Maori TV news “Te Kaea” covers the smart meter story

On Sunday, December 27, the Maori TV news programme “Te Kaea” broadcast a story about smart meters.

The story focuses on the experiences of Whangarei women Marama Waddell (who has become ill and experienced sleeping difficulties following the installation of a smart meter at her home) and Mrs Nellie Rata.  Mrs Rata – whose late husband Matiu Rata was the much loved MP – has had her power bill increase significantly after  a smart meter was installed at her home.

Local journalist Clare Swinney (who measured the EMR from a smart meter in Whangarei earlier in December) was interviewed for the news item.

You can view the story (which is mostly in Maori with English subtitles) may be viewed at this link:


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


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Headaches disappear after smart meter replaced

From a site visitor:

“We are with Contact and the lady who I spoke with was supportive of our decision to have the smart meter removed. We told her that since moving into this house, we had not been sleeping properly (waking throughout the night or not being able to get to sleep) and had frequent light to moderate headaches. She put the order in straight away. She said she has been receiving more requests recently and hearing about people becoming ill from “smart meters”.

“I was surprised how straight forward it was. The company was notified of our choice to have a replacement meter and the very next day I received a call from the company, Vircon saying they will be available to replace it that very day! I was thrilled. It’s great to see that freedom of choice is still respected in NZ.

“We had the ‘smart meter’ for about 5 months and didn’t realise our ill health was attributable to it until stumbling upon the information thanks to your website. We noticed we felt less stress and after a week could sleep deeply and properly once more! We have now been free from the ‘smart meter’ for 13 months and no longer get the headaches and feel very peaceful at home again.”


Site editor’s note:  Contact Energy is one of the companies which has helped people to get rid of unwanted “smart meters”  Other companies are listed at this link: