Te Uku Wind Farm
The Te Uku Wind Farm project saw 28 wind turbines constructed inland from Raglan. The project was constructed by Spartan Hicks Joint Venture. SouthernSkies undertook the environmental lead for Hicks, developing and obtaining sign off for all erosion and sediment control plans, and provide ongoing site auditing and liaison with Environment Waikato compliance staff. It comprised 25km of access roads on very steep, challenging hill country with sensitive receiving environments and strict consent conditions. Despite encountering rainstorms in excess of a 100-year event, the close auditing and commitment of the project team ensured that the works have avoided any adverse environmental effects, and the earthworks were also completed ahead of schedule. In August 2010 the project was given the inaugural “Site of the Year” award by Environment Waikato in recognition of its high standard of erosion and sediment controls in this environmentally sensitive area.
Waikato Regional Council Earthworks Site of the Year in 2010