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The one on the left is an advisor to the government.


The Problems with ‘Noise Numbers’  
For Wind Farm 
Noise Assessment 
Dr Bob Thorne 
The Society for Wind Vigilance 
First International Symposium, October 2010 

World temperature - updated.

World temperature 2010. El Nino warming effect leveling off.

Tehachapi's dead turbines 
"Green power" means generating electricity by burning dollars.

Wind machines, even massively tall and wide contemporary turbines, are wholly inimical to modern power quality. They are rarely reliable, by nature randomly intermittent, and, since their power is a function of the cube of the wind speed along a very narrow speed range, they are always variable. No one can know what they will yield at any future interval. They almost never produce their full capacity. In fact, they average over the course of a year about 25% of their full capacity. More than 60% of the time, they produce less than that. About 10-15% of the time, they produce nothing, often at peak demand times. They typically generate most at times of least demand. Whatever they do produce is changing one minute to the next—in the process destabilizing the necessary match between supply and demand, for blackouts occur when there is too little supply while appliances and transmission systems can be damaged if the supply is excessive.  Unlike machines that produce modern power, wind is neither dispatchable nor controllable, except when shut down completely.
Much more at the link below
Denmark’s wind turbine fiasco is bankrupting that country too. Here is just one of many studies showing that the program is a scam: 

Read this sensible assessment of flood risk by Chris de Freitas

In a March 2010 Guardian interview, Lovelock opined:
“The great climate science centres around the world are more than well aware how weak their science is. If you talk to them privately they’re scared stiff of the fact that they don’t really know what the clouds and the aerosols are doing…We do need skepticism about the predictions about what will happen to the climate in 50 years, or whatever. It’s almost naive, scientifically speaking, to think we can give relatively accurate predictions for future climate. There are so many unknowns that it’s wrong to do it.”
Interesting comments, click here.

“NIWA makes the huge admission that New Zealand has experienced hardly any warming during the last half-century. For all their talk about warming, for all their rushed invention of the “Eleven-Station Series” to prove warming, this new series shows that no warming has occurred here since about 1960. Almost all the warming took place from 1940-60, when the IPCC says that the effect of CO2 concentrations was trivial. Indeed, global temperatures were falling during that period.

Climate Science Coalition wins - Salinger, Mighty River Power's expert witness on global warming, now disowned by NIWA

Why Would Scientists Participate in a Scam?

An important new book.

The situation in the UK
Wind turbines have to be heated in cold weather or they freeze up, so they cost more electricity to run than they generate.

28/12/10, "In percentage terms, how much electricity do Britain’s 3,150 wind ­turbines supply to the ­National Grid? Is it:a) five per cent; b) ten per cent; or c) 20 per cent?...

The correct answer is: none of the above. Yesterday afternoon, the figure was just 1.6 per cent, according to the official website of the wholesale electricity market. Over the past three weeks, with demand for power at record levels because of the freezing weather, there have been days when the contribution of our forests of wind turbines has been precisely nothing.

Source - and lots more info here.

New Zealand wind farms are a joke - NZ Herald article.

It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future.
Yogi Berra

Uncertainty over the future of the RET comes as the new Victorian Liberal government takes a tougher line on planning approvals for wind farms, increasing the buffer between houses and turbines and declaring several mountainous and coast areas "no-go zones".

Next to useless UK wind farm outputs for the last three months of 2010

Current available figures bring us to conclude that during its lifetime one 3MW turbine will “save” 6,356 tonnes of carbon and “cost” somewhere between 27,213 and 40,773 tonnes of carbonDr. Sarah Myhill, of  Llangunllo, Powys, has studied the problem. Click here to download her  research paper.

As Great Britain freezes wind turbines produce almost nothing. It's no different in the Manawatu where during winter peak demand there is often no wind. This link takes you to the current UK energy mix. Wind farms are all about subsidies, profits at the expense of consumers and fighting politically inspired "climate disasters"

Party central in Scamcoon

(sadly too late for NZ with that CO2 fanatic Smith in charge)
Some straight talking

Wind farm victims in Victoria, Australia have had enough and have started an ad campaign.

October 27, 2010

Global warming sceptics in the UK have gathered to mark what they've dubbed 'Climate Fools Day'. On this date two years ago, snow fell in London as the British Parliament was debating a bill to tackle global warming. It was the first such early snowfall for over eighty years. Activists claimed the ironic coincidence was just more proof that the bill is a waste of billions of tax-payers' pounds. One of those doubting the reality of climate change is Reverend Philip Foster, who joins us now live from London.

Wind Turbine Syndrome


The Board of Enquiry report on Mighty River Power's proposed wind farm at Turitea will not be available until January 2011. Submitters will then be able to comment on the draft report. So much for trying to fast track and get this disaster "done and dusted " in 9 months. The whole process will have taken over TWO years.

Ngahere Park Rd resident Lyn Bebb said the inquiry had already taken a long time, including a delay when the power company came up with a redesigned scheme.
"I think it's a very long time to be making a decision," she said.

But Palmerston North businessman Simon Barnett said it was important for the board to take the time to make a high-quality decision as the impact of it on the community could be felt for decades.

Kahuterawa Rd landowner Tony Stewart said he felt the longer the decision-making process took, the greater the chance the proposal would be rejected or significantly altered.

Manawatu Standard story here.

Tertiary sector salaries figures, released by the State Services Commission on Thursday, revealed Massey vice-chancellor Steve Maharey takes home between $470,000 and $479,999 annually.

This is the man, who as MP for Palmerston North, admitted privately that he didn't want the wind farm but despite repeated approaches by members of the community did nothing. If he did not want to jeopardise his exit from politics - he had 470,000 reasons why.
Story here.
Government climate policy is built on quicksand.

Snouts in the trough.

Norwegian to English translation

Out in nature: angels with dirty wings
The largest natural intervention in Norwegian history becomes known, when a power company wants to build thousands of wind turbines along the coast. Large areas of untouched nature is in danger of becoming industrial. Coastal People protest against new neighbors who will fill the horizon, and biologists are afraid we will destroy our last wilderness.

 A superb, very new, fast loading, 25 min film on Europe's wind farm disasters.
Every thing is covered: corruption, greed, unsaleable property, intolerable noise, ecological and landscape vandalism, brainless, abusive politicians, abuse of the democratic process, alienation of impoverished protest groups and of course how utterly useless wind is as a realistic energy source. We have been telling the morons at PNCC and local MPs this for 4 years to no avail. It's all up to you now, Judge Kenderdine.

Should we be surprised?

One of the top earners was Mighty River Power's chief executive Doug Heffernan, who made a total of $1.3m, up only slightly from $1.25m last year.
That was during a year when the company's net profit fell to $84.5m from $159.6m during an exceptionally good 2009 year.
Mr Heffernan's biggest increase was a $53,000 rise in long-term incentives.
His short-term incentives were virtually unchanged and fixed pay lifted from just over $10,000 to $934,000.
Mighty River failed four of its performance targets but was the best performer of the four power giants for return on capital, returning 9.7 per cent.

Great Britain wises up to what wind power really means.

Turitea a great location for a wind farm - NOT!

This appalling, factually incorrect, econazi video is the very latest blunt instrument in the tool box of an increasingly desperate wind turbine "green" movement determined to wreck not only the environment here in Palmerston North, but the economy as well. The video has sparked international outrage.

