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Long Term Plan

Every three years we work with our community to create a Long Term Plan. The Long Term Plan sets our strategic direction for the next ten years, including the work we will deliver and how that work will be funded.

Long Term Plan 2024-2034

We are currently working on our Long Term Plan 2024–2034.


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Long Term Plan 2021-2031

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

Regional Councils have slightly different functions to those performed by city and district councils.

We have a strong focus on the environment, and deliver a range of services to achieve our four Community Outcomes.



Key decisions 2021-2031

public transport

  • Implementing a one-year trial of free bus fares for school children in Tauranga, at any time or day, fully-funding revenue shortfalls using targeted rates.
  • Implementing one-year trials of free bus fares for school children in Rotorua and Whakātane, at arrival and departure times, fully funding revenue shortfalls using targeted rates.
  • Implementing permanent free bus fares for tertiary students, subject to confirmation of co-funding from tertiary providers.
  • Not implementing free fares for Community Services Card holders, preferring to wait until the completion of a full regional fare review.
  • Not implementing flat fares for public transport, preferring to wait until the completion of a full regional fare review.
  • Allocating additional funds for public transport.

  • Allocating increased capital funds for flood protection works, including Rangitāiki River floodwalls and the Ford Road pump station.

climate change

  • Allocating funds for a series of small-scale climate change initiatives.
  • Implementing a scheme to subsidise the installation of sustainability initiatives in private households.

community engagement

  • Increasing dedicated funding for community engagement, with a specific focus on youth.


  • Implementing a regional funding mechanism for safety and rescue services, with the first funding round in the second half of calendar year 2021.
  • Allocating funds for enhanced regulation of the Motiti exclusion area and maritime activities in the eastern Bay of Plenty.
  • Providing a grant to the Rotorua Museum / Te Whare Taonga o Te Arawa of $4.1 million.

Our stories


Te Pourepo o Kaituna wetland creation project

Wetlands play a vital role in our approach to climate change adaptation. They both capture and storing carbon greenhouse gases and they also provide resilience to hazards such as flooding, storm surge and coastal inundation.


Our rates story

Did you know that Bay of Plenty Regional Council rates differ from city and district council rates? Find out more the work we do across our rohe.

Protecting biodiversity

See how landowners and community groups are working to adopt land management practices that futureproof their land and livelihoods. Their work is also protecting and enhancing waterways and other natural areas.


Bay of Plenty Regional Council works with the community to protect our water, soils and our wildlife, and to manage or get rid of pest plants and animals.