Education Minister Hekia Parata visited Rotorua Primary School last week for the official launch of the Excel Rotorua education initiative.
In our Q&A series in the run-up to the local elections we asked the five mayoral candidates: What is the number one concern you are hearing from voters, and how do you plan to address it?
Greypower met mayoral grey matter last week when the candidates for Rotorua Mayor outlined their views on the council, the central business district downturn and airport costs before an audience of voters.
Rotorua ratepayers paid $86 in subsidy payments to Air New Zealand for every international passenger that travelled through Rotorua International Airport in the year to June 30, 2012.
She knew the question was coming of course.
Oppie's fish and chip shop owner Michael Haung is so good at what he does, a new award has been created just for him.
A sting operation by Rotorua Police and Toi Te Ora (Public Health Service) has caught two Rotorua retailers selling synthetic drugs to under-18s.
We set the candidates for Rotorua District Council a tough task: Outline your vision for Rotorua in just 50 words. It was a hard ask but these 26 rose to the challenge.
Mayor Kevin Winters and three other mayoral candidates went for a cruise on mobility scooters following a challenge from two elderly Rotorua women.
Rotorua MP Todd McClay has warned the Rotorua District Council that it's a case of "use it or lose it" when it comes to the $4.46 million Government subsidy for the Lake Rotoma sewage scheme.
With fresh daffodils popping up all over the region, the Waikato Bay of Plenty Cancer Society is hoping this year will be the best Daffodil Day yet.
The highest recorded increase in unemployment numbers in Rotorua for four years saw charities face a surge in demand for food aid.
Bay of Plenty Regional Council is contributing $2.5 million in funding for a new innovation centre at Rotorua's Scion Innovation Park.
Drivers travelling between Rotorua and Tauranga through Pyes Pa have been warned to expect minor delays as work is being done at the intersection of State Highway 36 and Oropi Rd.
They put the All Blacks to shame for world championships and if Valerie Adams saw how many world records they have, the only thing she'd be throwing in would be the towel.
Rotorua Police say a localised heavy hail storm may have contributed to a fatal road accident on State Highway 30 last Saturday.
Proposed Government legislation to protect vulnerable children has been welcomed by Rotorua MP Todd McClay, who said it was an important step forward in protecting Rotorua's most at- risk young people.
Using the internet to sell poached paua has netted Rotorua man Raymond Major 200 hours of community service.
Rotorua Police have called on the public to help apprehend two men who committed an aggravated robbery of the Thirsty Liquor Store on Goldie St.
A mental health patient at Rotorua Hospital set fire to her room in a failed bid to avoid another round of Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), according to anti-ECT campaigner Frances Louis, prompting her crusade to have the controversial treatment banned.
Rotorua MP Todd McClay has welcomed the passing of the Gang Insignia Ban into law and said it will provide police with a valuable tool to protect local people.
Increasing public awareness of how important honey bees are is what August is all about for the Rotorua Honey Bee Club.
It will be cupcakes galore on August 26 when the SPCA hold their national fundraising Cupcake Day.
Restaurant Brands has created approximately 45 new jobs in Rotorua with the opening yesterday of a branch of its Carl's Jr burger restaurant.
Rotorua District Council's decision to postpone District Plan hearings has met with a mixed response from councillors.
Rotorua has seen a year-on-year rise in the number of people claiming Government benefits, bucking the national downward trend.
Mayoral candidate Rob Kent has launched a withering attack on former mayor Grahame Hall's calls for more political backing for the eastern arterial bypass.
The Export Industry Skills Analysis Advisory Group has met for the first time as part of the Maori Economic Development Action Plan announced by Minister for Economic Development Stephen Joyce and Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples in November, 2012.
Councillor Maureen Waaka was remembered and new chief executive Geoff Williams welcomed at the Rotorua District Council meeting last week.
New Gateway programme the One Chance youth project kicked off last week giving 15 kids from Rotorua the chance to develop leadership and motivational skills.
A busy candidates' information evening last week has prompted Rotorua District Council to predict a "flurry" of nominations for this year's local authority elections.
Latest Government statistics have confirmed Waiariki Institute of Technology is among the fastest-improving tertiary providers in New Zealand.
Rotorua-based Lockwood has been named New Zealand's most trusted house building brand by the Readers Digest.
The Eastern arterial bypass is vital for Rotorua's economic future but is at risk due to a lack of political leadership, according to former Mayor Grahame Hall.
Work to clean up Rotorua Museum's collection of 12 Summers' Sculptures started last week under the watchful eye of expert stone conservator Marco Burger.
Sticky-fingered art thieves are being offered an amnesty by Rotorua Museum for the return of any missing marble from the museum's statue collection.
Rotorua schools have benefited to the tune of almost $2 million in grants from the Rotorua Energy Charitable Trust.
Two ex soldiers-cum good samaritans shouted a group of street kids to a feed at McDonalds at 3am.
Taking tourists to Cloud Nine has seen Skyline Rotorua voted the best tourist attraction in the North Island by Grand Pacific Tours (GPT) holidaymakers.
Rotorua District Council has defended its spinning of satisfaction survey data, saying, "we have that licence to report things where it may put us in a more favourable light".
Residents mulling the mayoralty or who fancy a crack at council can put their name forward as nominations opened last week for the positions of mayor, district councillor, community board member, regional councillor and district health board for this year's local authority elections.
Rotorua police embraced te wiki o te reo Maori by posting both in English and te reo on their Facebook page and have had a great response from the community.
Claims Rotorua District Council sought to resolve the Western Rd sinking homes saga as early as possible have been angrily rejected by affected residents.
An English teacher at Reporoa College has been nominated for the ASG Teaching Awards and Cognition Education Leadership Awards which recognise teachers and leaders who inspire through learning.
The passing of the Psychoactive Substances Bill last week restricting the sale of synthetic cannabis has received unexpected support from a number of Rotorua retailers.
There's a new runner in the race to become Rotorua mayor with Barkers Park owner Rob Kent announcing he intends to stand for election.
Shop owners who flout the imminent law changes on the sale of synthetic cannabis face fines of up to $500,000, Associate Health Minister and Rotorua MP Todd McClay has warned.
The community of Rotorua has now farewelled a much loved, much respected Te Arawa woman.
An information evening is being held for those interested in standing for a position on the Rotorua District Council in the upcoming local government elections.
Two Rotorua students are set to get a crash course on world issues at the UNICEF (UN Children's Fund) NZ Youth Congress, in Auckland from July 12 to 14.