Bay of Plenty Mayoral Forum Agenda

NOTICE IS GIVEN that the next meeting of the Bay of Plenty Mayoral Forum will be held in Taupō District Council Chambers, Level 1, 107 Heuheu Street, Taupō (Upstairs above Jetts Fitness)

Mayor Trewavas will chair this meeting on:

Friday 18 June 2021 COMMENCING AT 9.30 am

This meeting will be recorded.

The Public section of this meeting will be recorded and uploaded to Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s website.  Further details on this can be found after the Terms of Reference within the Agenda.




Fiona McTavish, Chief Executive
Bay of Plenty Regional Council Toi Moana

10 June 2021



Bay of Plenty Mayoral Forum




On a rotational basis



Bay of Plenty Regional Council

Chairman Doug Leeder
Chief Executive Fiona McTavish

Kawerau District Council

Mayor Malcolm Campbell
Chief Executive Russell George

Ōpōtiki District Council

Mayor Lyn Riesterer
Chief Executive Aileen Lawrie

Rotorua Lakes Council

Mayor Steve Chadwick
Chief Executive Geoff Williams

Taupō District Council

Mayor David Trewavas
Chief Executive Gareth Green

Tauranga City Council

Commission Chair Anne Tolley
Chief Executive Marty Grenfell

Western Bay of Plenty District Council

Mayor Garry Webber
Chief Executive Miriam Taris

Whakatāne District Council

Mayor Judy Turner
Chief Executive Stephanie O’Sullivan






Triennial Agreement 2019 – 2022

The Bay of Plenty Mayoral Forum is guided by the Triennial Agreement, which is entered into after each local government election as a requirement under Section 15 of the Local Government Act 2002.

The Triennial Agreement 2019-2022 was agreed to by each partner council at the Bay of Plenty Mayoral Forum meeting on 14 February 2020.


Recording of Meetings

Please note the Public section of this meeting is being recorded and will be uploaded Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s web site in accordance with Council's Live Streaming and Recording of Meetings Protocols which can be viewed on Council’s website. The recording will be archived and made publicly available on Council's website within two working days after the meeting on for a period of three years (or as otherwise agreed to by Council).

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Opinions expressed or statements made by individual persons during a meeting are not the opinions or statements of the Bay of Plenty Regional Council. Council accepts no liability for any opinions or statements made during a meeting.


Bay of Plenty Mayoral Forum                                                                                          18 June 2021

Recommendations in reports are not to be construed as Council policy until adopted by Council.


1.       Apologies

2.       Acceptance of Late Items

3.       Minutes

Minutes to be Confirmed

3.1      Bay of Plenty Mayoral Forum Minutes - 12 March 2021                       1

4.       Presentations and Verbal Updates

4.1      Hastings District Council - Housing Action Plan Presentation

Presented by: Chief Executive Nigel Bickle – Hastings District Council

4.2      Housing: A Verbal Update by each Mayor/Chair

4.3      Three Waters: Verbal Update Following Cabinet Announcements

Led by: Chief Executive Miriam Taris - Western Bay of Plenty District Council

4.4      Future of Local Government Workshop - Rotorua - 14 June 2021

Purpose:    Opportunity to discuss the DIA organised Future of Local Government Workshop - scheduled to be held in Rotorua on Monday 14 June 2021

5.       Reports

For Information

5.1      Correspondence: Hon Dr Woods and Chairman Leeder - Housing Solutions – April 2021                                                                              1

5.2      Climate Change Monitoring Report                                                       1

Attachment 1 - 2021-03-26 Climate Change Commission Bay of Plenty joint regional submission FINAL                                                                                                                 1

6.       Consideration of Late Items

Bay of Plenty Mayoral Forum Minutes

12 March 2021


Bay of Plenty Mayoral Forum

Commencing:             Friday 12 March 2021, 9.30 am

Venue:                         Ōpōtiki District Council Chambers, 108 St John Street, Ōpōtiki

