has been classified by the World Health Organisation’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) as a “possible carcinogen” (Type 2b.)

The website www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz provides New Zealanders with a local source of information about “smart meters” in NZ. It covers health, privacy and other “smart-meter”-related issues that are important to families and businesses.

The www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz questionnaire will be sent to all political parties and the results will be posted on www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz and will also be featured in the regular newsletters sent to the email list.

 

Please reply to this questionnaire by June 15, 2014. Thank you.

Replies may be emailed to [email address was here but has been removed from this online posting to prevent spamming]

Name of political party:

Name of person completing the form:

Position in political party:                                                           Email:

 

 

Question 1: Does your party have a formal policy on “smart meters”. YES   NO [Please circle/highlight]

If YES, is your party’s policy on “smart meters” available online at your party’s website? YES NO

If YES, please put URL where this information may be accessed:

 

Question 2: Does your party support the introduction of “smart” meters for electricity?

 

YES   NO   [Please circle/ highlight]

Why or Why not?

 

 

Question 3: The current legislation only stipulates the electricity meters must have a current certificate of accuracy, yet some power companies are using this legislation to force people to have “smart meters”. Does your party support the right of people to retain a functioning analogue (Ferraris) meter if they do not want a microwave-radiation emitting “smart meter” measuring electricity consumption at their home?

 

YES   NO   [Please circle/ highlight]

Why or Why not?

 

Question 4: Some electricity companies are trying to coerce customers into accepting “smart meters” by including in their Terms and Conditions clauses to the effect that the customer must accept a “smart meter” (the inference being that their electricity could be cut off if they do not accept a “smart meter”.) Will your party change the relevant legislation/regulations to make it illegal for companies to try to intimidate customers to accept “smart meters” through such means?

 

YES   NO   [Please circle/ highlight]

Why or Why not?

 

Question 5: Members of the public have reported to www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz that once a “smart meter” has been installed it can be very difficult to get it removed, even when it is causing health issues. Will your party make changes to the relevant legislation/regulations so that companies are legally obliged to remove “smart meters” promptly (and replace them with either a modern analogue – Ferraris – meter or another non-smart meter of the customer’s choice) when a customer makes a request for the removal of a “smart meter”?

 

YES   NO   [Please circle/highlight]

Why or Why not?

 

 

Question 6: In their Terms and Conditions, some electricity companies claim to own all data gathered by “smart meters” and the right to disclose it to other parties. We believe that this is a significant breach of privacy. Will your party change the legislation/regulations governing the electricity industry so that data gathered by “smart meters” may be used only for billing purposes and make it an offence to supply this information to any other party (with the exception of the account holder and the police if there is cause to believe that there is/was criminal activity at a home or other building.)

 

YES   NO   [Please circle/highlight]

Why/Why not?

 

 

 

Question 7: Given that the RFR produced by “smart meters” is a possible type 2 carcinogen, does your party support a moratorium on further “smart meter” installations until comprehensive research has been conducted into “smart meter” health effects?

 

YES   NO   [Please circle/highlight]

Why/Why not?

 

 

 

Question 8: Given that the EPEC Report states that “a sensible approach” is to site “smart meters” somewhere where people are “unlikely to spend longer than a few minutes per day at a distance of less than 1 metre from them,” does your party support a ban on placing “smart meters” on bedroom walls?

 

YES   NO   [Please circle/highlight]

Why/Why not?

 

Question 9: Does your party support the introduction of “smart” meters for water?

YES   NO   [Please circle/highlight]

 

Why/Why not?

 

Thank you for your time.

 

Internet Party: 2014 Election Questionnaire

Given that this is an election year, in May 2014, I prepared a formal Election Questionnaire on behalf of www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz and sent it to all the parties I knew to be contesting the 2014 general election.

For the record, I am neither a member of any political party, nor a donor to any political party.

Below is the response from the Internet Party (https://internet.org.nz/) For a more general discussion of the 2014 Election Questionnaire and links to replies from other parties contesting the 2014 general election, please see this link:Links to other parties’ responses are here: https://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/2014-election-questionnaire-2/

A general discussion of the responses from the political parties may be found at this link:   https://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/uncategorized/2014-election-questionnaire-general-discussion/   (Reading this link is recommended for people who are new to the “smart meter” issue as it helps to put the statements made in some of the party responses into the overall context of the “smart meter” situation in NZ.)

Links to other political parties responses to the 2014 Election Questionnaire may be found at this link:

https://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/2014-election-questionnaire-2/

 

Please click on the link below to read the response from the Internet Party.

Internet Party reply to Stop Smart Meters NZ Political Parties Questionnaire 2014