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Sensational: Could your blood type effect the way you respond to Electromagnetic radiation?
New Zealand Created: 11 Jun 2012
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Source: Beckey/ Agnes Ingvarsdottir

Danger in the air?
New Zealand Created: 20 Jun 2011
What threats lurk in our glorious hi- tech wi-fi new world? Decades-old fears have had a new lease of life.

If you can't see, hear, taste or smell something, could it still be dangerous to your health?

In October 1996, The Press published a story about Christchurch resident Penny Hargreaves. She and more than 100 other residents were worried that a high-frequency radio mast at Ouruhia, near Bottle Lake, was causing widespread health problems in the area.

In a muddled, disputed way the mast was tested and the fears dismissed.

But the fears never went away and 15 years later Hargreaves is still fighting to get her case heard in the High Court.

"I'm never going to give up," she says. Especially not now that the World Health Organisation (WHO) has issued a warning that radiofrequency electromagnetic fields could cause cancer.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer issued a formal ruling on the danger of cellphone use after a panel of 31 scientists concluded that using cellphones for long periods could lead to brain cancer.

The danger is found in electromagnetic radiation which cellphones emit. Cellphone users are now urged to limit their cellphone exposure.

WHO acknowledges cellphones in the same carcinogenic danger area as poisonous lead and the pesticide poison DDT.

They vary hugely in strength but a low-powered cellphone tower is 50 watts. The 137m Ouruhia radio tower has transmitted at 150,000 watts.

A growing chorus of scientists around the world are now calling for independent research into the hidden dangers of radiation from cellphones, cordless phones, wi-fi, radio and electricity towers and even baby monitors.

Meanwhile, in May the Supreme Court of Italy ordered Vatican Radio to compensate Cesano, a small town near Rome, following allegations the broadcaster's high-powered, inappropriately sited, AM/FM transmitters put children at a higher risk of cancer.

Reports emerged in 2001 that electromagnetic radiation produced by Vatican Radio's transmitters near the town was above the legal limit.

A health authority released a study claiming that children in the area were six times more likely to develop leukaemia.

The 300-page report prepared by Italy's most prestigious cancer research hospital called the connection between Vatican antennas and childhood cancer "coherent and significant".

Hargreaves believes all this underlines she was right to battle on and says she'll keep fighting for future generations.

The fight to remove the radio tower at Ouruhia started in 1996 when residents called for the Christchurch City Council to commission a proper health survey, after an informal survey by one resident found many people were suffering similar symptoms, including joint pains, headaches, insomnia, fatigue and dizziness.

When residents stayed away from the area, the symptoms went away.

An informal survey of 20 or so properties within a kilometre of the Radio Network mast revealed all but two households had significant health problems, including numerous instances of heart disease.

In October 1996, the National Radiation Laboratory (NRL) was commissioned to monitor radiation levels.

One resident, an electrician who had a section near the tower, requested a private NRL check of radiation levels in August 1996. These readings were so high they went off the meter. When NRL monitored on behalf of the Radio Network in November the readings complied with the conditions of the consent.

NRL scientist Martin Gledhill said then that the higher recorded levels were due to his "not using the instrument properly".

He had taken greater precautions for the November readings. Reduced power could explain the lower readings but he had no reason to believe this had occurred, he said.

In 1996, Waimakariri MP Mike Moore and Canterbury Regional Councillor Dr Neil Cherry wrote to the then Minister of Health, Jenny Shipley, asking for an independent inquiry.

At the Ouruhia resource consent hearing in 1997 residents and Radio Network provided conflicting expert evidence on the effects of radio waves.

On behalf of Radio Network, Dr David Black said there was no evidence that RF radiation affected health. No ionising radiation was emitted from the Ouruhia mast so there could be no analogy with the known health hazards of X-rays and gamma rays.

Speaking for residents, Dr Neil Cherry said there was scientific evidence that radio-frequency radiation changed the biological nature of people's cells.

