Your DHB


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 225,320 for the major population centres of Tauranga, Katikati, Te Puke, Whakatāne, Kawerau and Ōpōtiki.

Of this 225,320, 32% are under 25 and 25% identify as having Māori ethnicity, and like the national population, our population is ageing (currently 19% aged 65 or over, and forecast to reach 24% in 2026). Eighteen Iwi are located within our district.

The Bay of Plenty (BOP) population has generally good health compared to others in New Zealand, and generally good access to health and disability support services. Future projections (based on current state) indicate the largest potential health gains for BOP people over the next 10-20 years lie in:


Over the next 10 years, the Bay of Plenty health system aims to be recognised as a sector leading, high performing health system...

Our Strategic Health Services Plan sets the scene for what we need to focus on to support our communities to be healthy and thriving. The health needs of our communities are changing, and our population is growing, and we need to be able to respond to that. This plan will guide us over the next 10 years to provide health services which better support people to stay well and manage their own health. We plan to strengthen our focus on providing integrated health services, intervening as early as possible, bringing health services closer to the patient, and providing the right mix of health support in the right place.


Last updated: March 21, 2019