Regional Economic Development
The Bay of
Connections sets out the goals and priorities for sustainable
economic growth in the Bay of Plenty region.
The Bay of
Connections website has more information about the Bay of
Plenty's economic development strategy.
As a regional council, Bay of Plenty Regional Council has
always made a significant contribution to the economic development
of the Bay of Plenty through environmental and infrastructure
management. The Local Government Act 2002 (LGA 2002) enabled
us to re-assess our role in promoting the regional community
outcomes. As a regional authority, the LGA 2002 gives us the
opportunity to research and analyse economic issues from a regional
perspective as we can look at Bay of Plenty-wide issues where no
other organisation is mandated to do so.
Since our first Ten Year Plan in 2004, we have had many public
submissions supporting our involvement in regional economic
development. Council has been involved in funding, preparing
and implementing the eastern Bay of Plenty partnership, western Bay
of Plenty's SmartEconomy strategy and Rotorua's Bright Economy
Central Government has changed the way it supports local
economic development initiatives from July 2006. Its aim it
to have more internationally competitive businesses within the
regions. In order to achieve this goal Government wants
regions like the Bay of Plenty, that have three separate strategies
within the region, to work together instead of individually.
The changes are designed to encourage the region to exploit the
critical mass available from region-wide collaboration to undertake
larger projects that will result in greater impacts on the region's
economy, and also be nationally significant.
Bay of Plenty Regional Council led the
COBoP (Community Outcomes Bay of Plenty) partnership to
analyse the region's economic status and determine the benefit to
the region of having a region-wide economic strategy.
Business Economic Research Ltd (BERL) was commissioned by Bay
of Plenty Regional Council to do a situational analysis of
the Bay of Plenty in June 2007. Key findings are that while
each of the sub-regions has unique economic development issues
there are significant similarities, linkages and opportunities that
extend across sub-regions. The report identifies that a wider
collaborative approach is the best way to attend to these issues
and exploit these opportunities.
You can download the BERL report and its appendices by clicking
on the links below:
Regional Governance Group
Following the recommendations of the BERL report and
acknowledging Government's new regional development programme the
COBoP group resolved to establish a governing group to guide the
formation of a Regional Economic Development Strategy and to submit
funding applications to the Ministry of Economic Development for
The purpose of the Regional Governance Group is to provide:
- Guide the preparation, implementation and review of a Bay of
Plenty Regional Development Strategy. The Strategy will provide a
strategic short to long term economic development view for the
region, and will also set priorities for funding projects across
- Region-wide support for key economic development challenges,
such as improving productivity, raising household incomes, and
sustainable business development.
- Bigger projects with bigger impacts, such as more work on
skills shortages and on improving infrastructure.
- An improved ability to take advantage of cross-regional
opportunities, such as business innovation across the Waikato and
Bay of Plenty and linkages with Auckland.
Process for Establishing the Regional
The following process was used to establish the partnership:
- Stakeholder engagement to build awareness and support for
establishment of a Bay of Plenty Regional Development Partnership
through targeted discussions with Bay of Plenty business
- Targeted discussions lead by independent consultant with
support from Bay of Plenty Regional Council and New
Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE).
- Engaging with target groups such as Economic Development Agency
(EDA) boards, Chambers of Commerce, industry clusters, community
trusts, tourism organisations and iwi.
- Carried out a nomination and selection process, including
advertising, assessment by Bay of Plenty local authority Chief
Executives, and sign off of appointees.
- Early December 2007 - successful and unsuccessful nominees
notified, and first meeting date set.
- 11 December 2007 - first meeting of the Regional Governance
Regional Governance Group Appointees
The Regional Governance Group is made up of seven
representatives from around the region: three nominated regional
business representatives; one representative from each of the three
economic development agencies (EDA); and, a COBOP
representative. The Regional Governance Group appointees
- John Cronin (COBOP representative) - Interim Chairman
until end June-08
- Tony Hawken (CEO - Eastpack Ltd)
- Frank Aldridge (CEO - ABN Amro Craigs)
- Richard Vallance (CEO - Ngati Whakaue Tribal Lands)
- Murray Davies (Chairman - Priority One, Western Bay of
- Anthony Olsen (Toi-EDA representative Eastern Bay of
Bay of Plenty Regional Council will play a key role in
providing strategic advice to the Regional Governance Group, and
will lead the development of the Regional Economic Development
Strategy, and completing submissions for Central Government's
The Regional Governance Group is supported by a Management Group
made up of Bay of Plenty Regional Council's Group Manager
Strategic Development and an officer from each of the three
Economic Development Agencies. This team implements the
decisions and actions resolved by the Regional Governance