Local Government – Palmerston North student breaking down barriers for refugees in sport

Source: Palmerston North City Council

As a 15-year-old refugee from Pakistan, Ali Muhammad-Jawad knows first-hand how isolated he felt as a sports-mad teenager arriving in a new country six years ago.

Now a third-year UCOL Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Wellness) student, Ali is using his academic might in an effort to rectify that situation for young Palmerston North-based refugees.  

Ali was awarded $6,400 in funding from Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa through Sport Manawatu, to facilitate his programme that improves access to sport for refugees.

Ali made the grant application on behalf of New Zealand Red Cross and worked collaboratively with UCOL’s Exercise & Wellness Department and Sport Manawatu.

While COVID-19 delayed their start, Ali was proud to have their first event kick off last Friday with around 30 young people attending.  

The series includes four multisport events, taking placing on Fridays at the Queen Elizabeth College gymnasium. These sessions will give an introduction to a variety of sports including basketball, football, netball, frisbee, and touch rugby. There will also be two outdoor sessions, covering orienteering and a nature walk with local guides.

The programme is aimed at youth (boys 14-18 years and girls from 14-22 years). Ali hopes getting young people involved in sport will filter through to other members of their families.

Ali arrived in New Zealand with his mother and younger siblings in 2015. It was through his attendance at Awatapu College that Ali was able to participate in the U-Skills programme one day per week at UCOL. “I loved the environment at UCOL and enjoyed having the freedom of expression. After completing the NZ Certificate in Study and Careers Preparation (Level 3), I was able to pursue my dream of a career in sport.”

Ali soon discovered during his degree studies that his strengths lay in academic administration, rather than the gym, so he selected the Sport and Recreation Management major.

As an active sportsman and a football referee, Ali knows how valuable activity and social interaction is. “Refugees quite rightly put a big emphasis on education when they come to a new country, but physical and mental wellbeing is equally important,” he says.

UCOL Senior Lecturer – Exercise and Wellness Michael Mann, says Ali has worked independently and within a very tight timeframe.

“For a third-year student to complete such a detailed grant application in his placement is a significant achievement. I am very proud of his proactive approach, and it shows what our undergraduates can achieve when they tackle real life/work situations.”


UCOL Ltd is part of Te Pūkenga, New Zealand’s largest tertiary education provider, and globally, the 30th largest provider of vocational education. Together, we aim to provide excellent quality education opportunities that support learners, employers and communities to gain the skills, knowledge and capabilities Aotearoa needs now and for the future.

Across the country, approximately 280,000 people are participating in some form of vocational education and training, supported by about 10,000 full time staff.

Animal Welfare – Whanganui racetracks sees half a dozen greyhounds injured in one day

Source: SAFE For Animals

At a racing meet last Wednesday, six dogs were injured at the Whanganui greyhound racing track. Two of the dogs suffered broken legs, with a third suspected. Two of the dogs are undergoing x-rays to confirm.
The last four races of the meeting were eventually abandoned due to poor weather.
SAFE spokesperson Will Appelbe said the Whanganui track has a terrible record.
“It was another shocking day on a dangerous track,” said Appelbe
“It’s appalling that dogs are still suffering from serious injuries and broken bones, essentially for gambling purposes. Any time dogs are raced they are at risk of serious injury and death.”
Racing Minister Grant Robertson recently put the greyhound racing industry formally on notice following the release of the greyhound racing review. In his review, Sir Bruce Robertson reiterated that by its nature, greyhound racing is inherently dangerous. This was a point also made in the 2017 Hansen Report.
“This latest round of injuries is indicative of an industry that puts profit ahead of the welfare of dogs.”
“It’s good to see the Government is taking dog racing seriously by putting the greyhound racing industry on notice. Until they take the next step and ban greyhound racing, dogs like the ones raced in Whanganui will continue to suffer .”
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Injuries at Whanganui race track, 15 September 2021:
– With Batter, fractured radius/ulna
– Pliskova, fractured hock.
– Super Gold, torn longhead triceps.
– Porcelain Panda, bruising to right semimembranosus.
– Big Time Fairy, possible fractured foot, x-rays required to confirm.
– Flip It, swelling in tendons and injured hock, x-rays required to confirm.
– Racing Minister Grant Robertson has stated there are three fundamental issues that still need to be addressed; data recording, transparency of all activities, and animal welfare generally. He has tasked the Racing Integrity board to identify a specific set of indicators over each of these areas that will be used to assess the industry’s progress, reporting back to the Minister before the end of 2022.
– Last month, Labour MP Priyanca Radhakrishnan accepted The Greyhound Protection League of New Zealand’s 37,700 signature-strong petition, calling for a ban on greyhound racing in New Zealand. SAFE had been supporting the petition since November 2020.
– Greyhound Racing New Zealand’s 2020 annual report.
 Photos of dogs rescued by the Greyhound Protection League.
– Greyhound racing is legal in only seven countries. A ban in the Australian Capital Territory came into force in April 2018, followed by a ban in Florida, USA, in November 2018. Since Florida is home to 11 of the USA’s 17 active dog tracks, this is a signal that greyhound racing will soon become a thing of the past in the United States.
– Information about greyhound racing in Aotearoa.

