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Economic development

The Bay of Plenty's economy

In 2014, Bay of Plenty organisations got together and produced a booklet describing the economic significance of the entire region. Download the document here: Building a Better Bay Click 1.72 MB

The Kawerau district's economy

Kawerau is a well-established wood processing centre in the heart of New Zealand's principal forestry region. It is supported by a highly skilled and internationally competitive engineering and maintenance service cluster.

A major contributor to the success of this industry has been access to energy from geothermal fields within the district that gives industry security of supply and price stability of electricity and delivers considerable benefits through direct heat processes.

The Kawerau geothermal field has the capability to substantially increase electricity production and can support commercial opportunities that require a consistent direct heat facility.

Kawerau's unique business environment makes it the logical site for sustainable industrial development. Here you will find a winning combination of abundant renewable energy, sustainably-grown forestry, excellent logistics, proven operational expertise and a stable, productive economy. Kawerau can deliver low-carbon, low-risk and high-value solutions to companies seeking opportunities to expand their operations while minimising environmental impact.

Kawerau District Council's economic development strategy supports the development of energy, wood processing, niche manufacturing, waste and social infrastructure. This strategy is being updated and will be uploaded once it is complete.


Kawerau demonstrates a depth of experience and expertise in key areas including low-carbon manufacturing, transport and engineering. Existing industrial synergies show how organisations can work together for excellence, efficiency and effectiveness.

Extensive rail, road and port infrastructure in the Kawerau district allows for cost-effective and reliable transport to market destinations across the globe. The Port of Tauranga, only 100km from Kawerau, is New Zealand's largest export facility.

A proposed container terminal will strengthen rail links with the Port. 

Geothermal energy

Kawerau's geothermal field comprises hot springs, steaming vents and deep bores ranging from 250-315 degrees Celsius. It is an intrinsic part of the district's unique character. Geothermal systems are a clean, abundant and reliable source of renewable energy.

The Kawerau field is one of New Zealand's largest. As well as power generation, it supplies process steam for the industrial wood-processing site shared by Norske Skog Tasman, Asaleo Care, Oji Fibre Solutions, Sequal Lumber and CHH Wood Products. The steam is used for drying wood and producing and drying paper and tissue products.