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The impacts of a successful oil and gas industry flow through to local communities, businesses and employers.

In Taranaki the benefits flow through to local businesses and employers. 

Accommodating Industry Growth

Accommodating Industry Growth


Stratford’s Amity Court Motel opened in 2009 and since then has ridden a wave of increased oil and gas and energy sector project and production work in central Taranaki.“We’re seeing a lot of subcontractors to the sector staying here – from mud loggers, drillers though to management,” says manager Jason Kowalewski.

“It’s helped us launch our business strongly, and the momentum from the sector has helped us grow and progress our own projects which will benefit the community in the long term. This would not be possible if we did not have their industry here.”

Benefits come in many sizes

Benefits come in many sizes


The energy industry and its impacts on population and the accommodation sector have created a growing market for La Nuova Apparelmaster. “We deal directly with the industry, engineering and support companies, right through to the cafes and motels that look after them,” says director Brad Craig.

“Our services range from overalls and safety gear for industrial sites to suits worn in the corporate offices to the linen used in the accommodation providers.”

Recognising customers’ commitment to managing environmental impacts La Nuova has built the most environmentally awarded laundry in New Zealand.

Black gold of a different type

Black gold of a different type


For the Empire Tea Room’s Colin and Pam Webby business is driven by a different type of black gold.

Their café’s location, metres from a number of Taranaki’s oil and gas company offices, has seen their coffee sales defy economic fluctuations since they bought the business in 2007. “We see a lot of people from across the industry every day, and a lot of meetings are held here,” Colin says.

“But the business also benefits in other ways, like the events that the industry supports – for instance WOMAD is our busiest weekend. It’s different to the other parts of the country we’ve worked in.”

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