Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Telecom Rural Charges Price Hike Blow To Rural NZ

15 November 2002

MEDIA RELEASE

Telecom Rural Charges Price Hike
“Yet Another Blow To Rural New Zealand”

26 rural Mayors met today to discuss some of the issues currently of concern to the territorial local authorities around New Zealand. Of primary concern was the issue of the increase in Telecom’s rural connection charges.

David Owen, Mayor of Waimate District and Local Government Rural Sector Group Spokesperson said that the rural Mayors who attended today’s meeting and were briefed by Telecom still felt betrayed and angry at the proposed increases in connection charges.

“The Mayors listened to Telecom but are still furious. Access to a phone is not a luxury in rural New Zealand, it is a necessity. Without a phone life in rural New Zealand is not safe and surely that is reason enough for Telecom to reconsider its decision,” said David Owen.

The Mayors passed a unanimous resolution condemning Telecom’s new charging proposals and demanding that the Government ensures that Telecom complies with the intent of their Kiwishare obligation, so that all New Zealanders have access to telecommunication services at a reasonable cost.

The Group also expressed concerns about Telecom’s possible involvement in Government plans for Broadband expansion to service rural and provincial education. Based on this most recent decision by Telecom, there is wide spread cynicism over the reliability and commitment to social responsibility of Telecom.

Other issues discussed today were rural roading funding and lack of new works planned, rural health initiatives, rural sewerage upgrades, and Sport and Recreation (formally Hillary Commission) Community Sport Funding abolition for rural communities.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Veronika Meduna: The Kaikoura Rebuild

A Scoop Foundation Investigation

Friday will be a big day for people north of Kaikōura – and for hundreds of construction workers who are racing to reopen State Highway 1 in time for the holiday season.

By the afternoon, the South Island’s main transport corridor will be open to traffic again, more than a year after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake mangled bridges and tunnels, twisted rail tracks and buried sections of the road under massive landslides. More>>

 

BPS HYEFU WYSIWYG: Labour's Budget Plans, Families Package

“Today we are announcing the full details of the Government’s Families Package. This is paid for by rejecting National’s tax cuts and instead targeting spending at those who need it most. It will lift 88,000 children out of poverty by 2021." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Defence Spending, Alabama, And Dolly Parton

The spending lavished on Defence projects to meet the risks that could maybe, possibly, theoretically face New Zealand in future is breath-taking, given how successive governments have been reluctant to spend even a fraction of those amounts on the nation’s actual social needs. More>>

ALSO:

Members' Bills: End Of Life Choice Bill Passes First Reading

The End of Life Choice Bill in the name of David Seymour has been sent to a select committee for consideration by 76 votes to 44. It is the third time Parliament has voted on the issue in recent decades and the first time such a Bill has made it over the first hurdle. More>>

ALSO:

State Sector: MPI Survives Defrag Of Portfolios

The Ministry for Primary Industries will not be split under the new government, but will instead serve as an overarching body for four portfolio-based entities focused on fisheries, forestry, biosecurity and food safety. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Vulnerable Kids, RNZ Funding, And Poppy

The decision to remove the word ‘vulnerable’ from the Ministry for Vulnerable Children could well mark a whole shift in approach to the care of children in need... More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages