Stop Smart Meters: Election Questionnaire Results; Wi-Fi talk August 7; Roll out alerts & more

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Dear Friends,

Welcome to the newsletter for www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz

Here are the topics for this update:

  1. Stop Smart Meters NZ 2014 Election Questionnaire

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

 

  1. Article on “smart meters” in Investigate magazine

 

  1.  Smart meter roll out alert for Gisborne

 

  1. Links to share

Stop Smart Meters NZ 2014 Election Questionnaire

In May I sent a formal election questionnaire to all political parties that I knew to be contesting the election.Most parties have now responded.You can read the text of the questionnaire at this link:
http://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/2014-election-questionnaire/

NB:  While there were 8 questions in the questionnaire which covered health and privacy issues, among others, for the sake of brevity I have chosen to discuss several key questions in this newsletter rather than analyse the response to each question.

Overview of responses

Act, Labour, Mana and NZ First did not answer the questionnaire. Labour can be assumed pro-“smart meter” based on its Energy Spokesman’s call for compulsory “monitoring chips” (ZigBees) in all “smart meters”.(See: http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1407/S00218/smart-meters-are-plain-dumb.htm)

Of the parties that replied to the questionnaire, not all parties actually answered the questions.The Green Party and the National Party simply issued statements that did not address most of the questions.

Several parties either answered “yes to the question “Does your party support the introduction of ‘smart’ meters for electricity?” (or their support for “smart meters” can be inferred from their statements and/or press releases.)

The parties that support “smart meters” are:

The Green Party
Internet Party
Labour
National

United Future

Of these parties, the Internet Party and United Future answered “yes” to the question
“Does your party support the introduction of ‘smart’ meters for water?” (The Green Party’s statement did not address the issue of “smart” water meters. )

Several parties answered “No” to the question “Does your party support the introduction of “smart” meters for electricity?” (or could be inferred to oppose “smart meters” based on their press release on the subject).

Parties that answered “No” to the question “Does your party support the introduction of ‘smart’ meters for electricity?” (or otherwise expressed opposition to “smart meters”) were:

Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party
Conservative Party
Democrats for Social Credit
The Maori Party

Parties that answered “No” to the question “Does your party support the introduction of ‘smart’ meters for water?” were:

Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party
The Conservative Party
The Maori Party

(The press release put out by Democrats for Social Credit did not mention “smart” water meters, but based on the fact that the party’s press release supports a moratorium on “smart meter” installations, it seems fair to assume that the party is opposed to “smart” water meters as well.)

Parties that answered “Yes” to the question:  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?” (or otherwise expressed support for a moratorium) were:

Aoteroa Legalise Cannabis Party
Democrats for Social Credit
Maori Party


There are some subtleties in the replies of some parties, for example, so should you want more information on any political party’s response you can click on the links that are listed below.

Each party’s reply (or non-reply) is featured on its own post and the links to these posts are here (in alphabetical order.)  (If the party’s support for or opposition to “smart meters” is based on press releases, a link to the relevant press release is included.)

Act Party
www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/uncategorized/act-party-2014-election-questionnaire/

Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party
www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/uncategorized/aotearoa-legalise-cannabis-party-2014-election-questionnaire/

Conservative Party
www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/uncategorized/conservative-party-2014-election-questionnaire/

Democrats for Social Credit
www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/uncategorized/democrats-for-social-credit-2014-election-questionnaire/

Green Party
www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/uncategorized/green-party-214-election-questionnaire/

Internet Party
www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/uncategorized/internet-party-2014-election-questionnaire/

Labour
www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/uncategorized/labour-party-2014-election-questionnaire/

Mana Party
http://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/uncategorized/mana-party-2014-election-questionnaire/

Maori Party
http://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/uncategorized/maori-party-2014-election-questionnaire/

National Party
http://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/uncategorized/national-party-2014-election-questionnaire/

NZ First
www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/uncategorized/nz-first-2014-election-questionnaire/

United Future
www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/uncategorized/united-future-2014-election-questionnaire/

I have also written a post that covers basic “smart meter” issues to provide some context for some of the statements in the parties’ replies.You can read this at this link: www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/uncategorized/2014-election-questionnaire-general-discussion/

  1. Environmental lawyer to talk on Wi-Fi in schools

Expert Environmental Lawyer, Sue Grey LLB(Hons), BSc (Microbiology & Biochemistry), RSHDipPHI, will be talking in Hastings on August 7 about the science,  health and safety issues with wi-fi in schools.  You are invited to attend her presentation on  Thursday 7th August, 7pm at the Taikura School Hall, Nelson St, Hastings.  More details here:

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

  1. Article on “smart meters” in Investigate magazine

The August-September issue of Investigate magazine features an article on “smart meters” called “Lies, Damned Lies, Statistics and ‘Smart Meters’” by Katherine Smith. Below is a teaser…Please share the link and encourage people who are interested in the smart meter issue to buy the magazine and/or buy a copy or copies yourself and give as gifts.

http://www.investigatemagazine.co.nz/Investigate/12871/lies-damned-lies-smart-meters/

  1. Smart meter roll out alert for Gisborne

A site visitor has warned of a planned smart meter roll out for Gisborne beginning Monday August 4.  (Very little notice was given of the planned installations by the company.) Please warn people you know so they can take precautions against unwanted “smart meter” installations such as locks and signs on outdoor meter boxes.  See this link for more info:
http://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/how-to-avoid-getting-a-smart-meter/

  1. Links to share

Thank you to everyone who has been sharing links via email, Facebook, Twitter etc. Please keep it up as it is a great way to get people informed about the “smart meter” issue.

The link below is unfortunately quite typical of the sort of sneaky tactics that are being used by “smart meter” proponents.  Please share it widely, especially with friends and family in the Waikato area who may be under the mistaken impression that it is compulsory to accept a WEL Networks “smart box”.
http://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/uncategorized/shame-on-you-wel-networks-ltd/

This is a repeat, I know, but most media is completely ignoring “smart meters” and health issues so it is great that Investigate tackled this topic…so please share this link: http://www.investigatemagazine.co.nz/Investigate/12871/lies-damned-lies-smart-meters/

Last but not least: Please share these links so that people can vote with the “smart meter” issue in mind: www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/2014-election-questionnaire/ and www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/uncategorized/2014-election-questionnaire-general-discussion/

That’s all for this update.  Thank you to everyone who is helping to spread the word on the “smart” meter issue.

Wishing you all the best of health,

Katherine Smith

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