The windmills of their "minds"
As Stalin would have said of the ecotards' obsession with a failed technology,
"Dizzy with success"

18 September 2010
French news reported that the braking system on two turbines failed, causing the machines to overspin and catch fire. One of towers exploded, sending burning debris into the vegetation igniting fire on the ground. "Thank God it had rained two days before," said a woman to the journalist, but had this occurred in August, it would have been a different matter.
So how does this stack up for the Turitea reserve?? Notice any similarities?? The fire risk to the ranges, plantation forests, dwellings and people is plain to see.

The Tararua ranges are inherently unstable. How would you like this careening into the city's water supply?

Mighty River Power's proposal

"1.45 million cubic metres of earthworks, including the disposal of approximately 770,000 m3 ofsurplus fill within up to 40 engineered disposal sites."

Well this can all be done for "free" courtesy of mother nature, as per this routine slip in the Gorge 25/9/2010

Collapsed "claptrap" at the Fenner wind farm in Fenner, New York, 10 months ago.

TRCA (Toronto and Region Conservation Authority) calls for Turbine Moratorium
Saturday, September-18-10

Stating the obvious.

"...... no matter how hard we try, electricity systems will continue to rely mostly on supply side adjustments. Today, this is manageable, because most sources are either providing steady power flows (such as coal, nuclear or run-of-river hydro power plants) or then they are mostly controllable (such as gas fired power plants or hydropower from dammed water pools). With that mix of inputs, electricity on demand becomes possible for most advanced economies. Additions of wind and solar power over the last decade introduced renewable electricity generation technologies into the grid. Those two sources have none of the above qualities: they neither provide steady flows, nor are they controllable. “No wind” means "no power", so does “no sunshine”, and even sharing across long-distances using high voltage DC (HVDC) transmission lines won’t change that fact, due to the stochastic nature of the inputs. Potentially crippling power outages will happen regularly in societies that rely on large percentages of these technologies to meet their electricity demand.  With that, the current system of just-in-time electricity delivery would be replaced by one with irregular service interruptions. And yet there are plans made worldwide suggesting that we can produce 20, 30 or 50% of our future electricity consumption from those two sources. This is self-deception at best, and a lie at worst, as it is simply impossible to manage delivery systems where both inputs and outputs are largely uncontrollable, irrespective of other features added."

12 Sep 2010
"Earlier this year, a new national anti-wind body, Neighbours of Large Wind Turbines, was created. More than 40 civic groups have become members.

"People are fed up with having their property devalued and sleep ruined by noise from large wind turbines," says the association's president, Boye Jensen Odsherred. "We receive constant calls from civic groups that want to join."
In one typical battle, in the central city of Svendborg, the local council set height and number limits on turbines under heavy pressure from locals. "The violent protests and the uncertainty about low-frequency noise means that right now we will not expose our citizens to large windmills," said the deputy mayor, Lars Erik Hornemann."

Christchurch earthquake 2010.

Watch this video

Some less than encouraging scientific research on small turbine responses to earthquakes.

One of many recent turbine fires, this one in Germany.
(and Mighty River Power wants to put this in our water catchment and Turitea bush reserve? How dumb!)
NB: Wind farmer, Joseph Poff, desperately continues to describe the Turitea wind farm in the media, using offensive Stalinist language, as "the peoples' wind farm" Even the moderately educated will place such a phrase in the context of North Korean Orwellian newspeak, where opponents ( "enemies of the people") are to be neutralised and eliminated. 

So, tell us "Uncle Joe" has it worked for you??


Click the links below

NB Apparently when Nick Smith has been asked at public meetings whether either he or his associates will benefit financially from carbon trading, he has refused to answer.

Utility Offering Oregon Residents $5,000 To Not Complain About Wind Turbine Noise

The New Zealand Farmers Weekly
Lead Story

Turbines do more than produce power

Tim Fulton

Not cranks: Palmerston North researcher Bruce Rapley says turbine critics cannot be dismissed as “environmental jandal-slappers”.

 Fraser Clark Chief Executive of the New Zealand Wind Energy Association has made a pathetic response to the article linked above. Almost all the members of the panel which established the new noise standard have a vested interest in torturing the public.
Mr Clark writes about the representatives on the Standards Committee for the new acoustics standard NZS6808-2010.
He fails to mention that the Wind Energy Association had two members on that Committee, one of whom was himself, with no acoustic training, the other an employee of Meridian Energy.
He also fails to mention that six of the 12 representatives were then, or are now, consultants to the wind energy companies, or promoters of wind energy.
Click to enlarge these letters to the New Zealand Farmers Weekly 19th July 2010
(refresh the page if needed)

Sound, Noise, Flicker and the Human Perception of Wind Farm Activity

Details of this very important, ground breaking book are available

This shouldn't surprise anyone, it's par for the course.

Top American investor gives up on wind




by Kent Hawkins

This website is brought to you as a democratic and truthful response to Mighty River Power's obscene wind farm proposal for Palmerston North.

Something every climate alarmist should watch

The wind farm is touted as a panacea to make the weather "colder" What a joke. Watch this.
Part one
Part two ran a poll last week about the ETS. The question was simple. Do you support it? The answers were either "Yes", "No", or "I don't understand what the ETS is".
This poll has become one of our most popular polls ever but the results were the clearest we've ever had.
Do you support the ETS?
Yes - 2%
No - 97%
I don't know what the ETS is - 1%
Vote or comment directly on the poll here (

No warming trend for New Zealand

Fascinating statistics.
the irrelevance of the demon CO2

Nick Smith ETS training video
note: this is the intellectual/technical version which they tried to show MPs

You can be sure the dummies who want to sacrifice the city to the god of CO2, on the 45 metre scalpels
of 40 story wind turbines, wont want you to read

July 1st becomes April 1st

During the January 2010 cold snap in the United Kingdom, wind was able to generate power at only 4% of its rated capacity. Jeremy Nicholson, Director of an Industrial Energy Consumers group, noted, “Even if we had 30 gigawatts of wind power, it wouldn’t have contributed anything of any significance this winter...” (UK, Telegraph)
NB it's even worse in the Manawatu, it's 1% of installed capacity during winter peaks.

The decision by the Turitea Board of Enquiry has yet to be made public. Obviously deliberations have been comprehensive and are ongoing. This delay is clearly influenced by the fierce opposition to a massive wind farm in our water supply, last remaining native forest and towering over 2,000 houses. We will post the decision as soon as it is becomes available.
NZ Taxpayers face $1b Kyoto liability

How wind farms will rip us all off.

The Great Wind Farm Disaster
06/15/2010 02:43 PM
 OK. Now that we have invested all of that money in those lovely windmills, we'll be able to sell all the spare power they generate.
In the last 24 hours they have generated a staggering 458 MWh. That means that each £2 million + windmill has generated about £8 of electricity. Makes you proud to be British doesn't it.

Minister Misleading the Public on ETS
Friday, 18 June 2010, 10:10 am
Press Release: New Zealand Climate Science Coalition
Climate Change Minister Misleading the Public on ETS
“The Minister for Climate Change, Dr Nick Smith is misleading the New Zealand public in an attempt to convince them that the emissions trading scheme (ETS) is good for them,” says Dr Doug Edmeades, the agricultural spokesman for the New Zealand Climate Change Coalition.

Remember Smith is dead set on sacrificing Palmerston North's environment to satisfy his looney CO2 objectives.

Bob Carter on CO2

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4
A scathing analysis of UK wind farms.

Does money grow in wind farms?

Wind turbines are a poor way to harness energy - but a very good way to generate public subsidies, says Andrew Gilligan.

