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Re: Mayoral candidates and Eastland Community Trust.

One of the consequences of Mayor Meng Foon’s resignation and the pending election will be a new ECT trustee. Over recent days I have put the following question to each of the three current candidates on their Facebook campaign pages: “Do you support reducing the cost of household electricity supply in Gisborne?”

Only Johnathan Pere has responded. In one of his comments he says, “My stance as mayor would be to invite representatives from all major power companies to put their best proposal forward for cheaper power then maybe find the best power company for Tairawhiti.” Good on Mr Pere for having the courtesy to reply.

Given our electricity supply charges are among the highest, if not the highest, in NZ the question is important because our Mayor automatically has a seat on the trust. Electricity is produced by water for free. It is a scandal, in my opinion, that profits of $12.1 million have been collected by ECT in the past year to add to the $400 million the trustees already hold on trust. It adds insult to injury that electricity prices for some households are more than their annual rates bill.

If they personally take up the ECT mayoral seat our new mayor will be paid, in addition to their council salary, the sum of $30,000 a year from our electricity-generated funds — so the candidates have a responsibility to be publicly accountable here.

Through these columns, I now invite each of the mayoral candidates to respond to this question. “As an ECT trustee will you reduce the cost of household electricity supply in Gisborne?” The mayoral appointee, with the support of his or her council, has the power to make it happen.

Winston Moreton

Re: Mayoral candidates and Eastland Community Trust.

One of the consequences of Mayor Meng Foon’s resignation and the pending election will be a new ECT trustee. Over recent days I have put the following question to each of the three current candidates on their Facebook campaign pages: “Do you support reducing the cost of household electricity supply in Gisborne?”

Only Johnathan Pere has responded. In one of his comments he says, “My stance as mayor would be to invite representatives from all major power companies to put their best proposal forward for cheaper power then maybe find the best power company for Tairawhiti.” Good on Mr Pere for having the courtesy to reply.

Given our electricity supply charges are among the highest, if not the highest, in NZ the question is important because our Mayor automatically has a seat on the trust. Electricity is produced by water for free. It is a scandal, in my opinion, that profits of $12.1 million have been collected by ECT in the past year to add to the $400 million the trustees already hold on trust. It adds insult to injury that electricity prices for some households are more than their annual rates bill.

If they personally take up the ECT mayoral seat our new mayor will be paid, in addition to their council salary, the sum of $30,000 a year from our electricity-generated funds — so the candidates have a responsibility to be publicly accountable here.

Through these columns, I now invite each of the mayoral candidates to respond to this question. “As an ECT trustee will you reduce the cost of household electricity supply in Gisborne?” The mayoral appointee, with the support of his or her council, has the power to make it happen.

Winston Moreton

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Peter Wooding - 18 days ago
When Johnathan Pere talks about "major power companies" does he mean generators, transmitters or retailers? There are probably not great differences in retail charges, and we are stuck with Eastland Group as transmitter (aren't we?), so how will Mr Pere's plan work?

winston moreton - 17 days ago
Not sure Peter Wooding if Mr Pere is au fait with the local problem with the lines company monopoly. But he did respond, unlike the other mayoral candidates

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