URGENT Smart water meter alert for Nelson and Waiuku

Documents on the website of the City of Nelson and also on the Auckland “Council Controlled” organisation “Watercare” show smart water meters are under consideration for parts of NZ.

 

Smart water meter alert for Waiuku

In the case of the Auckland region, a trial of smart water meters has been announced.  The meters are claimed to transmit once a day (compared to other smart water meters which have been trialed in NZ which transmit as often as every eight seconds – See;  https://stopsmartmeters.org.nz/latest-news/smart-water-meters-in-nz-the-situation-so-far/) However as the Watercare website does not disclose the name or model of the smart water meter there is no way to independently confirm this claim.

Waiuku is in the part of the South Auckland/Franklin region where Counties Power has been installing Landis+Gyr smart meters which may provide another means of collecting data from smart water meters.

The smart water meters are claimed to be as safe as a cell phone which is not terribly reassuring given the link between cell phone use and brain tumours.

https://www.watercare.co.nz/COMMON-CONTENT/WATER-METERS/METER_REPLACEMENT_PROJECT/Pages/Waiuku-smart-meter-trial.aspx

Please note that in other parts of the country where smart water meters have been trialed, people have refused to be part of the trial.  If you wish to refuse to be part of this trial, there is a document that you may like to consider for use at this link.

www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/FORMAL-NOTICE-OF-NON-CONSENT-FOR-SMART-WATER-METER.docx

Please encourage your neighbours to refuse, too.  If everyone who was offered the opportunity to be part of a smart water meter trial refused, then this could potentially stymie efforts to impose this unnecessary technology on people.   

The letter at the link below describes some of the health and privacy concerns about smart water meters and may be useful in educating your neighbours.

Letter sent to Mayor and Councillors of the Waikato District Council

 

NB: If you live in  Waiuku  and can offer any more information that may be helpful about the smart water meter issue for your town, you may contact www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz in confidence via the contact form at this link:  https://stopsmartmeters.org.nz/contact-us/

Smart water meter alert for Nelson

 

A document on the website of the City of Nelson shows that smart water meters are being considered for the city and the brand and model of meter under consideration.

From the document, it appears that the meter being considered is the Neptune E-CODER R900 smart meter.  This type of smart meter transmits on 910-920 MHz band and produces pulses of microwave radiation every fourteen seconds.

You can see a youtube of this meter being tested below.

If you are offered a trial of this type of smart water meter (or any other type of smart water meter, for that matter), you may like to refuse to have it installed.

UPDATE on NELSON SMART WATER METER ISSUE (MARCH 4 2016)

The coordinator for www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz has received an email from a Nelson resident who has been informed by a Council staff member that the type of smart water meter that will be used for a trial of smart water meters in Nelson is a Sensus 640MC smart water meter.  As more information about this type of smart water meter is available, this website will be updated to reflect this.

In other parts of the country where smart water meters have been trialed, people have refused to be part of the trial.

If you do not want to be part of a smart water meter trial, there is a document that you may like to consider for use at this link.   www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/FORMAL-NOTICE-OF-NON-CONSENT-FOR-SMART-WATER-METER.docx

If you are in an area where smart water meters are being trialed, please encourage your neighbours to refuse the installation of these meters, too.  If everyone who was offered the opportunity to be part of a smart water meter trial refused, then this could potentially stymie efforts to impose this unnecessary technology on people.   

 

The letter at the link below describes some of the health and privacy issues with smart water meters and may be useful in educating your neighbours. You may also like to recommend the smart water meter archive of our site at this link.

 

Letter sent to Mayor and Councillors of the Waikato District Council

 

If you live in the Nelson area and can offer any more information that may be helpful about the smart  water meter issue for your region, you may contact www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz in confidence via the contact form at this link:  https://stopsmartmeters.org.nz/contact-us/

Thank you.

 

 

You may read about Nelson’s smart water meters plans at this link: https://nelson.civicweb.net/document/22492

 

NB: If you are in NZ, to get updates on the smart meter issue you can sign up to the free email list at  www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz

Why people are saying no to smart meters

There are about as many reasons why people are saying “no” to smart meters as there are people who oppose smart meters, however some of the more common reasons are listed below:

1)  Health reasons, including a possible increase in the risk of developing cancer.