Health – Wellington man running 24 hours non-stop to raise respiratory disease awareness

Source: Asthma and Respiratory Foundation

Marketing Professor and ultra-marathon runner Nick Ashill is taking on an epic challenge to support the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation’s Breathe Better September campaign. He will be hitting the streets of Wellington and running non-stop for 24 hours from 9am on Friday 24 September to 9am on Saturday 25 September.
“I've signed up to become a Better Breathing Hero because I want to make a difference to the 700,000 Kiwis with respiratory disease,” says Nick. “I have a personal connection to respiratory disease, having lost my mum to pulmonary fibrosis in 2017. I also LOVE running, and am looking forward to the physical challenge.”
Nick is inviting his fellow Wellingtonians to join him at any point of the day or night. He has friends and colleagues lined up to accompany him at different times on foot, on scooter and by bike. Members of the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation (ARFNZ) team will also be heading along to keep him company.
Nick has drafted in colleagues from the University of Victoria to help keep him well nourished. “I’ve been overwhelmed by the number of people offering to come and help with my food stops, which will be at midday, 4pm, 8pm, midnight and 4am. I’m so grateful for this support as staying well fed and hydrated throughout is absolutely vital.”
Nick will be running a 6km loop, starting at his workplace, the Business School at the Pipitea Campus of the University of Victoria. The route will take him past the railway station, along the harbour to Te Papa, along Cambridge Terrace, and back up via Tory Street and Manners Street.
“The long-range forecast is showing rain, and obviously the Wellington weather is unpredictable,” says Nick. “I just hope it’s not too windy!”
Nick will be aiming for an average pace of around 8 or 9km an hour, so that he doesn’t get too tired. “If I can stay fairly slow that’s good,” he says, “The last ten hours will be tricky, with all the lactic acid buildup in my legs. I’m hopeful that as many people as possible can join me to keep the momentum going.”
“We are so delighted to have Nick supporting Breathe Better September and setting himself such an amazing challenge,” says Letitia Harding, Chief Executive of ARFNZ. “His run is an incredible way to raise funds and awareness for the 700,000 Kiwis who live with a respiratory disease. We look forward to cheering him on!”
To support Nick’s campaign, visit breathebetterseptember.co.nz/nick-ashill. You can also follow him on Strava (Nick Ashill).

Anti-Nuclear Laws – Peace group welcomes New Zealand’s Ban on Australian Nuclear Submarines

Source: Aotearoa /New Zealand Peace Foundation

The New Zealand Government's announced continuation of its anti-nuclear policy, which will ban any future Australian nuclear submarines from entering New Zealand waters or ports, has been welcomed by long term peace activists, the International Affairs and Disarmament Committee of the Aotearoa /New Zealand Peace Foundation.

New Zealand's world-leading Nuclear Free legislation was hard fought for by Peace Squadron sailors confronting nuclear warships, grass roots activists and the David Lange government, says Richard Northey, chair of the Peace Foundation's International Affairs and Disarmament committee.

 “I personally sailed in front of the nuclear submarine Haddo and then, as Eden MP, voted for the anti-nuclear law', says Mr Northey.

“It will keep Australian nuclear-powered submarines away from New Zealand as effectively and justifiably as it has kept nuclear-powered or nuclear-armed warships from other countries  out of New Zealand waters for the last 36 years, including those from China, India, France, UK and USA.”