Chairperson:               Mayor Lyn Riesterer – Ōpōtiki District Council (for this meeting

Members:                    Mayor Steve Chadwick – Rotorua Lakes Council (via Zoom)

Mayor Judy Turner – Whakatāne District Council

Chairman Doug Leeder – Bay of Plenty Regional Council

Mayor Garry Webber – Western bay of Plenty District Council (via Zoom)

Mayor Malcolm Campbell – Kawerau District Council

Commission Chair Anne Tolley – Tauranga City Council

In Attendance:            Deputy Mayor Faylene Tunui – Kawerau District Council

                                                      Geoff Williams - Chief Executive Rotorua Lakes Council, Stephanie O'Sullivan - Chief Executive Whakatāne District Council; Fiona McTavish - Chief Executive Bay of Plenty Regional Council; Aileen Lawrie - Chief Executive Ōpōtiki District Council; Marty Grenfell - Chief Executive Tauranga City Council; Gareth Green - Chief Executive Taupō District Council (via Zoom); Russell George - Chief Executive Rotorua Lakes Council (via Zoom)

Ezra Schuster – Education NZ (via Zoom) - late arrival

Presenters in attendance are listed in the minutes

Apologies:                           Miriam Taris – Chief Executive Western Bay of Plenty District Council, Mayor Webber  - Western Bay of Plenty District Council (early departure), Mayor Trewavas – Taupō District Council, Mayor Chadwick (absence during the meeting)


1.     Welcome by Mayor Riesterer

A welcome to Ōpōtiki District Council was provided by Mayor Riesterer.

Noted that the meeting was being video recorded and that the recording would be uploaded to the Regional Council’s YouTube channel following the meeting Video Recording Mayoral Forum 12 March 2021

2.     Apologies


That the Bay of Plenty Mayoral Forum:

1        Accepts the apologies from Miriam Taris – Chief Executive Western Bay of Plenty District Council, Mayor Trewavas – Taupō District Council, Mayor Webber – Western Bay of Plenty District Council (early Departure) and Mayor Chadwick - Rotorua Lakes Council (absence during the meeting) tendered at the meeting.




3.     Minutes

Minutes to be Confirmed


Bay of Plenty Mayoral Forum Minutes - 23 October 2020



That the Bay of Plenty Mayoral Forum:

1        Confirms the Bay of Plenty Mayoral Forum Minutes - 23 October 2020 as a true and correct record.




4.     Presentations


EnviroHub Presentation: Waiariki Park Concept

Presentation - pdf Joy Moir - EnviroHub WPR Mayoral March 2021: Objective ID A3756859 

Tabled Document 1 - Tabled item - Envirohub Introduction by Mary Dillon - Mayoral Forum 12 March 2021: Objective ID A3758815   

Presented by: EnviroHub's Joy Moir, Waiariki Park Region Project Manager and Mary Dillon, EnviroHub Chair


Mary Dillon provided an introduction to the item and noted the apology from co-presenter Karla Akuhata, Māori Engagement Specialist. The introduction was followed by the main presentation, provided by Joy Moir.

Key Points:

·    Sustainable Backyards had been successfully delivered by Envirohub for a number of years

·    With more than 85% of the population living in towns and cities, there was a developing disconnect to nature and the natural environment

·    Waiariki Park Region was based on the London National Park City movement, seeking to make community behaviour change sustainable, resilient, co-creative and permanent

·    Would be seeking in-principle endorsement from each Territorial Authority, with the intention of today’s presentation being to raise awareness of the initiative

·    Planned to make submissions to the respective TAs’ LTPs for financial support

9.40 am – Chairman Leeder and Chief Executive Fiona McTavish entered the meeting.


