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Take a look at the submissions of the minority 20% who favour the Turitea scheme. Many are from people and their relatives who have a vested interest and plan to exploit the city and their neighbours' misery for financial gain. Look too at the quality of these submissions. To say that they are pathetically weak is an understatement!
Congratulations to the Green Party Aotearoa
New Zealand for taking a strong stand.
Congratulations too to the 6 City Councillors who have had the courage and
integrity to submit against the scheme. This is an unprecedented action by more than one third of the Council, which has 16 elected representatives, none of whom submitted in favour.
Click the link below to view submissions.
http://www.mfe.govt.nz/rma/call-in-turitea/submissions/index.html Passing the buck.
Council votes for the wind farm,
Leaves the mess to be sorted out by RMA Commissioners.
MRP pressures the Government into a Call-In (Did PNCC lawyers see this coming?)
Stifles opposition as the process is now very formal and intimidating.
The mess to be decided by a Board of 5,
and the Council distancing itself, making a “ neutral” submission with the onus now placed on their chosen experts.
AND THE WINNERS?
The lawyers and PNCC now looking like “honest brokers” who can then lay the blame on others if this ridiculous project is ever approved.
Are you happy to see this wind farm foisted on your city ? The panorama at the top of this page, has until recently, been kept secret. Taken from the Kingsgate hotel opposite Pak n' Save the nearest of 131 forty story ( 125 metre ) turbines is just 7.95 km away. Note the image omits all power pylons and has been deliberately set at a very low resolution.
So Mighty River Power will knock off just 9 turbines.16/1/2009http://www.wind-watch.org/news/2009/01/16/wind-farm-needs-robust-debate/
So what ! Big deal !!!!
This is their strategy to make themselves appear at the very last minute "reasonable and concilatory." Only by knocking off the remaining 122 will they achieve this. All that's happened is that this disaster has simply moved from being a total disaster to a monumental disaster.
Get ready to make an opposing submission if you value the environment, the future of this city and your amenity and property values.Consider too how vitally important it is to protect the city's water supply and landscape values. Submissions can be made from 24 January to 23rd February 2009.
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Turitea wind farm proposal
Wind farm on the fast track; Minister says city council shouldn't decide because it can't be impartial
Editorial Having our say is what matters.
Palmerston North City Council will likely oppose some turbines in the Turitea Wind Farm, despite being contractually involved with the power company, city mayor Jono Naylor said 22/12/2008 http://www.windaction.org/news/19255
the Palmerston North City Council and Mighty River Power (MRP) are pushing
ahead. Click for details
Turbine consent process proceeds; Government change delays Turitea Wind Farm call-in move 14/11/08
Paragraph 13.9 in the document, 'Alteration to Purpose of Turitea Reserve and Amendments to Management Plan Council Decision Adopted 30th October 2006', states:
Council officers advised that the nearest turbines will be approximately 1.5km from the nearest property.
There is no clarification on whether this relates only to turbines in the Reserve. Thus, it is reasonable for the reader and obviously the Councillors at the time, to believe that this statement applied to the project as a whole. Councillors at the time would have presumed that this distance would provide some amenity protection for residents, even though such an offset distance is woefully inadequate for the size and scale of the project proposed.
Presently, a council employee is in the process of giving written permission to Mighty River Power to use Turitea Reserve for Mighty River Power's industrial scale wind generation project. The partial protection offered by an offset of 1.5km from any property must be included in the written permission (designation) to curb the predatory colonisation of the reserve and surrounding private land by Mighty River Power, who has revealed itself to be a greedy and mercenary organisation. Nearby, property owners must ensure that the 1.5km offset distance is not conveniently overlooked.
( note on or about the 15th February 2009 RadioLive's podcast archive was hacked by either MRP or their associates and this podcast was deleted. Attempts are under way to recover this "very sensitive" interview. Furthermore all efforts to delete this website have failed. It should be noted that the website has been saved and copied in a variety of secure locations. This website usually ranks between 7 and 14 in google searches for "Palmerston North", which is quite an achievement. Revelations in the national media 17/2/09 show that a wind farm application has now become a by-word for corruption. See the last comment in this post.)
