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

 


To eat or to heat?

Media Release

Monday 10 March 2014

To eat or to heat?

The latest round of pre-winter power price rises will squeeze the budgets of many New Zealanders with some unable to meet the additional charges, said Stephnie de Ruyter, Democrats for Social Credit Party Leader.

Although the power increases announced by Meridian and Genesis vary across the country, the daily fixed charge increase is in the region of a whopping 80%.

Consumers can’t economise to mitigate increases to the daily fixed charge: if you’re connected, you pay the charge. Home insulation reduces heating needs and solar powered hot water reduces power use but the daily fixed charge is like death and taxes – unavoidable, Ms de Ruyter said.

Children, the frail elderly, the sick, the poor must be able to live in warm, healthy homes. No-one in a resource-rich country like ours should have to choose between heating and eating.

The DSC proposes the introduction of Reserve Bank funded interest free loans for the installation of domestic photovoltaic systems to reduce dependence on electricity companies and the national grid.

A ten year roll out of installations starting with state houses then extending to low income families and Superannuitants would ensure that the most vulnerable New Zealanders have access to affordable power, Ms de Ruyter said.

In addition, households would benefit from this form of domestic generation as any surplus could be sold back and returned to the grid.

Ms de Ruyter noted that in the past the Reserve Bank loans were used to build infrastructure in New Zealand.

If we can build houses, bridges, roads, hospitals and other essential infrastructure using Reserve Bank credit facilities then we can certainly extend the mechanism to support the installation of domestic micro-generation for those who need it most, she said.

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Gordon Campbell: On D-Day For Dairy At The TPP

While New Zealand may feel flattered at being called “the Saudi Arabia of milk” it would be more accurate to regard us as the suicide bombers of free trade. More>>

ALSO:

Leaked Letter: Severe Restrictions on State Owned Enterprises

Even an SOE that exists to fulfil a public function neglected by the market or which is a natural monopoly would nevertheless be forced to act "on the basis of commercial considerations" and would be prohibited from discriminating in favour of local businesses in purchases and sales. Foreign companies would be given standing to sue SOEs in domestic courts for perceived departures from the strictures of the TPP... More>>

ALSO:

"Gutted" Safety Bill: Time To Listen To Workplace Victims’ Families

Labour has listened to the families of whose loved ones have been killed at work and calls on other political parties to back its proposals to make workplaces safer and prevent unnecessary deaths on the job. More>>

ALSO:

Regulators: Govt To ‘Crowd-Source’ Regulatory Advice

A wide-ranging set of reforms is to be implemented to shake up the way New Zealand government agencies develop, write and implement regulations. More>>

ALSO:

Board Appointments: Some Minister Appoint Less The 3 In 10 Women

“It’s 2015 not 1915: Ministers who appoint less than 3 in 10 women to their boards must do better, they have no excuse but to do better,” said Dr Blue. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The 1990s Retro Proposals For Our Health System

As we learned yesterday, the reviews propose that the democratically elected representation on DHBs should be reduced, such that community wishes will be able to be over-ridden by political appointees. In today’s revelations, the reviews also propose a return to the destructive competitive health model of the 1990s. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Cab Press Conference: Foreign Buyers Register, TPP And Serco

At a press conference today in Wellington, John Key discussed the foreign buyers register as well as the TPP and Serco. Key was questioned on whether a stamp tax might be used as a tool to deal with foreign buyers. More>>

ALSO:

Lyndon Hood Satire: Serco To Outsource Prison To Public Sector

In response to high-profile failings, multinational omnicorporation Serco will introduce public management in its prison system. Serco's New Zealand manager, speaking on condition of anonymity, has announced plans for managers from the Department of Corrections to run the Mt Eden Correctional Facility. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news