Castle Hill Wind Farm RMA Process

Approval for the Castle Hill Wind Farm is required under the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA).

Further information about the RMA statutory process and timeframes can be found at www.mfe.govt.nz.

The Application

On 1 August 2011, Genesis Energy lodged resource consent applications for the Castle Hill Wind Farm ("CHWF") project with Tararua and Masterton Districts' and Horizons and Greater Wellington Regional Council's. These applications were accepted by all four Councils' as being complete on the 19 August 2011. The applications were publicly notified on the 29 August 2011 with submissions closing on the 26 September. 102 submissions were received.

For a copy of the resource consent application or assessment of environmental effects ("AEE") please contact Genesis Energy - Richard Gordon, Public Affairs Manager on:

Telephone: (09) 580 2094

Email: castle.hill@genesisenergy.co.nz

The Hearing

A joint council hearing commenced on the 28 November 2011 for eight days and a further four days commencing on the 24 January 2012. The hearing panel consisted of three independently appointed commissioners representing all four councils. They are Mr Philip Milne, Mr David McMahon and Mr Roger Lane.

Following the adjournment of the hearing on the 27 January 2012 Genesis Energy submitted its final evidence, right of reply and closing legal submissions on the 20 February 2012.

Preliminary Decision

The Commissioners released a preliminary decision on 13 April 2012 which set out tentative conclusions and provided Genesis Energy the opportunity to provide further information.

Genesis Energy responded to the preliminary decision and requested the Commissioners issue a final decision based on the information before them. This is expected in early June.

Final Decision

Genesis Energy received the Castle Hill Wind Farm final resource consent decision on Monday 11 June.

The Hearing Commissioners have granted all consents for the proposed development of the Castle Hill Wind Farm in the Wairarapa subject to some exceptions and conditions.

Genesis Energy, Castle Hill Wind Farm Comunity Action Group, Alfredton Education Trust and Board of Trustees of Alfredton School appealed the decision to the Environment Court. Discussions are continuing between the parties.

Environment Court

Resource consents were confirmed by the Environment Court for the Castle Hill Wind Farm in July 2013. Read the full Media Statement here.

A copy of the resource consents granted are available here:

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