Mt Munro project simulation view

Mt Munro wind farm proposal

We’re proposing to develop a wind farm at Mt Munro, approximately 5km south of Eketahuna in northern Wairarapa.

Details on the project are below:

  • The wind farm would have up to 20 wind turbines within three privately owned properties, which would continue to operate as working sheep and beef farms.
  • It would produce around 300 GWh of renewable energy annually, enough to supply up 42,000 average homes.
  • The turbines would be spaced in a way that makes best use of prevailing wind conditions on the site and that also balances any potential effects.
  • The turbines will have a blade diameter of up to 136m, and maximum height above ground level to a tip height of up to 160m and an approximate capacity of approximately 4.5 MW each.
  • Up to 14 turbines would be closely spaced along the site’s main ridgeline envelope area (blue shaded area on map), with two further groups, each up to three turbines on lower hills to the northwest of the main ridge.
  • Access to the site for construction and operation is via Old Coach Road North. Internal wind farm roading is based on existing farm tracks.
  • The 3.5km transmission line connecting the wind farm to the national grid would use steel or concrete poles up to 20m high. 
  • The substation would be located near the point near where the transmission line connects with the Transpower 110kV line, on the corner of Kaiparoro Road and SH2.

What happens next?

We have now lodged the application formally with the Environment Court, and expect that a hearing will be held in September. 

In December 2023, we applied to the Court for some directions to make the Court process more streamlined for parties.  On 25 January 2024, the Court granted the application, and directed that we upload the Court’s decision to the Mt Munro project page on our website, once the formal proceedings were lodged with the Court.  The decision is at the link below, and will also be sent directly to everyone who made a submission on the application. 

Environment court decision - 25 January 2024

All information on our resource consent application and the submission process can be found on the Horizons Regional Council website by clicking on the link below:

Meridian Energy Limited - Horizons Regional Council

Mt Munro wind farm project visual simulation

Mt Munro wind farm project visual simulation

Mt Munro wind farm project map

Mt Munro wind farm project site map and location