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Hauãuru mã raki
Location Waikato, New Zealand
Owner Contact Energy
Fuel Wind
Turbines 180 (maximum)
Maximum Capacity 540MW

Coordinates: 37°34′04″S 174°48′18″E / 37.567802°S 174.80499°E / -37.567802; 174.80499

Hauãuru mã raki is a wind farm being developed on the Waikato coast of New Zealand.[1]

It would extend 34 km along the coast between Port Waikato and Raglan.[2] The project covers an area of 16,797 hectares (167.97 km2) and has a capacity of up to 540 MW. The wind farm would be owned and operated by Contact Wind Ltd.

Contact Energy applied for resource consents in June 2008. The first electricity from the wind farm is planned for 2013 with the project due for completion by 2016. The project would provide power for up to 180,000 households.[3]

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Resource consents

In September 2008, the Energy Minister "called in" the project, meaning that instead of going though the standard resource consent process, the decision will be made by an independent board of enquiry. The move is possible if a project is considered to be of "national significance",[3] and is generally (but rarely) used when the decision on an important project might otherwise be held up for a long time due to the standard process.

The Board of Inquiry established to consider the proposal is chaired by Environment Court judge Jeffrey Allan Smith. Other members of the Board are Dr Diane Menzies, Ms Gina Rangi and Mr John Lumsden.[4] Hearings commenced on 27 April 2009 at Tuakau. In May, Contact requested a 12 month adjournment of proceedings to enable time to compile additional details requested by the Board of Inquiry.[5]

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