We’re working together with iwi, city and district council, economic development agencies, business, industry and central government leaders to help the Bay of Plenty region to recover from the impacts of COVID-19 and ensure that no-one is left behind.

Our aim is to support and deliver regional co-ordination to local initiatives that will create social, economic, environmental and cultural prosperity for the Bay of Plenty. We’ll be championing the region’s transition towards a low carbon economy, and advocating for central government initiatives that consider the current and future needs of the Bay of Plenty’s people, environments and businesses.

So far, since 23 March 2020 our priorities have been to:

  • assist with the regional health-led COVID-19 response,
  • maintain essential service delivery to our customers,
  • meet the immediate welfare and safety needs of local communities through our Civil Defence and Emergency Management work, and
  • establish a new ‘safe-normal’ for the ongoing delivery of our full range of services, planned projects and community commitments.

We’ve also been gathering information and liaising with partner agencies to plan and bid for central government funding and begin economic recovery planning work. Read more about our Crown Infrastructure Project bids here.

An early foundation for progressing our recovery planning work will be the Infometrics Economic Impacts Assessment report we commissioned – see download linked below.

As we settle in to Alert Level One, we’ll be picking up the pace on regional recovery planning and delivery. Follow this page to receive email updates as we progress this work.

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14 May 2020


Project Updates

11 days ago

Jobs for nature making a big impact

A tree-felling job in the Ngongotahā catchment that uses COVID-19 Recovery funding provided by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment is highlighting the vital link between Toi Moana’s flood mitigation works and new employment opportunities in the Bay of Plenty.

Read more.

26 days ago

Whakatane employment and training projects funded

A co-ordinated bid by Whakatāne District Council and Bay of Plenty Regional Council for Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) investment from the Government has been successful.

Whakatane employment and training projects funded

A co-ordinated bid by Whakatāne District Council and Bay of Plenty Regional Council for Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) investment from the Government has been successful.

$8.229M has been granted to undertake a range of projects, aimed at creating the equivalent of 130 full-time jobs, in the eastern Bay of Plenty over the next six months.

As well as providing interim employment and retraining opportunities for workers that have lost jobs through COVID-19, the new projects will deliver positive outcomes for road safety, recreational enhancement, three-waters security, environmental improvements and ecological protection.

Funded projects will include:

  • Roading - the formation of two right-turn bays off Wainui Road, and improvements to Bunyan Road
  • Parks and Reserves - the maintenance of park equipment and improved amenity of park areas
  • Three Waters - a number of projects to inspect, verify and monitor three waters infrastructure, and training opportunities to develop skills in this area
  • Removal of wilding pines and plant pests from road reserves and river banks
  • Improvement to walking tracks, removal of plant pests and improvements to riparian margins.

Read more.

2 months ago

New report paints economic picture to inform strong recovery

A new report on the impacts of COVID-19 on the Bay of Plenty economy pinpoints the areas where the region is set to be hit hardest – but also highlights some of the reasons the region may not be as severely impacted as other parts of New Zealand. Read more.

3 months ago

$755 million Transport Economic Stimulus Package proposed

The Bay of Plenty Regional Council Transport Committee has proposed a $755 million Transport Economic Stimulus Package following a meeting on 8 May. Read more here.

3 months ago

Doing recovery well a ‘once-in-a-generation opportunity’

Regional Councillors have agreed that a collaborative and unified regional development plan will be critical to ensure a strong and sustainable recovery from COVID-19. 

“As a region, we now have a unique opportunity to do things in a completely different way to achieve outcomes with benefits across social, cultural, environmental and economic measures,” said Regional Council Chair Doug Leeder. Read more here.

3 months ago

Bay of Plenty leaders discuss Crown Infrastructure Partner funding bids

The Bay of Plenty Mayoral Forum met to discuss “shovel ready” projects from across the region that are being submitted to the Government’s Crown Infrastructure Partners group. Read more here.

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