Taranaki News & Alerts


Know the water safety code to stay safe in the water this summer

November is Water Safety Awareness month and, with summer approaching, Water Safety New Zealand (WSNZ) is cautioning New Zealanders that more fatalities occur in spring and summer than at any other time during the year[1].

Warmer weather will see more New Zealanders heading to our beaches, lakes and rivers. Research[2] conducted in 2021 found that 3.2 million (85 percent) Kiwis visited the coast in the past 12 months, almost half of them (48 percent) doing so monthly, and a quarter of Kiwis also visiting rivers made up predominantly of young people under 25 years.

People aren’t just taking in the scenery either; over 2 million people are active while visiting the coast, including swimming or playing in the water.

WSNZ’s Chief Executive, Daniel Gerrard, says: “We want everyone to enjoy their time whether it’s at the beach, lake or river but remind people to take personal responsibility for theirs and their family’s safety in or around water.

“Be prepared, know the risks and your limits, and watch out for yourself and others.”

WSNZ says swimming at the beach or river is quite different to swimming in a pool and poses additional risk. While a third of people swimming in the ocean, and a quarter swimming at rivers, say it is not at all or not very hazardous, the drowning statistics prove otherwise. Swimming has the highest number of preventable drownings[3] compared to other water-related activities, with 95 deaths recorded over the past five years (2016-2020: 390 incidents).

WSNZ is urging people to know the water safety code for safe play in the water.
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Covid 19 Symptoms

If you develop symptoms of Covid – 19 you need to get a test 

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Kiwi killed by dog in North Taranaki

DOC and a local conservation group are urging people to keep their dogs under control after the death of a kiwi on conservation land in Taranaki. The female North Island brown kiwi was found by off-duty DOC Biodiversity Ranger Joe Carson and her family while exploring the Pouiatoa Conservation Area in North Taranaki.
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Taranaki – prepare for strong winds

Kia ora Taranaki, bit nippy isn’t it? The winds aren’t going soon anywhere sadly – they are not currently at warning level but they could well get there today or tomorrow. In the meantime prepare your property if you don’t want your trampoline to feature in the news, take it easy on the roads, and hunker down with the fam.
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Taranaki Sports Awards 2021

Just over one week to go before nominations close for the 2021 Taranaki Sports Awards. Anyone can submit a nomination but make sure you get it in on time!
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Ronald Hugh Morrieson Literary Awards

This competition (comprising of a short story/drama script, poetry and research article section) is open to residents and ratepayers of South Taranaki and the wider Taranaki community, opening on Tuesday June 8 2021.
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Rāhui on Taranaki Mounga

Routes to the summit of Mt Taranaki are temporarily closed because of a rāhui, following the death of two climbers.

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What do our rivers, streams and lakes mean to you?

What do our rivers, streams and lakes mean to you? What is your long-term vision for their future? Please tell us, because we’re reviewing the region’s freshwater policies and rules.
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Last chance to have say on Māori constituency

Time is running out for Taranaki people to have their say on a proposed Māori constituency for Taranaki Regional Council. Submissions close this Friday, 19 March at 4pm.

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DOC calls for Māui dolphin sightings as seaborne survey continues

Boaties enjoying the ocean off the Waikato’s west coast are being urged to report sightings of the Māui dolphin, as a survey to determine the population of the rare mammals continues.

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