Community key to shaping Taranaki 2050

The people of Taranaki are being given the chance to help shape the future of their region.

Ideas from people located throughout Taranaki are being collected and collated in a project called The Taranaki 2050 Roadmap.

It aims to form a collaborative vision of what Taranaki should look like in 2050 and is led by Venture Taranaki and the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment.

Venture Taranaki’s Natalie Wiseman says the community has the chance to help shape the region’s 2050 road map through a series of workshops around the mountain next month.

“The Taranaki 2050 Roadmap is a hugely important step in making sure we can preserve everything that’s great about the region as we plan our move to a low-emissions economy,” Wiseman says.

“It’s vital we have as many voices as possible speak up about what’s important to them and what they think our region could be like in 2050.”

The process has so far included more than 20 themed workshops spanning arts to energy, with more than 500 participants registered.

“As we have more conversations about what people think is important for Taranaki in the future, the more diverse and interesting the ideas become,” she says.

The workshops have already had about 500 attendees.

Ideas that come out of the workshops will contribute to the draft Taranaki 2050 Roadmap which will be launched at the Just Transitions Summit in New Plymouth on May 9 and 10.

The April workshops will be presented by Sustainable Taranaki and Venture Taranaki, and are designed so that everyone gets a say.

“All types of views are welcome,” Laine Phillips, of Sustainable Taranaki, says.

“When I talk to people about the event I ask them when they last had the opportunity to help shape the future of our region. It’s a really exciting process and we want everyone to join the conversation.

“It’s our chance as a region to plan our future, together.”

The Taranaki 2050 community workshops start at Puke Ariki on Wednesday April 20, from 5:30 – 7:15pm, followed by events in Waitara on April 2, Opunake on April 3, Stratford on April 8, and Hawera on April 10.

To register for your place at the Puke Ariki community workshop email hello@taranaki2050.org.nz.