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Steering Group meeting dates 2018

Steering Group meeting dates 2018

  • 9 February
  • 4 May
  • 10 August (TBC)
  • 9 November

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COBOP has a Steering Group made up of three local government and four central government members that guides the direction for the whole network. This group is nominated by the Regional Leadership Forum to guide COBOP activities for a two year period.  Assisted by a Strategic Co-ordinator, this group meets three times a year to:

  • Foster and oversee network processes that support local and central government to work together to achieve results for the Bay of Plenty
  • Monitor progress in collaborative efforts towards local and regional community aspirations and priorities
  • Be responsible for ensuring that the intent of the COBOP network is achieved
  • Take responsibility for fronting any important matters affecting COBOP overall
  • Jointly act as supporters for the action clusters


If you'd like to see what COBOP has been up to this year read our Annual Report.

Name, Organisation Representing
Miriam Taris, Western Bay of Plenty District Council Local Government(Chair)
James Graham, Bay of Plenty Regional Council Local Government (regional)
Rachel Jones, Te Puni Kokiri Central Government, Cultural Cluster
Lionel Crawley, NZ Trade & Enterprise Central Government, Economic  Cluster
Mike Bryant, Ministry of Social Development Central Government, Social Cluster
Helen Neale, Department of Conservation Central Government
Russell George - Kawerau District Council Local Government (district) 
Jo Smith Strategic Co-ordinator

COBOP sends out an e-newsletter every month.  If you would like to go on our mailing list please email the Strategic Coordinator above.