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Frequently Asked Questions

How many turbines are proposed?

Twenty-four (24) large scale wind turbines are proposed, seven of them 180m high (to blade tip standing upright), and 17 of them 207 metres high

What other activities are proposed?
  • An on-site substation (next to an existing Transpower Line)
  • Two on-site lattice transmission towers
  • Two on-site 33kv overhead powerlines linking two clusters of turbines to substation
  • 18.9 kms of roading (18.0km on-site and 900m upgrade of Wright Road)
  • 24 turbine platforms
  • Three equipment storage areas for turbine components, contractor machinery, site offices and fuel.
  • Replacement or upgrade of culverts along Wright Road and some on-site roads
  • Underground 33kv cable network to collect electricity from the turbines
  • Earthworks estimated at 59 hectares in area and total cut volume of 900,000m3 
  • One quarry to provide aggregate for roading and other works
  • Clearance of approximately 1,700m2 of native bush
Where is the proposed site?

The proposed site covers three farms at 771 and 604 Rotokohu Road and 6356 State Highway 26, Paeroa. Generally speaking, this is on the hill country around and to the east of the Tirohia Quarry.

Where is the proposed site access?

Proposed site access is from Wright Road, which comes off Rawhiti Road in Matamata-Piako District.

Why are consents needed from Hauraki District (HDC) and Waikato Regional (WRC) Councils?

Under the Resource Management Act, the two councils are responsible for different parts of the proposal. HDC deals with landuse effects such as noise, traffic, visual impact etc, while WRC deals with discharges to air, water and land, and any disturbance to land and water.

Can I make a Submission?

The submission period has closed. Hauraki District Council received 220 submissions and Waikato Regional Council received 143 submissions.

The submission period closed on:

4.30pm Thursday 31 January 2019.

Will I be able to provide feedback in person?

It’s expected a hearing will be held in the fourth quarter of 2019. If you want to speak at the hearing you must have made a written submission and have stated on the submission form that you would like to be heard

Who will make the decision?

HDC and WRC will appoint independent commissioners to hear the application (and submissions) and make a decision on the proposal.