We’re excited to announce that construction has begun on Harapaki, our $395 million wind farm in Hawke’s Bay.

It will boost New Zealand’s ability to take action on climate change and accelerate the transformation of the economy to clean energy sources.

The site is located within the Maungaharuru Range in Hawke’s Bay, approximately 35km northwest of Napier.

Harapaki will be New Zealand’s second-largest wind farm with 41 turbines generating 176 MW of renewable energy, enough to power over 70,000 average households. The construction will take around three years and is expected to create 260 new jobs.

Over the past few months, we’ve been busy establishing the site-based project team and undertaking enabling works as we look to start bulk earthworks in September.

For the most up-to-date information on the project, please have a read of our latest newsletter:

Computer simulations

The following computer-generated simulations show how the two consented windfarms (collectively referred to by Meridian Energy as Harapaki Wind Farm) appear from a range of perspectives.

Credit: Boffa Miskell, Landscape architect, boffamiskell.co.nz

View from Berry Road

 

View from Waitara Road South

 

View from SH5 nearing summit from the East

 

View from SH5 nearing summit from the West

 

View from Waipunga Road

 

View from SH5 near Te Haroto

Enquiries

For general enquiries contact: harapaki@meridian.co.nz 

For media enquiries contact: mediateam@meridian.co.nz