Rotorua Review

Rotorua councillor group told to quit

Councillor Rob Kent

Deputy Mayor Dave Donaldson is standing by his call for three councillors to quit as a row over confidential discussions turns ugly.

Rotorua's five-star shortage

Wanted - A high end luxury hotel for Rotorua please.

Rotorua needs a five-star hotel development to help boost its tourism economy.

Kiwi missing in Perth

Sean Mitchell, a former Rotorua man, has been missing in Perth since May 20.

Sean Mitchell told a friend he was boarding a yacht last week. No-one's seen him since.

These emojis are ka pai

Emotiki, the first Maori emoji keyboard, will be available free in mid July.

150 icons from piupiu, to hangi, poi to taiaha are represented in a distinctly Kiwi keyboard.

Lakes DHB cancer data 'unacceptable'

The Lakes District Health Board is lagging behind in targets for the timeliness of cancer treatment and smoking cessation.

Lakes DHB is failing to hit performance targets in four out of six categories, with the faster cancer treatment data labelled "unacceptable" by acting chief executive Nick Saville-Wood.

Survey to help improve support for grandparents raising grandchildren

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren.


Hot competition among chilli eaters

Fire Dragon Chilli's Clint Meyer and defending champion Josh Shotter

The country's hottest competition returned to Rotorua on Saturday with heat seven of the NZ Chilli Eating Championship at Brew Bar.

Charity fire sale

Feeling the heat at the Fire Service National Training Centre in Rotorua

It was a "hair brained idea" to auction a day at the New Zealand Fire Service National Training Centre in Rotorua, and it's raised $2500 for charity.

Chadwick heads to China

Rotorua Mayor Steve Chadwick

Rotorua Mayor Steve Chadwick has been confirmed as one of the key-note speakers at the 2016 International Mayor's Forum on Tourism in China starting this week.

Meet the real bachelors

Last year's Rural Bachelor of the Year - and people's choice - winner Toby How celebrates his victory.

'I really love Kiwi girls and will do my best to drag one back across the ditch.'

PM backs Rotorua's $1bn goal

Prime Minister John Key meets 'The Mighty Dash'

Ambitious plans to double the amount of money tourists spend in Rotorua to $1 billion per year by 2030 have been backed by Prime Minister and Tourism Minister John Key.

New building for Salvation Army

Councillor Merepeka Raukawa-Tait cuts the ribbon at the opening of the new Salvation Army Community Ministries building ...

New CCO to drive economic growth

Peter Stubbs

A newly-formed council controlled organisation will take over from Grow Rotorua and Destination Rotorua to drive Rotorua's economic development.

New Business heads to Rotorua

Sarah Pearson, left, and Cathy Barker of Honey Comb

New businesses are opening in Rotorua's inner city and retailers are welcoming the renewed vibrancy.

A billion reasons to show off Rotorua

Rotorua is home to world-class mountain biking

They're the people who can help Rotorua hit the target of becoming a $1 billion a year tourism Mecca, and they've been shown just why the city is aiming so high.

Kent cash kerfuffle continues

Councillor Rob Kent.

Councillor Rob Kent has doubled down on his claims of a missing $2.4 million from council coffers, promising to refer the matter to the Auditor General.

Festival by youth for youth

The OneChance Music Festival promotions team. From left: Western Heights High School student 16-year-old Darcy Simon, ...

Things that go "thump" in the night

Lumbercube mill

Rotorua Lakes Council (RLC) has claimed work to reduce the noise disruption from the Lumbercube mill is on track.

Rotorua School grateful for Nit Busters

Nit Busters are eliminating head lice in New Zealand.

Festival set to bloom

Horticulturist from Rotorua Nursery Wendy Mason amongst the tulip bulbs

One hundred thousand tulip bulbs will be planted by Rotorua Lakes Council this month, elevating the annual Tulip Festival to new heights.

Seeing the visitors for the trees

Visitors are flocking to the Redwoods Treewalk.

The Redwoods i-Site has seen a 70 per cent spike in visitor numbers since the opening of the Redwoods Treewalk in December last year.

Busy fingers make happy feet

Some of Sunset Primary's children with Creative Fibre's Jo Estcourt and Marie Holmes

It's a warm hearted story about heating up cold feet.

Iwi launch new science initiative

New science kits have been purchased by Rotorua iwi Ngati Whakaue at Tamatekapua, Ohinemutu to help encourage more ...

Sky high sum raised for Rescue Helicopter

Pilots Ben Fry and Barry Vincent with GJ Gardner's Graham Griffin, Trevor Newbrook and Wanda Podmore

A year ago, when Rotorua's GJ Gardner announced plans to raise money for the BayTrust Rescue Helicopter, managing director Graham Griffin joked that "if it's not a substantial amount of money, I'll lose my franchise."

Forestry widow fights for husband

Charles Finlay's widow Maryanne Butler-Finlay

"This is the last thing I can do for you babe."

A good cause is a wood cause

RLC open spaces operations advisor, Clark McCarthy and Detective sergeant George Staunton

Rotorua Police and Rotorua Lakes Council have been working quietly together this past month on a firewood supply programme for at risk families.

Schoolgirls grill Mayor

Rotorua Intermediate students quiz Mayor Chadwick

Five year eight girls from Rotorua Intermediate School now have a better idea on what's involved with being a politician after recently interviewing Rotorua mayor Steve Chadwick.

Bus changes revealed

Cr Janet Wepa, BOP Regional Council transport chair Lyall Thurston and Cr Karen Hunt

More buses - but a reduced service - has been announced as the solution to problems with Rotorua's Cityride bus services.

Feathered enemy gives DOC a ring-neck problem

Have you seen one of these?

Feathered yes, but friends? Not so much.

Rotorua bubbas moved by Moa

Moa had the little ones in the palm of her hand from the start

Anika Moa brought her 'Songs for Bubbas' to Rotorua's Rainbow Springs and an enthusiastic crowd of mini movers last Wednesday.

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