·    The Park concept had been co-designed with Iwi, using Mātauranga Māori as driving principles

·    Key aspect was the collaborative, information-sharing approach

·    Sought to create a fundamental change in the way people connected with the natural environment

·    Goals were to:

o Enhance & cultivate nature & biodiversity

o Allow nature to fix us

o Champion regenerative, resilient & sustainable communities

o Educate & change ourselves

o Support & connect the region

·    Reiterated the wish for in-principle support for the Chairs/Mayors across the region.

Key Points - Members:

·    Recognised and supported the aspirational nature of the concept, but also acknowledged that any support from the individual TAs would have to be considered in context of capacity and prioritisations

·    Queried if this initiative could be a duplication of work being proposed and progressed through the Regional Council’s draft LTP [a response to this query to be provided post-meeting].




Presentation: Regional Approach to Climate Change

Presentation - pdf Dr Judy Lawrence - Climate Change Slides Local Councils - BOP: Objective ID A3756852 

Presentation - pdf Fiona McT - 2021-03-12 Mayoral Forum Climate Change update V2: Objective ID A3756853   

Dr Judy Lawrence and Sally Gardener, Climate Change Commission attended the meeting at 10.00 am via Zoom for this item.



Key Points:

·    Outlined the Climate Change Commission’s role, with the main focus being mitigation and adaption

·    The Commission had provided strategic direction for tackling climate change in four key areas:

o Level of the first three emissions budgets from 2022-2035

o Direction of policy for the Government’s Emission Reduction Plan

o Consistency of New Zealand’s first Nationally determined contributions (NDC) with staying below 1.5 degrees of warming

o Eventual reductions in biogenic methane which might be required

·    Main increase in carbon emission was from the transport sector and as a consequence, this field was a key focus area, e.g. electric vehicles, modeshift etc

·    The agricultural sector was under assessment for potential emissions reduction initiatives

·    Recognised the role of Local Government in delivering the emissions budgets through:

o Land use change/planning

o Waste management

o Transport and urban design

o Policy alignment with Central Government

·    Was seeking input and feedback from Local Government and other partners prior to making any final recommendations to Central Government

·    Noted the comments regarding road transport vs rail, and sought input on what initiatives/leverages would encourage a shift to more rail based focus

·    The Commission’s recommendations were intended to be transformational, rather than comfortable, while at the same time support the targets the Commission was required to achieve

·    Wanted to set a path that provided positive guidance for our communities and drove positive and meaningful change

·    Considered that the technical suggestions were feasible and that financial prioritisation would make them possible

·    Minimising negative financial impact, yet achieve the targets, was a priority

·    The consultation period had started on 1 February and would close on 28 March 2021.

Key Points - Members:

·    Recognised the focus of Waka Kotahi on road based transport and encouraged more rail based transport to be driven by Central Government

·    Community action should be a strong factor in climate change, i.e. there was a lack of understanding in the community with regards to what climate change actually was. Concerned it was mainly top down approach

·    Recognised that the profit requirement of Kiwi Rail drove a number of transport operators to use road based transportation options

·    Sought a wider government assessment of financial considerations that impacted on all transport based services, rather than a more ad-hoc individual approach

·    Smaller councils had seen a significant increase in waste management cost due to central government regulation changes, which was a great concern

·    Central government levies did not compensate for the increased costs

·    Technical and economic feasibility of what the Commission was suggesting would be the greatest

·    There needed to be understanding in the community in what the commissions/local government was trying to achieve, e.g. the majority of the community did not realise government was importing coal to generate electricity

·    A regional submission based on cross-council co-operation was being prepared and would be presented to each Council for consideration and approval. The individual TAs would also have the opportunity

10.43 am – the meeting adjourned and Mayor Webber withdrew from the meeting.

10.57 am – the meeting reconvened.

Fiona McTavish – Chief Executive Bay of Plenty Regional Council provided a presentation on the Climate Change Programme for Regional Council as part of its LTP 2021-2031.

