In July, an invitation was mailed to residents living within a 2km radius of the wind farm Kaimai Wind Ltd. is proposing to build on the northern reaches of the Kaimai Ranges at Tirohia.
The application for resource consent has been lodged with the Hauraki District and Waikato Regional Councils and will shortly be notified for public submission.
Communication about the proposal began in 2005 with the Tirohia, Paeroa and northern Te Aroha communities in relation to the erection of monitoring masts to measure wind speed on the proposed site. This was just the first of a diverse range of studies which have been conducted, over subsequent years, to assess the suitability of the site for a viable wind farm.
Insights to that research have been shared over the past two years with public information days, regular community updates and a range of public meetings. However, we were aware that the general nature of these updates may not answer the specific questions of residents who live within 2 km of the wind farm site and its potential effects on the surrounding environment.
We wanted to therefore to extend an open invitation to residents to meet with members of the project team in one-on-one meetings to discuss any issues they may have in relation to such things as noise levels and visual impacts. Meeting residents in their own homes has immense value for the project team as it enables us to experience and understand the unique environmental and personal perspectives residents have about the proposal. It also provides an opportunity to discuss any possible mitigations to any concerns.
A number of meetings were held with residents during the week of 6 to 9 August and more are planned for mid to late September. If you would like to be involved, please contact Clare Bayly on 027 499 8862.
Kaimai Wind Ltd