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Figure 5.1: Location of New Zealand’s major energy sources

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Source: Ministry for the Environment.

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This map illustrates the general location of New Zealand's major energy sources. Wind power is generated in the lower North Island and Southland regions. Coal resources are mined from the Waikato region in the mid to upper North Island and from Southland and the West Coast of the South Island. Hydropower is generated in the Central North Island region and the lower half of the South Island in South Canterbury and Central Otago. Onshore and offshore gas and oil resources are located in the Taranaki region on the West Coast of the Central North Island. Geothermal power is generated in the Central North Island. New Zealand's major thermal power station is located at Huntly in the mid to Upper North Island. An oil refinery is located at Marsden Point in the Upper North Island. New Zealand also imports oil and oil products from overseas.