According to www.scoop.co.nz it will cost millions of dollars to replace analogue (electromechanical) meters with microwave-radiation emiting “smart meters” in Invercargill and Southland.
According to the article:
“PowerNet will begin its installation of smart meters within the next couple of months, after the announcement of a $24.5 million investment.”
The roll out is planned to occur over a three year period. To their credit, while PowerNet chief executive Jason Franklin said that while he expected “education” about “smart meters” would cause people to welcome them, “Ultimately, if someone doesn’t want a smart meter we won’t impose one on them.”
According Powernet’s website, the company manages lines for The Power Company Limited, Electricity Invercargill Limited, OtagoNet Joint Venture, Stewart Island Electricity Supply Authority (SIESA), and Electricity Southland Limited (Lakeland Network in Frankton.)
If you live in any of these area and do not want a “smart meter”, please see this link for information: https://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/how-to-avoid-getting-a-smart-meter/
Please also warn relatives and friends in the area.