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Conflicting statements:


1 “A road already exists into the reserve and only one small extension is required for the wind farm to proceed.”
Cr Anne Podd August 25.

“There is an existing road which will provide the majority of the roading in the new project. We are aware of one planned extension and acknowledge that there could be other extensions after investigations are complete. We also understand that some road widening will also be required.”
Palmerston North City Council chief executive Paul Wylie, August 16, in a letter to Manawatu Forest and Bird committee member Donald Kerr.

2 “In the event of any power failure, the city and surrounding region will be secure because of its local generation capacity.”
Cr Anne Podd August 25.

“The power will be fed into the local electricity network as part of the national grid.”
Consultation document.

3 “The wind farm wouldn’t affect natural bush – there isn’t any on the ridge line … that is why using ((the ridge line)) to produce energy is such an excellent idea.”
Mayor Heather Tanguay, August 14.

“No decision has been made on where the turbines will be situated.”
Mighty River Power general manager external affairs Neil Williams, August 25.

4 “The process allows people to comment on the pros and cons of altering the purpose of the reserve to permit the siting of a wind farm within the water supply catchment area.”
Mayor Heather Tanguay, Turitea Reserve consultation document.

“((The)) submissions are about the change of purpose to the Turitea Reserve and not about the wind-farm development.”
Mayor Heather Tanguay, August 28.

5 “City council ratepayers will certainly benefit as the substantial income from the rental paid by Mighty River Power will keep our rates down.”
Cr Anne Podd, August 25.

” … the royalties from the electricity generated from ((the wind farm)) will pay for the establishment and maintenance of the eco park, which will include extensive pest (possum in particular) control.”
Consultation document.