Te Waka Wind Farm

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Location
39°12'20"S
176°41'12"E
Country
 New Zealand
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The Titiokura/Te Waka Wind Farm is a proposed wind farm project originally planned by Unison Networks and Roaring 40s, but now by Meridian Energy. The planned site is adjacent to SH5 in the Te Pohue - Titiokura area, 35 km west of Napier, New Zealand.Construction of Stage 1 is expected to begin in 2020.

History of consents

Stage 1 of the project, Titiokura, gained resource consents in 2006 after an Environment Court appeal. This stage is for 15 wind turbines, producing up to 45 MW. Stage 2, Te Waka, was to have a capacity of up to 102 MW from 34 turbines. The Environment Court declined this application, after the hearing was held in December 2008. A revised proposal was prepared, this was declined by the Environment Court in February 2009.Early stages of the consent process were administered by the Hastings District Council and the Hawke's Bay Regional Council. Both stages of the wind farm were opposed by local iwi, Ngati Hineuru and Maungaharuru-Tangitu Society.

Takeover by Meridian

The consents for Stage 1 of the project were purchased by Meridian Energy in 2010. In August 2019 Meridian sought interest from potential contractors for the wind farm's construction. Construction is expected to begin in 2020.
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