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Leadership and Collaboration

Working together, communication and engagement.

We believe collaborative leadership and strength of partnership backed by a strong vision will provide effective advocacy for the western Bay of Plenty. We’re encouraging people to think ahead about the sort of place that they want to live in over the next ten, twenty, thirty or more years.

SmartGrowth seeks advice from a range of community and stakeholder groups. This is achieved through the Strategic Partners Forum, the Population Ageing Technical Advisory Group, Combined Tangata Whenua Forum, Housing Affordability Forum, Property Developers Forum and Social Sector Forum. Our aim is to ensure that the community is better engaged and more informed about SmartGrowth so that it seeks a stronger role in SmartGrowth decision making.


Progress so far

  • Anchoring the Strategy’s strategic direction and implementation actions in key policy and strategic planning instruments throughout partner organisations (in particular Regional Policy Statement, District Plans, Regional Land Transport Programme, Long Term Plans).

  • Agreeing a common and robust set of demographic data to ensure aligned planning

  • Strong Central Government engagement – SmartGrowth has a high profile nationally

  • Strong and united advocacy for infrastructure investment

  • SmartGrowth has provided the basis for discussion with Central Government officials and others regarding significant longer term government funding

  • Working closely with NZ Transport Agency, Ministry of Education,  the Bay of Plenty District Health Board and Bay of Plenty Tertiary Partnership

  • Provision of certainty for future investment whether it be public or private sector investment

  • Strengthened our relationships with the Upper North Island Strategic Alliance

 

The Upper North Island Story

The Upper North Island Story is about growth and change and how important the connections between the regions and cities of the Upper North Island are to the ongoing success of New Zealand.

The Upper North Island Story is about growth and change and how important the connections between the regions and cities of the Upper North Island are to the ongoing success of New Zealand.

The Upper North Island (UNI) Story tells us that:

• Despite being 20 percent of New Zealand’s land area, it contains over half of New Zealand’s population and economic activity and includes nationally significant infrastructure.

• Growth is putting pressure on our housing, infrastructure, labour market and environment.

• The UNI is connected. The strength of the relationship between the cities and regions of the UNI is vital to success of New Zealand as a whole.

• Many issues are not defined by local government boundaries. Thinking about the Upper North Island holistically and working collaboratively is key to planning for future challenges.

This document has been produced for the Upper North Island Strategic Alliance (UNISA) which is a collaboration of four regional/unitary councils (Northland, Auckland, Waikato and Bay of Plenty) and three city/district councils (Whangarei, Hamilton and Tauranga).

This story leads into and informs the following documents:

• Upper North Island Strategic Alliance Value Proposition.

• Upper North Island Strategic Alliance Action Plan.

Read the full Upper North Island Story here

Action 7D in the SmartGrowth Strategy sets out our commitment to participate in the North Island Strategic Alliance

 

 



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