UFTI Stakeholder Engagement


Stakeholder engagement plays a crucial role in the UFTI process. Knowledge and insight from stakeholders is helping the project team develop a picture of what the future should look like for people living, working, learning and playing in the Western Bay of Plenty over the next 30 years and beyond.

This insight helps the project team think about where infrastructure for growing communities should be built, and when and where major transport investments will be needed, to help ensure housing is accessible and people and goods can easily move around the sub-region in the future.


Stakeholder feedback


Formal feedback about the UFTI programme of work has been received from nine of UFTI’s key stakeholder groups. Some of this feedback can be viewed below.

SmartGrowth Environmental and Sustainability Forum
SmartGrowth Housing Affordability Forum
SmartGrowth Strategic Partners Forum
SmartGrowth Social Sector Forum
Bay of Plenty District Health Board
Priority One
Te Puke Economic Development Group

A summary of all stakeholder feedback and responses from the UFTI project team tracking how those responses influenced thinking about the Final Report and optimal programme can be found here.

The Automobile Association (AA) also surveyed 350 members in the region with respect to their preferences and provided useful technical evidence. The AA report can be viewed here.


Stakeholder engagement process


Stakeholder engagement has been planned to ensure that throughout the UFTI process, stakeholders have the opportunity to be listened to, and can provide vital input and feedback into the UFTI project as it works towards the Final Report and optimal programme for the future of Urban Form and Transport in the Western Bay of Plenty.

Following UFTI reaching its first key milestone in August 2019 – the release of the Draft Foundation Report, five formal stakeholder engagement events have been held. The number of attendees at each event has ranged from 30 to 50 people. Topics covered at these events included the following:


Spatial Planning workshops (May 2019)   

Stakeholders were asked to envision possible future urban form and transport patterns for different future scenarios. These scenarios were used to build the long-form list of programmes.


Benefits and Measures workshop (August 2019)

Stakeholders identified the topics they would expect to be included as benefits/measures/KPIs in the UFTI work. These topics are addressed in the final KPIs, measures and indicators that will form part of the monitoring and measurement of the UFTI Final Report.


Testing Possible Urban Forms workshop (November 2019)

Stakeholders provided themes and ideas for interventions that could form part of the various short-listed UFTI programmes. These ideas fed into detailed design of the programmes, and thinking on key development principles recommended for the Final Report.


Pros and Cons of Short Listed Programmes workshop (February 2020)

Stakeholders worked through each of the Interim Report programmes and identified pros and cons, as well as interventions or actions that would be required to make these programmes work. This feedback informed the evaluation of the programme options and the compilation of the optimal programme.


Housing Affordability and Supply workshop (April 2020)

A stakeholder workshop was held with the SmartGrowth Developers Forum and Housing Affordability Forum, where these community experts tested an intervention toolkit.


Additional engagement

As well as formal stakeholder events, the UFTI team has joined a number of SmartGrowth Forum, Priority One and other stakeholder initiated events.

Written comments from 11 organisations have been received on the Interim Report, including the SmartGrowth Forums. A summary of these comments and how they are being considered in the UFTI Final Report are provided here.

Regular newsletters continue to be sent out to over 250 stakeholders. Please sign up if you would like to receive this email newsletter from Project Director, Robert Brodnax.


Stakeholder maps


In May 2019 we held a series of visioning workshops with invited stakeholders where we asked them to envision what a future Tauranga might look like under different high-level scenarios.

These maps represent the collated outputs of that workshop. Their role is to help us think about the different future scenarios that our settlement pattern and transport system may need to respond to.

These maps can be viewed here.