Introducing The Upper North Island Strategic Alliance (UNISA)
Established in 2011, UNISA responds to and manages a range of inter-regional and inter-metropolitan issues. Members consists of Northland, Waikato and Bay of Plenty Regional Councils, Auckland Council, Whangarei District Council and Hamilton and Tauranga City Councils. Mayors and Chairs from the respective regions make up the alliance.
The Upper North Island is critical to the success of New Zealand. It supports 53 per cent of the national population and generates 52 per cent of the country’s GDP. Growth is increasing rapidly which has many benefits for the country, but brings with it a range of challenges that councils need to work together to solve. The seven councils have an agreement in place which confirms their commitment to understanding and tackling these inter-regional challenges. The agreement was re-signed in March 2017 and January 2020.