 Mr Northey says it is important to retain our ban on nuclear powered or armed warships.

“If we allowed any nuclear submarine into Auckland or Wellington Harbours a nuclear accident resulting from collision, grounding, fire, explosion or reactor leaks could have dire consequences for human and marine life and jeopardise shipping, fishing, recreation and other marine based activities for generations.”

“Another concern is that the nuclear reactors in the submarines to be acquired by Australia use highly enriched uranium (HEU) rather than low-enriched uranium (LEU) – the normal fuel for nuclear reactors. HEU is the principal material required to make a nuclear bomb.

This is why the JCPOA – the Iran nuclear deal – restricts Iran to producing only LEU (under 20% uranium enrichment).

Although Australia is not interested in using HEU to make a nuclear bomb, providing Australia, a state member of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), with HEU (at around the 50% enrichment level) for nuclear-powered submarines, could open the floodgates to other countries acquiring HEU powered submarines in order to develop a capacity to then make a bomb.  

This development could throw a spanner in the works of the upcoming NPT Review Conference early next year.

Also of concern is the fact that the new Australian submarines, while  not nuclear armed, appear to be part of an escalating political and military confrontation between the new AUKUS alliance (Australia, UK and the USA) and China following the adoption of the new AUKUS defence pact announced on September 15th. Such confrontation risks a very destructive war, is unlikely to resolve the differences with China and is immensely wasteful and damaging to building a peaceful, equitable and collaborative world.

  Any concerns about China's military activities and human rights record, need to be dealt with through diplomacy, seeking common security, the application of international law, and utilizing conflict resolution mechanisms including those available through the United Nations and the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.

We appeal to the Australian government to re-think its approach, refrain from further conflict escalation, and give increasing priority to key addressing serious human security issues of today and tomorrow including  the COVID pandemic, climate change, famine and poverty, rather than pouring resources into Great Power rivalries which were so disastrous in the 19th and 20th centuries.

We welcome New Zealand Prime Minister Ardern's reaffirmation of the NZ nuclear free policy and the New Zealand government's primary focus on diplomacy, and we support those voices in Australia, including the distinguished former Prime Minister Paul Keating, which are calling on their government to re-think and reverse this decision.”

Richard Northey,

Chair,International Affairs and Disarmament Committee
Aotearoa / New Zealand Peace Foundation  

The International Affairs and Disarmament Committee of the Aotearoa /New Zealand Peace Foundation is a group of experienced New Zealand researchers and activists in the field of international affairs and disarmament that operates independently under the umbrella of the Aotearoa / New Zealand Peace Foundation.

Consumer Energy Sector – Shocking stuff: consumers in lower income areas paying more for power

Source: Consumer NZ

Analysis from Consumer NZ and Powerswitch has found major differences in electricity pricing depending on where you live, with those in lower income areas being hit the hardest.

Those who live in Kerikeri, for example, are charged 40% more on average than a similar household in Auckland (where incomes are approximately 25% greater). Prices in Masterton are 15% higher than they are just over the hill in Wellington. The price in Westport, which has lower-than-average incomes, is close to 40% higher than in Christchurch, which on average has higher incomes. 

“It's a tragedy that those in lower income areas are having to pay more for what we regard as an essential service. The price disparity between lower and higher income areas is contributing to inequality and energy hardship,” Powerswitch manager Paul Fuge said.

Regions that have higher prices tend to have lower population density, are further away from power stations, or have few large commercial electricity users. With a typical power bill, about 40% of the payment is electricity lines charges – which is the cost of the infrastructure required to get electricity from the power station to your home – so there are fewer households and businesses to spread these costs over. Unfortunately, many of the consumers in these areas also have lower-than-average incomes.

Consumer NZ analysis has found that regions with high prices are also areas where large numbers of consumers have either never changed electricity providers or have done so seldomly. These regions are more likely to be dominated by a single electricity retailer.

“Competition in electricity helps keep a lid on power prices. However, recently we've seen some of the smaller more competitive retailers leave Powerswitch. High wholesale electricity prices have resulted in them pausing taking on new customers,” Fuge said.  

Analysis of about 7000 Powerswitch results pages generated over winter in 2021 indicated that median savings in switching to the cheapest pricing plan were $310.