Rumours are swirling
The former Labour Government planned to declare war on the city ?
By going behind the Council's back to Mallard to short circuit community involvement MRP has broken its contract with the Council, in particular the very spirit and intent of the contract. Commercial contracts have foundered on much lesser infringements.
published in the Manawatu Standard 10/9/08
S Frost's submission on the National Policy Statement On Renewable Electricity Generation, which shows how local residents are severely disadvantaged.NB. S Frost's important observations have also been posted as a comment - see comment number 6
in this post for a scathing review by a researcher published in the Manawatu Standard 2/12/2008.
This is what the city faces as a result of the partnership PNCC has entered into with Mighty River Power.
Credibility on the line.MRP literature repeatedly states that the wind farm
approximately 10km south east of Palmerston north. This statement is not
correct. The proposed wind farm is inside the city boundary. For the city to be 10km from the nearest turbine the
city boundary would have to end
near the BP service station in Rangitikei street.In
reality Pacific Drive is 2 kms from the wind farm.
The Fitzherbert bridge is
5kms away.MRP and its partner
morally obliged to correct this bare faced
Mighty River Power plans to build up to 131 wind turbines in Palmerston North's Turitea Reserve and on neighbouring properties.
A disaster unfolding
- Rare native bird habitat threatened, falcon, whitehead etc.
- 30kms of wide roads through the reserve and neighbouring land act as highways for mustelids and other vermin, making a mockery of the "Eco Park " concept.
- Turitea dams likely to suffer from accelerated erosion. The city can not afford to replace them.
- Quality of our water supply under further threat at a time when half the world does not have safe, potable water.
- The landscape mutilated and industrialized in contravention of Horizon's Sustainable Land Use Initiative (SLUI), which aims to contain erodible landscapes, the Tararuas included, from raising the region's river beds.
- The city forced to continue developing on the flood plain of the Manawatu river. No person aware of the noise and visual pollution, or the economic consequences for them personally, will be likely to invest in a dwelling on the Summerhill side of the river.
- Potential for a calamitous fire. A fire is the greatest threat to the bush in the Turitea Reserve and Hardings Park . It would take at least a century to recover. The Turitea is only now recovering from a fire that occurred two centuries ago.
- Property values cratered, particularly on the Summerhill side of the bridge. This will translate into a higher rates burden for the Western side of the city at a time when PNCC is having great difficulty in controlling its expediture.
- The city becomes an international laughingstock.
- 37 landowners benefit enormously at the expense of the whole city. The developers and land owners will simply cut and run.
- Confidence in due processes, the Government and PNCC seriously eroded.
- Trivial economic benefits once the wind farm is built. No money can repair the city's damaged image.
- The flawed " science" of global warming being touted as a reason for unprecedented vandalism of our local environment.
- Operating wind turbines can not feed the grid when there is a blackout as they need live current fed into them in order to function.
- No consideration is being given to energy conservation, solar water heating or passive solar design for houses.
- All money earnt as "rent" for the use of the Turitea Reserve as a wind farm can only be spent on the reserve and can never be used to reduce rates. There is no benefit to the ratepayers of this city at all, in fact the reverse is true with the loss of amenity and property values.
Te Apiti 64 built
Tararua 1,2,3 134 built
Te Rere Hau 97 approved and under construction
Turitea 131 seeking consent
Motorimu 80 approved
Te Rere Hau extension, resource consent yet to be applied for.Total 37 http://www.nzwindfarms.co.nz/publications/nz-windfarms-to-seek-resource-consent-for-te-rere-hau-extension
The Tararua ranges in the Manawatu have become the nation's environmental dumping ground while the Waitakere ranges have recently received the highest level of protection from this type of irresponsible development.
Waitakere Ranges Protection Society
The Society's fundamental goals are:
To protect Auckland's western forest and coastline from degradation and to promote its conservation.
To enhance environmental values and restore disturbed areas to ecological health.
