Welcome to It's About You!

What makes the Western Bay of Plenty so special? In a word - YOU!

We're beginning our journey in planning for the next decade ahead - what that looks like for the Western Bay and its residents.

In a nutshell - we want as many of you as possible to join us on this journey. After all - it's the place you call home.

If you like - let us know what's important to you below or share your own Western Bay story. Keep an eye on this project to see upcoming events and opportunities to get involved.

This journey will take us into 2018. We hope to see you on the way...

Follow us on Instagram @westernbaycouncil, share your favourite Western Bay images and moments using the hashtag #itsaboutyou in your post!

What makes the Western Bay of Plenty so special? In a word - YOU!

We're beginning our journey in planning for the next decade ahead - what that looks like for the Western Bay and its residents.

In a nutshell - we want as many of you as possible to join us on this journey. After all - it's the place you call home.

If you like - let us know what's important to you below or share your own Western Bay story. Keep an eye on this project to see upcoming events and opportunities to get involved.

This journey will take us into 2018. We hope to see you on the way...

Follow us on Instagram @westernbaycouncil, share your favourite Western Bay images and moments using the hashtag #itsaboutyou in your post!

We're sharing the stories of people around the District – what’s yours?

It may be about your family life, work, the people, place or culture, anything you like. Knowing what makes the Western Bay special for each of you helps us continue to build on what makes our place unique, our strengths and opportunities!


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  • Te Puke farm charm

    by Young kid on the farm, 22 days ago

    I often think about visiting our family friends at their farm in Te Puke when I was a kid.

    We lived in Auckland at the time and an escape to the farm was always so exciting. I remember being completely charmed by farm life: learning to ride a little motorbike, hearing the cows in the morning and seeing the tractors on the roadside. Oh and eating a big slice of hot sticky date pudding in the kitchen - a small home on a huge section filled with possibility to little young me.

    That was the beginning of my... Continue reading

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  • give em a taste of kiwi

    by Yankiwi, 23 days ago
    • My family and I lived in Auckland in Brown's Bay. We would walk to the beach and I would dig for pippies and bring them home to boil and eat. My sisters and I would play in the rock pools when the tide was out. You never knew what you would find. 
    • My grandparents owned a kiwi orchard in Tauranga so we were always in the bay of plenty. On our road trips to "Nana's road" we would stop in Paeroa and play in the local park. I can still taste the naturally carbonated water that came from the tap... Continue reading
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