Annual Plan Submissions

Support Arts & Culture in our city by having your say.

Arts & culture matters!

The last 5 weeks have been tough for everyone. However, during the COVID-19 lockdown we have seen our arts sector shining brightly with local arts organisations continuing to support the creative culture of our city through these challenging times. Creativity has been fundamental in adjusting to the ‘new normal’. Our creative sector has taken up the challenge and continues to deliver arts and cultural experience which is vital to the wellbeing, identity and fabric of life in the bay.

Now more than ever it is important that arts and culture does not become an afterthought or a nice-to-have. The sector needs your voice, and your support to ensure creativity, arts, culture and wellbeing continues to grow and flourish in our City.

Your opinions matter!  As a member of our community, this is your opportunity to tell the council what matters to you.

If you enjoy live music, admire city murals, peruse galleries and exhibitions, participate in creative workshops, attend local artisan markets, enjoy your children’s school productions, have children attending music lessons, dance or theatre, appreciate festivals, colour and diverse culture then please show your support for arts and culture in our city and have your say.

Toi Moana

Creative BOP is the lead agent in the oversight and delivery of Toi Moana, the community-led Arts and Culture Strategy. Toi Moana is a multi-stakeholder plan encompassing Tauranga and the Western Bay of Plenty sub-regions, signed off by both Councils in late 2017.

The vision is for a vibrant and inclusive Western Bay of Plenty region, where our shared history with tangata whenua is acknowledged, our creative industries thrive and prosper, and our diverse community is valued and enriched by arts and cultural experiences — every day, for everyone.

The 6 vs are the framework for achieving the vision outlined in the strategy:

  • Visionary
  • Vocalising
  • Vibrancy
  • Valuing
  • Viability
  • Vitality

Highlights from CBOP’s Toi Moana actions delivered in year one (2018 – 2019):

  • Creative Bay of Plenty has conducted research to better understand the Creative Arts sector in relation to the youth market in order to encourage engagement and development of arts and culture. – FIND OUT MORE 
  •  Creative Bay of Plenty was tasked with undertaking a baseline audit of hard infrastructure in the region, so that future investment for the sector in the Western Bay of Plenty could be assessed and informed. The protocol for this research was to:
    • undertake desk research, and
    • meet with sector and iwi representatives, funders, and council representatives. The aim being to gather data and garner insight on usage, planning, and current investment practices – FIND OUT MORE
  • CBOP Establish a ‘Go to’ online hub for culturally diverse activities, events and sector news

Toi Moana Sector Highlights 2018 – 2019

Key highlights and progress of lead agents actions for Toi Moana 2018 – 2019 is outlined in the summary report below
  • Year one strategy update & report
  • Year One Toi Moana Arts & Culture Strategy Overview
  • Youth Mapping Research
  • Art In Business Research
  • Investment Mapping Research

The Arts & Culture Strategy is a framework for the two councils, and their funding partners which outlines where our arts and cultural sector is right now, where we want to be and what we need to do to get there.

It’s a three-year plan that will create a clear framework and priorities for decision-making, ensuring our arts and cultural sector grows in a logical and sustainable way.


The scheme aims to increase participation from the local community in the arts sector, support the diversity of local cultural traditions and encourage and engage young people to participate in local arts. The term ‘arts’ is broadly defined to mean all forms of creative and interpretative expression.