About Us

We advocate for the growth of arts and culture in Tauranga and the Western Bay of Plenty.

Our vision is to facilitate
an environment where arts and culture thrive.

Nā tō rourou, nā taku rourou ka ora ai te iwi.
With your food basket and my food basket, the people will thrive.

Creative Bay of Plenty was founded over fifty years ago, and ever since, we have evolved and responded to the creative needs and aspirations of the Tauranga and the Western Bay community.  Today, in partnership with our two local Councils and the support of regional and national funders, we serve as the region’s umbrella organisation for arts, culture, and heritage, providing connections, capability building, resources (funding, information, and technical support), and promotion of creative events and opportunities. We work closely with local government, schools and educators, iwi, other non-profits and umbrella organisations, funders and the private sector to ensure a vibrant, expressive, and diverse sense of creative community—and to enhance quality of life through the arts. We consider our vision and mission to be essential for a healthy city and region—with arts, culture and heritage seen as a driver of social cohesion and community wellbeing.

On a national leadership level, Creative Bay of Plenty is also a proud leadership member of RANA: Regional Arts Network Aotearoa. This emerging consortium comprises New Zealand’s major and developing Regional Arts Organisations who work together on sustainable arts, culture and heritage developments, advise on public policy opportunities, and serve as a unified voice for cultural identity and creative wellbeing on a local, regional, and national level.


Creative Bay of Plenty has a governing board of volunteer members. They represent a diverse cross-section of creatives from the Western Bay region.


Get to know the crew at CBOP. A dynamic team of art loving individuals with a vested interest in seeing arts and culture thrive in our region.


Along with Tauranga City Council and Western Bay of Plenty District Council, CBOP is supported by local organisations who are all invested in seeing our region’s arts and culture sector thrive.