Kiwis deserve a fair deal on power prices

Did you know that families in some parts of New Zealand pay up to 40% more for their power than Aucklanders?

 August 27, 2018

Surprised? Don’t worry you’re not alone. We recently hit the streets of Auckland to talk to people about power prices. Few realised those prices varied around the country, let alone that there were massive differences. You can see their responses in part 3 of our video series.

Looking for a logical answer some wondered if power cost less in Auckland due to its size. Others thought regions living a long way from where their electricity was generated might have to pay more. No one thought it was fair. As one of the people we spoke to said; "You’d think there’d be a...nationwide level playing field". We agree.

To illustrate just how unfair power prices are, you only have to look to Otago, one of the country’s main areas for hydro generation. Dunedin has the lowest power prices in the nation. Meanwhile, families in Balclutha, just 80 kilometres down the road, are paying up to 65% more - that’s the most expensive power in the country (Northland is close behind). To put that into real terms, the amount of power you can buy for $200 in Dunedin costs a whopping $330 in Balclutha.

We ended our opinion poll by asking people if they thought the big power companies really cared about their customers. From the responses we got It seems like they’ve all got a lot of work to do.

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Other videos in the series.

Part 1 / Part 2