Smart meters produce microwave (also called radiofrequency or RF) radiation which has been classified as a “possible carcinogen” (type 2B) by the World health Organisation’s International agency for Research on Cancer. (Please see this link for more information about smart meters and health.)

2)  Many people have reported unpleasant symptoms after moving into a home with a smart meter, or after a smart meter has been installed at their home.

Two examples of how NZers have been adversely affected by smart meters may be read at this link and this link.

3) Many people have reported higher electricity bills after a smart meter has been installed.

(If you go to www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz and type “bills” into the search box you will find a few articles about this aspect of smart meters.)

There are a few different ways by which smart meters may increase electricity bills.  These include the fact that electronic meters measure electricity differently from the traditional electromechanical (Ferraris) “analogue” meters. (You can read about this here.)

Smart meters can also allow for Time of Use (TOU) pricing which electricity companies may use to charge more for power at times of the day when it is most needed (like winter afternoons and evenings.) This can result in an increase in bills with no change in electricity use. (Please see this link for details: https://stopsmartmeters.org.nz/latest-news/what-is-time-of-use-tou-pricing-and-how-could-it-affect-you/)

Smart meters can also measure a contaminant on the electricity lines known as “reactive power” or “reactive energy” and although “reactive power” cannot be used by lights or appliances, a recent request for information made to the Electricity Authority under the Official Information Act showed that companies are legally allowed to charge for this useless electricity.

If useless reactive power is added to bills, bills can increase significantly.

4)  Reported fires and electrical problems

There have been problems with fires and reported electrical problems after some smart meter installations in NZ. For more information about this, please see the following links:

https://stopsmartmeters.org.nz/latest-news/are-smart-meters-causing-fires-in-new-zealand/

https://stopsmartmeters.org.nz/uncategorized/smart-meters-causing-electrical-problems/

5)  A smart meter may jeopardise your ability to keep your home warm in winter

A smart meter may interfere with your ability to keep your home warm in winter.

The link below explains how this could occur:

https://stopsmartmeters.org.nz/government-and-electricity-industry-positions/smart-meters-heat-pumps-and-demand-response-functionality/

 

5) Smart meters may adversely affect your privacy

Many people who are concerned about privacy oppose smart meters because the data collected by smart meters can be “de-aggregated” by computers to provide information about what appliances in a home are in use and when. (For more information about privacy and smart meters, please see this link: https://stopsmartmeters.org.nz/category/privacy-2/ )

 

In NZ smart meters have been installed without prior notice;  if you do not want one it is important to take action

Smart meters are NOT compulsory in NZ and for information about what other Kiwis are doing to prevent  a smart meter please see this link.  https://stopsmartmeters.org.nz/latest-news/your-options-if-your-electricity-retailer-sends-you-a-notice-to-say-it-plans-to-install-a-smart-meter/

The website of the award winning smart meter documentary Take Back Your Power is a great source of information about smart meters.

For more information about smart meters the following websites are useful:

NZ: www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz

NB: If you are in NZ, please sign up to the free email list for www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz to get updates on the smart meter issue.

Australia: www.stopsmartmeters.com.au

North America: www.stopsmartmeters.org

UK: www.stopsmartmeters.org.uk

For an international directory of groups opposing smart meters please visit: https://takebackyourpower.net/directory/

 

Please share this link if you have found it helpful.  Thank you.  NB: If you are in NZ, to get updates on the smart meter issue you can sign up to the free email list at  www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz

96 year old local leads Hikurangi smart meter education campaign in Hikurangi

96 year old local leads Hikurangi smart meter education campaign in Hikurangi

Ninety-six year old retired special education teacher Betty Hooper recently took advantage of living on a main street of her Northland town to help educate her community about the smart meter issue.

She turned her front garden into a smart meter education display, putting up a variety of posters and banners that she and friends had created for the occasion. (See photos, below.)

Betty has been interested in both health and education all her life.  Her work with special needs children stimulated an interest in how  good nutrition (or lack of it) affects children’s health and ability to learn. She is a member of the Patients Rights Advocates Waikato Incorporated which provides support to people who have chronic health problems, and helps them navigate the maze of the modern medical and social welfare systems.

A talented artist and craftswoman, Betty recently combined her interests in spinning and creating home-made dyes with her quest to educate parents about the value of good nutrition and the importance of avoiding artificial additives.  She dyed homespun wool with “Raro”  (imitation fruit drink) crystals – and displayed the results at a stall at a health expo as a conversation starter.