In December 1999, Ouruhia was monitored again at two locations and readings were found to be outside the permitted conditions of the consent. One reading was taken 2km from the tower.

Other residents, worn down by the ongoing David and Goliath struggle, gave up the fight.

But Hargreaves is still determined to find justice.

"Dr Hocking diagnosed me with the symptoms of radiation sickness. It's ironic that I've been fighting all these years to get it down but in the end Mother Nature took care of it for me."

The September 4, 2010, earthquake saw the 151m tower at Ouruhia engulfed in liquefaction and it tilted severely. It was still transmitting but the February 22 earthquake finished it off. It was removed recently.

The Press visited in March and photographed the tower leaning.

Access to the site, which now sports a newly erected 25m tower for Civil Defence, is patrolled by Armourguard 24 hours a day.

"They think I'm going to blow it up," Hargreaves says. "Surely if I had wanted to blow it up I would have done it by now. Although the tower is smaller it is more dangerous because it is suppressing energy into the ground. Wet ground multiplies it four times. Towers are normally on top of hills, like Sugarloaf, not on low-lying sites beaming through people."

Director of Engineering for the Radio Network, Norm Collison said the attempt to link the WHO study to the Ouruhia transmissions was not appropriate.

"The signal levels from a cellular handset being held against the head generate energy in the body that is hundreds or thousands of times greater than what the public could be exposed to from our transmissions. The public should have no concerns, particularly as the emr from transmissions is well below New Zealand standards, which are well below the level shown to have minor heating effects."

Hargreaves, an internationally respected horse trainer, no longer lives at her Ouruhia farm. Her horses have also experienced problems. As metal acts as magnifiers of the frequencies horses wearing metal, such as horseshoes and halters, get electric shocks.

She bought the property intending to build an international horse centre.

When her horses began dying mysteriously, foul play was suspected and a police watch was in place for six months. Over the next two years animals suffered from unexplained symptoms including swollen lymphs and muscle weakness.

"In August 1996, we discovered high-powered FM had been added to an AM-only tower without consent and that it had increased from 30,000 watts to 150,000 watts."

Jan Zervos, who kept horses around the tower for over a decade, has a similar story.

"I had my horses there from 1986 to 1998. When I first went to the doctor it was because I always felt tired. Then I had a major collapse. I had ECGs and nothing was picked up. In the end they shrugged their shoulders and said it was chronic fatigue.

"At the time I thought it was weird because it was a good time in my life. I was 26 and very fit. You think it's just happening to you, you don't realise . . . I struggled through and it wasn't until Penny approached me and told me I shouldn't be down by the tower, and why, that I realised it wasn't just me it was happening to.

"Even then I was sceptical, I loved the place. I didn't want to believe it but in the end it was too compelling."

Zervos moved out in 1998 but didn't realise she had a tumour growing on her uterus.

"Tumours on thyroids aren't unusual but mine was two-thirds the size of a baby's head. I was very lucky. If I'd been living there I don't think I'd be alive now. No- one ever told us that the tower wasn't safe. We used to talk to the technicians. They weren't allowed to work there for longer than four hours yet people living there were exposed to it 24 hours a day."

Zervos's doctor told her that to have a tumour as large as she had was unusual.

"I try not to think about it now, I don't want to hold any bitterness about it all. But I don't see it as any different from the disaster at Cave Creek, it's just not as in your face."

Nelson-based environment lawyer Sue Grey was so incensed by the situation at Ouruhia that she is now representing Hargreaves in her High Court case.

"To me, Penny's case is a landmark case. The New Zealand standard is only designed to protect people from immediate health effects - burns and death. It is not designed to protect against long term biological cumulative effects. There's a huge gap in safety."

New Zealand Standard 2772.1:1999 was based on the International Commission on Non- Ionising Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) guidelines2. The Chairman of ICNIRP has been quoted as saying that the ICNIRP limits are only intended to protect against established, acute effect (that exhibit thresholds). The inference being that the guidelines only seek to prevent short-term heat damage, and not chronic effects and non-thermal biological effects.

