Bay of Plenty Regional Council

Tauranga Constituency
The Bay of Plenty Regional Council makes decisions about managing resources in the region, such as air, water, soil and the coastline. It also carries out plant and pest control, helps prepare for natural disasters, and is involved in regional transport. The council is made up of 14 councillors. Councillors are elected to represent constituencies (areas in the region). Five councillors will be elected from the Tauranga constituency. This is a first past the post (FPP) election, so you vote by ticking the name of your preferred candidate on your ballot paper. Compare the candidates and their policies to decide who to vote for in the Bay of Plenty Regional Council election.

Jobs and economy

Many councils help support local business and economic development. Some promote tourism in their area, or provide business support services and grants.

Jobs and economy

Many councils help support local business and economic development. Some promote tourism in their area, or provide business support services and grants.

  • Prioritise the delivery of an efficient transport system, as this is a major contributor to the success of businesses, industries, and tourism.

    Focus the Regional Land Transport Plan on the transport network to the port and around our city, as this is key to the region's economic health.

    Ensure the future viability of the Port of Tauranga without compromising human health and our environmental well being.

  • Support the continuing development of distinct identities and reputation of the Bay of Plenty and protect and enhance cultural landscapes.

    Support pathways for youth to gain employment and qualifications in biodiversity and nature restoration roles.

    Support local investments that are underpinned by sustainability principles and reduce investments with high climate risk exposure.

  • Make it as easy as possible for businesses to operate.

    Plan as far into the future as reasonable to get infrastructure in place for expected population growth.

    Run programmes to get youth on the employment ladder.

  • Prioritise genuine regional development, using our strong balance sheet to leverage improved regional and sub-regional amenities.

    Prioritise a "can do" approach to resource consenting. We need to resist a risk averse staff attitude in this area.

  • Future forward enabling for local business, youth employment and infrastructure. Together we can create change.

    Better quality and excellence for infrastructure. Enable and encourage local industries and tourism. Explore tourism opportunities by rail.

    Enhance infrastructure, support modal shift road-to-rail freight to reduce congestion on roads and investigate suburban passenger rail.

  • Supporting spatial planning in Bay of Plenty including Whakatāne Kawerau urban growth, Rotorua Lakes growth/development and Western Bay smart growth.

    Working with community organisations to ensure economic development/employment and research are enabled and connected across our region.

  • Develop a regional spatial plan that will align with the proposed new resource management proposals to support the regional economy.

    Provide for economic development, multimodal transport, housing and community wellbeing planning outcomes in Regional Policy Planning.

    Partner with the government, iwi, councils and other stakeholders in the delivery of regional economic development.

  • Engage with stakeholders to upgrade security and safety measures. Public deserve to feel safe! Actively reduce antisocial toxic behaviours.

    Engage the disenfranchised who are increasingly feeling marginalised. Practical advocacy and dialogue. People need to regain community pride.

    Effectively communicate with industry, innovation, youth, and infrastructure to streamline compliance and meet practical outcomes.

  • Do robust business cases to explain why the council should invest in job creation in a time of record employment opportunities.

    Support regional economic drivers such as higher education and tourism.

    Identify infrastructure needs such as transport links before they become critical so that planning and implementation can occur.

  • Support local business and industry with mutually beneficial policies, remove heavy handed charges and over bearing bureaucracy.

    Fast track and increase important infrastructure projects in the Bay of Plenty. Especially roading and transport.

    Provide incentives to promote private projects that bring jobs and prosperity to the Bay of Plenty.

  • Introduce sustainable transportation with urban and inter-city passenger rail, increase rail freight. Maintain roads as important feeders.

    With efficient light rail, passenger rail and communication new opportunities are created resulting in a more equitable and happier society.

    Transition from dominant fossil fuel economy to improve lifestyles, health, housing, access, convenience and equity benefiting all citizens.

  • Prioritise the delivery of an efficient transport system, as this is a major contributor to the success of businesses, industries, and tourism.

    Focus the Regional Land Transport Plan on the transport network to the port and around our city, as this is key to the region's economic health.

    Ensure the future viability of the Port of Tauranga without compromising human health and our environmental well being.

  • Support the continuing development of distinct identities and reputation of the Bay of Plenty and protect and enhance cultural landscapes.

    Support pathways for youth to gain employment and qualifications in biodiversity and nature restoration roles.

    Support local investments that are underpinned by sustainability principles and reduce investments with high climate risk exposure.

  • Make it as easy as possible for businesses to operate.

    Plan as far into the future as reasonable to get infrastructure in place for expected population growth.

    Run programmes to get youth on the employment ladder.

  • Prioritise genuine regional development, using our strong balance sheet to leverage improved regional and sub-regional amenities.

    Prioritise a "can do" approach to resource consenting. We need to resist a risk averse staff attitude in this area.

  • Future forward enabling for local business, youth employment and infrastructure. Together we can create change.

    Better quality and excellence for infrastructure. Enable and encourage local industries and tourism. Explore tourism opportunities by rail.

    Enhance infrastructure, support modal shift road-to-rail freight to reduce congestion on roads and investigate suburban passenger rail.

  • Supporting spatial planning in Bay of Plenty including Whakatāne Kawerau urban growth, Rotorua Lakes growth/development and Western Bay smart growth.

    Working with community organisations to ensure economic development/employment and research are enabled and connected across our region.

  • Develop a regional spatial plan that will align with the proposed new resource management proposals to support the regional economy.

    Provide for economic development, multimodal transport, housing and community wellbeing planning outcomes in Regional Policy Planning.

    Partner with the government, iwi, councils and other stakeholders in the delivery of regional economic development.

  • Engage with stakeholders to upgrade security and safety measures. Public deserve to feel safe! Actively reduce antisocial toxic behaviours.

    Engage the disenfranchised who are increasingly feeling marginalised. Practical advocacy and dialogue. People need to regain community pride.

    Effectively communicate with industry, innovation, youth, and infrastructure to streamline compliance and meet practical outcomes.

  • Do robust business cases to explain why the council should invest in job creation in a time of record employment opportunities.

    Support regional economic drivers such as higher education and tourism.

    Identify infrastructure needs such as transport links before they become critical so that planning and implementation can occur.

  • Support local business and industry with mutually beneficial policies, remove heavy handed charges and over bearing bureaucracy.

    Fast track and increase important infrastructure projects in the Bay of Plenty. Especially roading and transport.

    Provide incentives to promote private projects that bring jobs and prosperity to the Bay of Plenty.

  • Introduce sustainable transportation with urban and inter-city passenger rail, increase rail freight. Maintain roads as important feeders.

    With efficient light rail, passenger rail and communication new opportunities are created resulting in a more equitable and happier society.

    Transition from dominant fossil fuel economy to improve lifestyles, health, housing, access, convenience and equity benefiting all citizens.