Research & reviews

The Council conducts and commissions research and reviews on a variety of topics of interest and relvance to the region and its people.

Regional priorities & economy

Council or Council-commissioned reports assess aspects of Taranaki's economic, civic and social well-being, particularly where these relate to the Council's own responsibilities.
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Biodiversity

The current status and future directions for biodiversity management in Taranaki and wider New Zealand.
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Biodiversity - KNEs

The Council's Inventory of Key Native Ecosystems (KNEs), first published in 2006 and continually updated since, documents hundreds of biodiversity hotspots.
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Fresh water

The Council carries out and commissions many reports relating to fresh water, one of Taranaki's key natural resources.
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Land & agriculture

Sustainable land use and the impact of extreme weather events are important themes in these studies and reviews.
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Waste disposal & site contamination

These studies include region-wide and site-specific projects.
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Natural hazards

Taranaki faces significant potential natural hazards and a number of specialist studies have been carried out to assess the nature and/or likely impacts of these hazards.
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Coastal

Coastal ecosystems, landscapes and character are important priorities in the Council's work.
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Hydraulic fracturing

Hydraulic fracturing, also known as fraccing, fracking or hydrofraccing, has been extensively reviewed, studied and reported upon.
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Drilling waste treatment & disposal

These reports analyse various environmental aspects of the specialised techniques used to process and dispose of drilling muds and cuttings.
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Climate

Climate studies commissioned by the Council are particularly focused on potential risks and hazards.
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Resource Management Act

The Resource Management Act is the statutory cornerstone of much of the Council's work.
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