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We Want A 5G-Free Whangarei

According to the United Nations Principles 'Protect, Respect and Remedy,' the Government has a duty to protect the public against human rights abuses by third parties, including businesses, [1].

The wireless technology in use today has been proven to have carcinogenic and neurotoxic effects in humans and animals, [2]. Acute exposure has been shown to alter the metabolism of the brain, [3], electrical activity in the brain, [4] and immune system responses [5]. While chronic exposure has been associated with DNA damage, [6] and cancer risk [7] which large rodent studies have confirmed the biological and health effects of, [8, 9].

In light of these known health effects, which may have significant public health consequences, it is unacceptable for Telecommunications companies to add a far more powerful form of electro-pollution into our environments in the form of 5G, which for many may be difficult to escape from.

As 5G microwave radiation does not travel well compared to 2G, 3G and 4G, a 5G system will require mini-cell sites (known an “small cells”) to be placed throughout neighbourhoods, where they will be installed on the sides or tops of buildings and on street light poles, close to homes, thereby adding multitudes of radiofrequency transmitters to suburban environments in Whangarei, [10].

As well as animals, birds, plants, and insects, [11],  those potentially most at risk from exposure to the radiation from the proposed 5G system are the unborn and very young children, [12], who are unable to articulate how they are feeling.

As a member of the Whangarei community, I urge Local Government (and Central Government) to protect members of the Whangarei public, the unborn and wild life from 5G technology by banning it and declaring Whangarei '5G Free'.


[1]. UN "Protect, Respect and Remedy" Framework and Guiding Principles,

[2]. BioIntiative Report 2012, Updated in 2014 and 2017,

[3]. Volkow ND, Tomasi D, Wang GJ et al.
Effects of cell phone radiofrequency signal exposure on brain glucose metabolism.
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[4]. Schmid MR, Loughran SP, Regel SJ et al.
Sleep EEG alterations: effects of different pulse-modulated radio frequency electromagnetic fields. J Sleep Res. 2012; 21: 50-58

[5]. Kimata H, Microwave radiation from cellular phones increases allergen-specific IgE production. Allergy. 2005; 60: 838-839

[6]. Zothansiama, Zosangzuali M, Lalramdinpuii M, Jagetia GC, Impact of radiofrequency radiation on DNA damage and antioxidants in peripheral blood lymphocytes of humans residing in the vicinity of mobile phone base stations. Electromagn Biol Med. 2017; 36: 295-305

[7]. Carlberg M, Hardell L, Evaluation of mobile phone and cordless phone use and glioma risk using the Bradford Hill viewpoints from 1965 on association or causation. Biomed Res Int. 2017; 2017: 9218486

[8]. Cell phone radio frequency radiation. National Toxicology Program, US Department of Health and Human Services; 2019;
Date accessed: 20 February, 2019 Clear evidence of tumors in the hearts of male rats. The tumors were malignant schwannomas.

[9]. Falcioni L, Bua L, Tibaldi E et al. Report of final results regarding brain and heart tumors in Sprague-Dawley rats exposed from prenatal life until natural death to mobile phone radiofrequency field representative of a 1.8GHz GSM base station environmental emission. Environ Res. 2018; 165: 496-503

[10]. Why 5G Cell Towers Are More Dangerous,

[11].  Radiofrequency EMFs and Health Risks, Section 6. Animals & plants, Alasdair and Jean Philips 13.11.18,

[12]. Morgan, L. Lloyd, Santosh Kesari, and Devra Lee Davis. “Why Children Absorb More Microwave Radiation than Adults: The Consequences.” Journal of Microscopy and Ultrastructure 2, no. 4 (December 2014): 197-204. Accessed January 1, 2019. science/article/pii/S2213879X14000583. Highlights: (1) Children absorb more microwave radiation (MWR) than adults. (2) MWR is a Class 2B (possible) carcinogen. (3) The fetus is in greater danger than children from exposure to MWR. (4) The legal exposure limits have remained unchanged for decades. (5) Cellphone manuals warnings and the 20 cm rule for tablets/laptops violate the “normal operating position” regulation.