Council

Widow pleads for husband’s dream to be realised

The widow of a former Rotorua councillor is pleading with the council not to shelve her late husband's long fought-for dream of a new skatepark as it looks to... Read More

BOPRC 10-year plan: BOP regional parks poised

Rotorua and Katikati could be home to two new potential regional parks proposed in the Bay of Plenty Regional Council's plan for the next 10 years. Whether... Read More

Gardeners, grave diggers set to get living wage

Rotorua's gardeners and grave diggers, who went on strike for five days, will soon receive a living wage. Seventy-five employees of Rotorua Lakes Council-controlled... Read More

Rotorua ratepayers face 10.24% rates rise

Rotorua ratepayers are facing a potential average 10.24 per cent rates rise in what one council leader describes as 'by far the most challenging” draft... Read More

Rotorua MP seeks extra police for the city

Rotorua MP Todd McClay says he has no qualms about calling in police reinforcements to deal with gangs. New special search powers are now available to police,... Read More

Councillors clash over Rainbow Storytime event

A Rainbow Storytime session in Rotorua facing calls for protest and counter-action has seen councillors clash after one questioned its 'appropriateness”... Read More

Drivers behind rates rises across NZ laid bare

Homeowners are facing average rates rises of 15% according to data in draft long-term plans across 48 councils, averaging at about $8 more per week* per... Read More

Three Waters: Big questions over council books

Every three years, councils across the country have to refresh their 10-year financial plans and ask the public for feedback. 2023 is meant to be one of those... Read More

Kāinga Ora: "Works don’t hurt house prices"

There is 'no robust evidence” Kāinga Ora activities impact house prices in surrounding areas, a leader in the state housing agency says. But a Rotorua... Read More

Strong dung odour from stopbank works

A cow dung-like smell wafting from earthworks along the Whakatāne stopbank has Riverside Drive residents holding their noses. However, while Bay of Plenty... Read More

Rotorua Aquatic Centre set to re-open

Contractors are in the final stages of the Rotorua Aquatic Centre Revitalisation, with the indoor facility set to re-open in early May 2024. The new roof... Read More

Will beloved community hall be demolished or not?

Rotorua Lakes Council says it has not made a final decision to demolish a beloved rural community hall. That's despite a council sign on the door stating... Read More