Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Meridian Energy’s North Island wind farm proposal

2 September 2008 Media Statement

Crown makes submission on Meridian Energy’s North Island wind farm proposal

The Crown has made a submission on Meridian Energy’s wind farm proposal in the Central North Island, Environment Minister Trevor Mallard said today.

Since changes were made to the Resource Management Act in 2005, the Crown has been able to make a submission on an application for a resource consent that the minister considers to be of national significance. This allows the government to have input into local decision-making processes, while leaving the decision and hearings to be made locally.

"It is important that those making decisions under the Resource Management Act on renewable energy projects such as Meridian Energy’s ‘Central Wind’ have information on the national energy implications and effects of the proposal," Trevor Mallard said.

"The submission recognises the importance of renewable, low-carbon, energy generation and security of supply, and covers wind energy potential.

"It also recognises the contribution of the proposal to the government’s energy and climate change policy objectives.

"Additionally, the submission includes conditions that the Crown considers necessary to address the local environmental effects of the proposal on Crown conservation land," Trevor Mallard said.

This is the third time the Crown has made a submission on an application for resource consent since the 2005 amendments. The other submissions were on Meridian’s Project Hayes and Trustpower’s Mahinerangi wind farms in Central Otago.

"I have every faith that ordinary Resource Management Act processes and local decision makers can deal with the environmental effects and any community concerns raised by the ‘Central Wind’ proposal," Trevor Mallard said.

The cabinet paper and minute and submission is available at www.mfe.govt.nz

A Crown submission under section 141A or the RMA is a single statement on a matter for the Crown. Its purpose is to set out an integrated and collective view for all relevant Ministers and Government agencies, combining their various experiences, expertise and resources. For more information about ministerial interventions for proposals of national significance under the RMA go to Q and A at
http://www.mfe.govt.nz/rma/central/minister/national-significance.html

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Back Again: Government Approves TPP11 Mandate

The Government has approved a negotiating mandate for Trans-Pacific Partnership 11 (TPP11), which will ensure New Zealand businesses remain competitive in overseas markets.

Trade Minister Todd McClay says New Zealand will be pushing for the minimal number of changes possible to the original TPP agreement, something that the remaining TPP11 countries have agreed on. More>>

ALSO:

.

 
 

Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice. More>>

ALSO:

Rail: Greens Back Tauranga – Hamilton – Auckland Service

The Green Party today announced that it will trial a passenger rail service between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga starting in 2019, when it is in government. More>>

ALSO:

Housing: Voluntary Rental Warrant Of Fitness For Wellington

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty: Agreement In Principle Signed With Moriori

“The Crown acknowledges Moriori was left virtually landless from 1870, hindering its cultural, social and economic development. The Crown also acknowledges its contribution to the myths that the people of Moriori were racially inferior and became extinct." More>>

ALSO:

Susan Devoy: Call For Inquiry Into State Abuse Reaches UN

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is in Geneva and has asked a United Nations committee to urge the New Zealand government to initiate an inquiry into the physical and sexual abuse of children and disabled people held in state institutions. More>>

ALSO:

(Not National): Cross-Party Agreement On Pike River Re-Entry

The commitment was signed this afternoon by the leaders of Labour, United Future, The Maori Party, and the Green Party and, together with the earlier commitment by New Zealand First, means that there is now a Parliamentary majority behind the families’ fight for truth and justice. More>>

ALSO:

Earlier:

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election
 
 
 
  • PublicAddress
  • Pundit
  • Kiwiblog