Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40Page 18 | Rotorua Sustainable Living Strategy Toitū te oranga o Rotorua Where are we now? Rotorua is a well-known tourism destination, noted for its beautiful lakes, spectacular geothermal attractions and stunning scenery. The district is centered around a thriving urban area on the southern shore of Lake Rotorua, and extends to include a substantial rural area as well as lakeside communities. The local environment encompasses 14 natural lakes, active geothermal areas and considerable public open space. Rotorua has an increasingly broad economic base that includes tourism, agriculture, forestry, retail, manufacturing, business services, social services and education. The environmental quality of the 14 natural lakes in Rotorua is a key issue. Many of the Rotorua Te Arawa Lakes have undergone significant change over the long-term and continue to be vulnerable to further changes from invasive plants and water quality deterioration. Current measures to protect future lake quality include nitrogen rules, land use change proposals and incentives. Our wastewater treatment system is one of the pre-eminent nutrient plants in the world and current work aims to further improve the end product and to move the discharge location out of the Whakarewarewa Forest. To date, there has been very limited focus on climate change adaptation or mitigation by Rotorua Lakes Council. Where are we going? The contribution of many stakeholders is required to positively impact our land and water ecosystem. The mauri of our water, land and nature will be strong. Our district will continue to be recognised as a respected, accessible, outstanding and iconic natural environment. Māori kaitiakitanga and relationship to the environment will be a key strength. A variety of sustainable uses of rural land will include pastoral, horticulture, forestry, fuel and carbon uses. We will adapt to the challenges of climate change to enable a thriving environment which provides a strong habitat for native plants and animals. Rotorua will be recognised as a leading city in integrating economic growth with social and environmental values. Objective 4 Toitū te papa, Toitū te wai, he tuarā mo te taiao Our land and water is sustainably managed and supports the natural environment