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


Telecom charges not just a rural issue

Telecom charges not just a rural issue

National’s Commerce spokesman, Tony Ryall, says Telecom’s controversial new connection charges are not just hitting a few people in remote rural areas.

“They’re also hammering homeowners on the fringes of major cities and towns, some living just 10 minutes’ drive from town centres.

“Since yesterday, we’ve heard of at least three cases in the coastal Bay of Plenty where customers are being unfairly hit by Telecom’s new charges:

· A couple in Omanawa, near Tauranga, who need three phone lines to run their businesses, have been quoted $1500 for each connection. They live 10 minutes’ drive from Tauranga city.

· A couple with a new home in a rural subdivision, less than 10 minutes’ drive from downtown Whakatane, have been quoted $3000 to connect to the Telecom network. The cables have already been laid to the house. Connecting to the local electricity network – Horizon Energy – costs $150.

· A couple that has built in another subdivision near Whakatane face a $3000 bill to connect. They cannot get cellphone coverage at their property because of the terrain.

“These people are being shafted simply because the Government didn’t ensure the matter was sorted out when it renegotiated the Kiwishare agreement less than 12 months ago.

“The Communications Minister talks of further discussion with Telecom next week to progress the matter. In the meantime, the line’s dead for frustrated customers needing a phone,” says Mr Ryall. Ends

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Who Decides On The Priority List For Vaccines

During the past week, the nation has gone through a range of mixed feelings about south Auckland. Understandably, there’s been a hankering in some quarters to punish a few of the rule breakers who plunged all of Auckland back into lockdown…Yet alongside that impulse there also been compassion for the way that poverty and overcrowding make south Aucklanders extremely vulnerable to the spread of the virus... More>>


Government: PHARMAC Review Announced

The Government is following through on an election promise to conduct an independent review into PHARMAC, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Health Minister Andrew Little announced today... More>>


Government: Main Benefits To Increase In Line With Wages

All measures of child poverty were trending downwards, prior to the COVID-19 lockdown, across the two years since year ended June 2018, Stats NZ said today. The COVID-19 lockdown in late March 2020 affected Stats NZ’s ability to collect data from households ... More>>

Government: Reserve Bank To Take Account Of Housing In Decision Making

The Reserve Bank is now required to consider the impact on housing when making monetary and financial policy decisions, Grant Robertson announced today. Changes have been made to the Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee’s remit requiring it to take into ... More>>


Covid-19: Auckland Back To Alert Level Three After One New Community Case Revealed

Auckland will move to alert level three for a week at 6am tomorrow morning after two new Covid-19 community cases announced this evening could not be directly linked to earlier cases, the Prime Minister has confirmed.
The rest of the country will move to level two.... More>>

NZ Initiative: New Report Highlights How Our Housing Crisis Could Worsen If We Don’t Act Now

If New Zealand politicians thought the housing crisis in 2020 was bad, the worst is yet to come, warns a new report by The New Zealand Initiative. In The Need to Build: The demographic drivers of housing demand , Research Assistant Leonard Hong ... More>>

Parliament: Kiwi MPs Among The “Most Educated In The World”

New analysis of MP qualifications reveals New Zealand’s Parliament is one of the most educated and highest qualified in the world, and significantly more educated than Australia’s. The research, by Mark Blackham of BlacklandPR and Geoffrey Miller ... More>>

The Dig: An Illogical Ideological Struggle

Dig beneath all the trade wars and the arguments to the effect that the USA should not permit China to achieve economic and technological superiority, or even parity, and you find the real reason behind the conflict... More>>




InfoPages News Channels