Key Points:

·    BOPRC was currently in its LTP public consultation period and was actively seeking submissions and input into initiatives that would make a positive difference in the Climate Change space

·    A BOPRC staff member was part of the Ministry for the Environment Climate Change Working Party on behalf of the Bay of Plenty region

·    Hydrogen was currently being considered in addition to electricity as an alternative fuel source for of public transport vehicles

·    Recognised the importance of ensuring all TAs were well informed with regards to the region’s representation at Central Government level.




Presentation: Social Equity Issues Across the Region

Presentation - pdf Geoff Williams - Bay of Plenty TA's snapshot March 2021 V2 MJT: Objective ID A3755228   

Presented by: Geoff Williams - Chief Executive, Rotorua Lakes Council, Mayor Chadwick – Rotorua Lakes Council ad and Ezra Schuster – Ministry of Education (all via Zoom)


Key Points:

·    In summary, the data underlined the disparity of social conditions in the Bay of Plenty communities; pointed to the significant inequity in the outcomes for Māori and children; and highlighted the need to consider interventions and actions that reflected the unique communities

·    Although there were regional aspects of affordable/suitable housing, intervention needed to occur at a local level to be effective longer term

·    The lack of affordable/suitable housing and available jobs was of great concern to the region as a whole

·    An integrated solution was required for affordable housing, as temporary options such as motel accommodation, was not feasible for families long-term and created new and complex issues

·    The use of lower standard motels for emergency housing had created artificially increased property/business values, whilst higher end hotels/motels were struggling to continue operation.

Key Points - Members:

·    There was a significant lack of social housing in the Bay of Plenty, even in a national context

·    The challenges and disparity in Eastern Bay was well known, however as the issues in Rotorua had been less obvious, the data provided a much needed illustration of the seriousness of the situation

·    Learnings could be shared with governance agencies on the co-operation at a local/regional level, in particular in the multiple-owned Māori land/papakāinga housing space

·    Secondment from the Ministry of Social Development to work closely with the Eastern Bay agencies had been significant for Ōpōtiki and progress had been made with regards to “what/how/who” to make improvements in the social inequity space

·    Social housing built in close proximity to each other often created new challenges as many residents had multifaceted and complex issues and were not able to adapt to the required level of interaction with others.



5.     Verbal Updates


Verbal Update by Whakatane District Council: Maori Wards

Presented by: Chief Executive Stephanie O'Sullivan – Whakatāne District Council


Key Points:

·    There was strong support in the community to introduce Māori Wards

·    The recently introduced legislative changes meant a Council decision to introduce Māori wards could no longer be challenged by an elector petition.

Commissioner Chair Anne Tolley – Tauranga City Council (TCC) advised that TCC would revisit its decision to introduce Māori Wards, as the petition calling for a public poll to challenge the previous Council’s decision was no long valid.




Verbal Update by Whakatane District Council: Programme of Presenters to the Bay of Plenty to provide updates on topics such as RMA reforms and waste management

Tabled Document 2 - Tabled Item - Mayor Turner - Mayoral Forum 12 March 2021: Objective ID A3760678   

Presented by: Mayor Judy Turner – Whakatāne District Council


Key Points:

·    Central Government direction was to seek interaction at a regional, rather than local, government level, which re-emphasized the importance of cross council co-operation

·    Would like to approach a number of region wide forums to identify what the main regional focus should be, e.g.

o RMA reforms

o Climate Change

o Housing emergency services

o Connectivity

o Urban Form and Design

o Land use changes

o Rail issue

o climate change impact on the business community

·    Noted that this item directly related to the next agenda item 6.1: Briefing for Incoming Ministers.



6.     Reports

Decisions Required


Briefing for Incoming Ministers

Tabled Document 3 – Final Bay of Plenty Mayoral Forum Strategic Focus_Mar 2021: Objective ID A3760539   

Presented by: Fiona McTavish – Chief Executive Bay of Plenty Regional Council

Key Points:

·    Provided an outline of the report

·    Noted the importance of regional solutions to local issues, and the expectation by Central Government of cross-council co-operation within the region

·    Iwi leaders could be invited to Mayoral Forum meetings for a higher level of interaction.

