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Power firm switches
to direct credit payout
Payout change: Top Energy chief
executive Russell Shaw.
Electricity account holders in the Far
North will this year have their
annual lines charge discount credited
directly to their power bills instead of
receiving a cheque. The move has
allowed the Far North s electricity
network operator, Top Energy, to
pass on to the community nearly a
million dollars more than last year.
Each year cheques totalling about
$150,000 are never presented but
with power accounts being credited
automatically, people don t have to
worry about cheques being lost,
stolen or destroyed.
The company says this new
approach will ensure everyone
benefits from the lines charge dis-
counts they re entitled to.
This year all electricity bill payers
will have a minimum discount of
$150 credited to their power accounts.
Most (90.5 percent) will get $200.
Last year 74 percent got $200 and 16
percent got less than $150.
By treating the annual lines
charge payment as a discount we re
able to make real savings in the costs
involved, Top Energy chief executive
Russell Shaw says.
This means that more people will
get more money, like some elderly
folk and young couples. But the flip-
side is that electricity account holders
won t be receiving the cheques they re
used to. One of the tax rules we had
to comply with was that the money
had to be paid through the electricity
retailers, to consumers through their
The lines charge discount will
appear as a one-off credit line on the
electricity bills that people in the Far
North receive during November. The
move should free up cash for all elec-
tricity account holders, regardless of
how they pay their power bills.
For those who get a monthly bill,
either by email or through the post,
the Top Energy lines charge discount
will be credited to their accounts by
their electricity retailers and they
will get a lower bill than usual.
It s the same for direct debit
Those who pay by automatic pay-
ment will be able to reduce the
amount they pay at each instalment,
or put a stop to payments for a while.
And people with pre-paid electricity
accounts can check their balances
and choose whether or not to make
their usual payments.
Mr Shaw says the company had
discussed the pros and cons of the
change with the trustees of the Top
Energy Consumer Trust, the organis-
ation that represents the commun-
ity s interests in the region s elec-
The trustees, who are all members
of the community, had agreed that
switching to a discount on power bills
is, overall, in the best interests of con-
It makes sense not only in terms of
the additional money we re able to
pass back to the people of the Far
North, but also because it s a fairer
and more effective way to make the
payment, he says.
People also get the benefit
immediately, without having to do a
thing. The annual discount credited
to bills is intended to become a per-
The company is sending explana-
tory information directly to electricity
account holders, both in the post and
with some paper bills, as well as run-
ning a radio advertising campaign
and briefing community leaders, Mr
A website has been set up at
Come along today and meet candidates
who want to represent you in Parlia-
ment in the upcoming elections.
Expected to attend a meeting in
Barry Brill of Act, Northland
Pauline Evans of The Green Party,
Hone Harawira of the Mana Party,
Ngawai Herewini of the Mana Party,
Waihoroi Shortland of the Maori
Party, Tai Tokerau.
Lynette Stewart of Labour, Northland
Listen, learn and ask questions.
Mangonui session: Tonight at 6pm in
the Mangonui Hall. Topic: Coastal Pol-
icy and Marine Protected Areas. The
evening will be hosted by The Doubtless
Bay Marine Protection Group, and the
Doubtless Bay Ratepayers Association.
It will be chaired by lawyer Bryce
Quarrie. Each candidate will have time
to present their case after which there
will be open discussion with questions
from the floor.
Be Free, a community organisation
that promotes freedom from
addictions, is staging a talent
Heats: Performing arts and
dance -- October 30, 2pm, Turner
Centre. Musicians -- November 27,
2pm, Turner Centre.
Finals: Be Free Family Day Out.
February 26, at the Kerikeri
To register, contact Tony Harri-
son (09) 407-7860 or 021-583-986
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