Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Plans for Wilton pylon upgrade concern Kedgley

14 March 2001 attention Chief Reporter

Plans for Wilton pylon upgrade concern Kedgley

Green MP Sue Kedgley is alarmed at Transpower's plans to run high voltage overhead powerlines over a school and residential area in the Otari / Wilton area on a full time basis.

Instead of using the powerlines only as backup in emergencies, Transpower plans to use them all the time as from next month.

"What concerns me is that not only do the power lines run within 10 metres of Otari School, they also run immediately overhead the adjacent Wilton housing area. This means that children in Wilton will be exposed to the health hazards of high-voltage electro-magnetic fields day and night," said Ms Kedgley.

"While Transpower believes that the power lines are crucial for the supply of electricity to Wellington, the increased usage creates an unacceptable risk for families in the Wilton area," she said. Ms Kedgley was responding to a new British study showing that children living close to electricity pylons faced a greater risk of developing leukemia. This study confirms the results of other studies, including a New Zealand study which showed electro-magnetic exposure in adults increased the risk of cancer and leukemia.

"The World Health Organisation advises prudent avoidance of exposure - and children running around under high-tension powerlines is not prudent avoidance," she said.

Ms Kedgley said the current Education Policy (Circular No 1996/12) prohibiting the placement of cell phone transmitters on Crown-owned school sites should be expanded to include pylons and high voltage wires within a 50-100 metre buffer zone around all schools, whether they were sited on Crown owned or privately owned land.

"However, the intense use of overhead power lines in low-cost residential areas is an even greater problem." Ms Kedgley said that a National Environment standard is needed under the Resource Management Act to prohibit any further housing development within a 50-100 metre zone around high voltage power lines or pylons. Where overhead lines already exist in residential housing areas, exposure should be reduced by engineering solutions such as covering the wires in metal sheaths, reducing the voltage, raising the height of the wires or limiting their usage.

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Werewolf: What Does Winston Peters Want His Legacy To Be?

A lot of people in New Zealand seem to resent Winston Peters and the power that he appears to have. “Appears” being the operative word. In reality, Peters will have power only up to the point that he uses it.

By next week, he’ll have become just another junior player in an MMP governing arrangement, battling to hold onto the gains he was promised. More>>

 

Rising Toll: Road Safety Needs To Be A Higher Priority

Official advice released to the Green Party under the Official Information Act shows that the previous National Government dismissed an option to make road safety its most important transport priority after being told the road toll was rising. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>

ALSO:

Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>

ALSO:

Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>

ALSO:

Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election