Ngāi Tahu Property and Meridian are working together on a proposed 15 megawatt hydro scheme on the Hurunui River in North Canterbury, known as the Balmoral Hydro Water project.
The scheme could generate 88 gigawatt hours a year, enough electricity for about 9,000 average New Zealand homes, and could also provide water for irrigation.
We applied for consents in December 2012 to take up to 15 cubic metres of water a second from the Hurunui River, downstream of the Mandamus River, to use for hydro generation and to discharge water back into the river.
The application has been put on hold until the Regional Plan is finalised. The Regional Plan is currently subject to High Court appeals.