Bay of Connections strategies

The Bay of Connections is the economic strategy for the wider Bay of Plenty region. It includes industries and sectors from Tauranga and the Western Bay of Plenty through to Rotorua, the Eastern Bay of Plenty and Taupo.

Bay of Connections is led by its Governance Group, supported by the region’s Economic Development Agencies, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise and the Bay of Plenty Regional Council. It also works with local and national agencies, organisations and businesses. See the Bay of Connections website for the full range of sector strategies, news and events.


Regional Strategy

Bay of Connections Strategy



Aquaculture StrategyAquaculture – the growth and processing of marine life such as mussels, is a key focus area within the Innovative and Productive Industry Sectors theme within the Bay of Connections Regional Economic Development Strategy.

The Strategy and Action Plan for Aquaculture was one of the first sector strategies to be developed under the Bay of Connections framework.

To download the Bay of Plenty aquaculture audit click here
To download the Opotiki aquaculture strategy click here
For an analysis of social impacts click here
For a presentation on social impact click here
To view a report on the development of the Opotiki harbour click here



Energy StrategyEnergy is a key focus area for Bay of Connections, and a significant component of the region's economy with geothermal energy harnessed in a number of sites.

The Energy strategy was launched in December 2011 following two years of development. It was the next step after strategies in Freight Logistics and Forestry were formulated.



110807_-_BOC_Forestry_Strategy-(1).jpgProduction forests occupy 20 per cent of the land in the Bay of Plenty region. There is significant capital invested in processing facilities, and a large number of people are employed in the forests or the processing facilities. Production forests require land to be committed for a long term, but returns, under a commodity product production model, are ultimately dependent on international demand within the harvesting window.

The Forestry Strategy was developed and launched in 2011.

High Level Assessment for Future Opportunities of Wood Products from New Zealand. click here
Report on Wood Processing Strategic Competitive Factors. click here
An outstanding softwood processing opportunity. click here


Freight Logistics

FL-Small.jpgThe Freight Logistics strategy was launched in December 2011.
The Bay of Plenty region is significant in the area of freight logistics as it is home to the Port of Tauranga, New Zealand's busiest export port. Road and rail freight also have a stake in the region's economy.
For a map of Bay of Plenty freight logistics click here

For a hard copy of the Bay of Connections Strategy documents email:





Maori Economic Development Strategy

MAORI-ECONOMIC-Strategy-2013-cover.jpgThe Maori Economic Development strategy was officially launched in February 2014, the culmination of 18 months of collaboration across the region, with hundreds of people involved in its development.

Maori are recognised as major stakeholders and contributors to economic growth in the region. 

The strategy has six strategic priority areas – Strategic Leadership, Collective Asset Use, Business Networks, High Value Business Growth, Capital and Investment, and Education and Skill Development.

The strategy has now moved into an implementation phase, with the establishment of a strategy Action Group, comprising iwi and business representatives from across the wider Bay of Plenty region.

For a hard copy of the Bay of Connections Strategy documents email: