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Regional development

Our regional development work involves collaborating with Māori and a variety of community stakeholders to develop initiatives to improve the Bay of Plenty region - socially, culturally, economically and environmentally.

We want to make sure our region grows in a way that keeps its values safe for future generations.

Bay of Plenty Regional Council guides and supports sustainable development in our region by:

  • Growing the regional economy sustainably.
  • Promoting and funding infrastructure to meet the needs of industries, residents and the environment.
  • Improving the careers of residents and the successes of industries through education and training opportunities.
  • Promoting the region as a great place to invest, live and visit.
  • Adding value to industries within the region and building links with markets outside the region.
  • Contributing to a range of other factors that influence regional economic development including telecommunications and affordable housing.

SmartGrowth is a programme aimed at developing and implementing a plan for managing growth in the western Bay of Plenty.

Our Places – Eastern Bay Spatial Plan will map out future spaces and places for Whakatāne, Kawerau and Ōpōtiki districts within the rohe of the iwi/hapū of the Eastern Bay of Plenty.

The spatial plan is developed collaboratively so that all relevant agencies have a realistic understanding about future resourcing and funding needs. Government agencies are directly involved in the process. The spatial plan will reflect the collective aspirations for the rohe, inform council Long Term Plan processes and government infrastructure investment decisions, providing a pathway toward 2060.

Rotorua’s Future Development Strategy (FDS) will identify and map the best places for future housing and businesses. As the population in Rotorua grows the FDS will ensure growth happens in the right way, in the right places and at the right time. Having a plan in place will benefit the Rotorua community and help protect our unique environment.

The FDS is a long-term strategy for the development of a well-functioning urban environment (the city including Ngongotahā) that provides for the social, economic and cultural wellbeing of its people, as well as directing how and where growth will happen over the next 30 years.

The Upper North Island Strategic Alliance (UNISA) is made up of seven councils who have committed to a long term collaboration for responding to and managing a range of issues facing the upper North Island. A particular focus of UNISA is taking a ‘New Zealand Inc’ approach and perspective, to ensure the upper North Island and New Zealand as a whole remains internationally competitive and prosperous.

Bay of Plenty Regional Council is a shareholder in BOPLASS Ltd, a Council Controlled Organisation owned by the councils in the Bay of Plenty Region. It has been set up to foster shared services between the participating councils.

This Regional Trends Internal Report gives a detailed statistical portrait of the Bay of Plenty. It shows the region's strengths and weaknesses and creates a benchmark to compare against from this point forward.