Regional Growth Programme

In 2014 an independent study on the Bay of Plenty’s economic opportunities was commissioned by the Ministries of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and Primary Industries (MPI), in partnership with the Bay of Connections.

The Toi Moana Bay of Plenty Regional Growth Study (RGS) identifies a range of short to mid-term opportunities (0-10 years) that could assist in increasing investment, employment, and incomes across the region.

The RGS was launched by Ministers in May 2015 and an Economic Action Plan created in partnership with regional stakeholders, to identify how key opportunities can be realised, who is responsible and by when.

The region agreed to prioritise nine key areas for development, including agribusiness, aquaculture, education and skills, forestry and wood processing, geothermal, horticulture, Māori land utilisation, visitor economy and water management.

Individual action plans have been developed for each, which include barriers for success and those needing to be involved.

Successful implementation of these action plans has required true regional ownership and leadership, including the need to be agile as work progresses. The RGS is a revolutionary platform on which to sustainably develop the Bay of Plenty region, in partnership between government and the region.

Progress on other opportunities not listed in the Action Plan will continue as business as usual through existing Bay of Connections action groups or relevant economic development agencies.

2017 Action Plan Refresh


The nine key Action Plan work-streams were reviewed and refreshed in July 2017, taking into account the milestones already achieved, actions that need updating, new actions areas that have emerged, and those that are no longer relevant.

This refresh also sets out the priorities for the next 18 months, ensuring the goals are achievable, realistic and take on board learnings from the journey so far. In summary, every work stream has made changes and 46 actions have been removed, with the addition of 38 new actions.
This refresh work has been undertaken by the Bay of Connections in conjunction with the relevant Action Leads and central government representatives.

A full review of the Action Plan and the Bay of Connections Growth Strategy will take place in mid-2018, for launch in December 2018.

View the refreshed Toi Moana Bay of Plenty RGS Action Plan Summary here

Additional resources


How is the Bay of Connections responding to the Provincial Growth Fund

For further information on the Regional Growth Study and how it came about, see the
Factsheet and FAQs.

Regional Action Plan Updates

#1 April 2016

#2 May 2016

#3 August 2016

#4 October 2016

#5 January 2017

#6 February 2017

#7 April 2017

#8 June-2017

#9 August-2017

#10 October-2017


Rebecca Roe
Programme Manager - Regional Economic Development
027 309 5572