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The latest news releases from the Taranaki Regional Council.

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Reconnecting with nature leads to urban trapping

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Fri 20 Dec 2019

Central New Plymouth trapper Dave Watson is restoring biodiversity by helping wipe-out the city’s rats, with his faithful, four-legged friend.

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Christmas-New Year hours

Season's Greetings

Mon 16 Dec 2019

The Taranaki Regional Council wishes everyone a safe and happy festive season. The Council office will close at the end of business on Christmas Eve and reopen at 8am on Friday, 3 January, 2020.

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Chewbacca defeats 'Boba' ferret

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Fri 13 Dec 2019

The force is strong with this one – meet Chewbacca, a feisty Long Haired Jack Russell who is helping lead the crusade to restore and revitalise native wildlife and plants in rural New Plymouth.

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New Plymouth’s top trapping communities – Oākura and Merrilands

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Thu 05 Dec 2019

Oākura, Merrilands and Westown are New Plymouth’s top trapping communities, restoring native wildlife and plants, with the most predator catches recorded, in backyards.

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TRC investigates oil on beach at Oākura

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Wed 04 Dec 2019

Taranaki Regional Council officers are investigating to find the source of oil that has washed up at the southern end of Oākura Beach. They are also cleaning up the small amount of oil that has been found, and checking other locations.

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Forgotten World Highway funding welcomed

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Mon 02 Dec 2019

Today's announcement of a $9.6m Provincial Growth Fund investment to seal the remaining unsealed section of SH43 has been warmly welcomed by Taranaki's peak regional transport planning body.

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Protecting whio - Towards Predator-Free Taranaki

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Fri 22 Nov 2019

They used to be extinct from Taranaki Maunga, but a family of six whio surfing down rapids in the upper Whaiwhakaiho River are a good reminder as to why rural predator control is so vital.

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Predator control paves the way for kiwi’s return


Thu 07 Nov 2019

Native species, such as kiwi and the North Island robin, are returning to Pukeiti for the first time in decades.

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