Anger over cell site
“We’ve agreed not to continue with the construction of the site until we have had our discussion with Auckland City Council,” says Mr Leslie.
The site will provide voice, text, data and mobile broadband coverage in the northern half of the suburb.
All Telecom mobile sites must comply with the New Zealand Standard for Radio-Frequency Fields, which sets the limit for safe exposure.
“Telecom designs its sites to operate at just a fraction of these limits and in practice most sites operate between 0.1 percent and two percent of the standard and often less,” says Mr Leslie.
But resident Kirsten Donne questions its safety.
“The radiation is equivalent to eight microwaves running 24/7. Who wants their family subjected to that?”
Telecom operates one other site in Pt Chevalier, near the motorway offramp, that provides coverage to southern areas.