The highly coloured crystals make a beautiful, and apparently permanent dye for natural fabrics such as cotton or wool, she says. (NZ allows many artificial colours that are banned in Europe to be included in foods and beverages.)

Betty’s smart meter education display in her garden was a temporary initiative but she is still working on the smart meter campaign by giving out leaflets in her neighourhood.

NB: Please click on the images below, to enlarge them.

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Betty with her smart meter display, February 2016

 

Close up of bilingual billboard at Betty Hooper's home

Above:  A close up of one of the signs

 

 

NB:  If you would like to download one of the Te-Reo English posters as used above, you will find this poster on our Resources Page or you can read about it here.

Smart meters are NOT compulsory in NZ

 

Please note that while staff from some electricity companies have been telling their customers that smart meters are compulsory or are some sort of government requirement, this is NOT true. (There is more information about this issue at this link ) If you do not want a smart meter because you are concerned about the higher bills that could follow a smart meter installation, or Time of Use pricing, many people in NZ are successfully refusing to have a smart meter installed using the techniques described at this link

 

NB: If you would like to keep up to date with information about electromagnetic radiation and health, including the “smart” meter issue in NZ, please sign up to the free email list at www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz. Thank you

Headaches with smart meter on bedroom wall resolve after modem removal

Site editor’s note: Earlier this month I received this email from a lady asking for help as she had developed headaches after moving into a new home with a smart meter on the bedroom wall.

 

Here is the first email from this correspondent:

 

“I have recently become aware of the health risks posed by smart meters when moving to my new location in Christchurch.

 

“A smart meter is directly located on the outside wall of the bedroom and since sleeping in that room, I have been waking up with sharp pain over my right eye with headaches only getting better when I leave the room/ house throughout the day. Upon closer inspection of the smart meter box I felt light-headed, and had difficulty ‘finding words’ when talking.

 

“I contacted Contact Energy and they are willing to remove the chip from my smart meter for a $125 fee (although at first I received the usual – it’s like sleeping next to your cell phone speech).

 

“I was wondering if you were aware of any community members in Christchurch (south of city centre) that could possibly perform a RF reading after the chip has been removed to verify that it was ACTUALLY removed?

 

“Thanks for your help,

 

“[Name]”

 

 

An email discussion ensued while this lady was waiting for the technician from her electricity retailer to remove the modem (the part of the smart meter which produce microwave radiation) from the EDMI Mk7A smart meter. In NZ, this  type of smart meter usually communicates through the Vodafone cellular phone infrastructure.

 

Quoting from a subsequent email:

 

“…the symptoms have only  got worse over the week, so hopefully starting next week I will be able to have a good night’s sleep again.

“I have always been sensitive to EMF sources, although never this aware.

“My husband is closer to wall with the smart meter and I have been waking up on his side of the bed with intense nausea during the night. (I might add: I have not changed eating habits etc.)  And now that we have been there for close to three weeks and I have become so tired/ unconcentrated/ exhausted and unmotivated over this short space of time.

 

 

 

I received the following email the day after the technician came to the home and removed the modem

“Unfortunately I wasn’t at home when the electrician called me for the modem removal.

 

[She had hoped to be home and document its removal –Ed]

 

“On the upside – today I woke up and for the first time in three weeks there was no pressure feeling in my head and no stabbing pain above my eyes. I am so relieved. My husband noted as well that over the last few weeks the first thing I uttered in the morning was: I have a headache!”

 

Editor’s comment:  In the cases that have been reported to www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz, when symptoms develop after installation or a smart meter, or after moving to a new home that has a smart meter, removal of the modem usually results in the resolution of the symptoms.

If you are in this situation, based on reports that I have received, it is important to prioritise removal of the smart meter (and avoid being in close proximity to the smart meter, if possible, while waiting for the removal of the modem. ) This is because exposure to the microwave radiation produced by smart meters has been reported as a possible trigger of electrosensitivity reactions.

 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25478801

 

Also:  As a general rule beds and work desks (or anywhere else where someone spends a significant amount of time) should be located at least 1-2 metres away from any type of electricity meter, including analogue (Ferraris) meters due to the high magnetic fields associated with the meter and household wiring.

