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Sustainable Economy

Thriving, growing, diverse and sustainable… the Bay of Plenty economy is experiencing an upturn.

Development is on a roll, migration is increasing, the construction industry is booming and the horticultural sector is reaching record export heights. The overall economic impact on the western Bay is unlikely to ebb any time soon.

The agricultural and horticultural sectors have a strong impact on the western Bay’s economy. In fact, we’re almost three times more reliant on these sectors for their economic output than New Zealand as a whole. The entire area’s economy is also intertwined with Tauranga city’s economy, which provides most of the western Bay’s manufacturing and services. The Port of Tauranga is the largest in New Zealand and provides our gateway to the world.

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Progress so far

  • Advocating for the establishing key transport infrastructure, eg the $45 million Pyes Pa Bypass, the $455 million Tauranga Eastern Link
  • Advocating for new transport infrastructure, eg $286 million of construction funding for the Tauranga Northern Link (TNL) as part of the $520 million Waihi to Tauranga Corridor programme was approved in April 2016
  • Support for progressing the establishment of tertiary education facilities in the sub-region - tertiary education partnership with University of Waikato and Te Awanuirangi o Wananga, Toi Ohomai CBD campus
  • Joint Officials Group leading to a $150 million Crown Grant for transport plus a matching local share
  • Priority One interim chief executive Greg Simmonds recently attributed the large vacant land supply position to the region's long-term planning through Smart Growth.

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