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Regional Development

At Bay of Plenty Regional Council we are working with a variety of community stakeholders to develop initiatives to improve the Bay of Plenty region - socially, culturally, economically and environmentally. We want to make sure our region grows in a way that keeps its values safe for future generations.

Bay of Plenty Regional Council guides and supports sustainable development in our region by:

  • Growing the regional economy sustainably
  • Promoting and funding infrastructure meet the needs of industries, residents and the environment
  • Improving the careers of residents and the successes of industries through education and training opportunities
  • Promoting the region as a great place to invest, live and visit
  • Adding value to industries within the region and building links with markets outside the region
  • Contributing to a range of other factors that influence regional economic development including telecommunications and affordable housing.

Eastern Bay - Beyond Today

Eastern Bay – Beyond Today is the spatial plan (or ‘development plan’) for the Eastern Bay that aims to provide a clear vision for the Eastern Bay for where we want to be in the next 30-50 years.

The Eastern Bay is the area covered by Kawerau, Ōpōtiki and Whakatāne districts.

Invest Bay Of Plenty

Our region's eight local authorities are working together to develop the Invest Bay of Plenty plan.  The plan will provide a shared vision and collective voice for development in the Bay of Plenty region. It will identify key goals for improving the lives of Bay of Plenty residents over the next 30 years, and plot a course to achieving them.

Upper North Island Strategic Alliance (UNISA)

The Upper North Island Strategic Alliance (UNISA) is made up of 7 councils who have committed to a longterm collaboration for responding to and managing a range of issues facing the upper North Island. A particular focus of UNISA is taking a ‘New Zealand Inc’ approach and perspective, to ensure the upper North Island and New Zealand as a whole remains internationally competitive and prosperous.

Bay of Plenty 2011 - Regional Trends Internal Report

This Regional Trends Internal Report gives a detailed statistical portrait of the Bay of Plenty. It shows the region's strengths and weaknesses and creates a benchmark to compare against from this point forward.

Bay of Plenty 2011 - Regional Trends Internal Report (1.40MB, pdf)

Bay of Plenty Local Authority Shared Services (BOPLASS)

Bay of Plenty Regional Council is a shareholder in BOPLASS Ltd, a Council Controlled Organisation owned by the councils in the Bay of Plenty Region. It has been set up to foster shared services between the participating councils.

Visit the BOPLASS website.

You can read the organisation's latest Statement of Intent on the BOPLASS Resources page.

Broadband Initiative

Find out more about the business case study that looks at how councils can improve capability and accessibility to broadband services in the Bay of Plenty.


SmartGrowth is a programme aimed at developing and implementing a plan for managing growth in the western Bay of Plenty.

Regional Economic Development

Bay of Plenty Regional Council is working with a number of public and private partners to continue to grow the region's economy in a sustainable way that is prosperous for current and future generations.

Bay of Plenty Regional Airport Feasibility Study

The Bay of Plenty Regional Airport Feasiblity Study Report (commissioned in 2006) investigated the costs and benefits and financial feasibility of replacing the existing local airports at Rotorua, Tauranga and Whakatane with a single regional airport.  This report was considered by Council's Strategic Policy Committee on 8 August 2006.

Local Government Research

The combined councils of the Bay of Plenty and surrounding districts have contributed stories about their collaborative work to a book called Building a Better Bay.