PM’s Chief Science Adviser Must Change – Or Go

Sunday, 13 June 2010, 10:46 am

Press Release: New Zealand Climate Science Coalition

Prime Minister John Key has been asked by a former National Party activist either to rein in his Chief Science Adviser, Professor Sir Peter Gluckman, or to change his title to more accurately reflect the professor’s global warming propaganda advocacy activities.
"Now, with Climate Minister Nick Smith having embarked on a self-confessed publicity tour to counter growing opposition among business leaders, farmers and cash-strapped consumers to the introduction on 1 July of National’s go-it-alone ETS, out comes Professor Gluckman again defending the pseudo-science that is the only justification for the costly but futile attempts to curb emissions of carbon dioxide".

For all we know this is how Environment Minister Dick Smith gets his advice on the crippling ETS and how to massage public opinion. His problem is that it's not working.

Poor Joesph Poff, never one to miss an oportunity to lament PNCC's realisation that prostituting the city for a ridiculous wind farm was a terrible mistake, pointlessly goes on the attack about the million dollar cost to the city but says nothing about his vested interests.

Note to readers who post responses to this website: only coherent, intelligent and reasonably well spelt contributions will be allowed.

Wealthy wind farmer makes one last desperate attempt to influence the Turitea decision by doing a "poor little me " routine to the media, but gives the game away by admitting it's all about the money.

 Just look at what they want to destroy

The church of global warming is burning down.
Cooler Heads Coalition 16/4/10 congressional briefing on the science and politics of the "Climategate" scandal. Featuring presentations by George Mason University Distinguished Senior Fellow Pat Michaels and International Climate and Environmental Change Assessment Project (ICECAP) Executive Director Joseph D'Aleo.

 CLIMATE change has been the biggest concern for a whole generation. Now, however, a brilliant scientist has come up with proof that man is not to blame - and no problem exists.

Judge Shonagh Kenderdine's handling of the Turitea enquiry strongly defended.
Dear Editor
I wish to take issue with a remark printed in the article "Wind farm boost for region - Trustpower" on page 14 of yesterday's (Wednesday 31 March 2010) Manawatu Standard. A Mr. Deion Campbell, major projects manager for Trustpower, is reported to have said that 'the resource consent submissions process was used by people actively opposed to a project, as witnessed during the "pretty messy" Turitea hearings'. Having attended virtually all of the said hearings I do not recall seeing him there and I wish to emphatically point out that the said Hearings were anything but messy. I take great exception to the insult to Judge Shonagh Kenderdine who most graciously and informally ran the court - which process ran like clockwork. Also, it should be noted that Mr. N. Davidson QC, Counsel for Mighty River Power, commented at the end of the sessions 'I can speak for all counsel here, because there is a common perspective that we have seldom, if ever, appeared before a more courteous, more responsive Board'. I, and others, take offence at the cheap shot made by Mr Deion Campbell. Also he might like to provide the newspaper or me with the questions asked in the 2009 telephone survey that the proponents are so fond of quoting, the people targeted, and also the answers received in detail. But I expect that is conveniently confidential.
Yours sincerely
Helen Harker
Organised crime moves into the wind farm "business"
The Russian view of Cap and Trade.
New Zealand Windfarm's Te Rere Hau facing the prospect of legal action over noise.
 The decision on whether there should be a ban on wind farms being built on the Tararua Ranges is a step closer.
NZ Wind Energy Conference
29-31 March 2010
Palmerston North Convention Centre
 Desperation sets in at the conference after the wholesale slaughter of Mighty River Power's star witnesses, Black, Hegley, Day, Salinger and Brown. In our opinionTuritea has "put the wind up" what we consider to be charlatans.
Trust Power major project mangerDeion Campbell  said this at the conference.
"The resource consents submission process was used by people actively opposed to a project, as witnessed during "the pretty messy" Turitea hearings.

So, if you don't get your way using bribery, corruption and deceit, then toss your toys out of the cot in public.

By the way, Siemens and other turbine manufacturers visit this website, no doubt this has something to do with Mighty River Power's "procurement problems????".

Jono Naylor hoping to be re-elected as Mayor at this year's local body elections is unlikely this time to get funding from the wind energy sector or a secret trust, despite his fawning address to the conference. Might just have to pay his own way, and in this day and age that's not a bad thing.

 The Ministry for the Environment website

Time for wind farm decision

Now, it's decision time. After 10 weeks of debate at a public hearing spanning nine months, in a process costing millions of dollars, a board of inquiry weighing up whether Mighty River Power should be allowed to build up to 104 wind turbines on the Tararua Ranges near Palmerston North will come to a judgment. 

Planner defends turbine stance 

A planner who believes only 28 turbines should be allowed at the proposed Turitea Wind Farm spent almost a full day on the witness stand defending his assessment....

Ms Price said the city council had adopted a so-called neutral position on the scheme, but it was plainly opposed.
Asked by Judge Shonagh Kenderdine how the council had arrived at its apparent position of partial opposition, Mr Baker indicated the evidence had led it there. 

Wind farm fix claims disputed 

Claims at the Turitea Wind Farm hearing in Palmerston North that noise problems at a Wellington wind farm have been fixed are being disputed by residents there.
Meridian has made a series of changes at its wind farm in Makara, Wellington, reducing a problem with tonal sound.
Makara Guardians president Steve Russell said Meridian had not solved noise issues, however.
He put down fewer complaints recently to "complaint fatigue" and different wind conditions to normal.
 Note: Makara is a relatively unpopulated, rural area. 10% of the residents of Palmerston North will live right underneath 40 story turbines.

Judge: Horizons 'reprehensible'

Horizons is accused of failing in its duty of care to protect the landscape and citizens' amenity rights. Carlyon arrogantly makes a pathetic attempt to wash his hands of this responsibility. City residents have for more than three years asked Horizons to act responsibly but all they do is collect our rates.

Let Horizons and DOC deny that money has been involved.


MRP's offensively arrogant noise experts, Hegley and Day were hung out to dry at the hearing, not that this bland report actually indicates what really happened. Furthermore, there is an egregious error as Dr Thorne, expert witness for Huatau Marae, determined that the setback from turbines should be 3.5 kms, NOT 2kms.

On the back foot at the hearings, Mighty River Power desperately tries to recover.

Avaricious wind farmers, not content with 31 turbines on their property towering over their wretched neighbours, want the 4 axed reinstated.

Experts clash over wind farm noise

In a new book, Sound, Noise, Flicker and the Human Perception of Wind Farm Activity, Prof Dickinson said standards were highly questionable.
"The problem is that standards cost money, and inevitably are funded by those organisations that are concerned only with what the standard can do to advance their business interests."
He commented that "those at the receiving end of the noise, or concerned about the health implications on local communities, will have little or no influence".

Last ditch effort by wind farmers to exploit their neighbours' misery

Wind farms too much trouble, says councillor

Power scheme changes 'minimal'
Greens Rd resident John Adams told the Turitea Wind Farm board of inquiry yesterday that the power company's "minimalist" redesign was a tactic to exhaust opponents of the project.
Huatau Marae chairman Paul Jones accused Mighty River Power of breaching the Treaty of Waitangi.
Mighty River Power has a memorandum of understanding with Rangitaane through Tanenuiarangi Manawatu Incorporated, but the agreement is confidential. ( = $$$$$$$$$$ )

"Turbines 'still dominate landscape despite plan
Landscape expert Clive Anstey slates the redesign.

Apparently the Tararuas will stink like an onion, according to Mighty River Power's Stephen Brown.

"He likened reducing the visual impact of the proposed wind farm to "peeling back the layers of an onion"
Turning the city into a lemon, all in a day's work. 

Opponents to wind farm blown off speaking list

Submissions are in (225) and there are only 2
( that's right, TWO ) in favour
Check this link to view them all.

