2021 - 2031 Mahere Pae Tawhiti - Long Term Plan Consultation

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Linkedin Email this link

He maha ngā huarahi ka taea e koe te tuku ōu kōrero:
You can have your say in a number of ways:

He aha ngā tūāhuatanga o te Mahere Pae Tawhiti?
What is it all about?

We are currently asking for feedback on Council's 2021 - 2031 Long-Term Plan (LTP) proposals. The LTP sets out what Council is

He maha ngā huarahi ka taea e koe te tuku ōu kōrero:
You can have your say in a number of ways:

He aha ngā tūāhuatanga o te Mahere Pae Tawhiti?
What is it all about?

We are currently asking for feedback on Council's 2021 - 2031 Long-Term Plan (LTP) proposals. The LTP sets out what Council is proposing to achieve over the next ten years and how that will be funded. These proposals are explained in a consultation document available HERE.

The LTP consultation document has been developed based on Council’s key priorities, which reflect the issues the community has previously told Council are important.

E pātai ana mātau mo ngā pūtea e pā ana ki te:
We have questions to ask you - particularly around the levels of investment proposed for:

1. The Aquatic Centre (fix the issues or upgrade to provide a regional facility to be proud of)

2. A Community Safety Plan (the development of the plan and the level it should be funded)

3. Fees and charges (a proposal to increase fees and charges or increase rates to fund these services)

4. Consideration of the rates affordability (a proposal to lower the uniform annual general charge).

This is your opportunity to tell us if we have your support for our leadership direction; whether you think what is proposed will support our District to act upon and address our key challenges.

Consultation will run until 4pm on Friday 30 April 2021.


He rākau taumatua, he huihuinga manu!

  • Kua whakaaetia te Mahere Pahere Tawhiti - Long-Term Plan consultation document approved

    Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Linkedin Email this link
    25 Mar 2021
    supporting image

    Kua whakaaetia te Mahere Pae Tawhiti
    Long-Term Plan consultation document approved

    At today’s full Council hui, elected members approved the 2021 – 2031 Long-Term Plan (LTP) consultation document.

    Rotorua Mayor, Steve Chadwick, acknowledges the work that has gone into developing the plan and encourages the community to have their say during the consultation period.

    “I’m very pleased to see this document approved today. It outlines a very robust plan for the District, which elected members, and council staff have worked extremely hard on over the past seven months.

    “At a very critical time, the plan has been developed with the intention to address some of the most serious issues Rotorua is facing; a housing crisis, community safety, economic recovery, climate change, and infrastructure longevity.

    “Council has set these priorities based on what you, our community, has told us is imperative to you. When consultation begins, that is the time for you to review the mahi we are proposing for these priority areas, and tell us if we’ve got it right.

    “This is a very important opportunity to have your say and I strongly encourage you to do so,” says Mayor Chadwick.

    The LTP sets out what Council is proposing to achieve over the next ten years and how that will be funded. The LTP has been developed based on Council’s key priorities, which reflect the issues that the community has previously told Council are important.

    This includes the need for people to live in homes that match their needs and be part of a thriving community. The need for everyone to feel safe in our CBD and local neighbourhoods. The need for district-wide economic recovery and long-term growth, and for resilient infrastructure that is future proofed against the impacts of climate change.

    There is a lot of hard mahi to be done to support these challenges and the LTP consultation document details the actions Council is proposing.

    The consultation document will be available to the public from 30 March 2021 (on this page) and consultation will run until 4pm on 30 April 2021.

    Between 30 March and 30 April, Council will be hosting seven feedback sessions for the community to learn about the LTP proposals and provide feedback. Details of the feedback sessions are as follows:

    • 7 April: Rotorua Lakes Council Chamber, 6pm - 8pm
    • 12 April: Rotoiti Sports Club, 6pm - 8pm
    • 14 April: Mamaku Hall, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
    • 20 April: Te Ao Marama, Ōhinemutu, 6pm – 8pm
    • 22 April: Rotorua Lakes Council Chamber, 6pm – 8pm
    • 27 April: Te Tākinga Marae, Mourea, 6pm – 8pm
    • 28 April: Tangatarua Marae, Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology, 6pm – 8pm

    Any questions about providing feedback can be sent to letstalk@rotorualc.nz or call Council’s Customer Centre on 07 348 4199. All feedback needs to be with Council by 4pm on Friday 30 April 2021.

