Peters prom­ises change

Ruapehu Press - - Your Local News - FRANCES FER­GU­SON

NZ First leader Win­ston Peters is promis­ing a shake-up of lines com­pa­nies if it gets into power.

Speak­ing at a pub­lic meeting or­gan­ised by the Tau­marunui Ratepay­ers’ and Res­i­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion, Peters gave an as­sur­ance that change was on the hori­zon.

The Lines Com­pany charges have been con­tro­ver­sial in the Ruapehu district for some time and Peters was greeted to a packed house at the Cos­mopoli­tan Club for the meeting. Peters said the state of The Lines Com­pany pric­ing mech­a­nism was the ‘‘ugly face of ir­re­spon­si­ble cap­i­tal­ism’’.

‘‘We have started dis­cus­sions with some of the lines com­pa­nies and de­spite their ret­i­cence we be­lieve there is a need for some form of amal­ga­ma­tion.

‘‘You’ve got the lines charges more than the power it­self and this can’t go on and the idea we’re not go­ing to re­act is so wrong.’’

Peters said peo­ple in the King Coun­try and Ruapehu had been let down by the Com­merce Com­mis­sion and they would keep pur­su­ing The Lines Com­pany vig­or­ously.

CEO for The Lines Com­pany, Sean Hor­gan said any po­ten­tial change to cur­rent pol­icy would re­quire con­sid­er­able in­dus­try and Gov­ern­ment dis­cus­sion over a pe­riod of time.

‘‘The Lines Com­pany’s fo­cus is on re­solv­ing cur­rent lo­cal con­cerns through our Ser­vice-based Pric­ing Re­view.’’

FRANCES FER­GU­SON / STUFF

Win­ston Peters prom­ises change for line com­pany cus­tomers.

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