Public consultation on the proposed Kamai wind project will be held next Thursday at Tirohia school.

Auckland-based Ventus Energy hopes it can install 28 wind turbines with an output of 100MW on privately-owned farmland.

Ventus has commissioned a sound and vibration specialist, Dr Stephen Chiles to study on-site background noise monitoring at two selected house locations - on Rawhiti Road and Thorp Road near Paeroa in the Kamai range.

Hauraki District Council has not received a resource consent application yet.


"At this stage we haven't received a resource consent application from the company.

When we do receive an application we'll assess the likely effects of the proposal and make a decision from there about the level of public notification required as part of the resource consent process," Group Manager Planning and Environmental Services Peter Thom said.

Hauraki District Mayor previously said to the Bay of Plenty Times that he wanted to see the details of the resource consent application to assess on the impact this might have on the Karangahake scenic reserve.

Kessels Ecology, in charge of the ecological effects assessment is finalising drawing on monitoring data gathered on the site over several years - notably bird flight observations.

Ventus communications coordinator Mordecai Matan says that indicative results are positive so far.

"The wind farm location does not does not interact with bird migration flight paths which is key in this location," the company said.

Ventus has also completed a geotechnical site investigation concluding the site is quite stable and the risk is manageable.

The company also says skyline visibility will be "a fundamental component" of its resource consent application.


"The assessment is being commissioned and undertaken at present," Mr Matan said.

The public consultation day is an opportunity for members of the public to meet with company representatives, ask questions about the proposal and provide some feedback.

More information about the wind farm proposal is available on the company's website

Community members can phone the Hauraki District Council and talk to a planner or visit the council's website (under resource consents) to obtain more information about the resource consent application process.

- More details: Thursday March 16 from 3pm, Tirohia School hall, State Highway 26 RD 3, Paeroa.