All power to Kawerau

LETTER

Full steam ahead (September 28) is a good news story for the Bay of Plenty. The Eastland Community Trust was not set up to export money extracted from the pockets of local residents for the benefit of Kawerau and beyond. Remember too, the power station has been built on a non-renewable Maori land lease so the $136 million asset goes, at lease end, to the lucky landowners.

ECT funds should be distributed to the beneficiaries who gave up their entitlement to share in the Poverty Bay Electric Power Board assets when it was wound up by government decree.

For more than 20 years, Gisborne power consumers have been charged top dollar for electricity but have received nothing in return.

All this pain to fund grand acquitions like Flick Electric and misadventures like the Wairoa dam and geothermal in Hawaii. All without accountability.

The time to reduce the cost of household and small-business electricity bills is long overdue.

Winston Moreton

Full steam ahead (September 28) is a good news story for the Bay of Plenty. The Eastland Community Trust was not set up to export money extracted from the pockets of local residents for the benefit of Kawerau and beyond. Remember too, the power station has been built on a non-renewable Maori land lease so the $136 million asset goes, at lease end, to the lucky landowners.

ECT funds should be distributed to the beneficiaries who gave up their entitlement to share in the Poverty Bay Electric Power Board assets when it was wound up by government decree.

For more than 20 years, Gisborne power consumers have been charged top dollar for electricity but have received nothing in return.

All this pain to fund grand acquitions like Flick Electric and misadventures like the Wairoa dam and geothermal in Hawaii. All without accountability.

The time to reduce the cost of household and small-business electricity bills is long overdue.

Winston Moreton

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Them and Us - 2 months ago
I admire your stickability Mr Moreton and agree with you. Shame this bunch couldn't give a toss what you and many others think. Consumers are a pest to them and fit for only one thing, paying the bills!

Ray Hill - 2 months ago
Give it a rest Winston, if the money had been given back to the consumer most of it would have been piddelled away.

winston moreton - 2 months ago
Gosh, gotta admire Ray Hill's honesty. Wish others who think the same would speak out and join the debate.

Phil Hunt, Picton - 2 months ago
When we moved to Marlborough, within four months we all got a $160 dividend from the local power trust. Less than a month later we got another credit on our power accounts to reflect how much power we had used! The combined amount paid our power bill for three months! It seems the locals here have a good handle on how a power system should be run.
As has been stated many times by Mr Moreton, the same should apply with Eastland Community Trust, however the old "we know what's good for you" mantra applies. I think a group should get together (it will cost money) and take a legal challenge on this matter. I believe Gisborne people deserve a "fair go" - the time has long since past for this matter to be resolved.

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