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What are the Council Outcomes?

Our Council Outcomes describe what we want to achieve as a regional leader in the Bay of Plenty. Our outcomes set out how our work will make a difference for our community. By working towards the outcomes we will promote environmental, cultural, social and economic well-being in the Bay of Plenty. Well-being is all about quality of life. What we do plays a part in helping our community achieve its aspirations for quality of life.

Outcomes are important because they:

  • Help us to improve the well-being of communities over time in a sustainable way;
  • Give a clear picture of our role in contributing to the present and future well-being of the Bay of Plenty;
  • Help us to prioritise our work and the competing demands on our resources;
  • Provide a framework for us to align our activities and outputs, and then to measure the progress we have made.

The Outcomes WheelCouncilOutcomesWheel

Our outcomes set out what we hope to achieve during the next 10 years. They are represented in our Outcomes Wheel through their position against which element of well-being they primarily contribute to. We contribute to:

  • Environmental well-being by: Caring for our region's environment (dark-blue segments);
  • Economic well-being by: Furthering the region's prosperity (mid-blue segments); and
  • Social and cultural well-being by: Working well with others (light-blue segments).

Sometimes our work to achieve an outcome strongly contributes to more than one well-being. This is the case for Resilience and Safety which promotes both environmental and economic well-being, and for Regional Initiatives which contributes to economic and social/cultural well-being. While clear distinctions cannot always be made, what is important is our overall contribution, and this is represented by our Outcomes Wheel.

The Outcomes

Caring for our region's environment

Environmental Protection

We protect our land, air and water from pollution.

We are committed to working with the community and stakeholders to protect the region's natural resources from pollution and to improve the state of the environment as an on-going aim.

'Protect' means to guard our region's natural resources from harm, to maintain ecological productive capacity and services within our influence and statutory capacity.

'Pollution' means discharging contaminants and depositing substances that adversely affect the receiving environment, including sediment, waste, wastewater and hazardous substances. Pollution in this context also includes vehicle emissions, plant and animal pests and hazardous air pollutants.

We will continue to develop, implement and enforce our regional planning and policy tools to help us achieve this outcome.

The types of things we may measure:

  • Changes in land cover and use;
  • Protection of biodiversity areas;
  • Protection of sensitive coastal ecological areas; and
  • Achieving the National Environmental Standard for Air Quality.

Council activities that contribute to this outcome:

  • Sustainable Land Management;
  • Sustainable Coastal Management;
  • Sustainable Air Management; and
  • Resource Regulation.

Water Quality

The water of our lakes, coastal environment and iconic water ways is maintained or improving.

Achieving good water quality means that our harbours, foreshore, lakes, rivers and streams are clean and healthy. This means people can use, experience and enjoy our waterways, and ensures that the aquatic habitats of our native flora and fauna are healthy and life-sustaining.

We achieve this outcome through developing, implementing and enforcing statutory and non-statutory plans, policies and strategies for our lakes, coastal environment and waterways. We are also responsible for sustainable water resource allocation, ensuring that water is not overused to an extent that would degrade an aquifer or river.
We will continue to carry out and monitor this work to improve water quality in the Bay of Plenty.

The types of things we may measure:

  • Lake water quality (using the Trophic Level Index);
  • Bathing water quality;
  • Ecological health of streams; and
  • Coastal habitat health.

Council activities that contribute to this outcome:

  • Sustainable Land Management;
  • Sustainable Water Management;
  • Sustainable Coastal Management; and
  • Resource Regulation.

Regional Planning

We have established the region's environmental priorities and strategic direction.

As a region it is important we are clear about our environmental priorities and strategic direction so we know where we are going and how we will get there in terms of addressing environmental issues, managing competing resource demands, responding to community expectations and managing population growth pressures in a sustainable way that promotes environmental, social, cultural and economic wellbeing.

We set the high-level frameworks for our strategic direction and the integrated management of our resources through the Regional Policy Statement and Regional Plans, Regional Land Transport Strategy, SmartGrowth, Regional Pest Management Strategy, and strategies and action plans for our harbours and lakes. Our Ten Year Plan and Annual Plans consolidate our strategic direction and environmental priorities, and set out when we will implement our key policies and plans, how much achieving our outcomes will cost and how we will pay for it.

