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About Us

Bay of Plenty Regional Council's work guides and supports the sustainable development of the Bay of Plenty. We want to make sure our region grows and develops in a way that keeps its values safe for future generations.

A major focus of our work involves looking after the environment. We manage the effects of people's use of freshwater, land, air and coastal water. However, we also have a broader responsibility with others for the economic, social and cultural well-being of the regional community.


Our Vision

Thriving together – mō te taiao, mō ngā tāngata

Our environment and our people go hand-in-hand.

We need to protect and maintain our unique environment because natural resources, such as water, air and land, are vital to how we live. They are what give us sustenance, form the basis of our economy and generate our sense of community. We have an obligation to balance enjoying and using this environment now with protecting it for future generations.


Our work

We focus our work under four community outcomes to achieve our vision.


A healthy environment

We will maintain and enhance our air, land, freshwater, geothermal, coastal resources and biodiversity for all those who live, work and play within our region. We support others to do the same.


Freshwater for life

Our water and land management practices maintain and improve the quality and quantity of the region’s freshwater resources.


Safe and resilient communities

Our planning and infrastructure supports resilience to natural hazards so that our communities’ safety is maintained and improved.


A vibrant region

We work with our partners and communities to achieve integrated planning and good decision-making. We support economic development, understanding the Bay of Plenty region and how we can best add value.

Key Strategic Challenges

  • Different priorities and issues across the region
  • The implications of changing climate
  • Limitations of our natural resources
  • Sustaining development across the region
  • An increasingly complex operating environment
  • Ensuring Maori participation in decision making
  • Balancing the expectations of both national and local partners

Long Term Plan

Every three years we produce a plan for our next 10 years work. 


Our people

Find out more about our people, or find out about working here yourself!


Bay of Plenty Regional Council has 14 councillors, with 11 of these councillors elected from four general constituencies – Tauranga (five councillors), Rotorua, western Bay of Plenty and eastern Bay of Plenty (two each), while voters on the Maori roll elect one councillor from three Maori constituency areas – Kohi, Mauao and Okurei.

Bay of Plenty Regional Council must review its representation at least once every six years, with the next review due in 2018.

Our Structure

The Chief Executive is the only regional council staff member directly employed by the Councillors. 

Working here

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Working with Other Councils

In the Bay of Plenty there are seven District and City Councils we work with. 

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We work with these councils in many different ways and in many different areas. Every three years, following the local government elections, a Triennial Agreement is developed outlining this.


Our property

Bay of Plenty Regional Council is carrying out a number of major projects involving property it owns during the next two years. Find out more about the projects and keep up to date with progress.


Guide to Regional Council

A guide to our regional council is produced every three years following the local government election. This is also known as our local governance statement.


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