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NZ Power Crisis

By Gary R, in , posted: 13-Apr-2006 08:26

PWC have just completed a report about the state of the electricity industry. According to the report most of the electricity network was last replaced just after World War 2.

What a joke, this government is very quick to blame Telecom for the state of broadband and its supposed low level of investment in infrastructure. Telecom is a public company where as the electricity generation and transmission network is a government owned entity. What is the old saying 'People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones'.

Hard working kiwis have paid billions of dollars over the years for electricity of which a large percentage has gone directly to the government coffers to pay for the bloated public service.

What is more important to the growth and security of the NZ economy? How fast your broadband connection is? or being able to heat your house, cook food and burn a light bulb?

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Comment by chiefie, on 13-Apr-2006 08:45

I think we should head back to the cave and start burning woods and using smoke signals again...


Comment by tonyhughes, on 13-Apr-2006 11:18

You are completely right. Any blackouts we have will be the direct fault of the government. I refuse to save power for any reason other than saving myself money. I'll leave stuff turned on if its more convenient for me. If we continue to make big efforts to save power, then their will be a continuation of inertia from the government in terms of them fixing their problem.


Comment by juha, on 14-Apr-2006 10:46

Time to start working on that neighbourhood sealed fusion reactor :) It's just too irritating really that there's no forward planning whatsoever in this country. Everything is done as a patch to alleviate existing issues, nothing more. The Harbour bridge was underdimensioned from the start and has no rail/foot crossing, there is no coherent public transport in Auckland, the road network is insufficient to carry all the traffic and now despite many many many power crisis, there is still not enough generation capacity. This "let's wait and see what happens" attitude has to end. It's the real reason why NZ is lagging behind other OECD countries.


Comment by JAMMAN2110, on 16-Apr-2006 20:52

Lets all move to aussie where (in the place I want to go at least) we get fibre optics to our door! And thats just the start (I hope)


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