Bruce Pitchers

Bruce Pitchers Bruce Pitchers began his career writing about pop culture, before spending a decade in sports journalism. More recently, he’s applied his writing and editing skills to the world of finance. Prior to Canstar, he freelanced for The Australian Financial Review and the NZ Financial Markets Authority.


What is Rocket Mobile?

Posted by July 2nd 2024

What is Rocket Mobile? Rocket Mobile is a mobile-phone provider that offers a unique range of prepaid unlimited data plans that use One NZ's mobile network: Plan Data/Speed Talk/Text Hotspotting Cost (monthly) Rocket Starter Unlimited: at 2Mbps Unlimited NZ/OZ 10GB $30 Rocket Unlimited: at 10Mbps Unlimited NZ/OZ 20GB $40 Rocket Plus Unlimited: at …


Power Factor: What is it and How to Calculate it

Posted by June 21st 2024

Ensuring your business’ electrical equipment has a good power factor will reduce your energy consumption and help prevent electrical damage. This article explains everything you need to know about power factor and power factor correction. What …


What is the Average Power Bill in New Zealand?

Posted by May 15th 2024

How much are you paying for power in your home? Is it more than the average power bill in New Zealand? If it is, you could be paying too much for your power. Canstar Blue …



Solar roof tiles NZ: Everything you need to know

Posted by May 6th 2024

Rooftop solar panels aren’t a great fit for every property. Some roofs can’t support their bulky design, or are positioned in a way that means they can’t be used. Other buildings can’t have solar panels …


Running Costs: Petrol vs Electric Cars

Posted by March 26th 2024

Charging a battery is a lot cheaper than paying for gas at the pump. But now that electric vehicle (EV) and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) owners have to pay Road User Charges (RUCs), how much cheaper …


Canstar Blue Reveals New Zealand’s Best Travel Agency

Posted by March 20th 2024

Kiwis have refound their wings. Last year, 2.68 million of us took trips overseas, numbers that are back to 88% of pre-pandemic levels. And as the tourism numbers increase, both domestically and internationally, more of …


Free Appliance Power Deals: The True Costs

Posted by February 22nd 2024

A couple of years ago, a member of team Canstar signed up for a long-term power plan and broadband bundle to snag a "free" appliance. At the time, they were excited about their new washing …


Fixed Power Deals: Are They Worth It?

Posted by February 12th 2024

There’s no denying we’re all wanting cheaper electricity bills at the end of the month, well fixed-term electricity contracts could be the way to do it!


NZ’s Cheapest Broadband Plans

Posted by June 13th 2024

If you’re on the hunt for a cheap broadband internet plan, what should you look out for? Compare providers with Canstar Blue.