 

NB:  If you are interested in getting updates on the smart meter issue in NZ you can sign up to the free email list at www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz

Whangarei Leader smart meter letter

Whangarei Leader smart meter letter

The Whangarei Leader has a smart meter letter in its February 16 2016 edition.The letter was written by Clare Swinney who has been measuring smart meter emissions at homes where they have been installed in the city. You may read the Whangarei Leader smart meter letter at the link below. 

NB:  Click on the image to make it larger.

Letter in Whangarei Leader February 16 2016

Smart meters are NOT compulsory in NZ

Please note that while staff from some electricity companies have been telling their customers that smart meters are compulsory or are some sort of government requirement, this is NOT true. (There is more information about this issue at this link ) If you do not want a smart meter because you are concerned about the higher bills that could follow a smart meter installation, or Time of Use pricing, many people in NZ are successfully refusing to have a smart meter installed using the techniques described at this link

If you would like to keep up to date with information about electromagnetic radiation and health, including the “smart” meter issue in NZ, please sign up to the free email list at www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz. Thank you

New Te Reo smart meter posters now available

Good news if you would like to express your opposition to a smart meter in Te Reo! We have two Te Reo-English smart meter posters available on the Resources page of our website.

A big thank you to the volunteers who worked together to create these posters by expressing key concerns about smart meters in Te Reo and creating the graphics, and giving permission for the posters to included on this website.

Each of the posters is bilingual, so you will make your point even to people who do not understand Te Reo.

Here is a bit of background information about the posters:

One poster has the following text:

Kia matapoporetia (e te iwi) means be careful of (people) te hangarau aa-papatuhituhi -smart board technology, ka hahana atu- emits, radiates out from, te mate radiation- radiation sickness. Te paahua tenei mahi -This work is a robbery/rip off.

The other poster has the following text:

Kia Tupato kia paa te mate ta koutou tinana i enei mihini hihiko kikino me te utu nunui hoki ou nama/ It translates as: Beware of these bad electrical machines (known as smart meters/radiation emitters) that harm/kill your body, matched by increased bill charges.

The translator of this poster has used vocabulary that will be familiar to people who speak Te Reo as it is spoken in Northland.

Smart meters are NOT compulsory in NZ

Please note that while staff from some electricity companies have been telling their customers that smart meters are compulsory or are some sort of government requirement, this is NOT true. (There is more information about this issue at this link ) If you do not want a smart meter because you are concerned about the higher bills that could follow a smart meter installation, or Time of Use pricing, many people in NZ are successfully refusing to have a smart meter installed using the techniques described at this link

If you would like to keep up to date with information about electromagnetic radiation and health, including the “smart” meter issue in NZ, please sign up to the free email list at www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz. Thank you

Most consumers suffer financial “loss” from smart meters

The excellent website http://smartgridawareness.org/ has just reported on a new study that shows that most consumers suffer a financial loss from smart meters.

This is an important post because not only does it discuss recent research but it also includes links to many other articles about how smart meters can have adverse financial impacts.

Everywhere that smart meters are introduced the electricity industry tries to convince people that having a smart meter will help them save money.  Unfortunately, consumers can end up paying for smart meters in many ways, through subsidising their installation through their electricity bill (or in some countries through their taxes), being exposed unnecessarily to the possibly carcinogenic radiation from smart meters and/or developing adverse health effects from the smart meters, such as headaches, insomnia and many other symptoms – and having in some cases, greatly increased bills. (Please see this link for an example of two people who have been adversely affected here in NZ).

To read the full story from Smart Grid Awareness please go to this link:
http://smartgridawareness.org/2016/02/16/consumers-suffer-financial-loss-with-smart-meters/

This link may also be of interest to you https://stopsmartmeters.org.nz/latest-news/smart-meters-time-of-use-pricing-punishes-families/

Smart meters are NOT compulsory in NZ

Please note that while staff from some electricity companies have been telling their customers that smart meters are compulsory or are some sort of government requirement, this is NOT true. (There is more information about this issue at this link ) If you do not want a smart meter because you are concerned about the higher bills that could follow a smart meter installation, or Time of Use pricing, many people in NZ are successfully refusing to have a smart meter installed using the techniques described at this link

If you would like to keep up to date with information about electromagnetic radiation and health, including the “smart” meter issue in NZ, please sign up to the free email list at www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz. Thank you

Smart meter letter published in Northern Advocate

Smart meter letter published in Northern Advocate

The Monday February 8th 2016 edition of The Northern Advocate featured a letter about smart meters by local journalist Clare Swinney who has been documenting smart meter emissions in Whangarei.  (To read about some of the work that Clare has been doing, please see this link, this link and this link.)

