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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 do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.


May 11, 2022 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Huge road improvements needed to access Turitea wind farm

A Palmerston North track at the top of the Turitea Reserve is being transformed into a road capable of carrying trucks towing 55-metre-long turbine blades. Mercury’s contractors are building the route to the southern, 27-turbine section of its Turitea wind farm on the Tararua Ranges. While early construction traffic is using winding Kahuterawa and Greens roads to access the site, the tower components and blades need a different route from the north. Project manager Glen Twining told a community liaison . . . Complete story »


April 23, 2022 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Iwi appeal decision to grant consent for giant wind turbines in South Taranaki

A Taranaki iwi is taking its opposition to the proposed construction of four massive wind turbines in its rohe to the High Court. Te Korowai o Ngāruahine Trust has, along with Greenpeace, filed notice to appeal the December 2021 decision of an independent expert panel to grant resource consent enabling a renewable wind energy facility, associated with a $70 million green hydrogen project, to be set up in South Taranaki. Hiringa Energy Limited and Ballance Agri-Nutrients Limited applied under a . . . Complete story »


April 14, 2022 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Fast-track wind farm upgrade tilted for Tararua skyline

The Tararua skyline above Palmerston North is being measured up for more giant wind turbines. NZ Windfarms is planning to repower the Te Rere Hau wind farm, replacing its 92 35-metre tall twin-bladed turbines with three-bladed turbines standing up to four times the height. The company has applied for fast-track consents under the Covid-19 recovery legislations. Environment Minister David Parker has signed off the application, which will need Cabinet approval. If granted, the company will be able to apply to the . . . Complete story »


February 12, 2022 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Disputed access to Manawatū wind farm goes straight to court

Objections to increased volumes of construction traffic using narrow, winding Palmerston North roads to access the Turitea Wind Farm are being sent directly to the Environment Court. Wind farm owners Mercury want a variation to resource consent conditions to enable 300 trucks a day to use Kahuterawa Rd and Greens Rd to access the southern section of the wind farm. Faced with three-quarters of the 40 submitters opposing having more trucks on the roads, Mercury asked if it could skip . . . Complete story »


February 7, 2022 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Use of winding road to wind farm opposed by Palmerston North residents

Turitea wind farm owner Mercury has struck a wall of opposition against its plans to move about 300 trucks a day, up and down two steep, narrow and winding Palmerston North roads. Mercury has applied to the Palmerston North City Council for changes to the conditions of its resource consent to carry more construction traffic on Kahuterawa Rd and Greens Rd to the southern section of the wind farm. But local residents have made 29 submissions that the proposals are . . . Complete story »


January 18, 2022 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Brooklyn wind turbine still out of action, seven months after electrical fault discovered

Seven months after an electrical fault was discovered, the Brooklyn wind turbine is still out of action, the root of the problem unknown. The turbine was built to harness Wellington’s notorious wind, but it was cold, damp weather that put it out of action. The 67-metre tall landmark’s blades haven’t turned since June, when it was taken out of service for maintenance. Meridian Energy spokeswoman Rheilli Uluilelata said there had been no further progress. “We are still investigating the electrical . . . Complete story »


January 6, 2022 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind in the wires an unexpected glitch for generator

Work resumes at Mercury’s $465 million Turitea Wind Farm on Wednesday with activity moving to the southern, second stage of the development. The site on the Tararua Range above Palmerston North has been closed since before Christmas, apart from security and environmental checks. The northern section of 33-turbines was virtually complete, with sediment control ponds being removed and the landscape reinstated. But while that part of the project was running smoothly, the southern section, which will include 27 turbines, is . . . Complete story »


October 23, 2021 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines reaching 206m tall proposed for Taranaki site as part of $70m green hydrogen project

The tallest wind turbines in the country could soon be built on the Taranaki ring plain as part of a world-leading $70 million “green” hydrogen project. The turbines would generate electricity to produce “green” hydrogen that would be turned into fertiliser and used to fuel heavy vehicles. Green hydrogen is a term for hydrogen produced using electricity generated from renewable sources such as wind, solar and hydro. The Hiringa Energy Limited and Ballance Agri-Nutrients’ green hydrogen hub at Kapuni could . . . Complete story »


October 7, 2021 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Tararua Wind Farm turbine fire puzzle is being probed

A fire in a turbine at the Tararua Wind Farm in Manawatū that spewed black smoke on the skyline was left to burn itself. Wind farm owners Mercury and on-site contractors Vestas have launched an investigation into what caused the rare incident on Wednesday afternoon. Mercury general manager for generation Stewart Hamilton said the fire was contained to the turbine and no other structures, people or property were in danger. Fire and Emergency services were called to the site, and . . . Complete story »


October 6, 2021 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine on fire on Tararua Range, near Palmerston North

A wind turbine is on fire at a wind farm near Palmerston North. Emergency services were called to the site near Aokautere, Palmerston North, at 2.40pm, a Fire and Emergency New Zealand spokesperson said. “It’s a windmill on fire,” he said. Four fire trucks and a tanker responded but left shortly after 4pm, as they were “unable to assist”, he said. The fire was being left to burn overnight under the management of on-site contractors. A spokesperson for Mercury NZ . . . Complete story »


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