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The official opening of the New Plymouth sewage disposal plant in November 1984 began a campaign lead by New Plymouth Mayor David Lean to see the coastline throughout North Taranaki cleaned up of waterwaste disposal. Waste from petrochemical plants Petralgas (Waitara) and Synfuels (Motonui) as well as freezing work waste from Borthwicks (Waitara) and two dairy factories in Brixon and Inglewood along with human waste was pumped into the ocean off North Taranaki, particularly into the Waitara catchment. A government taskforce was set up by Cabinet’s Development and Marketing Committee to examine the issue of wastewater and the possible alternative options for its disposal. The taskforce also included consultation with Te Ataiwa particularly in regards to the issue of waste effect on kai moana.
The collection includes notes, publications and reports compiled by David Lean relating to the issues raised regarding the Waitara Regional Sewerage Scheme. Also included are newspaper clippings and correspondence.
Accession No
ARC2011-230

New Plymouth city has long been sewered, the central city being reticulated in 1903. Wastes from the city were discharged into the Tasman Sea through an ocean outfall off Eliot Street within the city precinct. Before discharge the sewage was held for some hours in ‘liquefying tunnels’ designed to retain grease and other floating material and to remove a certain amount of settleable organic solids. Because if the unacceptability of this discharge in 1974 the City of New Plymouth, later joined by the Taranaki County Council, commissioned a study of the disposal of wastewater of the city and adjoining areas. After a number of amendments to the original 1974 proposal the New Plymouth Waste Water Treatment Plant was opened in November 1984. The plant takes raw sewage and trade wastes from New Plymouth City, Bell Block and Inglewood. It uses a biological treatment process known as activated sludge aeration to produce a high quality effluent. The clean effluent is discharged to the Tasman Sea via a 480m ocean outfall. The quality of the water leaving the plant is one of the cleanest in New Zealand and well within the New Zealand standard for safe swimming and seafood gathering.
The collection includes notes, publications and reports compiled by David Lean relating to the issues raised regarding the New Plymouth Waste Water Treatment Plant. Also included are newspaper clippings and correspondence.
Accession No
ARC2011-231

One plan of the subterranean men’s public toilet to be built in Brougham Street, New Plymouth. Signed by Borough Engineer C. Skitrop. Undated.
Accession No
ARC2015-004

Established in 1977, the aims of the society were to investigate proposed development and town planning issues in Oakura and surrounding districts and to preserve the Oakura Beach and foreshore.
Records for the society.
Accession No
ARC2006-109

Four blueprint plans of the subterranean men’s public toilet to be built in Brougham Street, New Plymouth. All plans are signed by W H Cook, Borough Engineer.
Accession No
ARC2013-045

Five plans for the New Plymouth Borough Council Comprehensive Sewerage Scheme. The plans show the route of sewerage pipes and the method of taking the sewerage pipes over the Te Henui river.
Accession No
ARC2013-047

Name/Title
Alfred Henry Kendall was Borough Engineer for New Plymouth (1904 - 1915).
Accession No
ARC2009-172

The Taranaki Clean Sea Action Group was formed in April 1980 to lead the protest against the New Plymouth City Council's proposal to build a 1,600 metre outfall for untreated sewage at Waiwakaiho, and the effects of the disposal of waste from the proposed petrochemical industries.
The controversy became a key issue in the Council election of that year. The Group launched a successful counter-proposal for a sewage treatment station.
The records include newspaper clippings; reports; audits, and correspondence; submissions to the Waitangi Tribunal, the Taranaki Catchment Commission and the Commission for the Environment.
Accession No
ARC2007-72
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