Knowledge waves

The Council’s recent survey to gauge the regional community’s views on the relative merits of 140 surf breaks was a first for New Zealand and drew 338 responses, the Policy and Planning Committee was told.

After using a newly developed assessment scale to analyse the responses, a status of ‘regionally significant’ is proposed for 81 of the surf breaks, with the rest to be classed as ‘locally significant’. The regional ranking brings a very high level of protection, and the local ranking brings a high but slightly lesser level.

These statuses will be incorporated in the review of the Coastal Plan for Taranaki. People will get an opportunity to have a say when the proposed new Coastal Plan goes out for formal public consultation early next year.

See the full list here: www.bitly.com/TRCsurf (PDF, 320 KB)

- Taranaki Regional Council