Letters, June 17: Best to use more power

01:43, Jan 31 2009

I urge all power users to act now to use more power, not less. The more we use the sooner the power system will fail and then, and only then, will it get fixed.

I'm sick and tired of being told to save power. I don't know about the rest of you, but I know over the past 10 to 15 years I have paid thousands of dollars which have not been used wisely.

The only way anything gets done in New Zealand is to wait for it to break. After 15 years of talking about Auckland's power problems, it took only five weeks to fix when there was no power.

Once again, I urge you all use more power not less.




Elected board

A while ago we had electricity delivered by an elected board. Now we have electricity delivered by an elected board is this progress? Why did we all hand over our shares?

Some of the profits of the power company are distributed to "deserving" causes. Why should this be?

Shall we soon see those "deserving" causes seeking largess from the likes of Fonterra, the Farmers Trading Company (and the farmers) and the corner dairy?



All powerful

My daughter's April-May power account was double that of any previous readings.

She rang Genesis and was advised to read the old six o'clock version meter, night and morning for a few days.

The first day, she endeavoured to do this before 7am and after getting home at 5.30pm, then rang me in desperation for help. Each day I had to drive across town to read her meter. I have rung Genesis Power on many occasions with the readings.

I also asked if they could check the mechanics of the meter. I was advised each visit would cost my daughter $25.

Each time I ring, I have to give my full name, date of birth and our address.

I was told by the manager he would have something done by Friday, but when I rang again, he denied he said that. He did say if the meter was faulty, he would get a replacement.

So far, my daughter's account has been debited twice as much as the credit (rebate) she and everyone else received.

Should this have happened to you, please ring Bill Pepperell on 07 845-9953. (Abridged)



Malignant law

I want to compliment Mr B R Malcolm for his advertisement outlining the infamy of local territorial authorities in implementation of the Resource Management Act (Waikato Times, June 5.)

The impact of the act on the lives and wellbeing of all New Zealanders has been thus far hidden from the electorate by successive governments and their local body cohorts.

The implementation of the act has been conveniently handed to local authorities who have in general made up the rules as they go along, with no regard for the economic or social impacts.

The alienation of use-rights through changes to regional and district plans, as is already being experienced in many parts of this country, with no compensation to affected persons is immoral and unconstitutional as indicated by Mr Malcolm.

It is now time for our elected representatives to stand up, be counted and uphold the rights of the individual, by calling for the repeal of this malignant legislation.



Support for Gilgen

Might I, on behalf of many, many families who attended the surgery of much maligned doctor David Gilgen of Waikato, say thank you to him and his staff for their medical care.

I and my family from Franklin were in the area when one of the family became very ill. After a long medical day and being told he had an appointment elsewhere, we were so glad when he beckoned us in.

That young patient is now a strong forestry worker. And we wish Dr Gilgen and his whanau good wishes.

It is hoped police will pursue the unfinished Kahui case and support David Gilgen, who is no fraud or cheat.




Kerr offends

I am deeply offended at Roger Kerr's (Business Roundtable executive director) statement about doing away with the Maori roll and seats in the Beehive.

I assume John Key set this up.

In the 1930s James Carroll and Maui Pomare represented Maori with real ability and trust; unfortunately the people who should have carried this legacy forward were killed in World War II.

The only real leaders since World War II to really make a mark for Maori in Parliament have been Winston Peters, Georgina Te Heu Heu, and Nanaia Mahuta, who must rate as one of the best MPs in Waikato's history, and the New Zealand Maori Party.

Roger Kerr needs to respect the Treaty of Waitangi, the same as every other New Zealander.

I think the Electoral Commission should review how the Roundtable is funded and have John Key, under oath, disclose his ties. (Abridged)



Prisoners' nestegg

It is easy to write headlines mentioning murderers and rapists earning money while in prison. While understandably the first reaction to that is outrage, reflection might incline towards a different view.

Prisons are not, generally, full of white collar "rocket scientists".

It is well established crime has a correlation with poverty and poor parenting.

Crime, like poverty is inter-generational, for similar reasons. For many people, saving a nestegg while in prison may well be the first time in their lives they have seen, personally, the benefits that participating in society and managing their money can bring.

Most of them may well "blow" the lump sum instantly on release, but some may not. But even if they all do, the experience is still a positive one, and it is only through the accumulation of positive experiences that change can occur, in anyone.



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