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Sustainable Communities

Envirohub Bay of Plenty

Envirohub BOP is an independent, non-profit organisation established and funded by a community based charitable trust. The centre works with the community on a number of environmental projects including Sustainable Backyards month, the Hydrohub, greening of events and has a resource library for the public to access. The centre is now located at the Historic Village on 17th Avenue.

Envirohub BOP

Transition Towns

Transition Towns is a vibrant, international grassroots movement that brings people together to explore how communities can respond to the environmental, economic and social challenges arising from climate change, resource depletion and an economy based on growth.

Transition Towns

Coast Care

Tauranga City Council is in partnership with Bay of Plenty Regional Council and the community to run the Coast Care programme.  Coast Care uses local knowledge and enthusiasm to restore the form and function of the dunes. There are a number of community planting opportunities.  

Coast Care

Community Gardens

Council adopted a Community Gardens Policy in 2009.  Council’s role is to make land available for the set up of a community garden through a Licence to Occupy where the required criteria are met.

If your group is interested is exploring the possibility of seeking land to set up a community garden, guidelines are available to assist you with your planning.  

Guidelines for establishing a community garden (26kb pdf)

Organic Edible Gardens

Interested in growing your own organic food?

Check out the organic edible garden website for some valuable tips in getting started, how to manage waste and what to grow in the different seasons.

Organic edible garden

Tauranga Carbon Reduction Group

This group has a climate change mitigation focus and meets bi-monthly. to find out more or connect with the group visit their facebook page.

Kai Western Bay

This group formed in 2016 and has a focus on food. interests include food policy, supporting healthy food access, locally grown food, reduction in food waste and local economic opportunities in the food sector. For more information contact: Michelle Elborn, Sustainability Advisor, 07 577 7000.


Last Reviewed: 07/02/2017