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Meridian Energy Pouto Windfarm

Te Uri o Hau embarking on this project proves the point that we are not opposed to renewable energy as a matter of principle.  It is that the Crest Kaipara Harbour Experiment is at the mouth of a harbour that is already under ecological stress and is a taonga for Te Uri o Hau, Ngati Whatua.  Unlike the Crest project there are many examples and locations of wind turbines in the North Island that we can compare with.  Environs are involved with Kaitiaki in place to provide guidance to Meridian contractors on where they can and cannot go.  Again this was not an option for the Crest project.

Environs are tasked to implement a Cultural Effects Assessment report (CEA) on behalf of Te Uri o Hau for Meridian Energy who requires this report as a condition of their resource consent.  Two hui have been held with the hou kainga at Pouto to collate their comments, questions and challenges in relation to the wind turbines being placed on the land e.g., wahi tapu areas, shifting sand, existing pine trees, ecological factors including bird flight pathways, noise, employement opportunities, social factors including housing capacity.   

Many of these unknown factors can be addressed once Meridian supplies further technical information however in the meantime a working group will be identified to visit a Meridian wind turbine site located near Raglan and to talk wiht the local iwi, hapu to hear of their experiences around wind turbines being placed in their rohe.   

A further hui will be held with the wider hapu of Te Uri o Hau to provide final input into the CEA process in late March 2011 and likely to be after the site visit.

Northpower Transmission Corridor Project

In conjuction with the Meridian Windfarm Project that will be drawing the energy from the wind turbines, Northpower will be required to transmit this energy across to a major grid that is likely to be based in the Maungaturoto/Brynderwyn area.   

Northpower have engaged Environs to undertake a Cultural Effects Assessment report (CEA) relating to this project to help identify significant cultural sites and other socio-economic issues that may affect iwi and hapu that could occur within the Corridor (which is still to be confirmed).   

A hui to collate this information for the Northpower CEA is to be held late October or early November and is likely to be in conjunction with the final CEA required for the Meridian Wind Turbine project as previously mentioned.