Story: Taranaki region

Taranaki oil exploration timeline, 1865–2009

Oil exploration in Taranaki has a long history, but gathered momentum in the second half of the 20th century, with the discovery of the Kapuni (1959) and Māui (1969) natural-gas fields. In addition to the exploitation of these and other fields, plants and refineries have been built in the region.

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Ron Lambert, 'Taranaki region - Energy and ironsands', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 September 2023)

Story by Ron Lambert, updated 1 Aug 2015