We will continue to take a lead environmental and strategic role by developing our planning and policy tools to a high standard, and we will explore opportunities for taking a lead role in spatial planning for the region. We will continue to engage in consultation with the community, local authorities, iwi and hapu, as well as interested or affected stakeholder groups and organisations to inform our regional planning work.

The types of things we may measure:

  • Perception of the natural environment; and
  • The results from regular reviews of Council's planning framework.

Council activities that contribute to this outcome:

  • Governance and Accountability; and
  • Strategic Policy.

Environmental Knowledge

We understand more about our environment, how to care for it and how to adapt to change.

Understanding and knowing how to care for our environment means we can manage our resources in an integrated way, taking environmental, economic, social and cultural well-being into account when making decisions.

We achieve this outcome by monitoring the current state of, and trends in the environment; through investigating and understanding groundwater quantity and allocation; and through developing catchment and biodiversity management plans. We also make use of science, technology and research partnerships to understand, provide advice and implement initiatives on land use management and integrated coastal management.

Many factors which influence our decision-making are subject to change, such as competing resource demands, climate change, community expectations and priorities and population growth pressures. Increased environmental knowledge assists with making informed and timely decisions that are responsive to these changing factors.

We will work to continuously improve our environmental knowledge so that we can manage our resources in a way that is both integrated and adaptive to change.

The types of things we may measure:

  • Public access to natural resource monitoring data;
  • How Council uses the information; and
  • How we adapt to changes in the natural environment.

Council activities that contribute to this outcome:

  • Sustainable Land Management;
  • Sustainable Water Management;
  • Sustainable Coastal Management; and
  • Regional Monitoring.

Caring for our region's environment and furthering the region's prosperity

Resilience and Safety

We are resilient to flooding and natural disaster events and our waterways are safe for a wide variety of users.

Resilience and safety is about assisting the Bay of Plenty community to reduce the impact of, prepare for, respond to and recover from catastrophic flooding and natural disaster events. We do this through implementing the Regional Civil Defence Emergency Management Group Plan, and by maintaining flood protection schemes for our specific rivers and floodplains across the region. These schemes are designed to withstand or minimise the impact of flooding events to specified levels, however we cannot avoid all risk of damage from flooding, particularly if there is an intense flooding event above a scheme's design protection level.

We provide engineering and technical advice on flood management, flood risk and flood hazard mitigation. We do this to prevent development in flood prone or hazardous areas and increase the region's resilience to flood events.

We also achieve this outcome through our maritime operations, which includes the Harbour Master role, where we manage our waterways to provide navigation safety.
We will continue to carry out our functions in this area and work with the community to increase its navigation safety knowledge and preparedness for and resilience to flooding and natural disasters.

The types of things we may measure:

  • Level of proactive flood protection;
  • Marine oil spill response  timeframes;
  • Navigation safety enforcement; and
  • Civil Defence preparedness.

Council activities that contribute to this outcome:

  • Sustainable Communities;
  • Sustainable Coastal Management; and
  • Rivers, Drainage and Flood Management.

Furthering the region's prosperity

Resource Development

We harness our region's natural resources with care so they benefit us.

The resource development outcome is about integrated resource management, where careful use of our land, air, water and geothermal resources benefits us by enabling economic development while balancing environmental, social and cultural well-being.

By developing our resources in an integrated way we can achieve a high-quality, natural environment that adds economic value to the region. We achieve this by making sure our policies and plans enable resources to be used efficiently and effectively so that the community can benefit by making the most of the region's resources.

We also contribute to this outcome by supporting research partnerships for Tauranga Harbour and the Rotorua lakes, issuing and managing resource consents, implementing the Bay of Plenty Regional Pest Management Strategy, sustainable land use management, allocating freshwater and geothermal resources sustainably, our regional economic development work and through our Rivers, Drainage and Flood management activity.

