Project Updates

June 2020

On 17 June the SmartGrowth Leadership Group held an open workshop at the Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s offices, where a redacted version of the Draft Final Report was discussed and the SmartGrowth partners given the opportunity to provide feedback.

The redacted version of the Draft Final Report can be viewed here.

The next key milestone for the UFTI team is 24 June, when we hope to publish the remainder of the technical reports that have fed into the Final Report.

These technical reports will be made available on the Reports section of the website.

May 2020

On 20 May UFTI Project Director Robert Brodnax attended a SmartGrowth Leadership Group workshop where he gave an update on how the UFTI project is progressing.

Two videos outlining his presentation can be viewed below. Part 1 provides background information and context to the UFTI process and Part 2 covers the Interim Report and draft implementation principles developed by the Project Team.

As part of preparing the Final Report we are particularly keen for feedback from stakeholders on the draft Implementation Principles that would guide UFTI implementation actions. These principles reflect feedback from stakeholders about factors that were important for UFTI to address. The draft principles can be viewed below. We welcome your feedback on these – please email Robert Brodnax ( with any questions or comments.

November 2019

On 18 November the UFTI project team held a workshop in Mount Maunganui with some of UFTI’s key stakeholders, including representatives from tangata whenua, local businesses and community groups.

Project Director, Robert Brodnax, commenced the workshop with a presentation, recapping the purpose of UFTI and giving an update on where the project team are at in the process. The presentation also covered what to expect in the Interim Report, due out on 20 December. This presentation can be viewed below. Please contact the UFTI team if you have any questions or feedback.