Notes on data sources: Representative electricity prices for each location were derived from the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) quarterly survey of domestic electricity prices. The MBIE survey finds a representative price for a typical New Zealand household for towns and cities across New Zealand. Income data were sourced from Stats NZ. Retailer switching and retailer market share data was sourced from the Electricity Authority and Powerswitch records. 

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Marine Environment – NZ abstains on global seabed mining moratorium vote at IUCN – Greenpeace

Source: Greenpeace

The New Zealand Government’s decision to abstain from voting in support of a deep sea mining moratorium at the IUCN World Conservation Congress has been met with sharp criticism from Greenpeace Aotearoa.
It was revealed this week that New Zealand, which is represented at the IUCN World Conservation Congress by the Department of Conservation (DOC), abstained from voting whilst the motion received overwhelming support from other countries including the Pacific island nation of Tonga.
Greenpeace Aotearoa seabed mining campaigner James Hita said the New Zealand Government continues to fall behind the rest of the world in preserving our oceans.
“It’s incredibly disappointing to see the New Zealand Government opt out of supporting the deep sea mining moratorium. Deep sea mining is one of the greatest threats our oceans face at the moment, especially in the Pacific. We don’t have time anymore to simply abstain from voting.
“New Zealander and our Pacific cousins need New Zealand’s government to be on the right side of history on deep sea mining. Abstaining from voting – is not. Greenpeace Aotearoa wants the Government to take a leadership position on deep sea mining by supporting the moratorium especially when we are a Pacific country,” says Hita.
Delegates at this year’s global conservation summit also voted overwhelmingly for the reform of the International Seabed Authority (ISA), the UN-mandated body tasked with regulating this activity.
Eighty-one governments and government agencies attending the IUCN World Conservation Congress voted in favor of the moratorium, laid out in Motion 69, while 18 voted against and 28 abstained. Around 577 NGOs and civil society organisations also voted in favor, while only 32 voted against and 35 abstained.
Other countries who abstained from voting included the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States of America, Australia and France.
“The relevance of the moratorium’s support is even more important following the South Pacific nation of Nauru’s decision to trigger the “two-year rule” only months ago,” says Hita.
The two year rule requires the ISA to allow the nation to begin mining in two years’ time under whatever regulations have been established by then.
Nauru sponsors a subsidiary of a Canadian company previously known as ‘DeepGreen’. Recently, DeepGreen formally merged with Sustainable Opportunities Acquisition Corporation to form The Metals Company, which is valued at $2.9 billion.
Activists aboard Greenpeace’s Rainbow Warrior confronted a ship chartered by DeepGreen in the Pacific this year, displaying banners reading “Stop Deep Sea Mining” and painting “RISK” on the side of the vessel.
If deep sea mining is allowed to progress forward in two years time, there could be an accelerated increase of activity in the region as other countries and companies will seek to obtain licenses.
Greenpeace Aotearoa is also calling on the NZ Govt to ban all seabed mining and a supporting petition has been signed by more than 22,000.
“The New Zealand Government failed to step up and show support but the overall vote sends a clear and powerful message to the International Seabed Authority that there is no global support to mine the deep sea,” says Hita.

Toi Mai Workforce Development Council appoints Chief Executive

Source: Toi Mai Workforce Development Council (WDC)

Toi Mai Workforce Development Council (WDC) today announced the appointment of Dr Claire Robinson as Chief Executive. The appointment is a significant milestone in the establishment of the Workforce Development Council, which will give sectors including creative, cultural, recreation and technology greater leadership in the vocational education and training system.

Claire is currently Professor of Communication Design, Pro Vice-Chancellor of Massey University’s College of Creative Arts in Wellington. She is also an award-winning designer, an author, playwright, political scientist, and one of New Zealand’s respected political commentators.

Co-chairs of Toi Mai WDC, Rhonda Kite and Victoria Spackman, said: “We are thrilled that Claire will be leading Toi Mai and are excited to have her in our whānau. Toi Mai WDC faces unique challenges and opportunities because, although our sectors make a massive contribution to the economy and culture of Aotearoa, they don’t all currently have a strong voice in the vocational education system. As well as employers, we need to connect with the entrepreneurial, independent earners and volunteers who currently work in our sectors and bring the benefits of vocational education to life for them. Claire’s mana and understanding of our sectors will help us achieve this.”

