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.


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

Fresh water

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

Land & agriculture

Sustainable land use and the impact of extreme weather events are important themes in these studies and reviews.

Waste disposal & site contamination

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

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.


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

Hydraulic fracturing

Hydraulic fracturing, also known as fraccing, fracking or hydrofraccing, has been extensively reviewed, studied and reported upon.

Drilling waste treatment & disposal

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


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

Resource Management Act

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