5G Concerns In Auckland NZ: Local & Central Government Responses …

Coming 5G technology will enable cars to talk to each other – and city infrastructure.

The latest cellular network technology 5G could pose a risk to people’s health, critics say.

Waiheke Local Board chairwoman Cath Handley has written to Auckland Council’s environment and community committee calling for an independent safety assessment of the fifth-generation service.

“The board’s request is that a precautionary approach should be adopted until evidence of effects is fully documented and well understood,’ she wrote.

“As the largest and most densely populated city in the country, Auckland should take a leadership role in ensuring the safety of the proposed network.”

Mobile company Spark plans to roll out 5G across the country in mid-2020.

Spark plans to roll out 5G in mid-2020, but critics say evidence of harmful effects continue to be ignored (file photo).
LAURENT DELHOURME/123RF – Spark plans to roll out 5G in mid-2020, but critics say evidence of harmful effects continue to be ignored (file photo).

University of Auckland psychology professor Susan Pockett said radio frequency emissions were linked to many health problems.

“Approximately 600 peer-reviewed research reports from a range of international scientists show us that radio frequency radiation is linked to infertility, diabetes, various kinds of cancer and psychiatric disorders,” she said.

“The present situation is already bad and adding 5G on top of it will hugely increase the amount of radiation to which everyone is exposed and make the whole situation much worse.”

A 2018 article by Pockett in the New Zealand Medical Journal said evidence existed that radio frequency emissions at some intensities could impact people’s health.

“The biological effects of radio frequency emissions are clearly complicated, but there is no longer any reasonable doubt that under some circumstances, levels common in the present environment do have harmful biological effects.”

The paper concluded until more was known about the effects, a “precautionary approach” in the rollout of cellphone and WiFi technology was justified.

Overseas, more than 200 scientists have written to the United Nations and the World Health Organization expressing concerns about potential health risks from the technology.

The potential harm of radio frequency emissions on human health is a critical issue, Waiheke Local Board chairwoman Cath Handley says.
AGUSTIN DE LA PARRA – The potential harm of radio frequency emissions on human health is a critical issue, Waiheke Local Board chairwoman Cath Handley says.

Minister for Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Kris Faafoi said he had not received any advice suggesting a link between adverse health effects and exposure levels associated with radio communications.

“On that basis, the government will continue the roll out of the 5G network next year as planned,” he said.

“We are on track and keeping pace with other countries with the spectrum being progressively allocated, companies can start rolling out 5G from 2020.”

A Spark spokesperson said overwhelming evidence indicated 5G presented no risk to human health.

“Most scientific opinion shows no clear evidence from the thousands of scientific studies undertaken to date that mobile phones or base stations present risks to human health,” he said.

“Spark will continue to test and comply with all national and international safety limits and always ensure we incorporate substantial safety margins.”

However, Pockett said the current guidelines regarding safe levels of radio frequency were flawed.

“The present guidelines for safe levels of exposure assume that the only biological effect of radio frequency is tissue heating. So if it’s not intense enough to actually cook you, the Ministry of Health and the wireless industry are telling us it’s fine,” she said.

“In fact though, there are multiple proven mechanisms by which radio frequency damages all biological organisms, at intensities a tiny fraction of those needed to heat tissue.”

The Ministry of Health monitors overseas research on radio frequency emissions and reports to the director of health every six months.

In 2018, a report concluded that any risk to health was low.

The council’s environment and community chair Penny Hulse said she was seeking information from Faafoi about the government’s response to any health risks.


Children And Digital Technology

childThe following letter contains important links (reports and videos) regarding children and digital technology. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared that children under the age of one should be protected from digital screen technology – BUT surely the recommended age should be higher? What do you think?

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Dear Friends of ELIANT,

This week the WHO published guidelines declaring that children under the age of one should live a completely screen-free existence.

Throughout the world private schools are increasingly insisting on screen-free lessons and disregarding the trend towards early digitalisation. By doing so they are enabling children to develop independent thinking, social competencies and creativity. Most state schools on the other hand are being kitted out with technology which already in the play group, will force children to learn how to operate digital gadgets. What is particularly concerning is that this development is being driven rapidly forward without any conscious, let alone democratic, decision making process.

ELIANT has therefore responded with a Position paper which maps out the consequences of premature digitalisation (short version). In this position paper you will find:

  • Links to the results of many independent scientific studies of the neurological, psychological and behavioural effects. These studies reinforce the need for a screen-free and therefore more human focused approach to education throughout Europe.
  • The key role parents play in screen-free education and the right that parents, teachers and educators should have to choose the kind of education their children need.

The purpose of this position paper is to encourage constructive dialogue between the various interest groups including the state authorities so that all children can be assured optimum health and possibilities for development. The fact sheet stating ELIANT’s position can be downloaded and printed. We would be delighted if you could disseminate it widely among friends, acquaintances and representatives of interest groups. The importance of our petition campaign calling for the right to a screen-free education, will then gain even wider traction – see also our current video.

We thank everyone for their moral and financial support of this important task.

With warm greetings on behalf of the alliance

Michaela Glöckler

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