We will continue to further the region's prosperity by managing resource use and development according to statutory mandate, best practice and recent innovations, taking into account community views.

The types of things we may measure:

  • Soil health/stability;
  • Water allocation for economic development; and
  • Flood protection system.

Council activities that contribute to this outcome:

  • Sustainable Land Management;
  • Sustainable Water Management;
  • Sustainable Coastal Management;
  • Resource Regulation;
  • Sustainable Regional Development; and
  • Rivers, Drainage and Flood Management.

Transport Network

The regional transport network is more efficient.
 
An efficient regional transport network is one that is integrated with well planned development providing efficient and reliable movement of people and goods to, from and throughout the region.  It also supports economic development by providing user options, applying efficient pricing mechanisms to ensure people are aware of the costs of their transport decisions, and prioritising those trips which provide the greatest benefits.

We play our part in achieving this outcome through regional land transport planning, by providing public transport services and by supporting travel demand and road safety initiatives.

We will continue to work collaboratively to develop and implement our Transport Planning and Passenger Transport programmes according to statutory mandate, population growth pressures and community expectations.

The types of things we may measure:

  • Traffic congestion;
  • How people travel to work;
  • How export freight is transported to the Port of Tauranga; and
  • The use of public transport.

Council activities that contribute to this outcome:

  • Strategic Policy; and
  • Sustainable Transport.

Economic Development

We facilitate projects that boost our economic performance.
 
The economic development outcome is about facilitating projects which directly or indirectly improve the economic performance of the Bay of Plenty region, and improve the conditions that allow for economic development now and in the future, for example by planning efficient transport links in the region. Economic development requires us to be aware of emerging trends such as regional demographic changes which impact on our transport and economic development planning, and the impact of climate change on key regional industries such as agriculture, horticulture and forestry.

Economic development involves working closely and effectively with Economic Development Agencies and industry representatives across the region. The Bay of Connections Economic Development Strategy is one of the tools that we fund and support to deliver economic growth through a sector strategy process. We facilitate meetings and co-ordinate work for the Bay of Connections Strategy and associated key focus area strategies, and we provide an advisory and liaison role for the Bay of Connections Group. We also achieve this outcome through funding infrastructure and by land transport planning.

We will continue to facilitate and support economic development projects through our regional leadership function, as opportunities and community expectations are identified and prioritised, so we can have a prosperous and resilient regional economy now, and into the future.  

The types of things we may measure:

  • Economic development and indicators across the region;
  • Achievement against Regional Council targets in industry sector strategies and Bay of Connections Economic Development Strategy.

Council activities that contribute to this outcome:

  • Strategic Policy;
  • Sustainable Regional Development.

Furthering the region's prosperity and working well with others

Regional Initiatives

We lead collaborative initiatives that have a regional sustainable development scope.

Sustainable development involves managing resources in a way that meets the needs of the present without compromising environmental, social and cultural wellbeing, or the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

We lead collaborative regional initiatives by working with community groups, iwi/hapū groups, local authorities, business, and other stakeholders and organisations to achieve sustainable development. We provide leadership at a regional level and take different roles according to the needs of the initiatives. For example, we participate in planning and governance level decision-making for SmartGrowth, a plan for sustainable growth management in the western Bay of plenty sub-region. We implement specific actions as a SmartGrowth partner, as well as maintaining and implementing the Bay of Connections Regional Economic Development Strategy. We also provide financial assistance to enable regional infrastructure development.

We will continue to take a lead role when working with others on regional initiatives and ensure that Bay of Plenty resources are managed in a sustainable way.

The types of things we may measure:

  • Progress of regional joint initiatives;
  • Progress of co-governance initiatives.

Council activities that contribute to this outcome:

  • Strategic Policy; and
  • Sustainable Regional Development.

Working well with others

Regional Collaboration

We pool our resources and work with others to save money and make our work easier.

Regional Collaboration is about working smartly and effectively with others. It involves pooling our resources and sharing knowledge with other councils, organisations and groups in the region and nationally to achieve desired results. Regional collaboration is a cost-effective way to achieve better outcomes for the community, compared to 'doing it on our own'.