Key Points - Members:

·    The priorities) aligned with the suggestions by Mayor Turner in the previous agenda item

·    Noted the three initial priority areas for collectively working together as set out in the report:

o Addressing social inequity with initial focus on homelessness, participation in education and access to mental health services for children

o Enabling homes for our growing population and people in need

o Developing and backing a locally led approach to creating a low carbon regional economy and ensuring the Bay of Plenty is adapting to a changing climate

·    Medium to long term thinking should be emphasised more strongly

·    Queried the lack of aquaculture identified in the document as it was an emerging industry in the Eastern Bay of Plenty

·    Homelessness was a hidden statistic in the Eastern Bay as whānau cared for whānau, which meant overcrowded living in often unsuitable conditions

·    Each sub-region faced unique challenges, and a ‘generalisation’ across the region was not possible

·    Recognised that each TA also had the opportunity to approach their local MPs directly

·    Central Government was providing direction to the regions through significant legislative changes with wide reaching impact, which set the scene for regional co-operation

·    Opportunities at a regional level should be emphasized, supported by data around differences and challenges

·    Central Government recognised the need for co-investment and funding at a local level

·    The need for review of the current funding model, i.e. the split between central/local governments, should be emphasized.


Items for Staff Follow Up:

·    Rename the document as “Bay of Plenty Mayoral Forum Strategic Focus”

·    Include reference to aquaculture

·    Stronger medium/long term focus

·    More information regarding the significant differences between the various areas in affordable/suitable housing space

·    Growth challenges in Tauranga to be better reflected

·    More emphasis on the uniqueness of each-subregion, i.e. different stories to be told beneath the wider Bay of Plenty story

·    Emphasize differences, but focus on the interconnectedness and joint approach

·    The need for adequate Central Government funding for Local Government to be emphasized

o Expand ‘Challenges: Funding Pressures on the local authorities and communities’ to include future of local government, covering infrastructure and finance; funding and finance etc

·    Re-circulate the amended document to Members for their comments and feedback.



That the Bay of Plenty Mayoral Forum/Triennial Meeting:

1        Receives the report, Briefing for Incoming Ministers.

2        Notes the context for the Briefing and the Ways of Working.

3        Endorses the document as the “Bay of Plenty Mayoral Forum Strategic Focus” with the noted amendments.




12.32 pm – the meeting adjourned.


12.41 pm – the meeting reconvened.



Presentation: Local Government Commission - Codes of Conduct for Elected Members

Presented by: Local Government Commissioners Brendan Duffy and Janie Annear, supported by Chief Executive Penny Langley

Key Points:

·    Commissioner Brendan Duffy introduced the presenters and acknowledged the presence of Commissioner Chair Anne Tolley, who had originally appointed him to the LGC Commissioner role

·    Provided an outline of the development of the code of conduct for local government elected members

·    The purpose of today was to obtain feedback to shape the advice being provided to the Minister of Local Government on the scope and purpose of an appropriate code of conduct

·    Recognised that social media now played a significant role in code of conduct complaints

·    Recognised the significant differences between being a Councillor and a Mayor/Chair, and that tailored training was required for the roles.

Key Points - Members:

·    Reviewing and adopting an elected member code of conduct post-election  should be a legal requirement

·    There was merit in the concept of penalties for code of conduct breaches

·    Code of conduct complaints should be grouped in three categories: political; staff; public

·    Any updates of the Local Government Act 2002 with regards to codes of conduct should be considered in conjunction with updates of the Harmful Digital Communications Act 2015

·    Concerned that there were limited restrictions on who could stand for election, i.e. ensuring candidates were of ‘good standing’

12.56 pm – Stephanie O’Sullivan withdrew from the meeting

·    Important that re-elected elected members were re-familiarised with code of conduct provisions following each election

