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Board of Inquiry - Hauāuru mā raki Wind Farm Proposal

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Contact Wind Limited and Contact Energy Limited (Contact) are proposing to build a new 180-turbine wind farm, called ‘Hauāuru mā raki’, near Raglan in the Waikato.  The Board of Inquiry will consider this proposal.

The Board is chaired by Environment Court Judge Jeffrey Allan Smith, and the other members are Dr Diane Menzies, Ms Gina Rangi and Mr John Lumsden. See biographical information on the board members.


The Department of Conservation lodged an appeal with the High Court on 20 June 2011.

The appeal questioned the legality of the Board’s discussion document about submitter comments made on the Draft Decision Report, and also requested specific ecological conditions be corrected.

The appeal was decided by consent order on 17 August 2011, and several consent conditions were amended.  The rest of the appeal was dismissed.

To find out more information about the appeal, please contact the Hamilton High Court on 07 957 7700. 

Final Report and Decision

Draft Report and Decision

Hearing Information

2010 Hearing information

The 2010 Hearing was completed on 17 November 2010.

2009 Hearing information


The Board has received 96 submissions on Contact’s proposed Hauāuru mā raki wind farm - Waikato Wind Farm.

A summary of submissions report is available.

Electronic copies of all submissions are available to download. 

The submissions were originally received by the Minister for the Environment and then provided to the Board in accordance with the Resource Management Act.


Contact proposes to locate the Hauāuru mā raki wind farm on the west coast of the North Island. The proposed site is along approximately 34km of coastline starting four kilometres south of Port Waikato and ending at Te Akau, some eight kilometres north of Raglan. 

The original proposal for Hauāuru mā raki would produce up to 540 megawatts (MW) of electricity, and the proposal includes the construction, operation and maintenance of a 220kV transmission line, three substations, associated support structures, equipment and facilities. A copy of the applications and a map of the area can be found on Contact’s website:  The project description was been slightly amended.

Contact’s proposal for the Hauāuru mā raki wind farm was originally called in, under the Resource Management Act, by the Minister for the Environment Trevor Mallard in August 2008. The Minister then appointed the Board of Inquiry to consider the proposal.

Map of proposed site

Hauāuru mā raki – Waikato Wind Farm
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Further information

Public notice of the Minister’s direction to call in the proposal.

Minister’s direction to call in the proposal (PDF 2.94 MB).

Information sheet on Contact’s proposal explaining how submitters could have a say in the process.

Minister's media release: Call-in Board of Inquiry members announced

Minister's media release: Wind farm proposal near Raglan to be called in

For more information on the call in of Contact’s proposal see:  Contact’s proposal for a new Waikato wind farm – ‘Hauāuru mā raki’

For more information about call-ins see Ministerial intervention on proposals of national significance under the Resource Management Act.

Contact details

For further information please contact

Sarah Jenkin (Project Manager for the Board)
Phone: 0800 CALL EPA (0800 22 55 372)


Last updated: 1 May 2012