BREAKING NEWS, 9/3/10 - just as the hearings are about to restart you are prevented from listening to

MRP CEO Heffernan
telling lies about the wind farm -  How pathetic.
UPDATE 12/3/10, the link now works-they have capitulated.

You have to wonder at the stupidity of Mighty River Power persisting in the face of this level of opposition.

 If you want a good laugh read
"the gate crasher"
submission, number 449

Incidently, Poff, an aspiring wind farmer no less,
 is one of the only
TWO, out of 80,000 city residents,
who submitted in favour of the wind farm.

None of his mates in ChristchurchIrelandGermany and at the Waiouru Service Station submitted on his behalf this time.

Absolutely priceless!

Poff thinks opponents are in the minority

West Wind wind farm at Makara brings a deluge of noise complaints.

Mighty River Power's idea of a joke, "Yeah, we modified the wind farm layout to accommodate your concerns."
Now compare it with the original layout.

Mighty River turbine trim 'cosmetic' 

Seventeen turbines have been chopped from Mighty River Power's planned Turitea Wind Farm near Palmerston North – but opponents say the changes don't go far enough.
Opposition group Tararua-Aokautere Guardians (TAG) president Kevin Low said the power company had promised a redesign of its proposal, but produced only "a light trim".

Palmerston North is the "laughing stock" of Wellington and will remain so unless the council does something drastic to boost its profile, city councillors say.
Bit late don't you think?

The Turitea wind farm, in the city's water catchment, smothering the skyline and last remaining native bush and towering over 2,000 houses,
is simply the tool used to pointlessly sacrifice Palmerston North to the "new" Kyoto. That there was no shortage of greedy landowners anxious to throw in their lot with the corrupt, the fraudulent, the scientifically ignorant and the politically and ecologically naive, should come as no surprise.

Peer review, Oh, really?
Urban heat island effect

Climategate: two more bricks fall out of the IPCC wall of deceit – rainforests and polar bears
Climategate: the IPCC's whitewash 'review' is the AGW camp's biggest mistake yet

It's all over, the wind farm fraudsters can go home !
Climategate U-turn as scientist at centre of row admits: There has been no global warming since 1995

By Jonathan Petre

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Data for vital 'hockey stick graph' has gone missing

There has been no global warming since 1995

Warming periods have happened before - but NOT due to man-made changes
More here

NIWA Unable To Justify Official Temperature Record ( it's called fraud, folks)
The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) has been urged by the New Zealand Climate Science Coalition (NZCSC) to abandon all of its in-house adjustments to temperature records. This follows an admission by NIWA that it no longer holds the records that would support its in-house manipulation of official temperature readings.
Letter to NIWA taking them to task.
A detailed history of NIWA's "dissembling"

"So, if you are publishing research articles that use computer programs, if you want to claim that you are engaging in science, the programs are in your possession and you will not release them then I would not regard you as a scientist; I would also regard any papers based on the software as null and void."

Really, when will this end. Is there anything true in the IPCC's AR4?

IPCC Gate Du Jour: Aussie Droughtgate.

More junk IPCC "science" used to justify the Turitea wind farm. On a par with "Glaciergate", here comes "Africagate"

Similar in effect to the erroneous "2035" claim – the year the IPCC claimed that Himalayan glaciers were going to melt – in this instance we find that the IPCC has wrongly claimed that in some African countries, yields from rain-fed agriculture could be reduced by up to 50 percent by 2020.
At best, this is a wild exaggeration, unsupported by any scientific research, referenced only to a report produced by a Canadian advocacy group, written by an obscure Moroccan academic who specialises in carbon trading, citing references which do not support his claims.

Like to live on an atoll? Just what issues do you face?

The great global warming collapse
As the science scandals keep coming, the air has gone out of the climate-change movement

Now ever wondered why the BBC quotes global warming on every possible occasion?

"STRIKING parallels between the BBC’s coverage of the global warming debate and the activities of its pension fund can be revealed today.
The corporation is under investigation after being inundated with complaints that its editorial coverage of climate change is biased in favour of those who say it is a man-made phenomenon.

The £8billion pension fund is likely to come under close scrutiny over its commitment to promote a low-carbon economy while struggling to reverse an estimated £2billion deficit.
Concerns are growing that BBC journalists and their bosses regard disputed scientific theory that climate change is caused by mankind as “mainstream” while huge sums of employees’ money is invested in companies whose success depends on the theory being widely accepted."

"So now we really know why BBC staffers are so fanatical about 'climate change'. It's naked self-interest. In 2008, there were 18,736 contributors to the BBC pension fund; every man jack of them benefits from climate alarmism."

An Honest IPCC Scientist Tackles 'ClimateGate'

Up Copenhagen creek minus a paddle - Dompost 26/1/10

The Jigs Up - text and video.

The mainstream print media is on notice. It's relevance and future is in doubt. Just how many NZ newspapers are on the financial ropes? The Manawatu Standard? The Turitea wind farm elephant is in the room, but pretty much all it seems to report on is crime in the city, while it's circulation drops. Other media are waking up.

"While Marxists, liberals, environmental extremists, and the Mao-loving minions of the nanny state bombard the public with false information, leftwing propaganda, and rubbish that in no way qualifies as news, the mouthpieces for the government refuse to report factual stories that poke holes in the brainwashing bilge we are fed incessantly"
This is ample enough reason to turn away from traditional sources of news and turn toward the 'alternative media' as reported on the Internet by bloggers and citizen journalists."

Well, the glaciers ain't melting out of control AND now all those mega storms ain't coming either!!

Glaciergate: Hitler's Last Straw.

Anthropogenic Global Warming as an excuse to blight the city with this wind farm has been totally demolished. Any moderately endowed 15 year old with an internet connection can find this out within minutes. There is plenty of information on this web site to support the rapidly growing global awareness that AGW is a total scam and that wind farms are an ultra expensive folly.
James Delingpole
"AGW theory is toast. So’s Dr Rajendra Pachauri. So’s the Stern Review. So’s the credibility of the IPCC. But if you think I’m cheered by this you’re very much mistaken. I’m trying to write a Climategate book but the way things are going by the time I’m finished there won’t be anything left to say: the battle will already have been won and the only people left who still believe in Man Made Global Warming will be the eco-loon equivalents of those wartime Japanese soldiers left abandoned and forgotten on remote Pacific atolls."

"The IPCC, a political organisation charged with making a political case for political action, has failed in its primary task because it misrepresented the science of global warming. They have taken numerous documents from an activist organisation, the WWF, and presented them as if they were peer-reviewed science. They have taken news interviews regarding the melting of Himalayan glaciers and presented them as if they were peer-reviewed science. They have taken erroneous papers that were later retracted regarding possible increased damages due to hurricanes and floods and presented them as correct and peer-reviewed science. All this while some of the movement's champions were enriching themselves and their companies on public funds."

UN climate corruption, could it ever get worse than this???

Oh yes, it just did! Click these links.

AR4, which earnt Gore and Pauchari a Nobel prize appears to have been largely written by the activist WWF with non peer reviewed "science" You just can't make this stuff up!!

Remember the oil for food scandal? Iraq's WMD ? Well the fake science of AGW endorses punitive financial action which will affect everyone on this planet.
Palmerston North will be a certain victim if Judge Kenderdine gives the nod to turn the city into a monstrous propeller park. Kenderdine presided over the Westwind wind farm, now torturing Makara residents.

  IPCC's chairman Pauchari, himself a beneficiary of the fossil fuel industry and recipient of massive climate research grants, is in deep trouble.

