Council has close links with a number of community groups in Tauranga. Below is a list of those partnerships and Council’s role in supporting them.
Council provides funding to Creative Bay of Plenty to assist in the delivery of arts and cultural development outcomes for the community. Creative Bay of Plenty’s role is to promote and provide opportunities for people to benefit from their involvement with arts and culture. This includes helping to determine the direction of arts and culture in the Bay, establishing community needs and priorities for arts and culture, actively promoting the needs and priorities of the arts and culture sector, awareness of what is happening in the arts and culture sector and provider of information relating to arts and culture.
Council provides funding to Sport Bay of Plenty to assist in the delivery of sport and active recreation outcomes for the community. Sport Bay of Plenty's role is to promote and provide opportunities for people to benefit from involvement with physical activity, sport and active recreation. This includes helping to determine the direction of sport and active recreation in Tauranga, establishing community needs and priorities for sport and active recreation, actively promoting the needs and priorities of the sport and active recreation sector, awareness of what is happening in the sport and active recreation sector, provider of information relating to sport and active recreation and deliverer of programmes and activities that encourage participation in sport and active recreation.
Council provides an annual funding contribution to CAB to assist them in delivery of their services to the community. This recognises the valuable contribution and role that CAB play in the provision of an information service to the community.
Council provides an annual funding contribution to Tauranga Foodbank to assist them in delivery of their services to the community. The role of the Foodbank is to support individuals and families in need through the provision of food parcels and encouraging them to seek support from the appropriate social service agencies, and work collaboratively with other social service agencies to ensure appropriate support is provided to families and individuals in need of their services. Tauranga Foodbank operates from Brook Street.
Council has provided a funding contribution to various Surf Lifesaving organisations each summer since 1995. This assists Surf Lifesaving NZ to provide their Regional Lifeguard Service (professional guards) over the summer period. This ensures that the Mount Maunganui, Omanu and Papamoa beaches are patrolled Monday – Friday (10am – 6pm) during holiday periods as it is not possible to rely on volunteer guards at these times and provide the level of service required for safety.
Community advisory groups
The Disability Advisory Group works alongside Council to help make the city accessible to everyone.
Council is looking to establish a Positive Ageing Advisory Forum in 2017. The Forum will foster the relationship between Council and older citizens.
The Youth Advisory Group works alongside Council to make sure that as our city develops, it meets the needs of young people and that the ideas and opinions of our young people are heard.
Toxic Agrichemicals Advisory Group
The Toxic Agrichemical Advisory Forum is a group of interested and knowledgeable people who can assist the Strategy and Policy Committee in its determination of acceptable toxic agrichemicals and their circumstances of use.