The Shetland Society Bay of Plenty has much to offer. While we are centred around Tauranga, we welcome members from all over the Bay of Plenty. Our main purpose has always been to offer friendship and the opportunity to socialise and we welcome anyone interested in Shetland, its culture and heritage. There is also the legacy of our Shetland heritage to promote and impart; this is especially important to those with Shetland ancestry in understanding what it is that makes a Shetland heritage special. Finally, we believe in the importance of educating others about Shetland, and the contributions made by Shetlanders to New Zealand.