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Survey implies health risks for prepay power users

posted Oct 7, 2012, 9:12 PM by ema-1 ema-1
"Almost three-quarters (70.5 per cent) said they shivered inside the house at least once last winter as a result. Papakura solo dad Abraham Tangiwai, a father of 12 who has six children living with him, said his two youngest children Doris, 8, and Troy, 4, had more colds each winter since the family went on to Mercury Energy's Glo-bug pre-paid meter system after receiving a shock $900 power bill four years ago. "We run out of power just about every week," he said. "Sometimes we spend a whole day or two days without power if it cuts out on a Friday or Saturday because you have to pay $5 to reconnect at the weekend.""

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