    Today’s hui was livestreamed and you can watch the section relating to the approval of the 2021-2031 Long-Term Plan consultation document HERE.

  • Ngā rautaki matua e arahi nei i te Mahere Pae Tawhiti 2021 – 2031 Key strategies guiding 2021 – 2031 Long-Term Plan

    Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Linkedin Email this link
    18 Mar 2021

    Rotorua Lakes Council will be asking for feedback on the draft 2021-2031 Long-Term Plan (LTP) throughout April.

    The LTP sets out what Council is proposing to achieve over the next ten years and how that will be funded. These proposals will be explained in a consultation document which will be available to the community from 30 March.

    A large portion of the work outlined in the Long-Term Plan consultation document is guided by strategies and plans that Council has already adopted.

    These strategies and plans reflect what the community has previously told Council is important to support a safe, thriving and prosperous Rotorua.

    Ētahi o ngā rautaki e arahi nei i te whanaketanga o te Mahere Pae Tawhiti

    Some of the strategies guiding the development of the Long-Term Plan include:

    Mahere Tauhohe Huarere - Rotorua Climate Action Plan

    Rotorua’s existing infrastructure does not have the strength and resilience to meet the major challenges of climate change and is particularly vulnerable to the anticipated effects of increased rainfall, drought and rising temperatures.

    Council adopted the Rotorua Climate Action Plan in February 2021. Guided by the Zero Carbon Act, it has been developed in partnership with stakeholders and the wider community. The Climate Action Plan is the blueprint for combating climate change in the District. The goal is to position Rotorua in a low carbon economy and to establish ourselves as a resilient community that can adapt to the changes in climate.

    The LTP consultation document will outline how climate change could impact Rotorua and what actions Council is proposing to mitigate these effects.

    Rautaki Whanake Ōhanga - Draft Economic Development Strategy Framework

    Immediately after the COVID-19 lock down, Rotorua experienced the third largest economic contraction in gross domestic product (GDP) in the country. Revenue within the tourism sector dropped by 40%, jobs disappeared and small businesses struggled to stay afloat.

    Council adopted its Draft Economic Strategy (EDS) in December 2020. Developed in partnership with iwi, businesses and industry sector leaders, the draft EDS is a blueprint for economic recovery and longer-term growth in the district. This strategy is intended to support the District’s short-term needs for economic recovery and long-term economic development vision, which is critical to addressing the systemic challenges faced by the community.

    The draft EDS is a work in progress, which will be finalised when detailed action plans are created for each of its priority areas. Council, business leaders and partners, are leading the development of these plans. These are expected to be finalised by the end of the year, with implementation initiated during the first three years of the Long-Term Plan.

    The LTP consultation document will provide more information about the funding and delivery of these actions.

    He Papakāinga, He Hapori Taurikura Te Poupou Rautaki - Rotorua Homes and Thriving Communities Strategic Framework

    The vision of Homes and Thriving Communities is that homes in Rotorua are affordable, and that there are enough homes for everyone to be safe and warm. Homes are of different sizes, in different places, located in well-designed communities where people can readily access school, work, shops, services, transport and public spaces.

    Council has a role to play in enabling and unlocking land so that homes can be built. However some may question, how far that role extends? The LTP consultation document will outline how Council may expand their scope in this area in order to operate across a range of development mechanisms.

    Tēnā kōrero mai - Have your say

    The outcome of the LTP consultation will affect everyone in Rotorua, so all views matter, and we want feedback to inform elected members’ decision making.

    Subscribe to Council’s Long-Term Plan consultation page HERE to be kept up to date with the Long-Term Plan process and get alerts for when consultation opens on 30 March 2021.

    This is where to find all information about the 2021-2031 LTP and consultation process, and where to provide feedback during April. Currently it provides information and FAQs about the LTP and this will be added to as the process progresses.

    This is the time to work together to make Rotorua a place for everyone.
    Koinei te wā kia mahitahi tātau mo Rotorua te kainga mo te katoa!

  • Tēnā kōrero mai mo te āhunga whakamua o te Whare Kauhoe o Rotorua - Have your say on future investment in the Rotorua Aquatic Centre

    Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Linkedin Email this link
    12 Mar 2021

    Rotorua Lakes Council will be asking for feedback on the draft 2021-2031 Long-Term Plan (LTP) in April.

    The LTP sets out what Council is proposing to achieve over the next ten years and how that will be funded. These proposals will be explained in a consultation document which is available to the community now.