·    There should be formalised processes/requirements in place for candidates to be briefed on the expectations and responsibilities of an elected member

·    The current lack of consequence/liability meant some elected members’ behaviour would not improve

·    External input into a conflict, e.g. through the Local Government Commission, could have some value

·    Recognised that there were much firmer rules for Members of Parliament with regards to consequences for unacceptable behaviour/breaches of code of conduct and standing orders

·    Queried if the ‘threat’ of loss of income would have much impact in smaller councils where the role was part-time only, rather than the main occupation

·    Considered appointing an independent Chair of Audit & Risk Committees to be imperative

·    Suggested that each council should own the responsibilities in a disciplinary process and that the Local Government Commission should only be called in for very serious cases

·    Appointing an independent complaints investigator at the start of the triennium when the governance structure was established, could have merit

·    The Institute of Directors’ ethics training was valuable for those assuming the Mayoral role

·    Recognised the challenges in availability of qualified training providers post-election, which meant some councils did not receive code of conduct/conflict of interest training until well into the first triennium

·    The LGA had clear provisions on how the Government could deal with a non-functional TA, and suggested that there could be opportunities for code of conducts to be aligned/included within the LGA for increased powers.


Commissioner Brendan Duffy thanked the Mayoral Forum members for their valuable comments and input into the review process.




1.25 pm – the meeting closed.






                                                                                 Mayor Lyn Riesterer – Ōpōtiki District Council

Bay of Plenty Mayoral Forum                                                                                 18 June 2021

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Report To:

Bay of Plenty Mayoral Forum

Meeting Date:

18 June 2021

Report Writer:

Jane Palmer, Senior Planner Climate Change

Report Authoriser:

Chris Ingle, General Manager, Integrated Catchments


Update on regional action on climate change



Climate Change Monitoring Report


Executive Summary

This report provides an update on regional actions on climate change which are being monitored and reported on through Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s Climate Change Programme and by the Bay of Plenty’s District Councils.



That the Bay of Plenty Mayoral Forum:

1        Receives the report, Climate Change Monitoring Report.


1.        Introduction

Climate change is a key issue for the Bay of Plenty’s local authorities. It is a strategic priority for the Bay of Plenty Regional Council, with a primary focus on ensuring the region is adapting to the changing climate; but also on helping to facilitate a community-wide transition to a low carbon economy. 

The Regional Council has established a Climate Change Work Programme to manage detailed climate change actions and ensure coordinated delivery. This report provides an update on regional actions on climate change that are being managed through this Programme, following the last update provided to the Mayoral Forum on 12 March.



2.        Climate change update

2.1      Climate Change Commission advice to Central Government

The Climate Change Commission released its first package of draft advice to Central Government for consultation in February 2021. Their advice is focused on the steps Aotearoa must take to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and address climate change, which includes suggestions for high level policy direction. The Government will set the first three emissions budgets (covering 2022-2035) by the end of 2021 in response to the Commission’s advice. The Government is working on the first Emissions Reduction Plan which will describe how Aotearoa is going to meet the emissions budgets and make progress towards meeting the zero carbon 2050 target.

Bay of Plenty Regional Council co-ordinated a joint Bay of Plenty local authority submission which presented a high level position for the region (see attachment). The Commission updated their advice to reflect the views and new evidence received through the consultation, which resulted in over 1500 submissions. The Commission delivered their final advice to Government on 31 May, which is now available on their website.

2.2      Climate Change adaptation

2.2.1    Background

The Bay of Plenty local authorities are working collaboratively towards ensuring the region is adapting to a changing climate through climate Change adaptation planning. This involves:

·    understanding the change in climate hazards (projections for climate change),

·    understanding and assessing what’s at risk from these changes (risk assessments)

·    planning who will do what in response (adaptation planning).

For our region, we have an understanding of the projections for climate change, from work Bay of Plenty Regional Council commissioned from NIWA. The Regional Council held a workshop in October 2020 with elected members to discuss these projections and next steps as a region. Following this workshop and with Mayoral Forum support, a working group of officials was established.