Note: the melting of the glaciers has been put off now for another 300 years

HIGH NOON for Pachauri
23 01 2010

UPDATE: links to new information posted at the bottom of this article, including a new story from the Times

UPDATE2: Jonathan Leake’s story at the Time is Online, linking Pauchari’s TERI organization to government funding grants that were solicited using the bogus “Himalayan glaciers will disappear by 2035″ claim.

Christopher Booker of the Telegraph has a story that shows Pachauri’s own employee at TERI was the source of the bogus glacier claim. Now the corruption comes full circle.

UPDATE3: Pachauri now bizarrely claims in a press interview that the IPCC’s credibility has been strengthened.

IMHO, Dr. Pachauri is toast. He has nowhere to go except out.

source with  links.

Climate fraud on an heroic scale in the US.
Watch John Coleman, founder of the weather channel,
announce this to the world.

more here

Now to manufacture global warming all you need to do is delete cold thermometers from the record and concentrate on urban thermometer records influenced by UHI ( localised Urban Heat Island effect )
and that's just what these crooks have done!

Click image to enlarge

“NOAA . . . systematically eliminated 75% of the world’s stations with a clear bias towards removing higher latitude, high altitude and rural locations, all of which had a tendency to be cooler,” the authors say. “The thermometers in a sense, marched towards the tropics, the sea, and to airport tarmacs.”
The NOAA database forms the basis

Mighty River Power's star witness, global warming extremist and prominent Greenpeace "Sign On" activist, Jim Salinger, protesting on Parliament steps November 2009. New Zealand's National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (Niwa) sacked Salinger in April 2009. The Employment Relations Authority has since upheld NIWA's dismissal of Salinger.

Salinger accused of faking NZ climate data - see earlier post below - is a totally biased and unreliable witness. This just goes to show the depths to which Mighty River Power will sink to get it's way.

Dr Salinger's emails, form part of an exchange between a number of climate experts on how to respond to a paper by Auckland University scientist Chris de Freitis and two others.
That paper- published in the Journal of Geophysical Research- claimed the el nino and la nina weather patterns were a dominant infuence on climate change.
In one July email, Dr Salinger reacts to de Freitis: "Is there an opportunity to write a letter to JGR (Journal of Geophysical Research) pointing out the junk science in this??...If it is not rebutted , then sceptics will use this to justify their position."
To access more emails between Salinger and Michael Mann ( fabricator of the infamous, fraudulent hockey stick graph and now under investigation ) at the East Anglia Climate Research Unit visit:

Salinger worked at the
CRU (Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia, UK)
CRU is now outed as a hot bed of climate science fraud. CRU is a staunch ally of the discredited IPCC. It should come as no surprise that climate cultist Salinger has been involved in manipulating NZ temperature data.
Read this.

and this
and this


And meanwhile what does NIWA have to say about NZ weather for January 2010?
The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research says this January could be one of the coldest on record.
Some parts of New Zealand, including Wellington and the Canterbury coast, have experienced maximum temperatures of around 12 degrees in the past three days.
NIWA says that’s 10 or more degrees below what is normally expected at this time of year.
Climate scientist Dr James Renwick says temperatures in much of New Zealand are more than one degree, and in some places more than two degrees, below normal to date this month.
He says that’s remarkable and New Zealand could be set for a record cool January if low temperatures continue for the rest of month.
UK wind farms produce a completely useless .02% of the country's power needs during a FREEZE WHICH MAY KILL 60,000.

Note: For the last three years during peak hours in winter when electrical energy demand is highest the three Manawatu wind generation facilities have produced at less than 1% of their installed capacity.

The "climate" is changing.

The biggest losers of the Copenhagen fiasco appear to be climate science and the scientific establishment who, with a very few distinguished exceptions, have promoted unmitigated climate alarm and hysteria.

more here analysis of Climategate emails. Scandal worse than thought:
CRU data,
“Non gradus anus rodentum.”

AGW, a systematic fraud.

History repeats.
The Church of Global Warming - members include PNCC Councillors. An excellent video.

Need a good laugh?

Von Storch op-ed in the WSJ: ‘Climategate reveals a concerted effort to emphasize scientific results useful to a political agenda’

Pauchari, the railway engineer head of the IPCC, writer of smutty novels and major beneficiary of carbon trading, exposed.

Idiots protest global warming by screaming in a snow storm.

Protecting Big Carbon
 Posted by Richard Sunday, December 20, 2009

" The country's in the very best of hands"

Changes to ETS could add $110bn to NZ debt
Updated at 6:39pm on 16 November 2009
The proposed changes to the Government's Emissions Trading Scheme are expected to increase debt by $110 billion by 2050.

The wind farm is predicated on outright fraud. Global warming collapses.

Watch a software developer explain CRU code frauds on YouTube video1
 then YouTube video2
A who's who of climate fraudsters.

Climategate: Sad Revelation of Corruption in Climate Science

Written by E. Calvin Beisner, Ph.D.
Sunday, 13 December 2009 10:28


The madness of crowds.

Credit to: Nate Beeler from the Washington Examiner

Click to enlarge these images.
Click for an interactive graphic that will expand each graph on mouseover
Medieval Warm Period thesis contradicts unprecedented warming

Palmerston North is the intended victim of those practising the black art of climatescientology.

The ‘carbon market’ – trading in an invisible gas which cannot be used – has involved the redistribution of resources to unproductive green pursuits and the creation of a vast bureacracy. Let’s bring it down before it gets any bigger.

by Josie Appleton

The outrageousTuritea wind factory is on the ropes now !!!

Meridian loses Lakes Hayes Wind farm appeal

John Bishop
Friday November 6 2009 - 02:31pm

Meridian Energy has lost its appeal for its Project Hayes wind farm project in the Lammermore Range in Central Otago.
The company planned to build 176 wind turbines over a 92 km ² area in the Lammermore Range in Central Otago, making it the biggest wind farm in the country. The project would have generated 630MW of electricity.
The company applied for resource consents from the Central Otago District Council in July 2006. The council granted the consents, but the decision was appealed to the Environment Court by local conservation and environmental groups.
The split decision by the Environment Court may effectively spell an end to the project as appeals against a decision of the Environment Court are possible only on points of law.
Meridian spokesman Alan Seay said that the company was disappointed by the decision but was still studying the 350 page decision, and was not commenting on whether or on what grounds it might appeal.

Joseph Poff has been "busy", read the hilarious replies to his pathetic plea for "help"

'Nick Smith in the shit.'
Sculpture in cow dung sold on Trademe, 6/11/09.

Sculpture by Sam Mahon
  Mahon's perceptive rendition of NZ's "Environment Minister" and mendacious, environmental vandal has been sold after spiritless bidding for  $3,080.
NB cow manure is a fuel used by millions around the world to cook their meals, so this sculpture may have a use after all.

Listen to the twice deleted but now recovered interview with Dr Heffernan, Nick Smith's "friend". We'll let you draw your own conclusions as to the degree of conspiracy against the city. This interview was not allowed to be played to the Board of Enquiry for whatever reason. There are two sources where you can access this interview. The whole interview casts an intriguing light on MRP, in particular from 5 mins 35 into the broadcast.
In the now unlikely event that the link above to RadioLive's archive fails to work, then click the link below and wait for it to download. This link is "safe"

Here is the transcript of Heffernan's evidence to the board.
MR McCLELLAND: Yes, can you hear me? I just want to check a couple of things quickly. Were you the one that went on Radio Live and said this wind farm was to be the same size as Te Apiti? (INDISTINCT30 4.38.51)
DR HEFFERNAN: I don’t recall the actual interview but I think I do recall being asked about the type of turbines that were likely to be used and I do not ever recall being asked about the size of the wind farm. But I do recall being asked about the size of wind turbines, and I said that I expected that the type of technology would be similar to Te Apiti andtherefore of a similar scale.