While the standard only takes into account heating effects, it does still provide (in Clause 10(d)) a requirement that public exposure should be minimised where possible.

Together with Green MP Sue Kedgley, Grey is putting an appeal to the select committee, hoping to persuade the Government to adopt the precautionary principle as other countries have done.

Speaking from London, Andrew Goldsworthy, MSc PhD, says that in Europe, telecommunication companies themselves are acknowledging that there are problems.

His interest in the biological effects of electromagnetic fields dates "off and on over 40 years". He is a member of the Life Sciences Advisory Group for the European Space Agency.

In 2007, he wrote a paper The Biological Effects of Weak Electromagnetic Fields, which deals with their effects on humans and animals and, in particular, the dangers from mobile phones.

This month he published an article based on studies he has done which link autism to the use of baby monitors.

He believes that the world is on the brink of a major health crisis and that the health effects from technology currently in use might not be felt for 10-30 years but could eventually reach epidemic proportions.

The number of mobile phone subscriptions is estimated at five billion globally.

"They know that there is a problem with microwave-based telecommunications. I've just been looking at a patent by Swisscom. The patent is essentially saying it recognises there are problems with the health effects of wi-fi and that they have devised the means of reducing the radiation so that it doesn't transmit when you are actively using it.

"New Zealand's approach to this issue is the approach of big business trying to protect their interests. They know there are dangers but if people discover this they will lose a huge amount of money," Goldsworthy said.

"I became interested in the effect of radio waves on living organisms, both animals and plants. At first I didn't believe the signals could do any damage at all, it went against my whole instincts, but then when I went more deeply into it I could see the mechanism by which it was happening and why everything fitted together. It was like a eureka moment in reverse. Instead of feeing elated at having discovered something, I felt sick."

New Zealand scientist Bruce Rapley, retired Associate Professor of Molecular Biosciences at Massey University, believes the New Zealand standard is a joke.

"We know this is not about science, this is about money.

"One of the things I became famous for is the effect of fields from powerlines on cell division. My research shows that a tiny amount of energy can change the way DNA folds itself. If I can show that please don't tell me a cellphone has no effect because it doesn't cook a chicken.

"This is not an argument about science. It's about 'how can I get my cellphones sold'."

Gledhill, who took the radiation reading at Ouruhia in 1996, is now senior science adviser to the NRL.

After the WHO warning in May, Gledhill told The Press that most of the studies had been done using old technology and that the new 3G or XT phones exposed people to 20 to 50 times less transmitting power than older phones.

"I don't think people should be alarmed," he said. "The risk that has shown up in some of the panel studies on users of cellphones has only been in the very highest category of users."

A high user is someone who uses a cellphone for 30 minutes a day.

Black is overseas and did not respond to attempts to contact him.

As she walks across the paddock, Hargreaves' horses call to her in unison.

"It's all right my babies, here I am," she shouts, gumboots clacking.

"I'm nearly 60 now but I'll probably still be fighting that thing when I'm 75," she says, flinging her arm in the direction of the tower.

So why not give up, sell up and move on?

"How can I sell it in case children move in here and they get sick? Knowing what I know and what I've seen so many other people go through, I just couldn't live with myself. I'm as good as stuffed now. I'm still fighting this for our children."

- The Press
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Source: The Press, VICKI ANDERSON, 18 Jun 2011

Anger rises over cellphone tower
New Zealand Created: 11 Dec 2010
Oakura residents are banding together to try to stop the installation of a cellphone tower planned for their village.

Many have complained they were not consulted and are annoyed at the process that means Vodafone can just apply to the council for permission without asking the local community's opinion.

Residents are busy collecting signatures on a a petition they will present to New Plymouth Mayor Harry Duynhoven.

Adrienne Wilkins, the owner of Sophia's Preschool, which is across the road from where the tower will be situated, says she started the petition to give the community a voice.

