In 2015 Catalyst engaged with the Taranaki Regional Council (TRC) to redevelop their main website in Silverstripe. The TRC wanted to upgrade their Silverstripe site and build a secure platform that was future-proof, allowing for future growth and expansion in alignment with new business requirements and goals. Catalyst has been supporting and evolving the site and associated web applications ever since.
The Taranaki Regional Council helps restore Taranaki’s native wildlife and bush through a range of initiatives such as the long-standing Self-help Possum and Key Native Ecosystem programmes. In 2019 the TRC approached Catalyst to build a new section of the site for the region's new initiative, Towards Predator-Free Taranaki.
Using Silverstripe 4.x, the Catalyst Silverstripe team worked with TRC’s key stakeholders and site users to conceptualise, design, and build a highly user-centric website section for the Towards Predator-Free Taranaki initiative.
The main page layout and styling of the section have been developed to give the TRC the flexibility to customise and prioritise the calls to action they want to display on the page.
This design was inspired by the recently built Regional Gardens section which has been highly regarded by users.
Sitting above the calls to action is a live trap count – a custom integration with Trap.NZ API data. The live trap count aims to engage the community by giving them a sense of the sheer number of traps that have already been set and encouraging visitors to keep watch as the number continues to grow.
Building upon already present social media features which include Facebook and Twitter, the TRC can now bring attention to, and raise awareness of, their latest campaigns through a newly added Instagram feature.
Catalyst is excited to be contributing to the restoration of our native fauna in the Taranaki region through the new Towards Predator-Free Taranaki website design, and we look forward to working with the TRC as they continue to enhance their website and digital experience for their users.