Welcoming her appointment, Claire said: “This is an amazing opportunity. Throughout my career I have been passionate about promoting the value of creative, cultural, recreation and technology industries. As well as contributing massively to our economy, COVID 19 has highlighted the vital role that Toi Mai industries play to our personal wellbeing and identity. Toi Mai will give our workforces a much-needed platform that doesn’t currently exist. Taking action to improve equity and opportunity has also been a theme throughout my career. Another aspect of the role that attracted me is that a core purpose of WDCs is to improve outcomes for Māori – this is written into the legislation that underpins Toi Mai and sets an awesome precedent.”

Toi Mai WDC has also appointed Jenni Pethig to the role of General Manager Qualifications and Assurance. Jenni has been involved in the industry training sector for over 25 years and is currently General Manager, Learning Solutions at Skills Active.

Commenting on her new role, Jenni said: “I am really excited to be part of setting up a new organisation that will kaitiaki the taonga of qualifications and standards from Transitional Industry Training Organisations. I am also looking forward to being part of a team that will build new relationships and new learning opportunities for the creative, culture, recreation and technology sectors.”

Rhonda Kite and Victoria Spackman said: “It’s great to be announcing Jenni’s appointment at the same time as Claire’s. Jenni is coming to us from Skills Active, so she will be familiar to many people who we will be working with, and well placed to hit the ground running.”

The industries represented by Toi Mai WDC include graphic, creative and web design, Ngā Toi Māori, game and software development, museums and amusement parks, libraries and archiving, performing arts, film and music, hairdressing, make-up artistry, some skincare, journalism, radio and television broadcasting, information and communications technology and systems, recreational facilities/venues and sport.


Claire has worked at Massey University and Wellington Polytechnic for the past 25 years, the past ten on Massey’s Senior Leadership Team. Prior to this she was Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor (Business and Operations) of the College of Creative Arts (2010–2011), Head of the Institute of Communication Design (2005–2008) and a Senior Lecturer and Lecturer in the Institute (1996-2005). She has undergraduate degrees in Politics and Design from Victoria University and Wellington Polytechnic and a PhD from Massey University.

Jenni Pethig has been involved in the industry training sector for over 25 years. In her most recent role as General Manager Learning Solutions at Skills Active, Jenni led a team building and growing online and work-based learning channels, assuring quality, and developing standards, qualifications and resources for the recreation, sport, exercise and performing arts industries. She is passionate about creating accessible education pathways and innovative products that help ākonga, whānau, communities and businesses to thrive.

Workforce Development Councils are being established through the Reform of Vocational Education and will come into effect on 4 October 2021. They will set standards, develop qualifications and shape the curriculum of vocational education to ensure it meets their industries’ needs.


See the TEC website for further information on Workforce Development CouncilsToi Mai WDC and its Council.

Trade and Agreements – Government warned of dangers if US and China seek to join CPTPP

Source: It's Our Future

It’s Our Future is reminding the Labour Government that it opposed the original Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), in light of reports the United States may consider joining the successor Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).

On Thursday, soon after China had announced it had applied to join the CPTPP, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said the US is willing to consider an “opportunity” to negotiate entry. But the President had not changed his mind that changes to the deal would have to be made.

“Alarm bells should be ringing – hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders voiced their opposition to the US’s aggressive demands in the TPPA”, said It’s Our Future spokesperson Edward Miller.

“The current Labour government opposed its ratification when they were in Opposition.”

“After the Trump administration withdrew, some of the worst parts we had campaigned against were “suspended”. That includes aggressive intellectual property rights for Big Pharma that could have made vaccine inequality even worse. Other rules, like those designed by and for Big Tech, remained in place.”

“It’s clear that the Biden administration would want to revive these suspensions and introduce new demands that go beyond the original TPPA.”

Miller is also concerned that the CPTPP could become a battleground between the US-China, as the two giants seek to apply their own favoured trading rules to the wider Pacific region.

“There’s an old saying: when two elephants fight, the grass is crushed. Today, as many countries across the Asia Pacific are struggling with an uneven economic recovery from the greatest economic and public health crisis in recent history, it is crucial for the Labour government to step back and remember why they originally opposed the TPPA .”