"Because the tower does not require resource consent we are unable to make submissions, so this will give parents, teachers and the community the opportunity to be heard," she said.

School teacher Rowan Oldfield, who lives in Hussey St, behind where the tower will be situated, said the tower may well be within the rules set out by the district plan. But this does not address the fact that residents did want the tower.

"The village has special character, it is one of the reasons why we live here," he said. "I think that by doing this it will detract from this special character."

He says the talk of the tower is already having a negative effect on the community.

"People are already upset and that is something that has been brought on by this.

"There is overwhelming support for it not to be there," he said.

Feona Brown said she was already boycotting the BP station, which owns the land where the tower will go. "I've always gone there for all of my petrol, my warrants, everything," she said.

Ms Brown questioned why the tower was necessary right in the heart of the village.

"I think it is absolutely ridiculous to be able to put a tower up anywhere near a school."

Mrs Wilkins agrees, saying it is not a suitable position for the tower and the land would be best used for something else.

"It is one of the last pieces of commercial land in Oakura.

"Is that what we want on one of the last pieces of land that could become a viable community amenity?"
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Source: Taranaki Daily News, JARED BOREHAM, 11 Dec 2010

Residents oppose new cellphone tower
New Zealand Created: 15 Oct 2010
New Zealand's newest player in the mobile phone network has enraged the community with its plans to provide cellphone coverage to Welcome Bay.

Maungatapu residents are opposing construction of the cellphone tower, with the Tauranga City Council taking the unusual step of recommending that the application from Two Degrees Mobile be refused.

Two Degrees is developing a nationwide mobile network and wants to build a 20.5m tower near the overbridge linking the two halves of Mangatapu.

Twenty-five residents living in Avocet Ave, Curlew Close and Taipari St have submitted or signed a petition that the mast would "severely detract" from their outlook.

Richard van Arendonk of Avocet Ave told yesterday's hearing that they bought their home for the views over water and bush. Transpower's lines were reasonably out of sight.

But when Vodafone erected a tower early this year, about 30m past where Two Degrees wants to site its mast, it created an eyesore, he said.

"Adding another will make the area even uglier ... the cumulative effect will be disastrous."

The hearing, before commissioner Dorothy Wakeling, heard that the Vodafone site was consented in 2007 without going through a publicly-notified process - unlike Two Degrees Mobile.

Vodafone took over the lease of the site from Telstra Clear which was the applicant in 2007.

Mr van Arendonk said that any attempt to place another mast closer to residential dwellings would lower property values.

"The new mast will be larger and more of an eyesore."

He said it would take 30 years for trees to reach a height where they would obscure the tower - mature trees about 8m high already fronted the site.

Council environmental planner Shanan Miles has recommended refusing consent, saying the adverse effects on the environment would be "more than minor".

The height of the mast, combined with the relatively short distance to nearby houses, would result in the facility becoming a prominent feature when viewed from residential properties on Avocet Ave in particular, he said.

The lawyer acting for Two Degrees Mobile, Chris Simmons, argued that the proposal would not result in any significant adverse environmental effects and offered positive social and economic benefits to the people of Welcome Bay.

The antennae on the proposed mast had been reduced and slimmed down so that the structure would look more streamlined.

Mr Simmons said that as a general comment, he accepted that views should be regarded as an aspect of amenity values but there was no absolute right to the preservation of a view - either in common law or planning law.

Expert evidence called by Mr Simmons challenged key areas of the council planner's report.

Co-locating the antennae on to Vodafone's mast was not an option.
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Source: Bay of Plenty Times, John Cousins, 14 Oct 2010

Cellphones could become compulsory classroom tools (w. comments)
New Zealand Created: 14 Jun 2010
The following news article from 'enlightened' New Zealand is an excellent example of what happens when government ministers blindly take the advice of a so called independent expert who turns out to be a paid telecommunications consultant. This same consultant has likened cell phone headaches to be no more dangerous than an ice cream headache and has long taken the the telco industry line on precautionary approaches to cell phone use. Below is one example....

