Regional Councils are different to city or district councils. Bay of Plenty Regional Council has identified four community outcomes we’re working towards achieving, and have grouped our work broadly underneath them.


A Healthy Environment - He Taiao ora

Through our Resource Regulation and Monitoring activities, we make decisions on resource consents to ensure people are carrying out activities in accordance with key environmental standards, and then monitor their compliance with those consents. We help monitor air quality as well as our geothermal systems.

Through our Catchment Management activities, we protect native biodiversity, biosecurity – controlling plant and animal pests.


Freshwater for Life - Te Mana O Te Wai

Through our Catchment Management activities, we maintain and improve water outcomes in rivers, lakes, and streams, primarily through working with landowners on more sustainable land use.

Our Support Services provide technical advice and analysis, which includes publishing data and information so the public are more knowledgeable about their environment.

Our Democracy, Engagement, and Planning activities help set key environmental rules managing freshwater, with a focus on implementing the new national statements on freshwater management.


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Safe and Resilient Communities - Kia haumaru, kia pakari te hapori

Through our Flood Protection and Control, and Regional Flood Risk Co-ordination activities, we monitor rivers during heavy rain events and provide warnings. We manage a number of defences against flooding, which include things like stopbanks, pump stations and spillways. They help us adapt to some of the more significant effects of climate change. We are also responsible for a bylaw that aims to stop people damaging those defences.

Through our Emergency Management activity, we help administer and co-ordinate a range of civil defence services with key partners.

Through our Resource Regulation and Monitoring activities, we provide education on, and enforce, key water-related safety laws, such as wearing lifejackets or keeping to a safe speed. We maintain navigation aids so that vessels can get where they need to go, safely.


A vibrant region - Toitū te rohe

Our Transportation and Urban Planning activities run bus services in Tauranga, Whakatāne, Rotorua and rural areas, and also work with other groups, such as city and district councils and central government, to help develop urban areas and necessary transport networks. Good public transport and well planned travel routes help reduce the negative effects of climate change.

Through our Democracy, Engagement, and Planning Activities, we work with our diverse communities to ensure their voices are heard, and that the democratic process is maintained.

Our Catchments Management activities manage regional parks, where members of the public can appreciate our natural environmental heritage.

Our Governance structure

Bay of Plenty Regional Council is made up of 14 elected members – which includes both general and Māori constituency councillors.

Once the council has been formed, a chair and deputy chair will be appointed by Councillors.

The committee structure will also be adopted by council. View our current committee structure.