Achieving Council Outcomes
In all the work we do, we aim to promote well-being in the Bay of Plenty. This is reflected in our vision statement at the centre of our Outcomes Wheel: Regional leadership through action, coordination, support and facilitation.
Our role and contribution to well-being differs across the range of activities we undertake. We:
- Take a lead role in delivering certain functions because we are required to by law;
- Undertake a lead role in other areas because the community has asked us to;
- Support and facilitate other agencies to deliver their functions; and
- Work alongside other agencies to ensure what we do complements their work and is as efficient as possible.
Taking a lead role
We actively lead the region's contribution to environmental well-being, by setting overall environmental strategy and priorities for natural resource management.
We have a lead statutory role in managing the Bay of Plenty's natural and physical resources in a sustainable way. This role is set out in the Resource Management Act 1991 and the Biosecurity Act 1993. This role is captured particularly in those outcomes primarily relating to environmental wellbeing such as Environmental Protection, Water Quality, Environmental Priorities, Environmental Knowledge and Resource Development.
We also have a clearly mandated responsibility under the Treaty of Waitangi and various legislation for the outcomes about Resilience and Safety, Transport Network and Maori Participation.
In response to community expectations, we have chosen to take a lead role in areas that are discretionary for us such as public transport, the Environmental EnhancementFund, leading on sustainable land use change, and working with the community on sustainable coastal management.
Supporting, facilitating and working with others
We facilitate and support economic well-being in the region through our Economic Development and Regional Initiatives outcomes, by enabling regional infrastructure and leading joint initiatives such as the Bay of Connections Economic Development Strategy.
We work with others to ensure social and cultural well-being is met in the region, by raising environmental awareness, fostering partnerships and supporting community involvement in our work.
Even though we are responsible for delivering on the outcomes, the work we do with other organisations and the community helps us achieve them.
Below are some examples of how we take a support and facilitation role and work alongside other agencies by working with:
- Local individuals and organisations, through initiatives including the Environmental Enhancement Fund, environmental programmes, care groups, road safety campaigns and environmental education,
- Maori, through initiatives including the Maori Committee and the continuation of Maori constituency seats, support for the development of hapu/iwi management plans, environmental education, and steps to develop the capacity of Maori to contribute to Council's decision-making processes as set out in this Ten Year Plan;
- Central Government, on initiatives including the Rotorua Lakes Protection and Restoration Programme, contaminated site investigations, biosecurity management, regional development initiatives, and the region's transport network, including passenger transport;
- Non-government organisations, through initiatives including the Environmental Enhancement Fund, biodiversity site management and regional strategies and plans;
- The private sector, through initiatives including the Sustainable Business Network, biodiversity protection programmes, and other industry-led environmentally responsible initiatives including Fonterra's Clean Streams Accord, the Tasman Accord and New Zealand Forestry Owners Accord; and
- Local authorities, in the region under the Bay of Plenty triennial agreement on joint programmes including implementation of the SmartGrowth Strategy, Collaboration Bay of Plenty, the Rotorua Lakes Protection and Restoration Action Programme, Bay of Plenty Local Authorities Shared Services (BoPLASS), and the Regional Economic Development Strategy.