To see the region managed and nurtured by a unified and consistent philosophy of protection.
To provide an unequivocal voice speaking for this area of exceptional natural heritage.
APRIL 23rd,2008.The Waitakere Ranges Heritage Area Act was passed by Parliament with Royal Assent. http://www.legislation.govt.nz/
The Tararuas require the same level of protection.
Full story from the Manawatu Standard 17/7/08, plus comments.
Wind farm at Turitea moves closer
The state-owned company confirmed yesterday it will seek resource consents for the wind farm, which could potentially generate up to 360 megawatts of electricity for the national grid, enough to power 150,000 houses. In our opinion this is misleading information because Mighty River Power (MRP) has not added “when the wind is blowing at optimal speeds”. When there is no wind, as there has been frequently, the turbines cannot supply any houses. Consistent wind speeds at the northern end of the Tararua Forest Park make the site potentially "one of New Zealand's most successful wind generation developments", according to Mighty River Power. The Tararua 3 Vestas turbines, which are at a lower elevation than most of the proposed MRP Turitea turbines are, judging by the frequent visits by huge cranes, having serious maintenance problems after less than a year in operation. Let's be honest here, is this all about generating carbon credits to get the government out of the hole it threw itself into by signing up to Kyoto?
Applications for resource consents will be heard by independent commissioners.
Mighty River Power development manager Stuart McDonnell said the company will host information days about the project in the Palmerston North Convention Centre next week and the following week. For a grand total of just 24 hours all up. Why are MRP not holding public meetings in the evening? Is this all about trying to keep the horrendous impact of their scheme below the radar? Does the information time slot in the middle of the working day enable MRP to tick the community consultation box without becoming embroiled in any controversy? The Manawatu Standard has previously reported that up to 60 turbines could be put in the Turitea water catchment.
It's understood that most of the planned 131 turbines would be on private land.
The High Court ruled a year ago that the reserve could be used for renewable electricity generation.
The controversial plan - a joint venture between Palmerston North City Council and Mighty River Power - involves using revenue generated by the wind farm to create an eco-park. The "eco-park", the Turitea Reserve, already exists but access by the public will, as now, not be permitted under any circumstances. Is the Eco-park a concept dreamed up to act as a sweetener to seduce the supposedly gullible public into accepting a monstrous industrial installation on the city’s doorstep? Giant flailing blades greater in diameter than the wing span of a jumbo jet are not compatible with the birdlife in an eco-park. Council business development executive Mike Manson said the park would be about the size of Kapiti Island. Is the concept of an eco-park acceptable compensation for having the entire skyline behind Palmerston North covered in monstrous wind turbines in places almost half the height of the range itself ? Not to mention the exacerbation of declining residential property values within the city and surrounding area?No more than 25ha of the reserve would be used for the wind farm, he said. 10, 25, or 50 hectares makes no difference to the enormous visual impact this project will have on the ranges/ hills that form the backdrop to Palmerston North. In addition the audible noise envelope is likely to create a nuisance to a large part of the city during easterly winds.The council would engage with the Department of Conservation to develop an eco-park strategy. This is a tacit admission that no one knows what the "eco-park" is , or even where it is.
"Scoping" has been done on the practicality of re-planting areas of the park and re-introducing endangered native species, he said. Already a very large area of regenerating bush under stunted pines has been cut down to make way for the "highways" needed for access.Mighty River Power bought a 19.95 percent stake in Windflow Technology last month but it is not expected to use Windflow's two- bladed turbines in the Turitea development.
The company made "progress payments" worth hundreds of thousands of dollars to the council as hurdles were cleared. Should these progress payments be called bribes? Are the "hurdles" those who oppose this madness?
There were also helicopter rides for councillors. Hope they had a nice time.The High Court ruled, however, that a contention of bias failed and that renewable electricity generation was a legitimate council purpose. Actually, PNCC's legal responsibility and very purpose for existing is to look after the interests of its own citizens. The “Variation in the Wind Farm Agreement” requires PNCC to do all it can to ensure the project with MRP proceeds. How can PNCC protect the amenity interests of its residents? Was this all a done deal before the consultation to change the status of Turitea Reserve, i.e. what contracts were signed with MRP prior to the consultation? Mighty River Power's information days will be held at the Convention Centre from Tuesday to Thursday in the next two weeks, 10am to 2pm. When everyone is at work - MRP is trying to slip this disaster under the radar.
