Residents protest lines bills
Turangi residents jumped at the chance to broadcast their concerns of their The Lines Company bills, as part of a segment for Seven Sharp last week.
However TLC chief executive, Sean Horgan called some of the claims ‘‘ludicrous’’ and ‘‘mischievous’’.
About 60 residents gathered in the town square, determined to get their story heard, including Cassia Wheoki. She said she got a lines bill for $840, for only one month.
‘‘It’s only me and my daughter at home so I’d like to know where they got that amount from,’’ she said.
Another Turangi resident, Timatanga Rota, said he went along to the filming to show his support and also share his thoughts. Rota said their main issue was to get their concerns out to the public but claims they have been threatened by TLC with cutting off power if they do.
TLC chief executive, Sean Horgan, said that was simply not true.
‘‘Any assertion that TLC would cut power off if someone were to go to the media or challenge their bill is ludicrous and mischievous,’’ he said.
He believed the programme was unlikely to touch on the proposed changes or the fact that the low number of customers spread across a large area meant the network was always going to be expensive.