2.2.2    National guidance – risk assessments

The Ministry for the Environment (MFE) is currently developing guidance for local risk assessments, following the release of the National Risk Assessment in 2020.

The purpose of local risk assessments would be to build our understanding of what is at risk from a changing climate and the relationship between these risks, to inform adaptation responses. It is envisioned that this would be across a range of risks (e.g. from infrastructure to industry to health).

MFE are attempting to make local assessments more straightforward and compatible with national adaptation planning by developing a common methodology. Draft guidance is due to be released in July 2021, with a final version expected in August 2021. Our region is well placed with three members of our working group advising the Ministry.

2.2.3    Current work

With national guidance imminent for local risk assessment methods, our working group is sponsoring two pilot projects: a pilot regional assessment in the form of a one day expert workshop and a Kaupapa Maori pilot:

·      The regional pilot workshop was held on 17 May and run by Tonkin and Taylor. A group of 20 subject matter experts generated 50 example climate risks for the region and assessed a subset of these using different methods. Comprehensive risk assessments will springboard off the learnings from this pilot, including that any regional assessment needs to account for sub regional risk factors.

·      A Kaupapa Maori pilot is currently being undertaken by Te Arawa Lakes Trust. It is looking to develop a Kaupapa Maori method for understanding shared values that are at risk from climate change. The outputs from this trial could complement work at a regional scale.

2.2.4    Next steps

This is an evolving space with further national guidance emerging and Council Long Term Plans being confirmed. Dependent on these factors, we could be in a position to carry out a risk assessment for our region, based on what we have learnt in our pilots and national guidance, in late 2021/early 2022.

A regional assessment could include both regional and sub-regional risks and would complement any local district or rohe based assessment, as ultimately adaptation will need to happen at a range of scales. BOPRC will also have some funding available to support community led and iwi led adaptation planning.

This regional risk assessment would enable decision makers to make informed decisions on priorities and resource allocation for adaptation. The Mayoral Forum could be the initial recipients of a regional risk assessment and staff will continue to keep the Forum informed of progress in this space.

3.        Other climate change initiatives

Climate Change Action Plans:

Bay of Plenty Regional Council will be updating its Climate Change Action Plan in August 2021 to reflect the recent LTP funding decisions.

Whakatāne District Council adopted a Climate Change Strategy in October 2020.

Rotorua Lakes Council adopted its Climate Action Plan in February 2021.

Both of the District Council documents set district targets for greenhouse gas emissions reductions.

The Regional Council will continue to connect and collaborate across the region’s local authorities to support the delivery of actions where relevant, and ensure the local and regional approaches are working in harmony and enhancing overall outcomes.

Bay of Plenty Regional Carbon Footprint update:

BOPRC will update the 2015 Regional Carbon footprint, including a breakdown by district and greater detail around transport emissions. This will provide a consistent baseline on regional greenhouse gas emissions for the Bay of Plenty local authorities to use.

Sustainable Homes Scheme:

BOPRC will establish a scheme to provide support for homeowners to install solar panels, insulation and/or efficient heating through a combination of low interest loans, no interest loans, and partial grants (for low income households). BOPRC will work with the Bay of Plenty local authorities to determine specific criteria for how this scheme will be best targeted across the sub-regions.

Regional Business Support:

The Bay of Plenty local authorities are looking to support the regional EDAs to run sub-regional workshops to support the new ‘Climate Action Toolbox’ in partnership with Sustainable Business Network.

FutureFit Carbon Footprint tool:

BOPRC is looking to host the Future Fit carbon footprint tool on its website and partner with the Bay of Plenty local authorities in supporting its use in households across the region.



Attachment 1: 2021-03-26 Climate Change Commission Bay of Plenty joint regional submission FINAL

Bay of Plenty Mayoral Forum                                                                                 18 June 2021

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