    The LTP has been developed based on Council’s key priorities, and details the actions Council is proposing to take in these areas to confront some of Rotorua’s most pressing issues.

    These priorities reflect what the community has previously told Council is important to support a safe, thriving and prosperous Rotorua.

    One of these key priorities is He Papakāinga, He Hapori Taurikura - Housing and Thriving Communities. Work in this area will be driven by the He Papakāinga, He Hapori Taurikura Te Poupou Rautaki - Rotorua Homes and Thriving Communities Strategic Framework, which was adopted by Council last year.

    The vision of Homes and Thriving Communities is that homes in Rotorua are affordable, and that there are enough homes for everyone to be safe and warm. Homes are of different sizes, in different places, located in well-designed communities where people can readily access school, work, shops, services, transport and welcoming shared public spaces.

    During the LTP consultation period in April, within the ‘Housing and Thriving Communities’ conversation, Council will be asking the community what level of investment they would like to see put into the Rotorua Aquatic Centre to ensure it is a fit-for-purpose, shared public facility for all to enjoy.

    Previously the community has told Council that it values the Aquatic Centre as a facility for locals to use and enjoy. Council reflected this feedback in the 2018-2028 Long-term Plan, setting aside $7.5 million.

    Redevelopment began with fixing the slumping issues in the 50m outdoor pool. The pool re-opened earlier this month following an overhaul of the pool tank (liner) to address leaking, extensions to the pool sides to increase the pool depth, a new filtration system, new bulk head (provides for pool to become two 25m pools) and upgrades to the outdoor changing facilities are scheduled for later this year.

    The planning and investigations completed over the past three years have shown that the Aquatic Centre needs significant refurbishment and maintenance to address the leaking and deteriorating roof and its structure, the aged ventilation system, the poor state of the changing rooms and accessibility facilities, the inadequate reception area and wind tunnelling issues. Investment is also required to increase pool space flexibility, including developing a dedicated learn to swim pool which will provide a facility that will meet the demands of the community for the next 25 years.

    Rotorua is surrounded by lakes and rivers, therefore there should be facilities provided to ensure tamariki/children have the skills and confidence to be safe in the water. The Rotorua Aquatic Centre plays a vital role in this.

    A decision is now required about further investment in the Aquatic Centre. All options require a level of substantial investment. The options range from doing the bare minimum, to repair and replace only the worst affected areas, through to investing in the Aquatic Centre to create a facility the community is proud to visit, to learn to swim in, to have fun in, and to enjoy being active in. Council will be asking for your feedback on these options in April.

    Feedback about the Aquatic Centre during the LTP consultation period will determine the future of the facility.

    Tēnā kōrero mai - Have your say

    The outcome of the LTP consultation will affect everyone in Rotorua, so all views matter, and we want feedback to inform elected members’ decision making.

    This site is where to find all information about the 2021-2031 LTP and consultation process, and where to provide feedback during April. Currently it provides information and FAQs about the LTP and this will be added to as the process progresses.

    This is the time to work together to make Rotorua a place for everyone.
    Koinei te wā kia mahitahi tātau mo Rotorua te kainga mo te katoa!

  • 2021-2031 Tirohanga Mahere Pae Tawhiti - Long Term Plan preview: Learn about the key priorities this Long-Term Plan is based on.

    Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Linkedin Email this link
    25 Feb 2021

    2021 – 2031 Mahere Pae Tawhiti - Long-Term Plan

    Since September 2020, Elected Members have attended a series of twelve workshops and made decisions on what to include in the 2021 – 2031 Long-Term Plan, they have also considered rates affordability and what other measures of our Financial Strategy should be.

    They have resolved that our kaupapa has not, and is not, changing – to unlock Rotorua’s potential as a great place to live, work, play and invest.

    Our plan, which will be detailed in our consultation document, is to spend the next few years leading the work that needs to be undertaken to address our confronting issues; working towards economic recovery resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic and long-term economic development critical to addressing many of the challenges faced by our communities.

    This LTP has been developed based on Council’s key priorities, and details the actions Council is proposing to take in these areas to confront some of Rotorua’s most pressing issues.

    The key priorities are:

    1. He Papakāinga, He Hapori Taurikura - Housing and Thriving Communities

    Rotorua faces a shortage of houses; we have many barriers to land development and our houses do not meet the needs of our people.

