The workshop process

To complete the co-design process, 23 workshops on the 12 transition topics or pathways, were held between
February and April 2019. More than 700 people signed up to participate. The workshops were held in venues around the region, including New Plymouth, Hāwera, Stratford, and at Aotea and Ōwae marae.

A broad range of people were invited, including specialists with expertise in different areas from around the country. The workshops were publicised, and all members of the community were welcome to attend. Local, trained facilitators helped blend specialist expertise with unique insights of the diversity of our region.

At the workshops, everyone followed a number of principles of working together – the kawa. The main principle of
manaakitanga included showing respect, generosity and care for others, as well as actively listening to others and keeping an open mind as ideas were generated.

During the sessions, discussion topics included people’s vision for Taranaki, what is unique about Taranaki, the major challenges ahead and what we need to do to move forward.

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Community workshops

Not everyone could or wanted to attend the topic-specific workshops. Therefore, five community workshops were held during the evening around the region, two in North Taranaki – New Plymouth and Waitara, and three in South Taranaki – Hāwera, Stratford, and Opunake.

At the community workshops people were able to:
  • Share what is great about Taranaki and what is important to maintain, as we move to a low-emissions economy;
  • Read about the emerging thinking on the 12 topics, and contribute their own thoughts and ideas;
  • Contribute ideas on how to move forward on the pathway to 2050;
  • Look at artwork submitted to the youth creative challenge and complete their own artwork; and
  • Complete a survey on their vision for Taranaki and ideas on what the Roadmap should include.
The content of the workshop material can be requested by emailing

Young people's voices

It is important to reflect the aspirations of the youth of Taranaki in the Roadmap, as they will be impacted by the
success of a transition to a low-emissions economy. Sixty young people registered to participate in a specialised youth workshop, and more than 140 children entered a creative competition to describe their vision for 2050. In the creative competition, students aged 7–18 compiled their ideas in a picture, generated a piece of creative writing, or created an infographic or video.


Taranaki 2050 Roadmap

Read the Roadmap report to Taranaki's future in a low-emissions future.