Recreation – Recognising champion outdoor access women – NZ Walking Access Commission

Source: New Zealand Walking Access Commission

The Walking Access Commission Ara Hīkoi Aotearoa is calling for nominations of people and groups who champion public access to the outdoors. 
Nominations for the 2022 awards are open until 1 November 2021.

This year, the commission wants to see communities take the time to nominate their women who make it easier to access the outdoors.

“Most previous winners have been men,” says the commission’s chief executive Ric Cullinane. “And we know that does not reflect the many dedicated, hard-working NZ women who are building new tracks and trails, securing new legal access, or championing public rights of access.”

The Outdoor Access Champion Awards have been running since 2013. They recognise individuals and groups who have made significant contributions to public access to the outdoors.

“These awards thank some of New Zealand's amazing kaitiaki who open up the outdoors to the public,” says Cullinane.

“Think about the champions in your local community – both individuals and groups – and nominate them for an award,” says Ric Cullinane. “We want to recognise all these people and we want to make a special effort to recognise some of the women who have gone unacknowledged in previous years.”

Anyone can make a nomination by downloading a nomination for or completing the nomination online, before 5pm on 1 November 2021.

Energy Sector – Electric Kiwi says get moving with cheaper off-peak power and epic solar buy back

Source: Electric Kiwi

Electric Kiwi have launched a new residential electricity plan, MoveMaster. The plan aims to get customers moving more power to off-peak times, giving them an opportunity to make a positive environmental impact and save money.

At the same time, they’ve launched a market-leading solar buy back rate of 12.5c/kWh.

The MoveMaster plan encourages customers to move when they use their power by offering cheaper prices for off-peak power and half-price power overnight (11pm – 7am). The bonus? Off-peak generation is both cheaper and more likely to use renewable sources.

Electric Kiwi CEO Luke Blincoe says it’s about empowering customers to make an impact.

“Using electricity during peak times tends to cost more, both in dollar terms but also in terms of carbon emissions; so why not give customers the power to take control and reduce their carbon impact and their costs? It’s better for them and better for the environment too.”

Electric Kiwi say that simple changes can make a huge difference.

“Switch when you do your washing and you are on your way to becoming a MoveMaster,” Blincoe says.

So why does off-peak power tend to be cheaper and more environmentally friendly?

During peak periods, non-renewable energy sources (such as coal and gas) are more likely to be used to meet the higher demand. Fossil fuels cost more than the rainfall our hydro plants run on, so electricity tends to be more expensive when those fuels are burning.  

“The great news for Kiwis is that renewable energy is not only cleaner, it’s also cheaper to generate,” Blincoe says.

The MoveMaster plan has different rates at different times:

Peak: 7am – 9am and 5pm – 9pm
Off-peak shoulder: 9am – 5pm and 9pm – 11pm
Off-peak night: 11pm – 7am.

Electric Kiwi say the goal is to align incentives between customers, the electricity network and carbon-conscious Kiwis.

“Not only is off-peak power cheaper on the MoveMaster Plan, but customers moving power off-peak will reduce the infrastructure investment we need long term. Lines networks build capacity for the peaks, and lower peaks will mean fewer infrastructure costs. In the end, this should result in reduced costs for all Kiwis.”

MoveMaster has half-price power at night (11pm – 7am), and due to this it could be very attractive for Kiwis with electric vehicles.

Electric Kiwi have considered carbon off-sets for the plan but decided customer empowerment was more meaningful.

“The truth is, planting a tree somewhere to offset your carbon is great if you have no other option, but if we change our behaviour the impact can be avoided in the first place, which we believe is better,” Blincoe says.

Electric Kiwi already have the ‘Hour of Power’ encouraging off-peak usage. With this, all Electric Kiwi customers get an hour of free off-peak power every day.

Electric Kiwi have also moved to add a solar buy back rate of 8c/kWh to all their plans and on the MoveMaster plan, this is boosted to 12.5c/kWh.

“New Zealanders are actively looking for a better deal from their power providers, which is why we guarantee that our customers will save in their first year. Now with MoveMaster our customers are encouraged to help the environment too.”

To find out what you could save, visit electrickiwi.co.nz/savings