Western Bay of Plenty District

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Western Bay of Plenty District
Territorial authority
Western Bay of Plenty Territorial Authority.PNG
Country New Zealand
Region Bay of Plenty Region
District Western Bay of Plenty District Council
Seat Greerton, Tauranga
 • Mayor Ross Paterson [dated info]
 • Total 2,120.675 km2 (818.797 sq mi)
Population (June 2014 estimate)[1]
 • Total 46,000
 • Density 22/km2 (56/sq mi)
Time zone NZST (UTC+12)
 • Summer (DST) NZDT (UTC+13)
Postcode(s) Map of postcodes
Website wbopdc.govt.nz

The Western Bay of Plenty District is a municipality in the Bay of Plenty Region of New Zealand. The district envelops Tauranga City by land, and includes Matakana Island, at the entrance to Tauranga Harbour.


The district had a population of 42,075 at the 2006 census, of whom 16% are Maori. Of these, 1773 live in Waihi Beach, 3579 in Katikati, and 7080 in Te Puke. The district has a land area of 2,120.675 km² (818.797 sq mi).

Local government[edit]

The seat of the Western Bay of Plenty District Council is at Greerton in Tauranga City (which is a separate area that is not part of the district). The district came into being in the local government reorganisation of 1989; with minor modifications to the boundaries, it merged the old Tauranga County and Te Puke Borough. The greatest changes were in the northwest, with Waihi Beach being transferred to the district from the old Ohinemuri County, and in the vicinity of Tauranga City, where some of the hinterland, formerly in the county, was transferred to the city.

The wards (for the purposes of electing district councillors) are Waihi Beach, Katikati, Kaimai, Te Puke and Maketu. The current mayor is Ross Paterson, who has held the position since the death of Graeme Weld in November 2008.


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Coordinates: 37°43′52″S 176°10′52″E / 37.731°S 176.181°E / -37.731; 176.181