Five months of power . . .

LETTER

I have not seen any letters recently from Winston Moreton regarding the Gisborne electricity trust.

Here in Marlborough the local lines company distributes money each January to every consumer connected on a certain date. This year it was $185. Next you get a dividend depending on how much power you used in the previous 12 months; this year we got about $90. Add those together and it paid for two months of power (for two people).

As we are over 65 we also get the winter energy payment from Work and Income. Add all three payments together and it covers five months of power.

I am sure many Gisborne consumers would welcome this, but I doubt that those who hold the purse strings will entertain the idea.

Hope you are still plugging away Winston!

Phil Hunt, Picton

I have not seen any letters recently from Winston Moreton regarding the Gisborne electricity trust.

Here in Marlborough the local lines company distributes money each January to every consumer connected on a certain date. This year it was $185. Next you get a dividend depending on how much power you used in the previous 12 months; this year we got about $90. Add those together and it paid for two months of power (for two people).

As we are over 65 we also get the winter energy payment from Work and Income. Add all three payments together and it covers five months of power.

I am sure many Gisborne consumers would welcome this, but I doubt that those who hold the purse strings will entertain the idea.

Hope you are still plugging away Winston!

Phil Hunt, Picton

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Winston Moreton - 2 months ago
Still plugging Phil. ECT and its power plays provide enough material for a John Grisham novel.

Phil Hunt - 2 months ago
Thanks, Winston!
I haven't seen any comment from the "we-know-best-how-to-spend-your-money" trust!
Come on, this is long since past being a joke. Of all the places I can think of, Gisborne would be well up the list on places where power consumers need help.
A comment from the trustees would be good, but not all the old platitudes.
I am not holding my breath though!

W Gerrard - 2 months ago
Agree with you Phil, makes me wonder why none of the trustees comment or even agree to give the consumers in Gisborne a hand with their power. Is it greed? At least the Government is helping with a winter payment. Remind me why we have ECT?

Another local - 2 months ago
The deed of the trust does not permit such handouts.

Phil Hunt, Picton - 2 months ago
If the deed-of-trust doesn't permit such a handout then some "sneaky" work must have gone into framing the document! How many years has this gone on? Time to call a public meeting and frame a new and fair document.
All the power trusts I have come across allow ONLY dispersal to the local power user on a specific date each year.
As I said before "times up boys!"

Footnote from Ed: That's because those are "consumer trusts", this is a community trust.

Phil Hunt, Picton - 2 months ago
Well, some good comments, and the editor reminds us of the different approach to the framing of the deed of the trust. This still does not make it right! I think the whole thing should be gone through very carefully and a new document drawn up with the help of those who know the correct procedure and wording.
There must be some simple legal redress to this whole sorry saga. The people of Gisborne deserve as much. I understand that any document can be changed, but I wonder if those who hold the purse strings are prepared to move on this? I doubt it!

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