Home > Dollars & Sense, The Body Politic > History Lesson – Tahi – Electricity Sector “reforms”
  1. Max Bradford
    5 March 2012 at 4:08 am

    I have a better saying for this person..”Never let the facts get in the way of a good story” said by Mark Twain.

    Macskasy should get his facts right – along with all the journalists he quotes – before they commit hari kari with their reputations….

    These are the facts about how electricity prices fell after the reforms of 1998-99. Electricity prices only rose after Labour started to mess with the electricity market in 2002 onwards.

    See the story at:


  2. Andrew R
    11 March 2012 at 3:30 pm

    @Max Bradford — yeah right. Your electricity “reforms” are an ideologically driven disaster. We have lost rational and efficient power supply planning, are suffering because of the deferred maintenance thanks to a standard “market” technique to make profits, and making it inefficient to use renewable resources.

  3. Phil Stevens
    26 April 2013 at 7:31 pm

    Max, at least be honest with the rest of us even if you’re unable to be honest with yourself. Conversion of a power “market” for a country the size of an average western US state from one with a strong regulatory mechanism and state-owned generation assets into a cosy Monopoly game dominated by a handful of gentailers and sweet bugger-all for regulation has been an unmitigated disaster. Retail prices for residential customers are DOUBLE what they were in 1986 when adjusted for inflation, and most of that increase is your doing. What you did was make it easy for the incumbent players to become rentiers and consign the Kiwi consumer to the role of unwilling cash cow, and you did it all out of plain old neoliberal ideology. Now please don’t give us any more revisionist “but it really could have/should have worked.” It was done for one reason, and one reason alone: to enrich a few at the expense of many. Shame on you, and double shame on National for taking your “reforms” to the end game.

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