The New Zealand wind energy scene has been busy, with both international and local meetings providing a profile boost. A three-day conference on "Energy for our Future" last month included sessions on renewable options, with the highlight being the announcement of the start of construction of the Tararua wind farm. Prior to this meeting, a symposium for the International Energy Agency (IEA) delegates visiting New Zealand in November was described as "trend-setting." Meetings had been arranged with local wind energy proponents and researchers by the Electricity Corporation of New Zealand and the New Zealand Wind Energy Association. Paul van Lieshout, association chairman, says he was pleased with the strongly positive feedback he received from participants at the 70-strong symposium, which has prompted IEA interest in having similar meetings in other countries.