Your Bay, Your Say

It’s time to decide what’s next for the Bay of Plenty and we need your help to make sure we get it right for future generations. With your input we can ensure we deliver and fund the right work, in a way that creates the best possible outcomes for our communities.

What we do

Toi Moana Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s role involves looking after our environment, which includes our land air and water, and also public transport and sustainable development for the region.

The Long Term Plan

Every three years we work with our community to produce 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.

We are currently working on our 2024 – 2034 Long Term Plan and would like to hear your thoughts to help us shape what goes into our draft plan.

Community challenges

Council is very aware of community affordability when it comes to the services it provides. Current economic challenges, including a cost of living crisis, combined with climate change events, such as cyclones, are having a significant impact on what council needs to deliver. We’re seeking your views on where we should focus our efforts as we draft the Long Term Plan.


Ka pēhea te tuku i tāu kōrero | How to have your say

Connect with your councillors

Some of our Councillors are offering drop-in sessions for community on a trial basis from 26 February. Meet with your elected representatives to discuss what matters to you. No appointment necessary.

Drop-ins Mondays 10:30am-12:30pm and Thursdays 12pm-2pm
1 Elizabeth Street, Tauranga

Talk to us at a community event:

  • Bayfair Shopping Centre Pop Up, Mount Maunganui, Saturday 16 March, 9am – 6pm
  • Rangitaiki River Festival, Thornton Beach, Saturday 16 March
  • Multicultural Festival, Historic Village, Tauranga, Saturday 23 March, 10am – 5pm
  • Kuirau Park Markets, Rotorua, Saturday 23 March, 7am – 1.30pm
  • Business at Breakfast, Bay of Plenty Regional Council, 1 Elizabeth Street, Tauranga, Thursday 4 April, 7-9am REGISTER HERE

Friend of the Submitter

Our Friend of the Submitter service provides independent support to help make submissions. The Friend of Submitters service is provided by the Council to remove barriers and foster participation in the Long Term Plan. A limited time per submitter is available. There is no cost for this service.

Contact either Cathy or Huiarau for help with your submission.

Huiarau Stewart

Contact Huiarau directly for free independent support

Phone 0211837583
Email huiarau@moko.nz

Cathy Stephenson

Contact Cathy directly for free independent support

Name Cathy Stephenson
Phone 02102679470
Email cathypstephenson@gmail.com

Requesting funding as part of your Long Term Plan 2024-2034 submission?

If you are planning to request funding from Council through the Long Term Plan, please attach a completed Community Initiatives Fund (CIF) application form with your submission. Further information, including a CIF application form is available here


Tā mātou i rongo ai | What we've heard so far

Thanks to everyone to took part in the Your Bay Your Way surveys we ran in September and October 2023. Over 1600 Bay of Plenty residents had their say and findings from the surveys were used to help inform our next Long Term Plan which we are now consulting on.

A summary of the early feedback received from community was shared with council on 25 October. A copy of the survey results is available here.