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Nau mai, haere mai, welcome to our BOPDHB

Nau mai, haere mai, welcome to our BOPDHB

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Our district and health population

One of 20 District Health Boards (DHBs) in New Zealand.

The Bay of Plenty District Health Board (BOPDHB) was established under the New Zealand Health and Disability Act 2000. This Act sets out the roles and functions of DHBs1.

The BOPDHB has a purpose of funding and providing personal health services, public health services and disability support services for the Western and Eastern Bay of Plenty.

Our BOPDHB district

1. New Zealand Health and Disability Act 2000

The Bay of Plenty District Health Board (BOPDHB) is one of 20 DHBs in New Zealand, and one of five DHBs that make up the Midland region. We serve a population of approximately 255,11022 residents (199,751 living in Western Bay.

of Plenty, and 55,359 in the Eastern Bay of Plenty), for the major population centres of Tauranga, Katikati, Te Puke, Whakatāne, Kawerau and Ōpōtiki. Of this, 31% are under 25 and 25.6% identify as having Māori ethnicity, and like the national population, our population is ageing (currently 20% aged 65 or over, and forecast to reach 23% in 2026). Eighteen Iwi are located within our district.

The Bay of Plenty is growing at a faster rate than the New Zealand population, as a whole. The forecast for population growth from 2016 to 2026 is 20.5% with the majority of the growth expected to be in the Western Bay of Plenty region (particularly Tauranga city) with the Eastern Bay of Plenty expected to experience a static or declining population.

78.3% of our population resides in the Western Bay of Plenty4.

  • The BOP is strongly bicultural with 25% of residents Māori.
  • 20% of our residents are 65 or This is expected to grow to 25% by 2026. The over 85 age group in particular will grow from 5,580 to 8,280 people.
  • The 2011-2014 New Zealand Health Survey recorded that 5% of the Bay of Plenty population are current smokers. This is higher than the national average of 17.7%.
  • The rate of obesity in BOP is higher than the NZ average at nearly 32% of all adults.

The BOPDHB acknowledges these challenges and are refocusing their approach to achieving health outcomes. This will become more collaborative with community and agencies outside the health sector, with emphasis on Health in all Policies. Over the next thirty years, progressing to determinants of health approach, through a collective effort will be required to improve health of all New Zealanders4.


Population by Age 2019/20

Bay of Plenty’s population tends to be older than the national average4.

BOPDHB Population by Age 2019-20

Ethnic mix 2019/20

Bay of Plenty has a higher proportion of Māori in comparison to the national average, and a lower proportion of Pacific People.

BOPDHB Ethnic mix 2019-20

Deprivation 2019/20

Bay of Plenty has a relatively low proportion of people in the least deprived section of the population while the most deprived sections are over-represented.

BOPDHB Deprivation 2019-20


2. MOH projected population for 2019/2020 based on 2018 census data.
3. Mason Drury November 2015.
4. Ministry of Health NZ

Nga moemoe, nga kaupapa. Our vision, mission, and values.

Our VisionTā Mātou Moemoea

Kia Momoho Te Hāpori ōrangaHealthy, thriving communities

Our MissionTā Mātou Matakite

Enabling communities to achieve good health, independence and access to quality services.

Our ValuesĀ Mātou Uara

Our CARE values underpin the way we work together to provide you with a better-connected health system that is patient and whānau centred.

BOPDHB CARE Values and Manaakitanga

The CARE values are aligned to our He Pou Oranga Tangata Whenua Māori Determinants of Health Principles.

He Pou Oranga Tangata Whenua Māori Determinants of Health Principles


Understanding and engaging in a spiritual existence.


Positive leadership.


Show of respect or kindness and support.


Maintaining unity of purpose and direction.


Place of belonging, purpose and importance.


Guardianship and stewardship over people, land and resource.


Being part of and contributing collectively.


Teaching, preserving and creating knowledge.


Graham Bidois Cameron, Pou Tikanga, BOPDHB Māori Health Gains & Development explains the meaning of Manaakitanga that sits over the organisation's CARE values.