ML In terms of Turitea what sort of size, number of turbines, and compared to the other one in the Tararuas - is it a bigger wind farm than that?

DH Oh, -- its of a similar size to the Meridian Te Apiti windfarm in the Tararuas - yes.

ML OK, and it would be more than the Lammermoors in the South Island - is that right?

DH I'm not sure I don't know enough detail about the Lammermoor one.

Heffernan deliberately lied to the NZ public to cover up the extent of MRP's planned crime against Palmerston North. This is, in our opinion, clear evidence of a conspiracy sanctioned by the Big Government push for an Emissions Trading Scheme which will tax and regulate peoples' lives in a way the former Soviet block would have envied. It has nothing to do with the "climate" Are we about to forfeit our sovereignty at Copenhagen in December?

Ian PlimerAuthor and Professor in the School of Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of Adelaide

"Heaven and Earth: Global Warming, the Missing Science"
Wind a joke.
Clive James on skepticism.

Peter Wheeler, Palmerston North City Councillor perceptively sums up the situation:
22nd October 2009.

The opposite of duplicity is honesty. When the government accepted Mighty River Power’s [MRP] call in request and set up a Court of Inquiry’ duplicity replaced honesty. The inquiry’s public persona is one of approving or rejecting MRP’s plans, which implies that the court has the option to approve or not approve the plan. Not true, for this court has been set up not to approve or disapprove but to confirm the level of the project. The government has already decided that the project will proceed.
For duplicity to be practiced one needs people or organisations that can be duped. In the case of the Turitea wind farm project the first group or organisation duped was the local City Council, both its staff and elected councillors. The Palmerston North City Council [PNCC] was willingly duped by the possibility of big money for little effort. In fact the PNCC started this duplicitous behaviour by seeking a bidder to put turbines on its reserve land. While it is easy and convenient to blame an individual such as Mr. Paul Wylie who was the three hundred thousand-dollar plus CEO at the time who recommended the project conception. It was the elected council of the time who set the duplicitous behaviour in motion.
Once the PNCC accepted MRP’s seemingly generous offer the next step in this duplicitous saga got underway. MRP went out with a partly detailed plan and a blank chequebook and commenced to buy off, or buy compliance, for wind turbines outside of the PNCC reserve land. They needed to do this so as to expand the project and turn it into a profitable endeavour that would reward its master the government which of course owns and controls MRP. This behaviour by MRP and by-default the PNCC borders the muddy middle ground of dishonesty and honesty. There is a fine line between honesty and legality and misrepresentation and illegality. It is the reason why MRP are spending hundreds of thousands if not millions on lawyers and experts. Not one of the experts paid for by MRP recommended that the project should not proceed. So while the expectation is that the experts will express views that are based on the facts, the reality is that to earn their huge fees and retainers they need to satisfy MRP’s main objective. The outcome is that so-called individual supporters of the wind farm concept who are appearing at the hearing, assisted by legal representation, in their own right while also receiving money or promises of future rewards from MRP. No matter how kindly
We must never forget that this process was automatically dishonest because of its duplicitous nature. Each day of the seven weeks of hearings has proven that full mitigation is simply hogwash. The fact that MRP is at this point rethinking its project is a clear indicator that its original concepts were ill thought out, badly planned, financially dangerous and socially and environmentally stupid. The hearings will possibly recommence in March or April of 2010. At that point MRP could well have been sold off and its over paid executive may have shifted out of NZ to the Cayman Islands. One can only hope…

Watch this space as there is more to

Evidence that the citizens of Palmerston North have
been wilfully deceived over the Turitea wind farm is emerging.

Councillors who voted for this disaster are running scared now that Mighty River Power has submitted its rebuttal evidence. Read this link and decide for yourself who is lying, PNCC or Mighty River Power.
Makara residents see red over turbine noise 4/8/09
Excessive noise at Te Rere Hau wind farm. 50 turbines of 97 installed and an additional 56 applied for. Full story here: ( also posted as a comment )
Henry Lampman, reporter for The New American interviews Joanne Nova, author of “The Skeptic’s Handbook”. Joanne Nova, a physicist ... believed in manmade warming by carbon dioxide emissions from 1990-2007
Joanne Nova's latest analysis of the big money behind carbon trading.
News, 11/7/09.
King Canute at the G-8
World leaders tell the Earth's temperature not to rise.
Article also posted in the comments below.
"Climate change" as a justification for permanently ruining Palmerston North doesn't stand up. The number of skeptics is burgeoning.
John Cleese on Palmerston North - what would he say now??
listen to the story in REAL AUDIO and WINDOWS MEDIA and MP3 formats.
Peter Wheeler's telling comments 5/8/09 - see comments 4 and 5 on this post.


Palmerston North said...

Jul 11, 2009
Analysis: King Canute at the G8
Wall Street Journal

When King Canute of lore wanted to teach his citizens a lesson, he set his throne by the seashore and commanded the tides to roll out. Canute’s spirit was back in business this week at the G-8 summit in Italy, where the assembled leaders declared that the world’s temperature shall not rise: “We recognize the scientific view that the increase in global average temperature above pre-industrial levels ought not to exceed 2 degrees [Celsius],” or 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit, said the summit declaration.

So let it be written, so let it be done. As for how they will achieve this climate-defying feat, well, the leaders were somewhat less definitive: “we will work… to identify a global goal for substantially reducing global emissions by 2050.” Translation: Since the heads of the world’s leading economies couldn’t agree on an actual policy on climate change, they opted instead to command the clouds, the seas and all of the Earth to cool. Or maybe they were finally admitting that this whole climate business is getting too expensive, so let’s just throw out a goal that everyone knows is beyond the reach of kings, much less democratic leaders.

Palmerston North said...


The politics of climate change have always been long on apocalyptic rhetoric but short on policy realism. But a global economic crisis does have a way of shearing away illusions about the price people and their leaders, elected or otherwise, are willing to pay in higher taxes, higher prices and economic competitiveness to perhaps make a fractional dent on the temperature. Concerns about high costs and lost jobs have already threatened or killed carbon-emissions control schemes in enviro-conscious Australia and New Zealand. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, another sunshine environmentalist, insisted on exemptions for German industry, including cement and steel, from last year’s EU climate deal, which pledged to reduce carbon emissions by 20% from 1990 levels by 2020. Italy engineered its own escape clause, requiring the EU to renegotiate its climate policy after a U.N. climate change summit in Copenhagen later this year. That probably kills the European deal, since China (the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases), India and other developing countries showed this week that they are unlikely to agree to any draconian emissions cuts.

European politicians have been wondrously adept at signing on to climate pacts, like the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, which they have no real intention of honoring even as they enjoy taking the political credit. But really binding agreements are becoming harder to reach this time around, thanks to mounting opposition from businesses and labor unions.

Philippe Varin, chief executive of Corus, Europe’s second-largest steel producer, told the London Independent in December that the cost of carbon credits and new technologies needed to reduce emissions would destroy European steel production, forcing manufacturers overseas. Poland’s Jaroslaw Grzesik of the Solidarity trade union estimated last month that the EU’s climate policy would cost 800,000 European jobs. The London-based Open Europe think tank has estimated the climate package would cost European economies over a trillion dollars in the coming decade.

Meanwhile, the supposed economic benefits of “green technologies” are evaporating. In Germany, government subsidies for installing solar panels—and, it was presumed, thereby creating domestic manufacturing jobs—backfired when it turned out that it was cheaper to make solar panels in China. A recent paper from Spanish economist Gabriel Calzada Alvarez noted that since Spain started investing in a “green jobs” policy nine years ago, the country has lost 110,500 jobs in other parts of the economy. That amounts to 2.2 jobs lost for every green job created.

