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Consultation over cell towers a must

Opinion Piece

New mobile communications masts and towers are being installed in Gisborne without public consultation. People are protesting this on social media right now.

Ten months ago a court ruling in Britain upheld the right of people to know of the dangers of unproven 5G microwave technology. The judge in the Gateshead UK case asserted that: “The public have a right to know” whether the next generation of wireless communication, relying on directed powerful microwave energy, causes cancer and other health risks.

Research conducted over the past 10 years confirms that humans today are exposed to millions of times more electromagnetic radiation than our grandparents were. Human population centres are flooded with massive amounts of powerful wireless microwave radiation. Cell towers emit high-frequency radio waves, or microwaves, that can travel as far as 70km over level terrain. The closer you are, the greater the danger.

Communications companies have suppressed the results of studies that show microwaves from cell towers can interfere with your body’s own electromagnetic fields, causing a variety of potential health problems, including headaches, memory loss, cardiovascular stress, low sperm count, birth defects and cancer.

New Zealand cities and local authorities must consult with their residents and tangata whenua on all new proposed communications towers and especially new 5G installations within their jurisdictions, and stop communications companies from building them before public consultation.

GDC has a responsibility to do this. It’s not fair on us, the people, and our children, who are left in the dark about the risks and dangers.

Nego Beto

Footnote response from the Ministry of Health:

Existing research on the possible health effects of radiofrequency (RF) fields applies as much to 5G as to any other radio system in use. Measurements of 5G sites in Australia have shown that exposures are similar to those from 3G and 4G, and very far below health-based exposure limits. 5G is simply a new application of radio technology. An interagency committee monitors research into the health effects of radiofrequency fields.

If there is a reasonable suspicion of health hazards, or other significant issues, such information is brought to the attention of the Minster of Health. At its most recent meeting in February 2019 the committee concluded there was no new research that would lead it to propose any changes to current ministry recommendations.

The committee also produces occasional reports to ministers. The most recent was published in November 2018 and is available on the ministry website: www.health.govt.nz/publication/interagency-committee-health-effects-non-ionising-fields-report-ministers-2018

The Ministry of Health monitors new research in this area and participates in a World Health Organisation project to assess the health effects of electromagnetic fields.

Find out more at: www.health.govt.nz/our-work/environmental-health/non-ionising-radiation/research-non-ionising-radiation

Please also see: www.health.govt.nz/your-health/healthy-living/environmental-health/radiation-environment/cellsites