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Your support enables us to advocate for the value of the arts in Tauranga and the Western Bay.


Tauranga is New Zealand’s fifth-largest and fastest-growing city, and home to around 124,600 people. Tauranga City Council’s community outcomes describe what Tauranga will look and feel like in the future: a talented and innovative city full of opportunity; a city with heart and soul; and a city of great spaces, places and environments.

Tauranga City Council is made up of two separate parts that work together for the benefit of the citizens who live here. The first part is the elected members (‘the Council’) – consisting of a Mayor and ten councillors. The elected members make decisions, on behalf of the citizens, to meet the needs of the entire Tauranga community.

The second part is the organisation – (also ‘the Council’) – consisting of staff who provide the services and the facilities/projects – which deliver on the decisions made by the elected members as we work together toward the community outcomes.

Western Bay of Plenty District Council

WBOPDC embraces a diverse geographical area of urban, coastal and rural settlements stretching from Bowentown to Otamarakau. Western Bay is one New Zealand’s fastest growing districts and at last count had a resident population of 43,692.

The Council has a diverse and talented pool of 205 staff with expertise across engineering, planning, communication, customer services, utilities, project management, recreation, resource management, cultural relationships, building, IT and much more. On any given day, the customer services staff help about 700 customers through phone calls, emails, after hours contacts and face-to-face interaction.

The Council pride’s itself on great service, strong governance and their work to nurture our District’s social, cultural, environmental and economic strengths. Their vision is to continue helping Western Bay to be a great place to live, learn, work and play.

Simpson Grierson

Simpson Grierson is one of New Zealand’s leading commercial law firms, and also one of the largest. We have over 330 staff, including 50 partners and more than 180 other legal staff, in our Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch offices.

We are a full-service law firm and proud of our reputation for providing expert, yet practical, advice across all areas of commercial law. We are a “plain English” firm.

We are a firm of specialists. Our clients do not receive employment advice from a general commercial litigator, construction advice from a property lawyer, or tax advice from a mergers and acquisitions specialist. Our large size means we can resource our teams with specialist lawyers in every commercial area. We work to attract and retain talented people to support this approach.

Mackenzie Elvin

Fiona Mackenzie is the founding principal of the firm. It was while she was pushing her firstborn in a pram past the villa in the early 1980s on her way to a rugby game at the Domain that she had the idea that perhaps she could balance motherhood with her legal career if they bought the villa to live in, and work out of.

And so it transpired. In 1991 Fiona was joined in the business by her husband Graeme Elvin, a well-established commercial lawyer, and shortly after by Marcus Wilkins, also an experienced property lawyer. The burgeoning business was located in Cameron Road for a few years before returning to its current location.

Fiona, Graeme and Marcus have continued a strong partnership over the years and now have a team of 20 people at Mackenzie Elvin, including part-timers.


TechnologyWise is an IT service provider and support company specialising in the business and education markets.

They have a strong focus on open source software, which enables them to provide cost-effective business solutions.

Based in Tauranga, TechnologyWise supports networks, servers and PCs for all systems and platforms, including Linux, Mac & Windows. They also install and support web-based applications such as CRM systems, content management systems and wikis.

William Buck

William Buck is a leading firm of Chartered Accountants and advisors with offices across Australia and New Zealand.

Throughout their history, they have assisted individuals, progressive businesses and community organisations, with a particular focus on the middle market. Remaining true to their core client base has enabled them to develop a depth of knowledge and expertise specific to their clients’ needs.

William Buck’s strength lies in their unique philosophy summed up by the simple phrase, ‘Changing Lives.’


As a community-focused trust, TECT provides support for local initiatives, facilities and events that bring vibrancy, connectedness, growth and economic benefits to the region. Their transformational funding process brings life to grassroots organisations and large-scale multi-million-dollar projects alike.

TECT supports innovation in the community, building a region that is the envy of all others. Now at approximately $1 billion, the TECT fund is one of the largest in the country, significantly contributing to the creation of a region from which, not only current residents will benefit, but future generations. This is something of which everyone can feel proud because we all make this happen through collective support of TECT’s community distributions.

The Western Bay’s growing needs in terms of infrastructure, both physically and socially, are only going to increase, which is where TECT plays an increasingly critical role.