New Zealand Energy Limited
has considerable experience operating small scale hydro generation
plants having installations at Haast, Fox, Opunake and Raetihi.
The stations sit well with the environment and provide a valuable
recreational and renewable energy supply to the surrounding
communities as can be seen from the following photographs.
The stations at Fox and Haast are operated on Department of
Conservation land under Department of Conservation concessions.
Generating station at Fox in South Westland. This station is
operated on Department of Conservation land under Department
of Conservation concessions.
The Fox penstock is laid above ground amongst the bush.
Water is feed from Lake Gault, through a tunnel and then down
the penstock to the power station.
The station is within clear view of Mount Cook.
Intake weir for Opunake on the Waiaua River.
Fish pass providing fish passage for trout on the left side
and native fish to the right
And the man made lake which has been formed to provide storage
for the power station This is a fantastic recreational facility
for the local community.
The station has been supplying a valuable renewable energy source
to the local community for close on 90 years.
Inside the Raetihi station, showing one of the original hydro
turbines still supplying power today.
Raetihi pond is a man made pond (lake) to provide storage of
water for the power station. It provides an excellent habitat
for ducks, trout, eels and other wildlife.
One of the very low impact river intakes on the Raetihi scheme
providing passage for trout and native fish.
This station provides the only source of power for the residence
of Haast in South Westland. It is simple and of very low impact.
It is surrounded by the Mt Aspiring Nation Park, (almost identical
in concept to the Matiri Scheme)
The water intake is a simple diversion of water from the Turnbull
river in the Venture Gorge.