Story: Economy and the environment

Kāpuni ammonia urea plant

Kāpuni ammonia urea plant

Prime Minister Robert Muldoon (left) is guided around the Kāpuni ammonia urea plant in south Taranaki in 1982. The Kāpuni plant was part of a swathe of large industrial and energy developments termed ‘Think Big’, which were designed to reduce New Zealand’s dependence on imported oil and to diversify its economy. The Kāpuni plant produces urea, a chemical containing nitrogen, from natural gas. Urea is the most widely used nitrogen fertiliser in New Zealand, and is also used in some manufacturing processes.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1982/4359/28
Photograph by John Nicholson

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Eric Pawson, 'Economy and the environment - Regulating economy and environment', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 July 2024)

Story by Eric Pawson, published 11 Mar 2010