Caring for the Bay of Plenty's future
Bay of Plenty Regional Council's work guides and supports sustainable development of the Bay. We want to make sure our region grows and develops in a way that keeps its values safe for future generations.
The Bay of Plenty is home to about 237,000 people and covers 21,836 square kilometres from Cape Runaway to Waih? Beach, including Rotorua's lakes, and 12 nautical miles out to sea, including White and Mayor Islands.
A major focus is looking after the environment, including cleaning up Rotorua's Lakes. We manage the effects of people's use of freshwater, land, air and the coast. We also have broader responsibility, with partners, for the economic, social and cultural well-being of the regional community.
This includes managing flood risk posed by our major rivers, maintaining the region's major flood control schemes and managing navigation and safety on the region's harbours and lakes.
We also plan and prioritise the region's land transport needs, including major roading improvements and facilities for cyclists and pedestrians. The Regional Council also organises passenger transport services, which include Tauranga's Bay Hopper and Rotorua's Cityride buses.
A growing part of our work is strategic thinking and planning for the Bay of Plenty's future, and encouraging and supporting sustainable economic development for the region.