A lot has happened since I last wrote to you. As you know, the application to construct a wind farm on the northern reaches of the Kaimai Ranges at Tirohia was lodged with the Hauraki District and Waikato Regional Councils in June 2018. It was publicly announced in November and around 220 submissions were received from the public – 57 in support and 157 opposed.
Submissions in support talked about the benefits of sustainable renewable energy, positive impact on the environment and economic benefits to the region. Main areas of concern were potential advertise impacts on cultural values, the appearance of the turbines and their impact on the landscape, the sound of the turbines and impact on the ecology of the area.
I want to thank everyone who took the time to read our application and make a submission. The detailed submissions gave us a deeper appreciation of concerns. To foster dialogue and explore opportunities to mitigate any concerns, I wrote to all submitters inviting them to meet with me either at the site, in their homes or at a venue of their choosing.
A significant number of submitters responded to that invitation and met with me to provide a personal perspective on their support or opposition to the proposal. All meetings were constructive and I want to acknowledge the willingness of those people to devoting their time to learning more about the proposal and, in particular, discussing the potential to reduce the impact of their specific concerns.
Consultation with stakeholders (including iwi) is ongoing and we are hopeful the Hearing will be held later this year.
In the meantime, if you have any questions please refer to
With best wishes
Kaimai Wind Ltd