In August 2013 Contact Energy announced their decision to exit the Hauāuru mā raki wind generation development on the Waikato coast, following a thorough review of the economic, market and regulatory conditions.
Contact Energy and a local wind farm developer, Wind Farm Group partnered to prepare for the development of a wind farm in the Waikato, operating under the name of Contact Wind.
Known as Hauāuru mā raki, meaning 'north west wind,' the wind farm area would have extended from south of Port Waikato along the remote western coast of the Waikato region to Te Akau South. View an image of the wind farm area (1.16MB).
The project had the potential to generate up to 504 MW of energy, enough to power around 170,000 average homes.
Resource consent applications and notices of requirement were considered by a Board of Inquiry in late 2010. The Board of Inquiry released its final decision in May 2011, granting resource consents and designations for the application. In August 2013 Contact Energy announced its exit from the project.