European leaders still do pray to the climate gods, and they would love to see the U.S. burden its own industries with the kind of cap-and-tax bill just approved by the House. But even Senate Democrats are getting wise to the political risks they run for tying the economy down with regulatory schemes that America’s competitors in Europe and Asia will either flout or ignore. In the legend of Canute, the king, after failing to stop the rising tide, told the assembled crowd: “Let all men know how empty and worthless is the power of kings, for there is none worthy of the name, but He whom heaven, earth and sea obey by eternal laws.” If a medieval monarch could draw the right conclusion, how hard can it be for his sophisticated 21st-century successors

Palmerston North said...

'Excessive' noise upsets residents "
Manawatu Standard
The owner of Te Rere Hau wind farm, New Zealand Windfarms, is confident its turbines comply with noise limits, despite an increasing number of complaints.

Palmerston North City Council had received 14 noise complaints since early May, principal planner Virginia Shaw said.

People had complained about having difficulty sleeping, a "droning" sound and "excessive rumble".

The number of complaints was higher than for other wind farm developments, she said.

New Zealand Windfarms has been monitoring noise levels as the number of turbines has built up from five to about 50 in the past year.

The company has consent to build 97 turbines at the site in the Tararua Ranges, about 11 kilometres east of Palmerston North.

New Zealand Windfarms had provided the city council with a report on the noise issue and the council would get a noise expert to review that report, Ms Shaw said.

New Zealand Windfarms chief executive Steve Cross said the company monitored noise levels to make sure it was meeting the conditions of its consent.

"We're pretty confident about that," he said. New Zealand Windfarms sourced its two-bladed turbines from Christchurch supplier Windflow Technology.

There were gearbox problems initially, leading to the replacement of gearboxes for all five turbines that were up at Te Rere Hau in 2007.

On May 29 this year, New Zealand Windfarms lodged a resource consent application to install a further 56 turbines.

That would bring the total to 153 turbines, if the consent is approved.

New Zealand Windfarms announced in December last year it was to become the full owner of Te Rere Hau.

Since that investment, the company had sold its interest in an Otago project.

Palmerston North said...

The past week was for me a steep learning curve. The Board of Inquiry [BOI] looking into the Mighty River Power [MRP] Turitea Wind Farm Proposal is now well underway. I’ve learned that MRP has money running out of its ears. Its line up of lawyers includes a QC plus engineers, PR experts and they swamp the room. They are accompanied by heaps of assistants aides, baby lawyers and boxes and boxes of files. Black suits abound, both male and female, power dressing absolutely dominates the room at the Travelodge in Cuba Street. It’s odd to think that our power accounts and taxes are paying for this lawyer’s free for all convention regardless of being for or against.

Sitting in the back row are various anxious local landowners that appear desperate to get their hands on the money flowing out of government coffers via MRP’s chequebook? So, young Ms Paula Bennett, Minister in charge of DPB and media broadcasting, would in some respects call them a bunch of ‘welfare beneficiaries’ who need checking out? They’ve even hired lawyers to cross-examine both MRP and those opposed to the windfarm, it is unknown if they are individually paying the massive legal fees or if MRP is paying them under the terms of their secret pay out deals. Now this is strange behaviour since these few landowners consider themselves partners with MRP. It’s a bit like double dipping from the tax / ratepayers purse. Still it beats farming for a crust…that’s for sure.

What MRP thinks about intelligence levels of the citizens of the region was clearly shown. It’s so-called people/opinion/perception expert [I never knew there were such creatures] Mr. Emanuel Kalafatelis suggested that those who answered MRP’s questionnaire on support for or against had a reading age of around twelve. Yet they still accepted its screwed outcomes. A by-product of this public relations rubbish got me thinking… what would the average reading age be of those in the hearing room be…older than twelve…or younger.

The groups opposing MRP are at a huge disadvantage in that unlike MRP who are flying in experts from here and abroad at our expense. [The PNCC at least gets their five-dollar departure tax] those opposing have to fit their experts in around their normal employment and work timetables, plus cover the costs. A clear example of this was when a Department of Conservation [DOC] representative turned up out of the blue and told the BOI how they had been working with MRP on the issue of their application for sometime. The Judge absolutely and correctly directed DOC to share the information made available to MRP with the opposition and that the BOI would ignore the report purchased by MRP from DOC in the meantime. It is correct to state that money has no conscience…it can buy anything.

Palmerston North said...


I am a bit suspicious of this behaviour by DOC and MRP, we should remember they [DOC] are the crowd who took a huge payment from a windfarm developer in the South Island and attempted to keep it secret. They were successful up until those opposing the project revealed the information. We all know that the government is cutting funding to DOC. could this contracting out to MRP be a part of DOC’s effort to stem the outflow? How much did MRP pay for the report? When was the deal signed? Was it during the period that MRP was ripping off electricity consumers by ratcheting up prices? Does DOC have any other secret links to MRP? Did the Government Minister Nick Smith order DOC in this direction?

The BOI is about half way through and is a couple of days behind schedule, it will reconvene with a site visit. No doubt MRP will provide a picnic lunch for all concerned. I hope they visit the homes of those effected to get a taste of just what living under a wind turbine as massive as a rugby field will be like.

The city council has a lawyer representing it [John Maassen] and his official position is neutral. He has a most difficult task because council under Paul Wylie signed up with MRP to enable them, if consent was granted by the Environmental Court, to build in the water reserve area wind turbines numbering around 40. What MRP was also doing was chequebook dealing with local landowners for the right to build turbines on their property. While some sold out and left the area others saw it as a chance for financial gain and signed up. No doubt the actual amounts vary but it is rumoured that amounts range from $15.000 per turbine to $25.000 per turbine per year. One farm is said to have twenty planned sites while another has six or seven recommended sites. MRP agreed to follow the standard procedure for seeking approval. It then decided without formal discussion with its partner [PNCC] to seek that the project be ‘called in’, this was a legal process by which they could by-pass the normal processes. More importantly it meant that the city council could not bill MRP for the full costs involved, which meant that they had roughly a half a million more dollars to spend on public relations activities, landowner payments and a multitude of lawyers. Those opposing were also greatly disadvantaged in that they now cannot appeal against the COI findings other than on points of law.

While it is easy to be wise after the event I believe that the then CEO Paul Wylie was captured by thoughts of easy dollars when he recommended and convinced a majority that council accept MRP’s offer. The council at the time was heavily in debt but I believe that this present council would not have accepted. While many have pushed the so-called advantages [Cash inflow] the disadvantages of lowered land values, massive social disruption, environmental ruination and dangerous risks to our water supply would have seen an early rejection of MRP’s offer. The fact is that MRP failed to honour the agreement reached. Unlike private companies who have planned windfarms and who now are going broke, MRP a government owned company seems to have a bottomless bucket of cash even in these hard times. While a commission found them guilty of price fixing and raising prices unnecessarily they continue down the track of huge spending knowing that they can simply raise their charges to cover costs.

Enuff said...

