Rotorua Review

Excel initiative opens in Rotorua

Education Minister Hekia Parata visited Rotorua Primary School last week for the official launch of the Excel Rotorua education initiative.

Candidates vent on burning issues

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?

Mayors-in-waiting make pitches

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.

$2m visitor subsidy paid

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.

Psychic upset at charlatans

Dr Dolittle

She knew the question was coming of course.

Chip champ thrilled

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.

Sting snares retailers

A sting operation by Rotorua Police and Toi Te Ora (Public Health Service) has caught two Rotorua retailers selling synthetic drugs to under-18s.

Candidates' aims for Rotorua

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.

Mobility scooters get mayoral test


Mayor Kevin Winters and three other mayoral candidates went for a cruise on mobility scooters following a challenge from two elderly Rotorua women.

Sewage subsidy reprieve

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.

Daffodils raise hope and cash for cancer society

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.

More families asking for food

The highest recorded increase in unemployment numbers in Rotorua for four years saw charities face a surge in demand for food aid.

$2.5m for Scion centre

Bay of Plenty Regional Council is contributing $2.5 million in funding for a new innovation centre at Rotorua's Scion Innovation Park.

Roadworks mean delays

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.

Chopping opposition down to size


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.

Hail may have been factor in fatal crash

Rotorua Police say a localised heavy hail storm may have contributed to a fatal road accident on State Highway 30 last Saturday.

Bill of protection

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.

Egg poached, case cracked

Using the internet to sell poached paua has netted Rotorua man Raymond Major 200 hours of community service.

Police seeking armed robbers

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.

Amped up against ECT


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.

Ban on patches win for the wider community

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.

Spring to defence of humble bee


Increasing public awareness of how important honey bees are is what August is all about for the Rotorua Honey Bee Club.

SPCA on their buns for new ambulance

It will be cupcakes galore on August 26 when the SPCA hold their national fundraising Cupcake Day.

Carl's Jr comes to Rotorua with 45 new jobs

Restaurant Brands has created approximately 45 new jobs in Rotorua with the opening yesterday of a branch of its Carl's Jr burger restaurant.

District Plan delay worries

Rotorua District Council's decision to postpone District Plan hearings has met with a mixed response from councillors.

We're rising as nation falls - in beneficiaries

Rotorua has seen a year-on-year rise in the number of people claiming Government benefits, bucking the national downward trend.

Hall's tenure a 'disaster' - Kent

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.

Jobs for Maori in focus

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.

Council welcomes new CEO

Councillor Maureen Waaka was remembered and new chief executive Geoff Williams welcomed at the Rotorua District Council meeting last week.

Youths' chance to team build

Achieve and Inspire

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.

Candidates seeking information

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.

Waiariki institute climbing ladder

Latest Government statistics have confirmed Waiariki Institute of Technology is among the fastest-improving tertiary providers in New Zealand.

Lockwood well trusted

Rotorua-based Lockwood has been named New Zealand's most trusted house building brand by the Readers Digest.

Bypass backing urged

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.

Century-old statues to be restored

Handiwork Required

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.

No finger pointing if missing digits returned

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.

Grants to schools top $1.9 million mark

Rotorua schools have benefited to the tune of almost $2 million in grants from the Rotorua Energy Charitable Trust.

Street kids treated to food and a chat

Two ex soldiers-cum good samaritans shouted a group of street kids to a feed at McDonalds at 3am.

Visitors say Skyline gondola is tops

Tourist Favourite

Taking tourists to Cloud Nine has seen Skyline Rotorua voted the best tourist attraction in the North Island by Grand Pacific Tours (GPT) holidaymakers.

'Matter of interpretation' Council defends combining data

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".

Sign up now to make a difference

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.

Thumbs up for police on Facebook

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.

Council claims rejected Rising anger over sinking homes

Claims Rotorua District Council sought to resolve the Western Rd sinking homes saga as early as possible have been angrily rejected by affected residents.

Teacher goes 'above and beyond in his job'

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.

Synthetic drug controls supported by retailers

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.

Kent newest mayoral contender


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.

Disregarding new synthetic cannabis law may be costly

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.

Rotorua's 'aunty' dies

The community of Rotorua has now farewelled a much loved, much respected Te Arawa woman.

Role disclosure for potential councillors

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.

Youth tackle worldwide children's issues

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.

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