Also note Professor Noeline Wright's mention of "Swiss Army
communication knives".

God help the unfortunate school children of New Zealand with such people in charge.

Don Maisch


While many schools ban cellphone use because of the threat of bullying, an Education Ministry pilot programme is under way in Auckland where phones are compulsory and used as classroom tools.

E-learning unit manager Howard Baldwin said the ministry would like to see widespread use of the phones but would leave it up to schools to make their own decision.

"We will move away from the pen and paper world," he told the Sunday Star Times.

Professor Noeline Wright, of Waikato University, who is assessing the cellphone pilot programme at Howick College, said schools needed to be extremely vigilant to prevent bullying, theft, and inappropriate texting.

However, she encouraged the use of digital devices, "or Swiss Army communication knives", to prevent schools becoming "islands" of pen and paper use.

"It seems draconian to keep tapping into 20th century technology if 21st century technology seems to work with these kids," she said.

However, an Auckland mother who lost her son to text bullying is appalled that education experts want to see cellphones used for learning.

Daniel Gillies, 16, died after falling from a cliff in 2003, shortly after being subjected to a barrage of hateful texts about his facial disfigurement.

His mother, Helen Algar, said she wanted to see students embrace technology, but some schools had not yet managed to stamp out text bullying.
"My personal preference would be that we don't rely on this technology until we learn from our experiences," she said.
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Source: Yahoo News, comments by Don Maisch/EMFacts, 13 Jun 2010

New Zealand to go nationwide with fibre-optic broadband
New Zealand Created: 8 Jun 2010
Taking a page from the Australian broadband playbook, New Zealand has decided not to sit around while incumbent DSL operators milk the withered dugs of their cash cow until it keels over from old age. Instead, the Kiwis have established a government-owned corporation to invest NZ$1.5 billion for open-access fiber to the home. By 2020, 75 percent of residents should have, at a bare minimum, 100Mbps down/50 Mbps up with a choice of providers.

Crown Fibre Holdings Limited is the company, and it's wholly owned by the government—for now—and the company's mission couldn't be any clearer. Two of its six guiding principles include "focusing on building new infrastructure, and not unduly preserving the 'legacy assets' of the past" and "avoiding 'lining the pockets' of existing broadband network providers."

The New Zealand government set up the company late last year, but the government won't install and own the network by itself. Instead, Crown Fibre will partner with local companies across New Zealand to roll out fiber. Those companies will have to invest their own money as well, but in return they become part of the national dark fiber open-access system envisioned by Crown Fibre.

Here's how it works: every fiber builder who takes government money needs to lay basic, unmanaged dark fiber that any ISP can light in order to offer service to a particular home or business. The fiber companies can also run some particular Layer 2 services, but they can't offer full-blown Internet access directly. Instead, they are allowed to sell Internet access to their own retail unit so long as it operates like a separate business, and all other ISPs must be offered access at the same rate.

This keeps the government from simply "setting the price" and undercutting the market, but it also means that anyone can use the fiber infrastructure without competitive disadvantage.

Once the ten-year buildout ends, Crown Fibre will convert to a "successful, profit driven business" that oversees the complete network, shares in its revenues, and ensures national interoperability. (For the complete business arrangements, see appendix 2 of the government's Invitation to Participate [PDF]).

The government's 2010 budget, announced a few weeks ago, includes more cash for Crown Fibre's work. "This funding will enable Crown Fibre Holdings to start making substantial contract commitments with the private sector to start rolling out the new fibre network," said Deputy Prime Minister Bill English.
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Source: ARS Technica, Nate Anderson, 08 Jun 2010

Select Committee Report: Electromagnetic Radiation
New Zealand Created: 26 Nov 2009
Ban the Tower is delighted with the report of the Local Government and Environment Select Committee into Electromagnetic Radiation, which was released yesterday.

