During the past few weeks I have heard it is the law of the land that power companies install smart meters. I did a quick check with the Electricity Authority.
The answer is that there is NO law in New Zealand that is compelling power firms to install smart meters. It is their choice.
I called Amanda Forsey at the Electricity Authority for clarification. She took my question and then called me back with the answer.
Audio:No law on smart meters in New Zealand