In order to grow investment in the region we need to have the infrastructure in place to support the projects and the people who will deliver them. Bay of Connections’ work aims to ensure the needs of businesses, communities and iwi are met, to ultimately improve safety, reduce the impact on the environment and preserve community and Māori values.
This includes helping to connect the regional infrastructure strategy and the regional economic development strategy, and making recommendations, where appropriate, on how investment in certain assets and infrastructure will unlock the region’s potential.
Bay of Connections also works to align the regional and national infrastructure strategies to ensure the environmental infrastructure of the Bay of Plenty (like lakes, harbours and forests) are considered and integrated in plans to improve more industrial infrastructure (like water and transport).
The Freight Logistics Strategy was formed in the early years of Bay of Connections with the aim of developing world-class freight logistics across road, rail, sea and air within the wider Bay of Plenty region and lifting New Zealand’s rankings in logistics performance.
Building on the region’s significant assets, such as the Port of Tauranga, the strategy advocates collaboration, partnership and information sharing. It also focuses on the development of the workforce, technology, health and safety practices and physical infrastructure necessary to meet world-class standards.