History of the Tauhara Geothermal Charitable Trust

In February 2010 Contact Energy Ltd. applied for resource consents to construct and operate the Tauhara Power Station project; a 250MW geothermal power station on the Tauhara geothermal field on the outskirts of Taupo.

The project was the first in the country to be run through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) process for projects of national significance.

Contact engaged with various groups representing local Tangata Whenua during the consenting process. One of the outcomes of that consultation was a mitigation package to address the effects of the project on matters of cultural significance to local hapu which could not be avoided in the project design. Among other things, this mitigation agreement provided for the establishment of the Tauhara Geothermal Charitable Trust when Contact exercised the Tauhara project consents. These requirements are also included in Contact’s resource consents for the project.

Contact was granted the consents for the Tauhara project in August 2010, and first exercised those consents in July 2011.

In November 2011, a hui was held to elect Trustees onto the Tauhara Geothermal Charitable Trust. Five Trustees were duly elected, and were joined two Trustees appointed by Contact . The hui mandated the new Trustees to proceed with establishing the new Trust. This mahi occurred from November 2011 to April 2012.

The Trust Deed was signed on 22 February 2012, and the Trust was incorporated on 28 March 2012.