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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.

November 16, 2017 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Massey academics seek legal advice

Two Massey staff and a Palmerston North consultant are fighting to restore their international reputations after the university’s response to a complaint of dodgy research was released to Australian media. The researchers, specialising in low-frequency sound, say Massey did not give them a chance to give their side of the story before the complainant was told the university might retract the case study they co-authored. Consultant Bruce Rapley, Huub Bakker, from the School of Engineering and Advanced Technology, and Rachel . . .

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October 2, 2017 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

No appeal on wind turbine

The group behind a contentious wind turbine proposal has announced it will not appeal an Environment Court decision to stop it because of death threats and mounting legal bills. Blueskin Energy Limited project manager Scott Willis said opposition to a proposal to build a 110m turbine on Porteous Hill, near Blueskin Bay, had grown “out of hand” and death threats had been made. “Direct threats against members of our team have been made, and that has been distressing. Obviously some . . .

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September 15, 2017 • Editorials, New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Tilting at windmills

The long-running saga of a Blueskin Bay wind farm is riven with disappointment. What began with good intentions and hoped-for environmental benefits has turned sour. Turbines on Porteous Hill have been opposed by many, and the Environment Court has agreed the latest proposal, for a single turbine, would be in a “highly memorable” place and would have significant adverse effects on landscape and visual effects and the value of existing amenities. The Environment Court upheld the Dunedin City Council planning . . .

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September 13, 2017 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Neighbours at odds over noisy wind farm

Two residents with very different views have described what it’s like to live near a noisy wind farm in Manawatū – one isn’t bothered by it, and the other wonders if “this saga is ever going to end”. Dr Lee Huffman has maintained a detailed log for 10 years, recording “whining”, “mechanical grinding”, a “whoosh” and a “roar” from the Te Rere Hau wind farm on the Tararua Range. Joseph Poff, on the other hand, has slated the Palmerston North . . .

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September 12, 2017 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm proponents ‘should just let it go’

Opponents of a wind farm near Blueskin Bay say ”common sense has prevailed” with the Environment Court decision on Monday but the ruling comes too late for one former resident who moved away in protest. On Monday, the court rejected an appeal of the Dunedin City Council’s 2016 decision to decline consent for a 110m turbine on Porteous Hill. Former Pryde Rd resident Jamie Pickford said he moved from his former home, which was about 800m from the proposed site, . . .

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September 12, 2017 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Te Rere Hau wind farm to cut down the hours it operates

The owner of a Manawatū wind farm that makes “annoying” noise will cut down on the amount of time the turbines operate. Environmental commissioners are re-evaluating noise rules for the Te Rere Hau wind farm on the Tararua Range after a saga that has included court action and the Palmerston North City Council receiving 1700 noise complaints from residents. Neighbours have complained about a “whining” noise, a “whoosh” and a rumble like a train that never arrives. A hearing in . . .

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September 12, 2017 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Environment Court rejects Blueskin turbine

The Blueskin Bay skyline is to remain void of wind turbines following an Environment Court decision to decline one on Porteous Hill. However, the group behind the proposal to build a 110m turbine is not ruling out appealing the decision to the High Court. The Environment Court said the proposed turbine was in “considerable tension” with the Dunedin City Council’s proposed district plan for energy resilience which considered matters including values of significant natural landscapes and adverse effects on the . . .

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September 8, 2017 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

The roar that never arrives faces volume controls

The solution to nearly a decade of dispute about noise annoyance, whining, swishing and roaring from the Te Rere Hau wind farm could be found in Palmerston North next week. Resource management commissioners will be hearing city council proposals to tighten the noise control conditions on New Zealand Windfarms’ consent. The issues date back to 2008, when the first turbines began operating on the North Range Rd property. Submitters Lee Huffman and Graham Devey, near neighbours on the Pahiatua Track, . . .

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August 3, 2017 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Chatham Island wind turbines dismantled

Chatham Island Wind, an Australian-owned business that had promised to slash power bills for islanders dependent on diesel generators, has been put into liquidation three years after its parent went into voluntary administration. The two French-designed 225kW turbines were installed on land leased from Chatham Mayor Alfred Preece in 2010. The contract was terminated in 2014 after the parent of Chatham Island Wind, now known as BlueNRGY Group, got into financial difficulties. While BlueNRGY emerged from administration in 2015, efforts . . .

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July 18, 2017 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Judge questions landscape architects about wind turbine

The character and value of the landscape and the likely effects of a single large wind turbine above Blueskin Bay were the focus of a lengthy Environment Court sitting in Dunedin yesterday. Judge Jane Borthwick and two commissioners are hearing an appeal by Blueskin Energy Ltd (BEL) against the Dunedin City Council’s refusal to allow a 110m turbine to be erected on Porteous Hill, on the north side of the bay. Four landscape architects were called as expert witnesses to . . .

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