 

You may read Clare’s letter (and part of other letters) by clicking on the image below:

Letter in Monday February 8th 2016's Northern Advocate, p 8

Smart meters are NOT compulsory in NZ

Please note that while staff from some electricity companies have been telling their customers that smart meters are compulsory or are some sort of government requirement, this is NOT true.  (There is more information about this issue at this link )  If you do not want a smart meter because you are concerned about the higher bills that could follow a smart meter installation, or Time of Use pricing, many people in NZ are successfully refusing to have a smart meter installed using the techniques described at this link

If you would like to keep up to date with information about electromagnetic radiation and health, including the “smart” meter issue in NZ, please sign up to the free email list at www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz. Thank you

Ferraris analogue meter installed at new home

Ferraris analogue meter installed at new home

For all of you out there who are building new homes and want to be smart meter free, there is a good news.

It was recently reported to www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz that Nova installed a genuine analogue (Ferraris) meter at a new home for a customer. (Update to this story:  The company that installed the new meter for Nova was Legacy Metering Group which offers alternatives to smart meters.  You can read about the types of meters available from this company at this link http://legacymetering.nz/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/LMG-Introduction-and-Meter-Models.pdf)

A Ferraris meter is a type of electricity meter that cannot produce microwave radiation and as it has no electronics and therefore no data storage capacity, Time of Use tariffs (see below) cannot be applied to electricity metered through a Ferraris meter.

 

Below is a photo of the Ferraris analogue meter

 

Ferraris meter installed at new home

 

TOU tariffs and YOU

One good reason for refusing a smart meter is that the “‘time of use” (TOU) pricing plans that a smart meter installation can facilitate can make electricity more expensive.  Please see the link below for details.

 

Smart Meters “Time of Use” pricing “punishes” families

Smart meters are NOT compulsory in NZ

Please note that while staff from some electricity companies have been telling their customers that smart meters are compulsory or are some sort of government requirement, this is NOT true.  (There is more information about this issue at this link )  If you do not want a smart meter because you are concerned about the higher bills that could follow a smart meter installation, or Time of Use pricing, many people in NZ are successfully refusing to have a smart meter installed using the techniques described at this link

 

If you would like to keep up to date with information about electromagnetic radiation and health, including the “smart” meter issue in NZ, please sign up to the free email list at www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz. Thank you

A new smart meter removal success story

Website editor’s note:  The following smart meter removal success report was received recently and shows that being persistent pays off in getting rid of a smart meter. If you would like to report your smart meter removal success, you can reach www,stopsmartmeters.org.nz through our Contact Form.

 

I thought you might like a success story.

I reached an agreement with Contact Energy – after going to the Electricity and Gas Commission, to have my smart meter removed.

The grounds for my case were that the terms and conditions of my contract with Contact had been clearly breached with insufficient notice of installation being given.

The outcome was reached after I repeatedly refused their offers, initially for the chip being removed, then the chip being removed without cost, then an apology and a compensation payment.

As I was unsatisfied with the last offer, I was prepared to take the matter to Court and indicated the same. In the process of the Commissioner making a ruling, two analogue meters were found that could be reinstalled. It pays to keep pushing and to stand firm to your position.

 

Smart meters are NOT compulsory in NZ

Please note that while staff from some electricity companies have been telling their customers that it is compulsory to have a smart meter installed or that smart meters are some sort of government requirement, this is NOT true.  (There is more information about this issue at this link )  If you do not want a smart meter because you are concerned about the higher bills that could follow a smart meter installation, or Time of Use pricing, or the possible health risks many people in NZ are successfully refusing to have a smart meter installed using the techniques described at this link

 

If you would like to keep up to date with information about electromagnetic radiation and health, including the “smart” meter issue in NZ, please sign up to the free email list at www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz. Thank you

 

Smart Meters “Time of Use” pricing “punishes” families

A new study published in Energy Research & Social Science has shown that families with children are among the most vulnerable to “Time of Use”  (TOU) electricity tariffs that can be imposed on consumers after the installation of a smart meter.

