‘‘The principle is that the quality of a surf break isn’t degraded by any development or anything else, so obviously one of the key factors involved in the quality of a surf break is the amount of swell that reaches it.’’ Williamson said that had direct implications for anyone planning to build offshore wind farms.
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Selling a windfarm plan to a local community is always tough but Hauraki people are giving promoters of a major windfarm on the Kaimai Ranges a gruelling run for their money.
Kaimai Wind Farm Ltd lodged resource consent applications with Hauraki District Council and the Waikato Regional Council to establish and operate 24 wind turbines on the northwestern side of the Kaimai Ranges. However, nearly three-quarters of those who submitted to the district council were opposed to the idea.
A consent application has been filed for a 24-turbine wind farm proposed for the northern end of the Kaimai Ranges. The turbines would be at Tirohia, near Paeroa, and the largest would be 207 metres high - with the blade tip standing upright. The country's next biggest are those at Te Uku, which stand 130m tall to the tip.
“My decision to decline the application was significantly influenced by the adverse effects the wind farm would have on the amenity and character of three Pryde Road properties. These effects were not able to be mitigated.”