What is Bay Venues and what does it do?

Straight from city council
A personal view,
by Councillor Steve Morris

You may have noticed when visiting the pools or one of our community halls that there's a sign on the wall emblazoned with the ‘Bay Venues' logo.

Bay Venues is 100 per cent owned by Tauranga City Council. It has its own board of directors, its own staff and runs the likes of Bay Park, ASB Arena and Baywave for Council. The board is appointed by and reports to the Mayor and Councillors.

That might seem an inefficient structure, but the truth is it works exceptionally well.

The chair is local man Peter Farmer (of Farmer motor group fame).

We all know that halls and public pools don't make money. That's why it's traditionally been up to councils around the country to provide them. Since Bay Venues' formation in 2013, the revenue from these facilities has increased 54 per cent to $17.9m a year.

Today, 90 per cent of the operational expenses of these facilities (excluding depreciation) is met by user-pays fees. Compare this with similar facilities in Auckland, which are only 62 per cent funded by user-pays and the rest subsidised by their ratepayers.

Bay Venues has some exciting proposals for the next ten years, one of which is the replacement of the Otumoetai and Memorial Pools with a large, new, covered aquatic centre in the CBD like Baywave to including outdoor hot-pools.

The facility is projected to meet its operational expenses from the opening day. This kind of performance is only possible when you have a professional, commercial board operating with and on behalf of the council.

2 Comments

Why Steve?

Posted on 23-10-2017 10:34 | By Captain Sensible

Still waiting for Steve to explain to us ratepayers why we should pay for his and his fellow troughers meals. Why Steve?

Incompetent Steve, you and staff? Wow! Honesty.

Posted on 20-10-2017 20:56 | By Murray.Guy

I'm really struggling with this as clearly the community at voting time were duped, '...The facility is projected to meet its operational expenses from the opening day. This kind of performance is only possible when you have a professional, commercial board operating with and on behalf of the council.' Absolute bollocks! 600 staff with many earning over $100,000 per year, seriously qualified, yet UNABLE to deliver. Elected members who campaigned professing all manner of professional / business skill sets fail. Clearly this is an admission that TCC staff and elected members are out of their depth in ALL ACTIVITY AREAS as all require astute, professional judgement and skills, procurement skills - Wow! Seems like more than just a change in CEO required at Tauranga City Council.

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