They have fracced wells in Taranaki and continue to Frac.   A fraccing report came out  by the govt after a review that has given fraccing a green light.   Todd just finished fraccing a well with the Ensign 931 rig.  I don't recall much protest about Todds drilling when it took place late last year.  Despite what some say, there is a lot of pressure to allow fraccing to go ahead. 

  http://www.energystream.co.nz/news/2012/dec/14/unlocking-the-potential-the-economic-impact-of-hydraulic-fracturing-of-oil-and-gas-