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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 five community outcomes to achieve our vision.

Water Quality And Quantity

Water Quality and Quantity

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

Environmental Protection

Environmental Protection

We maintain and enhance regional biodiversity and our air, land, freshwater, geothermal and coastal resources for the benefit of our communities. We support others to do the same.

 Resilience And Safety

Resilience and Safety

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

 Regional Collaboration And Leadership

Regional Collaboration & Leadership

We have established the region’s priorities and strategic direction with our partners and communities. We have collaborated to achieve integrated planning across the Bay of Plenty.

 Economic Development

Economic Development

We facilitate and enable initiatives that boost the region’s economic performance

Key Strategic Issues

The Regional Council has five key strategic issues that are addressed through our Long Term Plan. These are:

  • Making the most of our environment
  • Where we live will change
  • Sustainable economic development
  • Significance of treaty settlements
  • Reliable and affordable infrastructure

 You can read more about our key strategic issues, including an update on them and our operating environment.

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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