The Bay of Plenty Times has recently reported that meter readers in the Tauranga area could lose their jobs if a trial of smart meters is successful.

Wherever you live in NZ, if you have an analogue meter at your home, if you would like your friendly local meter reader to keep his or her job you can help by refusing to have a smart meter installed at your home.

(You will also be doing yourself  – and your neighbours a favour- because by refusing a smart meter you will not have the risks to your health, privacy and safety posed by these so called-smart meters.  To read why many Kiwis are refusing smart meters, please see this link )

The link to the Bay of Plenty Times article is below:


Smart meters are  NOT compulsory in NZ

Roll outs of wireless so-called “smart” electricity meters are ongoing in many areas of NZ. (Some electricity companies may describe smart meters as “advanced” meters in their letters to customers or simply state that the company plans to install the “next generation” meter or upgrade or a replace the existing meter.)

If you live in an area where smart meters are being installed you may  receive a letter stating that your meter will be upgraded or replaced, however sometimes letters get lost in the mail and do not arrive prior to a planned installation.

You can click HERE for information on how to avoid getting a so-called smart electricity meter.

Please note that while some electricity company representatives tell customers that smart meters are “compulsory” or are a “government requirement” or use other words to this effect, this is not true.  The legal situation regarding electricity meters is explained at this link.


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