Following the formal passing of the Taranaki regional plan on February 24th 2008 which granted protection [ which included swell corridors] from inappropriate development, the TRC has commenced work on updating the TARANAKI COASTAL PROTECTION STATEMENT.
This involves creating more details in the policy that will allow the TRC staff to better identify those surfbreaks -by creating;
1 – a detailed database of each break located by GPS.
2 – Defining “swell corridors”.
3 – Working with local surfers and an oceanographer to formally identify the swell corridors.
4 – setting up consultation with landowner and Iwi to ensure low-impact access is available to the surfbreaks.
This will take some time but is another step along the way and certainly timely as the Electricity Efficiency and Conservation Authority [who continues to ignore our contact efforts] are dead set on creating large electricity generating wave farms off the taranaki coast.