THIS MUST BE STOPPED !
PNCC and the goverment have sold this city down the " river "
( definition: "to sell someone down the river" =
to do something which harms or disappoints someone who trusted you, in order to get an advantage for yourself. Cambridge International Dictionary of Idioms )
Expect the value of houses to decline by a minimum of 20% below normal market trends if they are within a 4 - 5 k radius of a wind farm, if indeed they can be sold at all. International experience supports this statement. A property devaluation on this scale is unprecedented and will spill over into the city at large. The city is small, no city property is immune.
UK home owners who live near wind turbines could see thousands of pounds wiped off the value of their properties after a legal ruling.The warning comes after Jane Davis was told she will get a discount on her council tax because the value of her £170,000 home has been reduced by a turbine 1,017 yards away.The ruling is effectively an official admission that wind farms, which are accused of spoiling countryside views and producing a deafening roar, have a negative effect on house prices."
Mrs Davis said: " for people living near wind farms, both now and in the future, it will be a disaster"
Now the noise generated by the turbines is so severe ...... that it has left the Davises unable to sleep.They currently live in a rented house a few miles away. The Davis's kept a log of the nights that their steep has been affected - 231 disturbed nights out of 243.
" We have suffered such extreme sleep deprivation because of this that we have had to abandon our home," said Mrs Davis, 52. " We can't sell it because of the noise, it is like torture "
The city has been misled about the impact of the wind farm
Check these video
links to see the distressing effect of turbine
"The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors estimates that the price of a house
located close to a new turbine falls by 20 per cent, if the owners are able
to sell it at all." February 2008
KATHY WEBB - The Dominion Post Wednesday, 09 July 2008
The Brock family, who have complained about loud noise and low-frequency sound from Meridian Energy's Te Apiti wind farm since 2004, say Meridian has now sent them a recorder and microphone to use on days the turbines are especially noisy.
Wendy Brock said the recorder would catch the roar of the turbines during strong easterlies, but would not register the low-frequency sound that sometimes wrecked her family's sleep for weeks on end.
The low-frequency noise - known as infrasound - comes up through the wooden floor of her family home 2.5 kilometres from the nearest of 55 turbines, and manifests itself as a throbbing beat in the ears, chest or spine.
"We had a really bad January and February," she said. "May was not too bad, but usually, July is a shocker."
Meridian had promised her the turbines would not be any louder than waves on a shore.
In its application for the wind farm, Meridian said "the effects of the noise from the wind turbines at the boundaries of the site are ... considered to be no more than minor".
However, a survey by Robyn Phipps, a senior lecturer in building technology at Massey University, found that households living more than 10 kilometres from Te Apiti and other turbines in the Tararua and Ruahine ranges were also disturbed by their noise.
National noise standards did not measure infrasound or take into account atmospheric effects, cumulative noise or the nature of wind turbine noise, Dr Phipps told a hearing for the Motorimu wind farm near Palmerston North last year.
Meridian spokeswoman Claire Shaw said every complaint about turbine noise was taken very seriously.
Very few complaints had been received about Te Apiti, she said. Meridian had commissioned an independent report last year that concluded all noise from Te Apiti was within national standards.Yes, you can complain, but this will identifiy your property which will make it very hard to sell. The Brock case is only now being dealt with 4 years after the first complaint. Don't expect anything to happen though. The energy companies do not want to buy victim's properties.http://www.windaction.org/news/16737
The remaining 71 are on private land IN FRONT of the reserve. Nowhere else in the world has anyone ever attempted to place wind turbines so close to so many people and houses.The proposed turbines will dominate and tower over homes from Polson Hill on the Pahiatua Track through to the Kahuterawa Valley.
