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Land is Permanent, man disappears

Natural resources of land in the Bay of Plenty contribute significantly to our economic, social, cultural and environmental wellbeing. They underpin our important agricultural and horticultural industries and provide for recreation, tourism, biodiversity conservation and regional identity. Degradation of these resources can have adverse effects on our iconic lakes, estuaries and coastline.

Read about land use and land cover statistics in the Bay of Plenty.

While landowners are responsible for land management on their property, Bay of Plenty Regional Council has statutory functions under the Resource Management Act that include controlling the effects of land use on soil conservation and water quality. Council staff advise landowners and communities on sustainable land management, biodiversity protection and pest animal and pest plant control. We also carry out research and monitoring and collect information that can be used to inform good decision-making.

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How we can help

Sustainable land management

See our Land Management page to find out about funding and advice available to help you care for your land and livelihood

Sustainable land management is required to maintain healthy soil, water and biodiversity for the longterm. The two components of this are appropriate land use (such as dairying, forestry, horticulture or dry stock etc) and best management practice (eg excluding stock from waterways, optimum stocking rates, winter feeding regime, cultivation methods and timing, and siting of forestry roading).

Appropriate land use is matched to land type and can be guided by Land Use Capability classes derived from the Land Resource Inventory .

Land management factsheets explain current knowledge about best management practice for a range of topics.

Land management officers can provide further advice and grants may be available through riparian management plans and biodiversity programmes.


Biodiversity is short for "biological diversity" - the number and variety of living things (animals, plants, insects, micro-organisms) found within a particular area and the complex relationships between them.

Bay of Plenty Regional Council has a voluntary biodiversity programme that helps landowners and community groups protect and enhance valuable sites of native biodiversity. The programme includes technical advice and support, and financial support through grants ranging from 25 percent to 75 percent of the total cost, depending on the nature of the site and the type of work required.


Forestry can be an appropriate and profitable land use with multiple benefits. Bay of Plenty Regional Council staff are able to advise on forestry establishment. Grants may be available for changing land use from grazing to forestry under the Sustainable Land Use Implementation programme.

Accredited Forestry Operators approved by the Bay of Plenty Regional Council

Soil information

Find out soil information for particular areas in the Bay of Plenty.

Nutrient management

The nutrient management page provides information on the movement of nutrients within nutrient cycles, the things that affect the movement of nutrients within a catchment and ways to manage nutrients in a catchment

Pest animals and plants

Many of the region's natural and physical resources can be adversely affected by pest animals such as feral goats, stoats and rats. These pests impact on households and farming activities, browse their way through our native forests and feed on our native birds.

Pest plants (weeds) are plant species that have been introduced from overseas, and have adapted to live in the wild. They can cause considerable damage to the natural environment, farmland and gardens.

Regional parks

Regional parks provide opportunities for recreational activities, education, environmental restoration and culture and heritage protection. The Bay of Plenty Regional Council has two Regional Parks open to the public.

The 2012 Regional Parks Asset Management Plan provides a document for the management of the two parks.

Guidelines for resource use

Guidelines have been produced for a range of activities relating to resource use in the Bay of Plenty region. These include erosion and sediment guidelines for land disturbing activities (relevant to subdivisions, quarries, road building, streamworks) and for forest harvesting.

Regional plans and resource consents

We have a number of regional plans addressing our functions under the Resource Management Act. The Regional Water and Land Plan sets out policies, methods and rules to promote the sustainable and integrated management of land and water resources of the region.

You may need Resource Consent to carry out some activities on land.


Bay of Plenty Regional Council has a role in controlling the disposal of waste in the region.
Read more about this under Pollution Prevention and Compliance.

Read about domestic wastewater treatment.