Limited site visits, inspections and other duties by Taranaki Regional Council field staff are resuming under Alert Level 3, with strict adherence to all protocols including physical distancing and the wearing of face coverings.
The TRC’s Stratford office remains closed but the switchboard is open 24 hours a day. Administration work is continuing, including the processing of resource consent applications.
People needing to contact the Council are encouraged to do so by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Remote or digital meetings can be arranged if required.
Field work under Level 3 will include a limited number of farm visits, environmental monitoring, consent compliance inspections, some Towards Predator-Free Taranaki activities and other predator and pest-plant monitoring and control activities.
Environmental incidents will continue to be investigated, as they have been during Level 4. To report pollution or any other environmental incident, call 0800 736 222. The line is open 24/7.
Pukeiti, Tūpare and Hollard Gardens will be open for walkers only. Buildings and facilities will remain closed apart from public toilets. Some garden areas may also be closed, either for essential maintenance or because their layout makes physical distancing too difficult. Garden visitors are to maintain physical distancing and wear face coverings at all times, and keep at least 2m from others, including gardeners.
Limited bus services will run during Level 3. For details, check the Taranaki Public Transport Facebook page (www.facebook.com/TaranakiPublicTransport(external link)).