03 October 2016

Bay of Plenty Regional Council has allocated 15 percent of its $108m annual budget in 2016/17 to enable the implementation of collaborative work agreed with communities, iwi, industry, other councils and partners.

This collaboration on the issues the region faces leads to long-lasting decisions that will enhance its environment. In Rotorua, for example, the community is closely involved with the Rotorua Te Arawa Lakes Programme partners’ decision to introduce rules to manage nitrogen loss in the Lake Rotorua catchment. The partnership includes the regional council, Rotorua Lakes Council and Te Arawa Lakes Trust.

The regional council is also working with communities to set limits under the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management, and works closely with other councils, iwi, businesses and organisations to achieve all its outcomes.

Regional collaboration and leadership is one of the council’s five community outcomes, which chief executive Mary-Anne Macleod says help it protect and maintain the Bay of Plenty’s unique environment. The 2016/17 annual plan includes a range of initiatives to achieve this outcome; here’s what’s planned for the 2016/17 financial year:

  • Preparing and reviewing regional land transport and regional public transport plans
  • Completing a feasibility study for a marine spatial plan
  • Supporting 85 enviro schools
  • Providing more than $500,000 to community groups:
    • $310,000 allocated to community initiatives through the Environment Enhancement Fund
    • $100k to Envirohub
    • $55k to ARRC Wildlife Trust & SPCA
    • $12k to surf Lifesaving New Zealand
    • $10k to the Sustainable Business Network
    • $10k to the Tertiary Intentions Strategy
    • $30k for applications to the Corporate Sponsorship Fund
    • $20k to Toi EDA
    • $35k to Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Te Rangi to assist with kaitiaki, matauranga and rangitahi development
  • More  than 40 community-based strategies and plans managed and implemented to guide resource use and regional council action
  • Contributing to the development of the Tauranga Harbour Treaty Plan Ngā Tai ki Mauao
  • Facilitating the development of 20 hapū and iwi resource management plans.

The $108.8m annual budget will be split across five community outcomes. The expenditure required to deliver these outcomes in 2016/17 is $1.3m lower than what was proposed under the council’s Long Term Plan. Funding will come from a mix of council investments and reserve funds, central government and rates.

The 2016/17 annual plan details what activities the council will undertake and how they will be paid for. Copies of this are available from your local council office, libraries or boprc.govt.nz.