Res­i­dents protest lines bills

Taupo Times - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - STEPH RANGI

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.

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