I got a call from a survey company on my cell phone last night. After being asked to confirm my eligibility to answer his questions, we proceeded with a ten minute Q & A session. I asked who the survey was for and he said it will become apparent who it was for as we progress.
It was a survey for our local Lines company, Waipa Networks. After questions about service, pricing and house lighting we got down to the real reason for the survey. Question was for me to class the donations the company makes in the community. Like supporting St John Ambulance., the Maungatautari forest trust, and some community trust based on Mt Pirongia, amongst others. I gave them all a 1 ( The range was 1 for didn’t like, to 4 for fully support) He asked why such a low number and I said it’s not the job of the lines company to decide who to give OUR money too. If we want to support these organisations then give us our money and let us decide who and what to support.
He was taken aback at this and asked if I knew who owned the company. I replied it was owned by a community based trust. Twice a year they give all power uses a rebate depending on how much power they use.
The final few questions were about electric cars, house heating and lighting. The electric car question was to rate my chances of buying one as my next purchase. I gave that one a 1 as well. He again asked why? I replied the idea is stupid virtue signalling. If every one had an electric car, we wouldn’t have enough power and would need to build power stations using coal.
That kind of ended the questioning.
If corporates want to use their own money for these kind of things, that’s fine. But when they are owned by the community, its not their right to pick and choose their favourites.