A good report on how TOU tariffs (which may lead to electricity cost twice as much at peak times as it does at off peak times, and can therefore lead to significantly higher bills with no change in electricity use) can be read at the website Smart Grid Awareness.

Families Punished by ‘Smart’ Meters and TOU Rates, Recent Study Confirms

You may also be interested to rad the link below for more information on TOU pricing as it relates to NZ.

 

What is Time of Use (Tou) Pricing and how could it affect you?

 

Smart meters are NOT compulsory in NZ

Please note that while staff from some electricity companies have been telling their customers that smart meters are compulsory or are some sort of government requirement, this is NOT true.  (There is more information about this issue at this link )  If you do not want a smart meter because you are concerned about the higher bills that could follow a smart meter installation, or Time of Use pricing, many people in NZ are successfully refusing to have a smart meter installed using the techniques described at this link

 

If you would like to keep up to date with information about electromagnetic radiation and health, including the “smart” meter issue in NZ, please sign up to the free email list at www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz. Thank you

 

A case of eye damage from smart meters

Whangarei journalist Clare Swinney has been measuring emissions from smart meters in the city using a Cornet ED 78S model EMR test meter.

At a recent measurement session  she detected a pulse of 418,000 microwatts per square metre of radiofrequency (RF) radiation in the microwave range when standing adjacent to two smart meters which had been installed at a friend’s home.

She reported the following via email:

Since Monday [the day of the testing] my eyes have felt as if they have been fried by the smart meter at Maxine’s which read 418 mW/m sq.  It hurt to open the left one this morning.  They have felt inflamed since Monday.

Report from Wednesday, January 20:

My eyes literally hurt when I went out into sunlight today.  A bonus is that I can use them to pick up rf emissions, as they are now sensitive to rf [radiofrequency] radiation.”

A follow-up email  on January 21 included the following:

“…when the rf hits my eyes, I feel a burning pain, as I did at [friends’ homes] owing to their wi-fis being on.

I bought fresh carrots 2 days ago and had 2 large glasses of fresh carrot juice yesterday, using a Breville juice fountain and will have more today.  I also am using vitamin C powder and tablets.  My eyes are feeling as if they’re getting better today, but there is still pain when I look around, but it was instructive to feel it, to know the damage that can be caused from rf.

A few days later (January 25) she wrote:

My eyes still are not 100%, but they feel as if they are in recovery and a lot less sensitive to light than they were last week…

Looking to the future

Hopefully, this improvement will continue until Clare’s eyes are completely healed. As a results of this experience, she is no longer going to stand near a smart meter if she is measuring RF and instead will set up a tripod to film the meter as it captures the RF pulses. (I would strongly urge anyone else who wants to or needs to film – an EMR test meter to document smart meter emissions to set up a tripod and stay away from the meter or meters to avoid this type of risk.)

 

Are you experiencing eye pain?

Based on Clare Swinney’s experience, if you have a smart meter installed at your home (especially in a location where you spend a significant amount of time such as near your bed or work desk) and you have been experiencing eye pain, it is a good idea to consult your doctor and/or optometrist to check for other causes of the pain. However, it may be prudent to consider whether the smart meter (and/or any other wireless devices you have in your home) may be causing (or contributing) to the problem.

Smart meter related health (or other) problems can be reported to www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz in confidence

If you have experienced eye problems (or other new symptoms) after a smart meter installation and would like to report them to www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz, you can do this through the Contact Form at this link: https://stopsmartmeters.org.nz/contact-us/

Any reports of smart meter related health issues (or other problems such as fires caused by smart meters reported to www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz are treated in confidence and will not be posted on the website unless written permission is given.)

 

Smart meters are not compulsory in NZ

It is NOT compulsory to have a smart meter in NZ and you can ask your electricity retailer to organise for the smart meter to be removed. Another possible option is for the modem and any ZigBee chip in the smart meter (these are the parts of a smart meter which produce pulses of RF radiation*) to be removed.

You can read about this option at this link: https://stopsmartmeters.org.nz/government-and-electricity-industry-positions/comparing-analogue-ferraris-meters-with-smart-meters-which-have-had-the-modem-removed/

 

Many people in NZ are saying “NO” to smart meters

If you do not already have a smart meter, and do If you do not want to expose yourself to the potential risks of smart meters, which include health and fire risks, as well as higher bills, you may like to read this link to find out about how other New Zealanders are successfully preventing smart meters from being installed at their homes and businesses.

