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Continuing economic growth

Tauranga just continues to grow. The population is booming, young professionals are moving to the area and the labour pool is expanding. Between 2002 and 2006 the business growth rate was 36%, easily surpassing other regions. More and more businesses are setting up in the region and economic growth is set on an upward path.

As more businesses have established in the area, hotel and conference facilities have been built to service their needs. Commercial and residential developments continue to spring up to support the region’s growth.

An effective planning strategy is underway to best manage the growth in the Western Bay of Plenty. SmartGrowth is a programme to ensure that as the area grows, it will continue to be a great place to live, work and play.

Future development along the Eastern Corridor (including Papamoa East, Te Puke and Rangiuru) is expected to contribute approximately $8.5 billion to the Western Bay of Plenty subregion economy. This includes:

  • 17,500 new homes
  • 450 ha of industrial development
  • up to 100,000 square metres of shops, office and commercial activity.

The Port of Tauranga is expanding its capacity and maximising productivity, aiming to be recognised as New Zealand's Port of the Future.

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