Latest news from stopsmartmeters NZ

power-597169_1280Here are the latest updates in a newsletter from your own NZ stopsmartmeters site. You can sign up and receive updates to your inbox. Check out the information on the site to forearm yourself and to warn friends and neighbours as these meters continue to roll out here. Remember, if you live in the Rangitikei, I have a spare copy of the award winning documentary Take Back Your Power  to loan. This explains all you need to know about the meters.

~ Envirowatchrangitikei ~

See Take Back Your Power in Kaitaia on August 14…Please share the news about this screening…PLUS read on for more news

Kia ora and welcome to another update fromwww.stopsmartmeters.org.nz

I hope that you are all well (and nice and cosy).

Here is the smart meter news for August 2015.

1) Special (koha) community screening of the award-winning smart meter documentary Take Back Your Power in Kaitaia on August 14

2)  Smart meter roll out in Oamaru area and local community education initiatives

3) Links to share (including a discussion of claims regarding smart meters’ safety and “smart” gas meters andhow one company plans to turn smart meters into a giant super computer…plus other interesting news…)

4) Request for feedback


1)  Special (koha) community screening of the award-winning smart meter documentary Take Back Your Power in Kaitaia on August 14

Thanks to some dedicated local volunteers there is a special screening of this great documentary coming up at 6.30 PM on Friday, August 14.

Venue: REAP Centre, 33 Puckey Avenue, Kaitaia

The organisers have request a small donation to help them cover the of hiring the venue.

Please let friends and family in Kaitaia know about this event.

If you would like to share the link to the information about this screening on Facebook, it is below:

http://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/latest-news/take-back-your-power-kaitaia/

There is a smart meter roll out in the Kaitaia area so now is the time to help friends and family become informed about smart meters and what they can do if they do not want a smart meter: www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/latest-news/your-options-if-your-electricity-retailer-sends-you-a-notice-to-say-it-plans-to-install-a-smart-meter/.

NB:  Running a screening of Take Back Your Power is one of the best ways to raise awareness of the smart meter issue.

If you would like to organise a screening of Take Back Your Power in your area, please let me know and I will send you information on how to do this (and loan a DVD if I have a loaner copy available.)

The film can also be purchased or streamed from www.takebackyourpower.

2)  Smart meter roll out in Oamaru area and local community education initiatives

Meridian recently announced that it plans to roll out smart meters in the Oamaru area.  This has led to a great team of volunteers organising public meetings in the town and substantial newspaper coverage (one example of which is referred to in the link below http://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/latest-news/otago-daily-times-headline-smart-meter-refusal-urged/.)

If you are in the Oamaru area, and do not want a smart meter you may wish to read this post: www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/latest-news/your-options-if-your-electricity-retailer-sends-you-a-notice-to-say-it-plans-to-install-a-smart-meter/

Please let friends and family in the Oamaru area know about the planned smart meter roll out and what they can do if they do not want a smart meter: www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/latest-news/your-options-if-your-electricity-retailer-sends-you-a-notice-to-say-it-plans-to-install-a-smart-meter/

3) Links to share through Facebook, email etc.

This newsletter’s offerings include a discussion of claims regarding smart meters’ safety and “smart” gas meters and how one company plans to turn smart meters into a giant super computer…

Thank you in advance for sharing links from this newsletter through Facebook etc.

The TPPA and smart meters (update)

The TPPA threatens to erode national sovereignty that is necessary for maintaining (or creating) laws that protect human health and the environments.  A national week of action against the TPPA is planned for August 8-15, with major event on August 15;  please see this link for details.
http://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/latest-news/concerned-about-how-the-tppa-might-impact-on-the-smart-meter-situation/

Steps you can take to avoid getting a smart meter

I have written a new post that outlines the steps that people can take to prevent unwanted smart meter installations; please share this widely:

www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/latest-news/your-options-if-your-electricity-retailer-sends-you-a-notice-to-say-it-plans-to-install-a-smart-meter/

Another New Zealander who became ill after a smart meter installation has kindly shared her story; you may read it below:

http://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/latest-news/another-new-zealander-shares-her-experience-with-a-smart-meter/

This is some background to why people who are electrosensitive are involved in community efforts to educate others about smart meters’ effects.

http://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/latest-news/otago-daily-times-headline-my-advice-is-to-say-no-to-smart-meters/

An electricity company employee recently claimed that there were “no emissions” from smart meters.  This was my reply:

http://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/latest-news/otago-daily-times-reports-no-emissions-from-smart-meters-according-to-electricity-company-representative/

The same electricity company employee then insisted that smart meters have benefits for consumers.  You can read his assertions and my reply below:

http://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/government-and-electricity-industry-positions/electricity-company-employee-insists-smart-meters-have-benefits-for-consumers/

In a related post, I respond to a claim by the same electricity company employee that smart meters do not post risks to health, privacy or finances.

http://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/government-and-electricity-industry-positions/advanced-meters-do-not-pose-any-risk-to-peoples-health-finances-or-privacy-electricity-company-employee/

Are “smart” gas ideas a good idea?

I don’t think they are, personally. (A major NZ company in the smart meter industry seems to think they are a good thing however…and they are also being installed in Australia.)

Read on to learn the steps that one Australian has taken to ensure his existing (non-“smart”) gas meter cannot be replaced without his permission.

www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/uncategorized/stopping-a-smart-gas-meter-installation-an-australian-shows-the-way/

Smart meter possibly affected by electrical storm…

Do you know of any cases in which a smart meter has become inaccurate after an electrical storm?
http://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/latest-news/smart-meter-adversely-affected-by-electrical-storm/

Plan to turn smart meters into super computer:

http://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/latest-news/company-proposes-to-turn-smart-meters-into-super-computer

3) Request for feedback 

Have you (or friends or family) had any peculiar experiences with a smart meter such as interference with electrical equipment?

Or recorded electricity use anomalies?

Or higher bills with no change in electricity use habits?

Or have you (or a friend) had a fire at your home or business that you think may have been caused by a smart meter?

If so, you can report such events to www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz via the Contact Form.  (Reports are kept confidential; information is posted on the site only if permission is given for this to be done.)

That’s all for this update.

Thank you to everyone who has emailed to share information and is helping with the campaign by sharing information on Facebook, organising public meetings and screenings of Take Back Your Power and many other initiatives.  Your efforts are very much appreciated – and they are making a positive difference.

Wishing you the best of health,

Katherine Smith

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