I just cannot believe what I am reading in the transcripts of the hearing. There is talk on landscape, plants, birds, water. Maori culture,cumulative effects etc - but nothing yet about people! Nothing about the 16,000 rate payers whose lives will / could be ruined, Hopefully this will come in the next few sessions when the opposing factions have there small and cheap say.
It is obvious that the council is running scared and so it should.
Even though they say they are neutral, they are now clearly against the project. Not realising how big the project was going to be is just sheer negligence - those that voted for the change of use for the Reserve should resign!
I do hope the Board does not listen to the so called noise experts that MRP have paid to say what they want them to say as no one except God himself will know now much noise these monsters will make - and they will make alot of noise! Up to 4 kilimetres away.
I listened to the noise expert on
T3 employed by TrustPower say that "these larger turbines will make no more noise that the small ones that are up there already" - BUT T3 is horrifically noisy! During a still night with an easterly breeze, you can hear them over 3 k's away, whereas you could never hear the small T1 turbines.
More and more noise complaints are comimg in from the Te Rere Hau two bladed monstersities and they are only half way through building them! The last I heard indepentant tests put noise levels way over the legal limit and they are busy stuffing the insides of the towers with rubber or anything they can find to lessen the noise - I would not like to invest in that company!
When will Palmerston North people come to their senses and not allow us to be a testing ground for wind factories.

Palmerston North said...

Submitted by Joseph Poff on Fri, 31/07/2009 - 12:34
Hi, this is my first ever online entry to discussion groups... so here goes!
The Turitea Wind Farm Resource Consent Application is currently before a Board of Enquiry after being "Called In" by the Minister. Public interest is minimal, I have attended all 7 days of hearings so far and the same few members of the public turn up each day, we are approx 10 people, 5 for and 5 against. Of course there are also about 40 persons here including the lawyers, commissioners, consultants and administration staff. All arguments against the proposal have been thoroughly discredited so far but the big one is coming soon... LANDSCAPE!
Yes we will see wind turbines. No argument there. But surely this would be a good thing? The Turitea WF would employ one of the worlds best wind resources to provide clean green electricity, enough for approx 120,000 homes and save about 1 million tonnes of Carbon per year. This project will directly benefit the City Rate Payers through royalty payments as they own the Turitea Reserve, this is a water catchment reserve and NOT a nature reserve. It will create 250 jobs in construction, has widespread public support and many other benefits for the reserve and the wider region.
The SIGN ON campaign is a great idea but we need to make sure that Carbon reducing initiatives are supported at the coal face of decision making in our communities. I would like to see Sign On supporters come down to the hearings, wear a White Shirt or better still wear a SIGN ON tee shirt! (These are great Tee Shirts, NZ Made, good quality and look good) There is no need for protest action but your presence will reinforce the notion of public support.
If you are interested I would like to see you here. At this time the hearings will resume on Thursday 6th August at The Travel Lodge Hotel, Cuba St, Palmerston North, but please visit the following web site to get the latest Hearing Times and all relevant information regarding this project.
Talking about climate change is good but here we can help to actually DO something to address this most pressing issue.
Do it for our childrens sake!
Note: I want to identify myself as a proud minor partner in this project as I run a farm which has a boundary with the Reserve and may receive some Wind Turbines as part of this project.
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Submitted by Mike Jack on Wed, 19/08/2009 - 11:49.
Unfortunately this project is attracting very strong opposition, in particular from the New Zealand Green Party. We know there will be no turbines allowed on private land, which is something we expected to happen, still it is most encouraging that private land owners like Joseph Poff are keen supporters of the project, even though he and his family will live right under the 40 story turbines in the reserve. Noise shouldn't be a problem as Joseph has told me that he enjoys the hum and thump of the Te Rere Hau turbines, which are right next door to him on the Pahiatua track. We need more people like the Poff family. If there were more like them we would be putting turbines up everywhere to save the planet.
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I agree Mike - more private

Submitted by Aaron Christian Kirk on Tue, 25/08/2009 - 10:20.
I agree Mike - more private land owners need to make a stand.
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Submitted by Mike Jack on Sat, 17/10/2009 - 18:39.
Incredibly the fabulous but massive Turitea wind farm is on the skids. This is unacceptable. Joseph Poff and Sign On member who has tirelessly campaigned for this climate changing wind farm around his property on the Pahiatua track has had to put up with coin jangling opponents and the Palmerston North city council, which, as he so eloquently put it, has now become an opponent of the scheme, having originally been in favour. Joseph and his son worked so hard garnering support, even personally filling out forms for the 20%, from as far afield as Christchurch, Germany and Ireland, who submitted in support of the scheme. This is the kind of activism we who want to make the weather colder can only applaud. If he hadn’t done this there would have only been a miserable 10% in support.
The selfish agitators who run are accusing Mighty River Power CEO, Doug Heffernan and project manager Mark Henry of PERJURY !!! This is appalling. Yes, we may have to at times step outside the boundaries to get a colder climate BUT THESE THREE ARE OUR HEROES. Well done faithful servants of the greater good. Lodge your complaint with the MFE.
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The Turitea Wind Farm
Submitted by Angela Grassick on Tue, 22/12/2009 - 12:40.
Mike, Joseph Poff is only after one thing $$$$ MONEY, the wind turbines that are being proposed on his farm are know where near his house, they are by his neighbours houses, I'm sure he nor you would like one of these things within 900m of your bedroom.
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Hi Joseph, Peter and I called

Submitted by Mike Jack on Sat, 17/10/2009 - 18:36.
Hi Joseph, Peter and I called into the hearings wearing our high quality NZ made SIGN ON tee shirts under our jackets but unfortunately it was too cold to expose ourselves. You are doing a good job, Joseph. Pity we were the only ones there to support you. Judge Kenderdine clearly favoured you, we saw that from her body language.
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You must be right!
Submitted by jan sintenie on Sun, 18/10/2009 - 10:20.
If the earth can be thought of as a personality that loves us all, she won't have a problem with these most beautiful of energy generators.
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Wind turbines

Palmerston North said...

Submitted by Jane Montgomery on Tue, 17/11/2009 - 16:49.
This devastatingly technology has ruined the historic landscapes of the UK. They generate no power when the wind blows too hard and are a mere sop to the EU. Poor sad NZers seem to be happy to be sucked in without a wrinkly carrot from anybody at all! Wake up.
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how can you say that wind
Submitted by jan sintenie on Wed, 18/11/2009 - 14:05.
how can you say that wind turbines ruin historical landscapes? A lot of people would consider them to be the monuments for the most important event in all human history.
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Submitted by Jane George on Wed, 18/11/2009 - 21:26.
Views of some of the majestic wind farms across the UK and European countrysides are an awesome sight.
Definitely far more complementary to the landscape than most power stations, or digging up ancient forests and national parklands for mining.
Please NZ, get out of the rut of thinking that we can continue to rely on technology of the past.
I love my country, and I want it to last as long as possible.
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Submitted by Angela Grassick on Tue, 22/12/2009 - 15:33.
Totally agree with Jane, finally someone who knows what they are talking about!!!
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Joseph Poff
Submitted by Angela Grassick on Tue, 22/12/2009 - 12:36.
He has no interest in the environment, he has a one track mind and that is $$$$ ALL Joseph Poff is after is MONEY!!! He would have to be the most hated man in the Manawatu. If you personally meet this man you would totally understand what he is about.
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Joseph Poff

Submitted by Mike Jack on Mon, 28/12/2009 - 22:36.
Now, now, Angela.
Joseph promised me that if he gets approval for the 25 or so forty story wind turbines proposed for his land right above yours and all those other houses that he will make a donation to the local woman's refuge. Such altruism is not to be sniffed at from a man whose favourite party trick is to blow his nose on fifty dollar bills.
He and I plan to go to the next global warming conference in Mexico next year. This will be our last chance to secure the future for all those wanna be carbon traders out there and to sell our remaining sign on tee shirts.
What's "sign on" in Spanish?
Now there's a business opportunity for someone.