On this last weekend of February, the NZ Bamboo Society had its AGM. That takes one hour so we did other things for the rest of the time. Our hosts Jill and Jack lived near a wind farm near Makara. We visited, followed by a walk down the track to Makara Beach.
Two members look at the descriptions of the wind generators.
Part off the wind farm is visible in the distance.
The information tells us where they towers are sited and why they are spaced as they are.
The information panel also tells us something of the massive amount of work it takes to install the towers. Roads had to be built that could take large trucks. The windmills were all offloaded at Makara beach from barges. .... WWII landing barges!! The sails are the some length as the wings of a Jumbo.
Makara Beach is just below. The amount of roading was minimised by having the wind farm on the hills near the beach. The terrain does not allow easy road building, so the minimisation was a huge cost saving.
Because the windmills are built with such elegant proportions, it fools the viewer into thinking they are smaller than they really are. The footprint of the tower is the size of a room in a house.. Two Society members [both 2metres tall!!] demonstrate that.
Me just being clever. It is big, but the foto gives little idea of that.
Makara Beach. The remnants of Cyclone Gita hit here only days before. The cafe in the background was closed because it had been flooded by a metre of water.
It might have been thirty years old [as it was fibreglass], but it was demolished by the storm.
This is a part of a foto of the whole beach. A little low on pixels but it does show we still have seagulls in NZ.
Makara Beach. To the left are the foothills on which the windmill we visited stands. It seems relatively unscathed. That means the stones are still there.
Looking towards the North from the beach. A fence used to stand here. You can see it metres further inland, all tangled with weeds, driftwood and rubbish. We had a calm and sunny day.
Cheers Chris the Pipemaker.