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This consultation document is part of the development of our Long Term Plan 2018-2028. It sets out the big challenges for our region, what we plan to do over the next 10 years with a specific focus on the next three, how much it will cost and the outcomes that will be delivered to our communities.

The environment we are operating and preparing this budget in is very different to the one the previous Long Term Plan was developed in. We have produced this document based on what we know now. Local government across New Zealand is facing significant challenges with some uncertainties – including funding infrastructure and addressing natural hazard risks to provide for resilient communities. Climate change is set to substantially impact the way we, other councils and central government need to plan for the future. There is a major focus on action planning and we need to be more responsive in developing a sustainable way forward for our region.

We have a responsibility to provide for the sustainable management of the region’s freshwater, air, land, geothermal and marine areas. We have significant roles in environmental protection, management and enhancement. This Long Term Plan is an opportunity to take a fresh look at where we are and what we are doing.

Over the next 10 years, we still intend to deliver many existing services at the same levels of service – with increases in some areas. This presents a challenge for us, as we look for new ways to deliver efficient and effective services and functions, and provide infrastructure in a way that’s affordable.

Our work is also being influenced by central government’s changes to the National Policy Statement on Freshwater which has meant we’ve changed our approach to our freshwater work. It has also introduced changes to Māori participation through Te Mana Whakahono a Rohe provisions under the Resource Management Act. Ensuring Māori participation in council decision-making remains central to how we carry out our work over the next 10 years.

The flood event of April 2017 had a huge impact on eastern Bay communities and we are committed to the necessary, but expensive, repairs. Further investment in our flood protection structures to keep our communities safe is necessary; so too is the ongoing review of the sustainability of our river schemes. We also need to work towards streamlining the planning and delivery around civil defence and emergency management services to ensure a well-co-ordinated and effective response that is financially transparent.


Our region is diverse and strong growth in the western Bay continues. Our support of sustainable urban development has led to an expanded passenger transport network and trials of more environmentally sustainable options such as hybrid buses. This supports the need for congestion management and emissions management but is more expensive.

We need to make sure the right passenger transport solutions are implemented and the right people are funding these. Changes in population across the Bay of Plenty means we must continue to work with our district and city councils to create ongoing economic development opportunities.

The factors that influence our work have led us to propose some big changes in our funding approach  to ensure we deliver a sustainable budget for the next decade. Our key consultation topics are mainly based on making sure we have the right funding approach.

We have a 100 percent shareholding in Quayside Holdings Limited which in turn holds a majority shareholding in the Port of Tauranga Limited and manages other investments on our behalf. Quayside has forecast a substantial dividend for each of the next 10 years and this income will be used carefully by Council, to help fund our work across the Bay of Plenty region and to reduce our rates.

In the past we have used reserves and our infrastructure fund to help pay for the work we do, as well as the work of others. We have now spent or committed most of our infrastructure fund, as we had planned to, and we will use $157 million of borrowing to fund our capital works programme which will increase our costs significantly over the next 10 years. We are putting a stronger focus on the money we collect from fees and charges and from targeted rates, where it is easy to identify who is benefiting from the services we provide. This also makes it clearer to everyone where their money is being spent. In the previous three years, we have used our reserves to reduce our requirement for general rate funding and this is also set to change.

Some of the choices we have to make and what these decisions will mean for rates, our borrowing and the services we provide are discussed in this consultation document. We believe our work for the next 10 years will deliver on our vision of ‘Thriving Together – mō te taiaō, mo ngā tāngata’ and our community outcomes. We want to deliver services at the right time, but know we need to keep our costs, and therefore the cost to you, the ratepayers, affordable. We’ll also be ensuring we maintain and improve our focus on excellent customer service as we work towards our outcomes.

We look forward to hearing from you about the issues and options in this consultation document and what you think about our proposed direction. With your help we can ensure we deliver the right work in the right areas, and that it is funded in a way to create the best possible future for our communities.

Doug Leeder, Chair        Mary-Anne Macleod, Chief Executive


Ranginui e tū nei Papatuānuku e takoto nei

Mai I ngā Kurī a Whārei ki Tikirau

Mai I Maketū ki uta mai o Taupō-nui-a-Tia

Ko te Rohe Kaunihera tēnei o Toi Moana Kia toi te whenua, kia toi te moana, kia toi te taiao, kia toi te tangata

Tīhei mauri ora!


Ranginui (The Sky Father) stands above Papatuanuku (The Earth Mother) lies below

Stretching from Waihī Beach to East Cape

From Maketū to just inland of Taupō

This is the region of Bay of Plenty Regional Council. Let the land remain, let the oceans and lakes remain, let the environment remain, let people remain

‘Tis life!


Ki a tātou tini mate, rātou kua whetūrangitia ki te korowai o Ranginui, hoki ki te okiokinga i ō tātou tīpuna. Haere, haere, haere.

E Te Awanuiārangi, moe mai rā i te rangimārie e hika.

Ka whiwhi mātou i ngā huanga o ngā waihotanga, ngā pūkenga me ngā hononga kua tukua e koe.

He mahere Whakahono. Ko ēnei hononga hei tūhono i a tātou; kia tūhono, kia tūtaki, kia whiti te noho tahi ki te taiao, ngā hapori anō hoki.

Ko Toi Moana e mihi atu nei ki ngā tāngata, ngā hapori, ngā kāinga, me ngā karangatanga huri noa I te rohe.

E te iwi, ka puta mai tēnei Mahere Whāinga Roa i ngā wawata o te iwi whānui o te rohe kaunihera.

He mahere mō tātou katoa. Heoi, nā tō kaunihera e tutuki ana i ngā wawata; e kore mātou e wareware nā te iwi whānui te mana.

To those we have lost, those who have been adorned as stars in the heavens, return to the resting place of our ancestors.

Te Awanuiārangi, may you rest in peace, Sir.

We now benefit from the legacy, expertise and strong relationships gifted by you.

This is a plan based on relationships. These relationships join our people together. It joins us

so that our co-existence with the environment and our communities flourish.

The Bay of Plenty Regional Council acknowledges our people, our homes, and our communities across the region.

The Long Term Plan emerged from the aspirations of our people in the region. It is a pathway forward for us all. Your council will undertake to achieve these aspirations but the prestige will always remain with our people.


Main activities we are proposing to spend more on

Passenger Transport

Expanded passenger transport network, including implementing the Western Bay of Plenty Public Transport Blueprint

Data services and science

Additional resources to deliver national standards and fresh water monitoring requirements


Expanded programme to manage new pests and deliver more comprehensive programmes

Emergency management

Additional resources to build community resilience

Rivers and Drainage

Repairing major flood damage and maintaining current flood protection and control infrastructure


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