Bad taste back

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Love Springs is at it again.

Sales­peo­ple are go­ing door to door in parts of Porirua, sell­ing water fil­ter units, but their tac­tics are draw­ing the ire of com­mu­nity lead­ers – telling cus­tomers that the city’s water is un­safe to drink. In the lat­est sight­ings, sales­peo­ple are wear­ing of­fi­cial-look­ing high-vis­i­bil­ity vests and name tags.

There have been com­plaints in the past to the Com­merce Com­mis­sion, and last year Love Springs was fined $20,000 in Aus­tralia for its mis­lead­ing sales pitches. It sales­peo­ple have been in Porirua on at least three other oc­ca­sions in the past two years, telling peo­ple that with­out a fil­ter sys­tem, their drink­ing water could cause can­cer. A High Court de­ci­sion in 2010 pre­vented the com­pany from mak­ing false claims.

East­ern ward coun­cil­lor Litea Ah Hoi says the com­pany is ‘‘a bunch of par­a­sites’’ for tar­get­ing low so­cioe­co­nomic ar­eas like South Auck­land and east­ern Porirua, sub­urbs that con­tain im­mi­grants who may have come from coun­tries where water is com­monly un­safe.

‘‘I think it’s just ap­palling that they prey on vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple with their fab­ri­ca­tions about our water, es­pe­cially this close to Christ­mas,’’ she says. ‘‘I’ve lived in this coun­try for 30 years and never had a prob­lem with the water out of the tap. I’d love it if they knocked on my door.’’

Ms Ah Hoi says a key mes­sage to re­in­force is that Porirua’s water comes from the same place the Hutt Val­ley and Welling­ton get theirs from, in Kaitoke.

Love Springs did not re­turn phone calls from Kapi-mana News seek­ing com­ment.

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