April 2020 media releases

Environment Court approves Motiti Protection Areas

29 April - The decision released by the Environment Court this afternoon directs Bay of Plenty Regional Council to implement new rules within its Regional Coastal Environment Plan to protect three reef systems near Motiti Island.

Flood protection works to start at Pakihikura Opotiki Wharf

28 April - Works to repair and replace the rock armouring around the Ōpōtiki Wharf are set to start this week, before the wetter winter months risk damaging the town’s vital flood protection structures. 

Doing recovery well a ‘once-in-a-generation opportunity’ for Bay of Plenty region

20 April - A collaborative and unified regional development plan will be critical to ensure a strong and sustainable recovery from COVID-19.

Leadership supports regional impacts of COVID-19 via personal salary donations

17 April - Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s senior leadership team is choosing to donate from their salaries, and has offered to forego any salary increase in the coming financial year, in response to COVID-19’s local impact.

Bay of Plenty leaders join for swift and strong recovery

15 April - The Bay of Plenty Mayoral Forum met Tuesday [subs 14 April 2020] via audio-visual link to discuss projects from across the region that are being submitted to the Government’s Crown Infrastructure Partners group.

Western Bay streams at near record low levels

10 April - As the dry weather continues, Bay of Plenty Regional Council is asking people to make every effort to reduce water use – especially those in the rural sectors.

Technology ensuring work and democracy continues

9 April - Bay of Plenty Regional Council has settled into a new normal during the COVID-19 Alert Level 4, with technology enabling staff productivity and ensuring governance and democracy can continue.

Regional council works with local councils for strong economic recovery

7 April - Bay of Plenty Regional Council is working with Rotorua Lakes Council and other local authorities to take a regional approach to COVID-19 recovery.