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Building Community

A&P Shows at Te Puke, Katikati and Tauranga, waka ama competitions, surf life saving events, arts and music festivals - Creating active, vibrant, connected, caring, healthy and safe communities is at the top of our to do list.

The SmartGrowth Strategy aims is to continually improve the quality of life for everyone who lives in the western Bay. To achieve this, we rely on a strong partnership with our community. 

We’re involved in the development of a range of community facilities and projects. Specific Partner Forums deliver targeted research and advice on population ageing, housing affordability, property development and issues concerning tangata whenua and the social sector.

Our challenge now is to plan for our growing and changing community. This means we’ll be looking at:

  • Social infrastructure
  • Establishing a western Bay tertiary facility
  • Working with Central Government in the social services area
  • Improving urban design
  • Adapting to our ageing population
  • Recognising the role of arts and culture in our communities.

Progress so far

  • Advocating for the importance of social infrastructure co-investments

  • Cross-institutional examination of key issues e.g. establishment of the Population Ageing Technical Advisory Group with the Bay of Plenty District Health Board

  • SmartGrowth has assisted in bringing together the District Health Board and the University of Auckland who worked to create a clinical education school for Tauranga and the wider Bay of Plenty

  • One of the first local authority areas to develop a Social Infrastructure Planning Framework

  • Better links with the community and sectors on key issues through engagement with the seven Partner Forums

  • Support for development and implementation of Regional Tertiary Intentions Strategy

  • Support for development of secondary school SmartGrowth education resources


Harnessing our strengths to build our future