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What we do

At the Bay of Plenty Regional Council, our work guides and supports the region's sustainable development. 

This is focused around four outcomes we're working towards for the community; a healthy environment, freshwater for life, safe and resilient communities, and a vibrant region.

A healthy environment - We will maintain and enhance our air, land, freshwater, geothermal, coastal resources and biodiversity for all those who live, work and play within our region. We support others to do the same.

Freshwater for life - Our water and land management practices maintain and improve the quality and quantity of the region’s freshwater resources.

Safe and resilient communities - Our planning and infrastructure supports resilience to natural hazards so that our communities’ safety is maintained and improved.

A vibrant region - We work with our partners and communities to achieve integrated planning and good decision-making. We support economic development, understanding the Bay of Plenty region and how we can best add value.

Impact Areas

In our Long Term Plan we’ve identified three key areas where we’re looking to make the most impact with our community, with the resources we have, and within the role we’re tasked to do by Central Government.  

These are:

  • Partnerships with Māori
  • Climate Change, and
  • Community Participation and Constructive Relationships.

Find out more about these Impact Areas

Key strategic challenges

  • Different priorities and issues across the region.
  • The implications of changing climate.
  • Limitations of our natural resources.
  • Sustaining development across the region.
  • An increasingly complex operating environment.
  • Ensuring Māori participation in decision making.
  • Balancing the expectations of both national and local partners.

Long term plan

Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s Long Term Plan (LTP) 2021-2031 was adopted on 24 June 2021, taking effect from 1 July 2021.

The Long Term Plan sets our direction as a council and establishes the work we will deliver to the community over the next 10 years, as well as setting out how that work will be funded, such as the setting of rates. It also acts as the Council’s Annual Plan 2021/22.