An experimental device generating electricity from ocean waves has gained resource consent.
It will be moored four kilometres off the Taranaki coast in some of the roughest seas around the country.
The device is being run by Wave Energy Technology New Zealand in conjunction with two other groups, including the state scientific body Industrial Research Limited.
It has received funding from a special Government funding agency, and it's hoped it will deployed next year.
The project is one of five marine energy developments around the country covering Kaipara harbour, Tory Channel, Cook Strait, and the Chatham Islands.