LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
It seems outrageous to spend $4b to increase the property values of people owning houses under high voltage towers.
It is likely that most of these people originally paid less for their properties because of the proximity of the towers.
A genuine concern is Transpower’s decision to implement longstanding legislation that limits landowners’ rights to build under power pylons.
Surely there are cheaper options to address this concern.
In the same issue was an article about United Nations recommendations to the New Zealand Government regarding child poverty.
I suggest that our MPs and local body politicians refocus their energies towards addressing child poverty where the spending of $4b seems much more justifiable.
I, for one, would much rather live in a city where children were not suffering from diseases associated with poverty such as bronchiolitis, impetigo and rheumatic fever, than one which spent $4b burying power pylons.