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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.

August 1, 2018 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Proposed Kaimai Range wind farm sours family’s hope of dream home

The same day the Sarah and Simon Hill paid the deposit on their dream home, they learnt of a proposed wind farm nearby. Resource consent was recently filed for the Kaimai Wind Farm – a 24-turbine wind farm proposed for the northern end of the Kaimai Ranges. If approved it will span 1304 hectares, bordered by Rotokohu Rd, Paeroa, and SH26, Tirohia. Sarah said they were on cloud nine when they managed to buy their Rotokohu Road property at auction. . . . Complete story »

July 31, 2018 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Biggest wind turbines in the country proposed for the Kaimai Ranges

If a $180 million Kaimai Wind farm gets the green light, the biggest turbines in the country could be visible along the ranges. A resource consent application has been filed for a 24-turbine wind farm proposed for the northern end, spanning 1304 hectares, bordered by Rotokohu Rd, Paeroa and SH26 Tirohia. But local iwi say not enough has been done to mitigate the cultural impact of the wind farm. Ngāti Hako iwi manager Paulin Clarkin said turbines on the maunga, . . . Complete story »

July 30, 2018 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm featuring 200m-tall turbines proposed for Kaimai Ranges

A consent application has been filed for a 24-turbine wind farm proposed for the northern end of the Kaimai Ranges. The turbines would be at Tirohia, near Paeroa, and the largest would be 207 metres high – with the blade tip standing upright. The country’s next biggest are those at Te Uku, which stand 130m tall to the tip. Kaimai Wind Farm Limited is behind the bid and has applied for resource consent through Hauraki District Council and Waikato Regional . . . Complete story »

June 26, 2018 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Kaimai Ranges wind farm plan seeks resource consents

After more than 10 years on the drawing board, a proposal for a 24 turbine wind farm on the northern Kaimai Ranges near Paeroa is seeking resource consents. The $180 million Kaimai Wind Farm project has applied for resource consents from the Hauraki District Council and Waikato Regional Council for the construction, operation and maintenance of the large tubines on privately-owned farmland at Tirohia. The application will be publicly notified, said the company. The turbine hub height will be up . . . Complete story »

June 1, 2018 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

New Zealand push on clean power comes with high political, economic risks

New Zealand has set out to burnish its clean, green image by becoming Asia Pacific’s first developed economy to stop using fossil fuels to generate power, although the pitfalls encountered by a Maori iwi, or tribe, may signal trouble ahead. The 3,000-member Ngaati Kea Ngaati Tuara iwi in Rotorua, when switching to renewables, found local geothermal sources were not hot enough to generate electricity. So, the tribe set up small hydro units for its meeting ground and dairy farm, but . . . Complete story »

December 20, 2017 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Palmerston North wind farm puts a decade of complaints behind it

Noise complaints that have dogged Palmerston North’s Te Rere Hau wind farm for a decade may have been silenced. Resource management commissioners have put the final touches on a new suite of noise control conditions largely agreed between the city council, New Zealand Windfarms and neighbours during and after a hearing in September. The Environment Court has not received any valid appeals against their decision. The wind farm on the Tararua Range, visible to most city residents, has attracted more . . . Complete story »

December 7, 2017 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Opposition to Waverley Wind Farm dropped

An appeal against the Waverley Wind Farm project has been withdrawn, leaving the project free to go ahead as planned. Consent for the 48-turbine wind farm on coastal Waverley farm land was granted in July. It was then appealed by Mike and Angela Connell, who live in Fookes St where a transmission line would cut across their view. Tilt Renewables owns and operates wind farms in New Zealand and Australia. Its renewable development manager, Clayton Delmarter, said there has been . . . Complete story »

November 27, 2017 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

An ill wind

The details of the threat are recorded. If he was not so scared of the repercussions, it could all be laid bare. But he is. He is deeply concerned that family members would be petrified if they knew that less than two months ago his support for the Blueskin Bay wind turbine project resulted in him being threatened with physical violence, and his property threatened with vandalism. He does not want his name or identifying details to be used. He . . . Complete story »

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 . . . Complete story »

November 11, 2017 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Researchers under scrutiny after noise experiment prompts ‘violent’ reaction

A New Zealand university is investigating the conduct of researchers who let the subject of a “noise sensitisation” experiment drive a vehicle despite experiencing a “severe” response after visiting a wind farm in NSW. Massey University said it had already undertaken an “educative review” with two researchers – among the four in total – who teach at the institution. “Retraction of the research is an option open to the university,” Giselle Byrnes, an assistant vice-chancellor at Massey, said in a . . . Complete story »

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