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:
If you do not want a smart meter, pelase see this link to learn about your options.
NB: If you are interested in the smart meter issue, please sign up to the email list at www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz for updates.