Taranaki Surf Reserve proposed

Taranaki Regional Council has proposed a national surfing reserve for the Taranaki coastline in their draft coastal plan. The proposal covers the coastline from Cape Egmont to Okato and aims to protect the region's renowned surf breaks from anything that might adversely impact the waves.
 
The proposed reserve, the first of its kind in New Zealand, was proposed to the council in May by Dr Peter McComb during the presentation of a regional surf assessment report prepared by MetOcean Solutions.  "It's great to see our council showing leadership. Surfing is important for the local communities and economy, and establishing a reserve will afford this unique density of quality surf breaks the protection they deserve," he says.  
 
The proposed coastal plan will be going through consultation for the next year. Taranaki Region already has four nationally significant surf breaks (Waiwhakaiho, Stent Road, Backdoor Stent and Farmhouse Stent), and the proposed reserve will ensure that the wider coastline is considered as important as those breaks.

For further information about the proposed reserve, see a recent article on stuff.co.nz or view the draft Taranaki Regional Coastal Plan.

The proposed reserve will protect the Taranaki Region's surf breaks.

The proposed reserve will protect the Taranaki Region's surf breaks.