The Inquiry was initiated last year in response to a 3101 signature petition from Sarah Allen and others opposing a proposed 22m Telecom celltower next door to Atawhai Playcentre.

“The community joined forces to lobby Telecom, councillors and MP’s to find an alternative site. A team of parents did a huge amount of research, set up our own website to share information and even made a film letter for then Prime Minister called “Dear Helen Clark”” says spokesperson Sue Grey.

Since then many other communities around New Zealand have shared similar concerns about unwanted new celltowers imposed without consultation and often in unsuitable places such as near homes, schools and preschools.

“People from around New Zealand and the world have come together and shared their expertise and resources for a common purpose. This report is an amazing example of what can be achieved by communities when they work together, even if you are up against the biggest cooperates. It is excellent news that the Select Committee has listed to our concerns” says Ms Grey.

“We now have very strong networks around New Zealand, with groups in Australia and elsewhere. We now receive reports of the latest research and international developments and circulate them to key Ministers and government officials. Until now the sources of research receive by the government have been limited mainly to the industry perspective. However the independent research paints a very different picture.”

In its report the Select Committee has asked the government: * to assess if review of the New Zealand Standard for Radiofrequency Fields (NZS 2772:Part 1:1999) is necessary to ensure that it is still in line with world’s best practice: * to review the membership of the Government’s Interagency Committee on the Health Effects of Non-Ionising Fields to ensure better community representation and expertise in risk assessment *it consider how the regulatory environment might be improved so that the development of infrastructure can proceed in a way that safeguards community interests * to explore with the telecommunications industry how better incentives can be provided to encourage shared use of telecommunication sites and towers, such as co-siting and co-location arrangements, while safeguarding community interests.

Ban the Tower hopes that the government will adopt the Select Committee report and take urgent steps to ensuring better heath and community representation on its advisory committee.

“If we want best international practice, the starting point should be the recent Swiss standards. These set much stricter EMR emission levels than NZ particularly in sensitive locations such as near homes, schools and preschools. Switzerland is a heavily populated and mountainous country. If they can operate at those standards with their much more intensive population, surely the New Zealand Telco’s can operate achieve the same standards. “ says Ms Grey
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Source:, Press Release: Ban the Tower Inc, 25 Nov 2009

Telecom accused of corporate thuggery
New Zealand Created: 15 Nov 2009
Telecom has been accused of "corporate thuggery" by Windsor residents and business owners angry at plans to build a cellphone mast in the area.

Telecom subsidiary Chorus has a certificate of compliance from the Invercargill City Council and will soon build the mast in King St behind United Video.

The mast can be up to 18 metres high and will be sited as little as 10m from neighbouring houses.

Residents are angry the tower did not need public consultation to be approved and yesterday vented their anger at a public meeting.

Chorus spokeswoman Melanie Marshall, acquisitions manager Michael Letts and RF engineer John Ratuszny met about 30 disgruntled residents at the North Presbyterian Church.

The meeting was barely under way before proceedings became heated, with many residents complaining they were not notified about the tower.

Windsor Florist owner Caren Hall said she had received a letter from Chorus only on Thursday. She was disgusted the trio were defending the decision to build the mast but had not even visited the site. "Good luck sleeping at night guys, I hope you have dreams to Africa."

Bill Robertson, whose property is closest to the mast, said he was "devastated, gutted and dismayed".

Meeting organiser Paul Fitzgerald said the notification was inadequate and described the process as "corporate thuggery".

The science behind the effects of cell tower radiation was inconclusive and the long-term effects unknown, he said.

Ms Marshall said the process complied with resource management and council requirement and radiation levels would be well below the New Zealand standard.

"The debate in the scientific community is on mobile phone use, not on mobile phone sites."

The company policy was to try to minimise the number of sites so placing one tower in the right place meant fewer towers in the community. "When we have to build this infrastructure when people are using them it's always going to be in someone's back yard, if not yours then someone else's."

Joan Kennedy said she felt Telecom was railroading the little people and there was nothing residents could do to stop it.

