News & case studies

Venture Taranaki regularly reports on key events and developments spanning the Trust's performance, regional economic indicators, accolades and developments. You can view the full range of news releases here, or specific news content within each of the sub-sites above.

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Inanga Ora Ki Te Awa O Waitara

Inanga Ora Ki Te Awa O Waitara

Between August and November every year, Taranaki estuaries become inundated with migratory species of juvenile galaxiid and an individual species of net wielding hominoid. The galaxiid are better known as tasty translucent whitebait, and the hominoid as the fishermen trying to catch them. All those gracing the river banks dream of returning home with full buckets. But is this dream a reality?

Stone vs. Metal: the Motunui panels revealed

Stone vs. Metal: the Motunui panels revealed

For over 100 years anthropologists, ethnologists, and wood carvers have been debating if it is possible to tell whether a Māori carving has been done from stone or metal tools.

Maru Wai Matara

Maru Wai Matara

Led by Te Whenua Tōmuri Trust this project worked with Taranaki District Health Board, marae and schools to understand cultural and scientific indicators of river health.

Te Moeone – Growing for the Future

Te Moeone – Growing for the Future

Ngati Tawhirikura Hapu teamed up with horticultural scientists, crop technicians and soil specialists to explore how horticultural science could be used by community and home-based gardens.

Waitara Kaimoana Survey

Waitara Kaimoana Survey

Otaraua Hapu and Waitara Alive conducted a study investigating the presence of kaimoana along the Waitara coastline. Working with marine scientists, members of the community learned how to identify different marine species and what these species mean for the health of our reefs.

Reconnecting with the Kiwi dream

Reconnecting with the Kiwi dream

Despite having spent little time in Taranaki, Scott Willson was always impressed by how passionate its locals were, even those that had left the region.

Thriving in every sense

Thriving in every sense

Rodney and Jessie O’Connor always felt Taranaki would be a good place to raise a family, but it wasn’t until they reached that stage in life that they began to seriously assess the opportunities that the region offered, particularly in contrast to Auckland.

More than a mortgage

More than a mortgage

In November 2016 Fiona Blakeley and Jason Reynolds traded the pace of Auckland for the rural lifestyle of Waverley in South Taranaki, and have slotted into a welcoming community and a wonderful lifestyle.

The lifestyle beats everything

The lifestyle beats everything

When Lisa Berndt first encountered New Zealand, it was as a young arts intern seeking experience in an English-speaking gallery. Lisa had approached galleries around the globe before securing a role at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth’s contemporary art museum in 2003.

The discovery of a lifetime

The discovery of a lifetime

Living in the UK and Europe, Jessica Parker always knew she wanted to return to New Zealand one day, but it was with the birth of their first son that the pull back to New Zealand became a lot stronger.

Time to be athlete and accountant

Time to be athlete and accountant

While the words accountant and athlete don’t often come up in the same sentence, Jed Eden has proven that they're not mutually exclusive terms, particularly when you live in Taranaki.

Meant to be

Meant to be

When Mariana Melo first arrived in 2005 the only things she knew about New Zealand were that it was safer than her native Brazil, and the address of a backpackers in Auckland.

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