Motorimu Wind Farm Ltd v. Palmerston North Council (Environment Court of New Zealand, 2009)
Jurisdiction: New Zealand
Side A: Motorimu Wind Farm Limited (Corporation)
Side B: Horowhenua District Council (Government)
Appeal partial denial of resource consents for proposed wind farm
Motorimu Wind Farm appealed a city council's partial denial of resource consents for a proposed wind farm. The council only approved only 75 of the 127 proposed turbines due to significant adverse landscape impacts. The Environment Court of New Zealand acknowledged that the additional turbines would markedly increase the wind farm's contribution to New Zealand's renewable energy needs but ultimately agreed with the city council and declined the appeal for all but 4 turbines.