    To confront these challenges, we propose to build new homes, review covenants and design rules and create available sections. Additionally we propose to develop apartment buildings in the inner city and deliver on locality plans for the Eastside, Westside, Ngongotahā, and Inner City. Council will take a lead role in facilitating neighbourhood safety projects and will partner with iwi, developers and central Government to help enable and deliver infrastructure and community projects that support the development of thriving communities.

    These actions will be driven by the He Papakāinga, He Hapori Taurikura Te Poupou Rautaki - Rotorua Homes and Thriving Communities Strategic Framework, which was adopted by Council last year.

    During April, within the ‘Housing and Thriving Communities’ conversation, we will also be asking you what level of investment you would like to see put into the Rotorua Aquatic Centre and we will provide you with three options to consider.

    Your feedback will help guide the mahi for housing and thriving communities.

    2. Whanake Ōhanga - Economic Development

    Immediately after the COVID-19 lock down, Rotorua experienced the third largest economic contraction in gross domestic product (GDP) in the country. Virtually overnight revenue within the tourism sector dropped by 40%, jobs disappeared and small businesses struggled to stay afloat.

    This compounded our existing challenges like limited employment choices, multiple employment sectors paying the minimum wage, high unemployment rates, undeveloped land and a lack of appropriate infrastructure needed for commercial and industrial growth.

    Our consultation document outlines a range of actions to help Rotorua address the short-term needs for economic recovery in a world disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the long-term economic development vision, which is critical to addressing the systemic challenges faced by our community.

    These actions will support the Draft Economic Development Strategy that Council approved last year.

    3. Whakahaumaru Hāpori - Community Safety

    Council is concerned about an increase in anti-social and criminal behaviour, affecting residents' and visitors’ experiences in Rotorua.

    There are a number of issues contributing to the increased concern about community safety currently:

    • Anti-social behaviour - is negatively affecting our sense of safety and security in public spaces and our neighbourhoods.
    • High crime statistics relative to other districts, with a particular impact on the more vulnerable members of the community.
    • A culture of drinking, violence and an increased prevalence of methamphetamine in our community.
    • Clusters of motels used as emergency and transitional housing, associated with an increase in anti-social behaviour and crime in the surrounding areas.
    • Gang culture attracting our young people and the associated fighting, intimidation and drugs.

    The LTP consultation document outlines a range of actions to help confront these challenges and make Rotorua a safe place for everyone. We will also be asking you how much you would like to see Council invest in community safety.

    4. Hurihanga Āhuarangi - Climate Change

    Our existing infrastructure does not have the strength and resilience to meet the major challenges of climate change for our future communities.

    Our infrastructure is particularly vulnerable to the anticipated effects of climate change, such as increased rainfall, drought and rising temperature.

    Our consultation document outlines a range of actions that Council is proposing to help our district combat climate change. These actions align with the Rotorua Climate Action Plan Council approved earlier this year.

    5. Hangaroto - Infrastructure

    Council leads and is responsible for the provision of key services that support the daily life of the people of Rotorua. Our infrastructure must be safe, reliable and in a stable condition to meet current and future demand, whilst meeting the expectations of our district.

    To do this, we need to understand and plan for how infrastructure will need to change over time - to remain fit for purpose. Change is required to adjust to new technologies, environmental considerations (such as carbon neutrality), new regulatory standards or changing community expectations and emerging patterns of use.

    Our 30-year Infrastructure Strategy outlines the investment programmes required to ensure we are meeting all our communities’ wellbeing obligations in a planned and affordable way. This investment will also help to stimulate our local economy as part of Council’s Rotorua Economic Recovery Plan: Build Back Better.

    We have identified seven strategic district infrastructure challenges that need to be at the forefront of long-term infrastructure planning and decision-making. These have been outlined in the LTP consultation document.

    We will also be seeking your feedback on the Government’s proposed Three Waters Reform, which signals potential major changes ahead to the way the three waters are managed and delivered across the country.

    He aha ō whakaaro? What do you think?

    Your chance to have a say on the 2021-2031 Long-Term Plan will be throughout April 2021.

    Between 30 March and 30 April there will be an opportunity for both verbal and written feedback on each of these proposals. There will also be opportunities to speak with Elected Members and give verbal feedback during April. We’ll keep you informed about when these sessions will be.

    Click 'Subscribe' at the top right of this page to make sure you're kept up to date with the Long-Term Plan process and get alerts for when formal consultation opens.

    We look forward to working together, to make Rotorua a place for everyone.

    Tatau tatau – we together.