 

NB: If you would like to keep up to date with information about the “smart” meter issue in NZ, please sign up to the free email list at www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz. Thank you

* also called microwave radiation

Renting? You can refuse a smart meter

Smart meters are NOT compulsory in NZ and you can refuse a smart meter whether you own your own home, or if you are renting.

This is because the meter box is part of the home. (Even if you do not own the meter inside the box – most meters in NZ are NOT owned by home owners – the meter box does NOT belong  to your electricity retailer; it is the property of the home owner.)

If you own your own home, the meter box is your own property.

If you rent your home, as a tenant you are entitled to “quiet enjoyment” of the home that you are renting.

“Quiet enjoyment means being able to enjoy reasonable peace, comfort and privacy, and allowing others to enjoy the same.” (See: https://tenancy.govt.nz/maintenance-and-inspections/quiet-enjoyment/)

Considering that smart meters have health risks and privacy risks which could interfere with your enjoyment of your rented home (and, if you live in an urban area, emissions from a smart meter at your home could potentially adversely affect your neighbours) these seem like very good reasons to refuse a smart meter.

Please note that I am not a lawyer so this post should not be misconstrued as legal advice. 

Many New Zealanders,  both home owners and people who are renting,  have successfully refused smart meters. 

If you do not want to expose yourself to the potential risks of smart meters, which include health and fire risks, as well as higher bills, you may like to read this link to find out about how other New Zealanders are successfully preventing smart meters from being installed at their homes and businesses.

To stay up to date with the smart meter issue in NZ, please sign up to the free email list at www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz

 

Whangarei smart meter emissions reach 418,000 microwatts per square metre

In the video below you can see footage that local journalist Clare Swinney took while visiting her friend Maxine who had had two smart meters installed at her home by her electricity retailer.

The meters are both EDMI Atlas Mk7A smart meters. These are a common type of smart meter in NZ.

As you can see, on one visit to Maxine’s house the smart meter (or smart meters, if they were transmitting simultaneously) was measured as producing a pulse of RF radiation* of 240,000 microwatts per square meter (240mW/m2).

On a second occasion the reading was 418,000 microwatts per square metre (418 mW/m2) .

 

This is a concern because the independent scientists who collaborated to produce the BioInitiative report recommends a maximum exposure limit of 1000 microwatts per square metre.

Maxine was not informed by her electricity company that the meter would produce microwave radiation.

As bad as the emissions were at Maxine’s house, they are nowhere near the maximum possible for EDMI smart meters that have a Sierra Wireless EWM GRPS 100 modem can produce, as is detailed at this link: https://stopsmartmeters.org.nz/latest-news/does-the-modem-for-this-smart-meter-produce-more-radiation-than-is-legal-in-nz/

 

NB: If you do not want to expose yourself to the potential risks of smart meters, which include health and fire risks, as well as higher bills, you may like to read this link to find out about how other New Zealanders are successfully preventing smart meters from being installed at their homes and businesses.

To stay up to date with the smart meter issue in NZ, please sign up to the free email list at www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz

 

 

NB:  Clare Swinney developed eye pain following the filming of this high pulse of microwave radiation, as is detailed at this linkIf you want to film a smart meter, please do not risk the health of your eyes by standing close to the meter while filming it.  Please use a tripod.   

 

*Also known as microwave radiation

 

NB: The test meter used was a Cornet ED 78S model EMR test meter. While this is not a professional level meter, it is reasonably accurate.

“Group says smart meters can be refused” – Otago Daily Times

A recent article in the Otago Daily Times emphasised the fact that it is possible to refuse to have a smart meter in NZ.  (This is because there is NO law or regulation in NZ that obliges either companies in the electricity industry to install smart meters, or for customers to accept them.)

 

The article quotes Rob Hutchins of Oamaru as saying:

 

“The [anti-smart meter] movement has taken off and a lot more people know about it.

“In some places, especially in the USA, it’s actually a criminal offence to install them in some counties and cities … such is the concern.”

You can read the full article at this link:

http://www.odt.co.nz/regions/north-otago/370564/group-says-smart-meters-can-be-refused

 

If you do not want a smart meter, pelase see this link to learn about your options.

Your options if your electricity retailer sends you a notice to say it plans to install a smart meter

Your options if your electricity retailer sends you a notice to say it plans to install a smart meter

 

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