We've launched the Toi Moana Bay of Plenty Action Plan with 73 initiatives to build the  local economy.

We’re also investing heavily in transformative roading projects and $115 million to roll out Ultra-Fast Broadband to businesses and homes.

Keeping families and communities safe is also a priority, and we are funding an extra 1,125 Police staff across the country.

The region’s success lies with its young people, and we are committed to providing the best possible education, as well as access to healthcare, to ensure they share in this region’s success.

Bay of Plenty Economic Snapshot

  • $13,012 increase in average annual wages in the region since 2008, more than double the rate of inflation.
  • 33.4% economic growth since we were elected
  • 9,700 new jobs created in Bay of Plenty over the past year
  • 69 more Police for the Bay of Plenty Police District – as part of our $503m Safer Communities package.


  • $520m to transform SH2 between Tauranga and Waihi, including building the new Tauranga Northern Link and a bypass of Katikati town centre.
  • $102m for the Baypark to Bayfair Link upgrade, which is expected to be completed by 2020.
  • 10 more towns in Bay of Plenty to get Ultra-Fast Broadband, benefitting an additional 30,000 people in small towns like Te Puke, Katikati, Kawerau, Ohope, Opotiki, Omokoroa and Te Puna.
  • We invested $455m in the Tauranga Eastern Link, which opened in 2015, and was one of the region’s biggest roading projects ever.
  • $41m for Rotorua’s transport network, Safety and traffic improvements to State Highway 33 - Te Ngae to Sun Valley, Sun Valley to Paengaroa, State Highway 5 - Tarukenga to Ngongotaha, State Highway 30 and Owhata to Te Ngae junction.


  • 48,690 children in 120 schools in Bay of Plenty benefitting from our $359 million initiative to keep the best teachers in the classroom and share expertise and leadership across schools.
  • 97.3% of young children in Bay of Plenty participating in early childhood education, helping them get the best start in life.
  • 84.7% of 18-year-olds achieving NCEA Level 2, an increase of 9.6 percentage points since 2011 –  that’s 383 more 18-year-olds.
  • $41m to redevelop three schools in the Bay of Plenty - Murupara Area School, Ohope Beach School and Edgecumbe College.
  • $67m to build four new schools in Bay of Plenty since 2010, including the recently announced new Pyes Pa West School, and a further $6.3m for 15 new classrooms at six other schools.


  • 60,660 children in Bay of Plenty and Lakes DHBs benefitting from our policy of free GP visits and prescriptions for all children aged under 13.
  • 4,100 more patients a year in the region receiving elective operations than when we were elected.
  • 54,500 60 to 74-year-olds in the region will be eligible for our bowel screening programme, which is being rolled out across the country to help prevent some of around 1,200 deaths each year.
  • National invested $27m in the new East Wing development at Tauranga Hospital, which opened in 2011, and $67m in the new Whakatane Hospital, which opened in 2015.
Bay of Plenty DHB
  • As of 31 March 2017 there were over 330 doctor full-time equivalents and over 1,050 nurse full-time equivalents employed by the Bay of Plenty DHB. That’s over 90 more doctors and over 200 more nurses compared to 2008.
  • Bay of Plenty DHB will receive an extra $26 million in new money this year, taking the DHB’s total funding to $744 million for 2017/18. That’s an extra $227 million in funding over the last nine years.
  • Between 2008 to 2016, in the Bay of Plenty DHB:
    • Elective surgeries are up 33%.
    • Orthopaedic elective surgeries are up 15%.
    • Cataract surgeries are up 8%.
    • Hips and knee replacements are up 22%.
    • First Specialist Assessments are up 40%.
Lakes DHB
  • As of 31 March 2017 there were over 170 doctor full-time equivalents and over 460 nurse full-time equivalents employed by the Lakes DHB. That’s over 60 more doctors and over 80 more nurses compared to 2008.
  • Lakes DHB will receive an extra $12 million in new money this year, taking the DHB’s total funding to $332 million for 2017/18. That’s an extra $85 million in funding over the last nine years.
  • Between 2008 to 2016, in the Lakes DHB:
    • Elective surgeries are up 33%.
    • Orthopaedic elective surgeries are up 55%.
    • Hips and knee replacements are up 24%.
    • First Specialist Assessments are up 43%.

Making a Difference

  • 2,012 people in Bay of Plenty helped into their first home in the first two years of HomeStart.
  • 90,900 businesses and homes in the region now able to connect to Ultra-Fast Broadband as part of our $2 billion investment to roll out faster internet across New Zealand.
  • We’ve committed $7.7m to support tourism in Rotorua recently, including $3.2m for this year’s Crankworx and Mud Festival events.
  • We’re investing $7.7m in the new Omokoroa to Tauranga cycleway and a further $12.8m to complete the Tauranga and Rotorua urban cycle networks.


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