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.
The Board of Inquiry released its Final Report and Decision on the Hauāuru mā raki Wind Farm Proposal, as required under section 149 of the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) (pre-2009 amendments).
The final report and decision was provided to Contact Energy, the two affected councils (as a result of the Auckland Supercity those parts of the wind farm site previously within Franklin District are now within Waikato District), all 83 submitters and the Minister for the Environment. If these parties wished to lodge an appeal on a question of law, they had 15 working days from the date they were notified of the final report and decision to lodge their appeal to the High Court under section 149A of the RMA.
A public notice featured in major newspapers on Saturday 28 May 2011 and other local community newspapers on Tuesday 31 May, Wednesday 1 June and Thursday 2 June 2011.
Discussion of Comments of Submitters to Board of Inquiry (PDF, 648 KB)
Volume 2 - Conditions and Schedules
Contact Wind Limited – District
Contact Wind Limited – Regional
Contact Energy Limited – Designations
Contact Energy Limited – Regional
Volume 3A - Wind Farm Plans
(Schedule Two to the Waikato District Council Conditions and Schedule Two to the Waikato Regional Council Conditions)
Volume 3B – Transmission Infrastructure Plans
(Schedule Two to the Designation Conditions and Schedule One to the Regional Earthworks Conditions)
Last updated: 1 May 2012