However, national mainstream media has somehow neglected to cover the extremely serious potential health and environmental effects of 5G.
As things stand, NZ’s future could include exposure to 5G from a terrestrial system and a space-based 5G system.
Elon Musk’s SpaceX has proposed a 5G system that utilises a fleet of low earth orbit satellites. These satellites would subject the earth to a barrage of highly focussed beams of microwave radiation from space, leaving nowhere to hide for people who have become sensitised to this type of radiation - except perhaps in shielded housing. What’s more, the environmental effects of the multiple launches of satellites needed to sustain a spacebased 5G system could include ozone layer destruction and contamination of the upper atmosphere with soot. 
Given the potential health and environmental disaster from space-based 5G systems, an international appeal has been launched against this technology. 
While a space-based 5G system may be the ultimate in techno-narcissism, earth-based 5G is hardly better. The 5G system proposed for NZ would utilise a combination of microwave radiation plus millimetre waves. Microwave radiation was classified as a possible carcinogen by the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer in 2011 and in a 2018 article, Miller et al.argue that new research shows that this type of radiation should be reclassified as a Group 1 (proven) carcinogen.  Millimetre wave radiation is far from harmless and in fact has been exploited as a weapon by the US military. 
We, the public, are being promised that 5G would allow us to download movies really fast – but if you read the agendas of 5G proponents, it’s clear that 5G’s real purpose is to facilitate the “Internet of Things” (IOT)  and transform society into a digital dystopia – cleverly marketed as being the best thing since sliced bread, of course. (See: https://5grealised.com/agenda/)
Faced with the potential imposition of a technology that may increase New Zealand’s already high rate of cancer and other chronic illness, it’s not surprising that Kiwis are rejecting 5G. Indeed, the campaign to keep NZ 5G-Free is gathering momentum. You can learn more at http://www.5G.org.nz and https://www.facebook.com/5GFreeNewZealand/.
About the author:
Katherine Smith is the Editor of The New Zealand Journal of Natural Medicine.
 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/ pubmed/30196934