Members of agencies in the COBOP network work in action clusters to identify and respond to gaps and opportunities. The action clusters meet throughout the year to work collaboratively on key action areas.


Economic development is about realising the potential of what we have in the Bay of Plenty.  The benefits of this are far reaching and affect individuals, families, communities and the region as a whole.  


Social development is inter-related with economic drivers, enviromental health and cultural understanding.  It's all about outcomes for people.  Improving our lives improves our region as a whole.


The Bay of Plenty was the landing point of several migration canoes that brought Māori settlers to New Zealand. These include the Mataatua, Nukutere, Takitimu and Arawa canoes, as well as the Tainui canoe.  12% of New Zealand's Maori population live here, making the Bay of Plenty the third largest Maori populated region nationally.  For the region to thrive the cultural aspect of the Bay cannot be overlooked.  


The Bay of Plenty landscape is varied and spectacular.  From mountains to the sea, our environment offers us opportunities for sustenance, leisure and income.  With this in mind, environmental protection and development for the region is a delicate balance.