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Taranaki (New Plymouth)

Taranaki is a region in the west of New Zealand's North Island and is the 10th largest region of New Zealand by population. It is named for the region's main geographical feature, Mount Taranaki. See New Zealand Volcanos

The main centre of the Taranaki region is the city of New Plymouth which has been voted the “Top City” in New Zealand, We have visited this area a few times and New Plymouth seems a nice town to live in.8-)
The New Plymouth District has over 60% of the entire population of Taranaki. New Plymouth is located in North Taranaki along with Inglewood and Waitara. South Taranaki towns include Hawera, Stratford and Eltham.

The region is exceptionally fertile, thanks to generous rainfall and the rich volcanic soil. Dairy farming predominates, with the milk factory just outside Hawera being the second largest in the Southern Hemisphere. There are also oil and gas deposits in the region, both on- and off-shore. The Maui gas field off the south-west coast has provided most of New Zealand's gas supply as well as, at one time supporting two methanol plants (one formerly a synthetic-petrol plant called the Gas-To-Gasolene plant) at Motunui. More fuel and fertilizer is produced from a well-complex at Kapuni and a number of smaller land-based oilfields. With the Maui field nearing depletion, new offshore resources have been developed: The Tui field, 50km south of Hawera, with reserves of 50 million barrels of oil and the Pohokura gas field, 4.5 km north of Waitara.

The way the land mass projects into the Tasman Sea with northerly, westerly and southerly exposures results in many excellent surfing and windsurfing locations, some of them considered world-class.

Since 2005, Taranaki has used the promotional brand “Like no other”

The Taranki region is agriculture plus the main offshore oil and gas fields

New Plymouth looks a nice place to live, it has good facilities and a great outdoor concert arena

Mt Taranaki in Cook's journal, 13 January 1770 In the following extract, transcribed and edited from Cook’s journal, he tells of seeing Mt Taranaki (pictured) and naming it Mt Egmont:

‘Saturday 13th Winds Variable, PM Clowdy weather. At 7 oClock sounded and had 42 fathom water, being distant from the shore between 2 and 3 Leagues, and the peaked mountain as near as I could judge bore East. After it was dark saw a fire upon the shore a sure sign that the Country is inhabited. In the night had some Thunder Lightning, and rain. At 5 AM saw for a few Minutes the Top of the peaked Mountain above the Clowds, bearing NE; It is of a prodigious height and its top is cover'd with everlasting snow. It lies in the Latitude of 39° 16' S and in the Longitude of 185° 15' W I have named it Mount Egmont in honour of the Earl of Egmont —

This mountain seems to have a pretty large base and to rise with a gradual assent to the peak and what makes it more conspicuous is, its being situated near the Sea, [and in the middle of] and a flat Country in its neighbourhood which afforded a very good asspect — — being cloathed with Wood and Verdure. The shore under the foot of this mountain forms a large Cape which I have named Cape Egmont it lies SSW1/2W, 27 Leag from Albetross point. On the NE side of the Cape lay two small Islands [or Rocks] near to a very remarkable point on the Main that riseth to a good height in the very form of a Sugar Loafe: To the Southward of the Cape the land tends away SEBE and ESE and seems to be every where a bold shore. At Noon had variable light airs and clear weather. Latitude Observe'd 39°..32' S Cape Egmont bore about NE and we were about 4 Leagues from the Shore in that direction. In this situation had 40 fathoms water’

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