We achieve this outcome through working with others on the Regional Transport Committee, SmartGrowth, Rotorua Te Arawa Lakes Strategy Group, Civil Defence Emergency Management Group, Collaboration Bay of Plenty (CoBoP) network, the Triennial Forum, the Sustainable Business Network, and the Opotiki Marine Advisory Group.

We save money by using resources more efficiently and reducing costs in procurement and provision of services, for example through initiatives implemented under the Bay of Plenty Local Authority Shared Services initiative (BoPLASS). These include joint telecommunications contracts, aerial photography initiatives and Geographic Information System services.

We will continue to form strategic relationships, networks and initiatives with others across the region and nationally to improve well-being for the Bay of Plenty community.

We may measure:

  • The number of joint shared services initiatives.

Council activities that contribute to this outcome:

  • Strategic Policy;
  • Sustainable Communities; and
  • Sustainable Water Management.

Māori Participation

We recognise and value engagement and partnerships with Māori.

Māori participation means that we engage and form partnerships with Māori based on our relationship principles of accessibility, participation, consultation, flexibility, openness and responsiveness. We provide staff with a Māori engagement toolkit and Treaty of Waitangi training to make sure the relationship principles are applied across the organisation.

We value the expertise and input of Māori as partners on co-governance and co-management agreements, such as river forums, the Pāpāmoa Hills Cultural Heritage Regional Park Advisory Committee, the Rotorua Te Arawa Lakes Strategy Group, and partnerships for Ōhiwa Harbour, Tauranga Harbour and SmartGrowth. We take steps to foster Māori capacity to contribute to Council decision-making in a number of ways, for example through the Māori Committee and the three Māori constituency councillors. We also support initiatives that enhance cultural capability, and assist with the development of hapū and iwi resource management plans.

We will continue to form and foster these partnerships that contribute to the social, cultural, economic and environmental well-being of the region according to need and as Treaty settlements in the Bay of Plenty progress.

The types of things we may measure:

  • Protection of Māori Culture; and
  • Environmental partnerships with iwi.

Council activities that contribute to this outcome:

  • Strategic Policy;
  • Sustainable Communities;
  • Sustainable Land Management;
  • Sustainable Water Management; and
  • Sustainable Coastal Management.

Social Contribution

We better understand our contribution to social wellbeing.

Social well-being is about those aspects of life that we care about as a society, which contribute to our individual happiness, quality of life and welfare. Achieving this outcome is all about investigating and defining our role in contributing to social well-being. Our current work programmes assist with providing the environment in which people live, work and play. Through this outcome, we're moving towards a new understanding of our contribution to social well-being.

Defining our role in contributing to social well-being will enable us to work smarter to build on our existing services, support what others do in this area and communicate this to the community and other organisations.

We may measure:

  • Progress in Council's objective to determine its role in contributing to social well-being.

The Council activity that contributes to this outcome:

  • Governance and Accountability.

Community Involvement

We support the community to be involved in our work and care for our natural environment.

This outcome means that the community is actively involved in caring for the Bay of Plenty's natural environment, has increased awareness of environmental issues,and is empowered to make positive meaningful contributions in local public areas and on private land.

We support community initiatives and use community enthusiasm and skills through a number of different methods, such as Coast and Estuary Care Groups, the Environmental Enhancement Fund, community projects for the Rotorua lakes and through various other forums. We work with hapū, iwi and landowners on resource management plans and initiatives to care for our biodiversity, land and waterways. Active community involvement is also enabled at a decision-making level through Council and Committee meetings and through submissions on Council plans, policies and strategies.

We will continue to involve the community in caring for the environment in ways that are best suited to particular environmental issues, and according to community interest and environmental priorities.

The types of things we may measure:

  • Active involvement in Council-run environmental care initiatives;
  • Understanding of Council's processes;
  • Perception of influence on Council's processes; and
  • Community awareness of Council.

Council activities that contribute to this outcome:

  • Governance and Accountability;
  • Sustainable Communities;
  • Sustainable Land Management;
  • Sustainable Water Management; and
  • Sustainable Coastal Implementation.