A possible drop in property prices was also a hot topic.

One resident said a family had been about to sell their $500,000 house but after an article in The Southland Times about the mast the prospective buyer had pulled out.

The house was now advertised for $449,000 and could drop further if it did not sell, she said.

Residents were angry building trustee Roy Barnsdale had agreed to the deal. But, speaking after the meeting, Mr Barnsdale said he had assumed Telecom would have to go through a public consultation process and had been surprised to find out no consent was needed.

At the end of the meeting Ms Marshall said they would review the site and again look at alternative options.
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Source: The Southland Times, SHANE COWLISHAW, 14 Nov 2009

Residents oppose cellphone tower
New Zealand Created: 17 Sep 2009
Brighton resident Stephen Wilson has forgone overseas trips while spending the past 15 years of his life preparing his home for retirement. Now, he and wife Kaye claim they face losing their day in the sun to a 30m-tall cellphone tower planned by Vodafone New Zealand for land overlooking their "homestead".

Plans for the tower - which would breach district plan height restrictions for the area by 18m - were back before the Dunedin City Council's hearings committee yesterday.

It was first considered in May, but the hearing was halted after concerns were expressed about the extent of public notification.

As a result, the notification was widened to include 10 Brighton residents, all opposed to the plan.

If approved, the company's tower would be built on council-owned land overlooking Brighton, 1.5km from Brighton beach and 2km from the Saddle Hill conservation area.

Mr Wilson said the tower's height meant it would "loom" over his home from its more elevated site, ruining views from his northwest-facing indoor and outdoor living areas. He had expected to enjoy the views - and the fruits of his labours - in his "dotage", he said.

"I spend many late afternoons and early evenings with friends and family enjoying a chat and watching the sun go down. The sun will set behind the Vodafone tower if it is built where proposed."

Vodafone staff had not visited his property and had wrongly assumed his home faced away from the tower, he said.

Council planners said the impact on homes within 200m of the tower, including Mr Wilson's, would be "major", while advice from Chapman Valuation anticipated a 20% drop in value.

However, Vodafone staff argued the proposed site for the tower was the most suitable, and efforts to minimise its visual impact were planned.

The tower's height would ensure coverage for its 3G network across Brighton and Ocean View, otherwise requiring several smaller towers, Vodafone senior radio network design engineer Frank Curulli said.

The company had considered adding equipment to an existing Telecom tower in the area, but the tower was already at maximum capacity, he said.

The hearing also heard evidence supporting the proposal from landscape architect Nikki Smetham, of Peter Rough Landscape Architects, planning specialist Mark Allan, of Aurecon, and legal arguments from Vodafone counsel Greg Milner-White, of Auckland.

Council planner Jeremy Grey has recommended consent be granted if the "permitted baseline" - what could be built on the site as of right - applied, but declined if the sensitivity of the environment was "exceptional".

The hearing was adjourned for the applicant's counsel to provide its right of reply in writing and to allow the panel to make a site visit.

• Cr Colin Weatherall - who chaired the last consent hearing - stepped aside from yesterday's proceedings, as his son, Scott Weatherall, was listed as an affected party.
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Source: Otago Daily Times, Chris Morris, 16 Sep 2009

Nelson school groups win cellphone tower battle
New Zealand Created: 14 Sep 2009
Some parents in Nelson are claiming victory in a two year fight to stop Telecom building a mobile phone tower within metres of a playcentre.

Telecom believes it has found an alternative site, and the Nelson City Council will consider the move at a meeting next week.

The Atawhai Playcentre and Brightsparks pre-school have campaigned against the tower, saying there are unknown health impacts from radio frequency radiation.

A spokesperson, Sue Grey, says it's great news for Nelson that Telecom may build elsewhere.

But she says numerous other schools around the country are facing the same problem, and a nationwide petition on the issue is awaiting parliamentary consideration.
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Source: Radio New Zealand, 13 Sep 2009

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