Citizens need to be ready to protect their amenity rights and the saleablilty of their property from this environmental, social and economic travesty. The purpose of this web site is inform you how to do this and to keep you abreast of developments as they occur.
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Things you can do.
Become informed about the issues. Explore the links below.
Visit http://www.rmaguide.org.nz/rma/index.cfm where you can find out how to make an effective opposing submission under the Resource Management Act.
For a balanced legal opinion on cumulative effects .http://www.qualityplanning.org.nz/pubs/Dealing-with-cumulative-effect-under-the-RMA.pdf
Read the Local Government Act 2002 which clearly sets out PNCC's obligations to the community. http://www.localcouncils.govt.nz/lgip.nsf/wpg_url/Resources-Glossary-Index#PurposeofLocalGovernment
The city is built on a flood plain. A wind farm will stop development on higher, safer ground. This brochure was distributed throughout the city . http://www.horizons.govt.nz/Images/Publications/KeepingPeopleSafe/City%20Reach%20Newsletter%20Long%20Version%202007.pdf
Link to Horizon's Sustainable Land Use Initiative which aims to control erosion on our landscapes, the Tararua Ranges included. http://www.horizons.govt.nz/default.aspx?pageid=70
Click the link below for a sample of the problems faced by people living near wind farms in the UK / NZ. An excellent submission covering.
3.Total indifference by local authorities.
4.Residents conned and disenfranchised.
5.Total loss of amenity.
6.Communities fragmented by devious tactics and the corrupting influence of money paid to ensure projects go ahead.
Memorandum by Jane and Julian Davis (9 June 2008)
Memorandum by Peter Hadden ( 16 June 2008 )
Just listen to the noise which is driving people from their homes in the US. Note that the recording is made upwind from the turbines.
A visual summary of the problems turbines cause.
Our water supply, native bush, privately owned pine plantations and rural residential homes threatened by turbine fires such as this one.
Many more submissions here. http://www.parliament.uk/parliamentary_committees/lords_economic_affairs/eaffwrevid.cfm
Wind farm developer deceives residents. A property owner speaks out(Posted July 1, 2008)
ABSTRACT From Dr Nina Pierpont's peer reviewed research, available online from January 2009
This report documents a consistent, often debilitating, complex of symptoms experienced by adults and children while living near large (1.5-3 MW) industrial wind turbines, examines patterns of individual susceptibility, and proposes pathophysiologic mechanisms. Symptoms include sleep disturbance,headache, tinnitus, ear pressure, dizziness, vertigo, nausea, visual blurring, tachycardia, irritability,problems with concentration and memory, and panic episodes associated with sensations of internal pulsation or quivering which arise while awake or asleep.The study is a case series of 10 affected families, with 38 members age 0-75, living 305 m to 1.5 km(1000 to 4900 ft) from wind turbines erected since 2004. All competent and available adults and older teens completed a detailed clinical interview about their own and their children’s symptoms, sensations,and medical conditions before turbines were erected near their homes, while living near operating turbines, and after leaving their homes or spending a prolonged period away. Statistically significant risk factors for symptoms during exposure include pre-existing migraine disorder,motion sensitivity, or inner ear damage (pre-existing tinnitus, hearing loss, or industrial noise exposure).Symptoms are not statistically associated with pre-existing anxiety or other mental health disorders. The symptom complex resembles syndromes caused by vestibular dysfunction. People without known riskfactors are also affected.The proposed pathophysiology posits disturbance to balance and position sense due to low frequency noise or vibration stimulating receptors for the balance system (vestibular, somatosensory, or visceral sensory, as well as visual stimulation from moving shadows) in a discordant fashion. Vestibular neural signals are known to affect a variety of brain areas and functions, including memory, spatial processing, complex problem-solving, fear, autonomic effects, and aversive learning, providing a robust neural framework for the symptom associations in Wind Turbine Syndrome. Further research is needed to establish prevalence and to explore effects in special populations, including children. This and other studies suggest that safe setbacks will be at least 2 km (1.24 mi), and will be longer for larger turbines and in more varied topography.