Friday, 29 June 2018 09:59


Tim Bell to join high calibre Board of Trustees / Funding approved for implementation of sub-regional Arts & Culture Strategy / Announcement of AGM

Tim Bell, Manager of the Tauranga office for Best Start Educare Ltd, has been appointed onto the Board of Trustees of the sub-regional arts development agency Creative Bay of Plenty. The organisation receives core funding through both Tauranga City Council and Western Bay of Plenty District Council. The appointment panel comprised of both Mayors as well as arts sector representative Rosemary Balu from ARTbop alongside Chair Michelle Whitmore. The non-remunerated role was advertised through Creative Bay of Plenty’s online channels.

Tim describes himself as ‘a strategic thinker, experienced in all matters financial, budgeting, banking, accounting, reporting, taxation and law.’ He aims to ‘support the Board with a clarity between commercial and altruistic outcomes, balancing the needs of interest groups and stakeholders.’

Creative Bay of Plenty will lead and monitor the implementation of the sub-regional Arts & Culture Strategy Toi Moana for three years starting July 2018. Creative Bay of Plenty is directly responsible for community priorities focused around youth engagement, investment, capability building and Māori participation.  Both Councils have, through their respective Long Term Plan processes, approved funding to support the actions outlined in Toi Moana. We would like to thank elected members for their continued vision and endorsement of the Arts & Culture sector.

The Western Bay of Plenty district Council has increased total funding to $100,000 per annum for the next three years to cover service and strategy delivery. The Tauranga City Council has provided strategy specific funding of $113,000 in Year One; $98 000 in Year Two; and $98 000 in Year Three. Existing base funding for Creative Bay of Plenty will remain consistent at $300,696 per annum + GST. We are committed to transparent reporting on strategy progress, which will be available from our website.

Creative Bay of Plenty would like to thank all organisations and individuals who contributed toward the development of Toi Moana. We look forward to the transformation of our region that comes with its collective delivery.

If you like to find out more, Creative Bay of Plenty is holding its Annual General Meeting on 26 July at 5.30pm at Basestation Tauranga (148 Durham Street, Tauranga) further information will be presented. The public is invited to attend, please RSVP to