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

 


Turner: Blackout not good enough

Wednesday 21 June 2006

Turner: Blackout not good enough

United Future and Bay of Plenty-based MP Judy Turner has slammed the fragility of the electricity system after 6000 households in Te Puke and Pongakawa were left without power last night.

A surge in power use about 5.30pm threatened to overload transmission lines, which were unable to meet demand. Local lines company Powerco made the decision to cut electricity feeds to the region for three hours to prevent a potentially bigger power crash.

"As far as I am concerned this is an unacceptable situation," said Mrs Turner. "In the middle of winter a lot of Bay of Plenty locals rely solely on electricity to provide heating, hot water and cooking facilities.

"I understand the lines company's decision and do not have an issue with that, I am just frustrated that people in my home province have to suffer the indignity of enforced power cuts.

"I know that the Bay of Plenty winter is not as severe or as cold as what those in the South Island are experiencing, but for the elderly and people with young children a power cut is a dangerous situation.

"It would be a real tragedy if a person died as the result of a similar overloading or preventative measure," concluded Mrs Turner.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>

ALSO:

More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>

ALSO:

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news