The vision for the Taranaki region in a low-emissions economy has been released, bringing together the voices of more than a thousand people.

The Taranaki 2050 Draft Roadmap, launched today at the Just Transitions Summit, presents a vision for the region to move to a low-emissions future while retaining – and improving – the many positive aspects of life in Taranaki.

“New Zealand, as a nation, is moving towards a low-emissions economy, and Taranaki is well positioned to help lead that transition,” says Venture Taranaki chief executive Justine Gilliland.

“This draft Roadmap is the first step we’ve taken as a region to move to a low-emission economy, and ensure we build on and improve what’s great about Taranaki while ensuring this transition is beneficial to all residents, businesses and industries.”

“The draft Roadmap is not an action plan but a collective vision underpinned by inclusivity, sustainability and enterprise.”

The draft Roadmap has been developed through an innovative co-creation process that saw 29 workshops held across industry, community; an open survey run; and a creative challenge was issued to the region’s school children to capture their ideas and expectations for a future Taranaki, while a series of videos outlining the process were viewed more than 14,000 times.

“It was important from the outset that the Roadmap reflected the voices of Taranaki, rather than being developed outside the region. The co-creation process has enabled us to do this.”

“The vision our community has created is about reconciling and moving forward as one, giving everyone a fair opportunity to participate in society and reach their potential.”

“While there were some divergent views for the future of Taranaki across participants, there were also many common themes. We can truly say what unites us as a region is stronger than what divides us,” Justine says.

Three overarching themes emerged from the process – a modern and inclusive community where no one is left behind, a sustainable society where the needs of the present don’t compromise the ability of future generations to meet their own needs, and an enterprising, diversified and value-adding economy that delivers meaningful, secure, and well-paid jobs while retaining a work/life balance.

The draft Roadmap was launched at the Just Transitions Summit by representatives of the five pou – or pillars – a concept developed by the Just Transitions Unit of MBIE, who partnered with Venture Taranaki in this process. The poi - community, iwi, business, unions and local and central government – were represented at the launch by community champion Glen Bennett, Todd Energy chief executive Joanna Breare, Gus Charteris, general manager of MBIE’s Just Transition Unit, South Tarananki District Council chief executive Waid Crockett, Grant McQuoid of Velocite, Jen Natoli of E tū, Wharehoka Wano, chief executive of Taranaki Iwi, and Venture Taranaki chief executive Justine Gilliland.

The main portrayal of the Roadmap is through a compelling illustrated graphic which brings together the many strands of the thinking, and incorporates the key ideas that have emerged through the process.

“It is important to acknowledge the huge amount of work that has gone into reaching this point, and the voices of so many contributors, from all walks of life,” Justine says.

“We’re looking forward to engaging with more of the community as we move this process forward. It’s important for our region that the feedback we get is as wide as possible, and we encourage people to share the website link with their networks.”

Feedback on the draft Roadmap can be submitted via an interactive online tool at: https://about.taranaki.info/taranaki2050 or by writing to us c/- Venture Taranaki.

Feedback is open until June 14, and those who submit feedback will go into the draw for a broadband package by Nova Energy valued at over $800.00.

The draft Roadmap and big picture will be finalised in July 2019, and the next phase will be detailing action plans across the Roadmap’s pathways that will enable the region to move towards realising the vision of Taranaki 2050.