The Tikorangi community's ability to influence the oil and gas industry will be studied by an intern at the Bishop's Action Foundation.
Piers Duncan, a Bachelor of Arts graduate originally from New Plymouth, has just started a three-month internship with the foundation.
Mr Duncan will examine how rural communities are able to influence policy decisions by interviewing people from the community, public policy makers and industry players.
Foundation chief executive Simon Cayley said Mr Duncan wanted to find out if rural communities had a voice.
"He saw Tikorangi and how a number of people have started to agitate how oil and gas operates."
Mr Duncan's findings will be available in November.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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