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"We work together for the best protection for our environment's future"

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Environment

The Mount main beach was recently voted number 1 in New Zealand!

We love to live, learn, work and play in the western Bay. But to keep our beautiful backyard in tip top condition, we need to work together to protect and enhance our distinctive natural environment.

At the heart of SmartGrowth’s strategies, policies, plans and work programmes lies a respect for our natural environment and a strong directive to protect and enhance it, as we work alongside our communities.

We invest in significant research and assessments that enable the Regional Policy Statement and the Tauranga City Plan and Western Bay of Plenty District Plan reviews to have a real impact on key environmental outcomes identified in the SmartGrowth Strategy.

Read the NZ Herald article about New Zealand's favourite beach - Mount Maunganui


Progress so far

  • Promoting a compact urban footprint – Tauranga City is on track to achieve 34% of its growth as infill or intensification
  • Established an Environment and Sustainability Forum to give voice to environmental groups and organisations
  • Energy use and sustainable resource use is promoted
  • Future use of water is planning for while maintaining water quality and promoting efficient use
  • Potential climate change impacts are accounted for
  • Supporting the implementation of the Regional Waste and Resource Efficiency Strategy

Harnessing our strengths to build our future