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.

Power Price Hikes: End of the Low-User Electricity Tariff

Posted by March 4th 2022

New government legislation is removing the low-user electricity tariff. This means that if you're on the low-user tariff because you don't use much electricity, you could find your bills set to rise. Canstar Blue explores …

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Cheapest Wireless Broadband Plans NZ

Posted by March 4th 2022

Competition in the wireless broadband market is fierce. The big broadband providers are pushing wireless broadband because it means bigger profits for them. For by using wireless technology, they don't have to pay to provide …

What is Electric Kiwi Broadband and is it a Great Deal?

Posted by March 11th 2022

There is no shortage of broadband providers in New Zealand. Canstar Blue's latest Broadband Star Ratings and Awards cover 13 major players. And since last year's award, even more providers have started offering broadband services, …

Canstar Blue’s Top Stories of 2021

Posted by December 23rd 2021

Tempus really does fugit. Despite the year being dragged down by the surprisingly tenacious virus, the past 12 months have been a blur of awards, ratings and great stories here at Canstar Blue. We've introduced some …

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Spark’s New Broadband Plans: Are You Being Ripped Off?

Posted by March 11th 2022

You might have noticed the ads for Spark broadband's new deals on TV. Its new Essential Fibre and Max Fibre plans come with free Netflix, which is worth a cool $18.49 per month. That's not a …

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Best Broadband Plans to Keep Up with your Gaming Needs

Posted by October 4th 2021

If you're serious about online gaming, you'll need a broadband plan that provides for a stable, speedy and ultimately smooth-flowing experience. These days there are fibre plans aplenty to sift through. However it's important to …

2degrees the Best Small Business Telco

Posted by October 4th 2021

In our homes, the internet going down is an inconvenience. The moment connectivity is lost, you'll hear shrieks from discombobulated family members, as they can no longer stream, game, chat or surf the net. But, for …

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Laptop + Tablet: the Best 2-in-1 Computers

Posted by August 3rd 2021

Ideally laptop-tablet, 2-in-1 devices bring together the best of both worlds, allowing you to smoothly switch between touchscreen and keyboard mode. One minute you're firing off an email, the next you're relaxing with Netflix. These relatively …

How to Get Free Netflix, Spotify & Amazon Prime

Posted by October 12th 2021

Okay, let's start this story with an old chestnut: there's no such thing as a free lunch … or free Netflix, Spotify or any other streaming service. No telco is going to give away valuable …

NZ’s Favourite Streaming Services

Posted by March 11th 2022

If you're into streaming and have never heard of JustWatch, here's a quick heads-up. JustWatch is a streaming guide that collates all the big players, meaning you don't have to individually access each streaming service …