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 4 | Rotorua Sustainable Living Strategy Toitū te oranga o Rotorua Rotorua Sustainable Living Strategy Mayor’s introduction Mayor’s introduction Rotorua is an extraordinary place to live for many reasons, but maybe the thing that is most unique about this place is our environment. The history of Rotorua has been defined by our geothermal landscape, lakes and forests and today the economic and social stability of our community is dependent on these special natural resources. When developing the Rotorua 2030 vision, we recognised that the good health of our natural environment was essential to the sustainability and growth of the Rotorua district. Enhancing our environment became one of our Rotorua 2030 Goals. We wanted to ensure that Rotorua continues to be known globally for our clean, natural environment, air quality and healthy lakes. The Sustainable Living Portfolio, led by Councillor Janet Wepa, is Council’s commitment to providing environmental leadership. We have a number of significant environmental challenges ahead. Probably the greatest is to do with lake water quality and the challenge to find appropriate wastewater treatment and land use change solutions. Te Tatau o Te Arawa Board is now in place and as partners, I believe that we will be working from a position of strength to protect our community and our environment. The other major step forward that Rotorua Lakes Council took in 2015 was to become the first city in New Zealand to become a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact – Cities Programme. The UN Global Compact programme is an international corporate sustainability agreement based on 10 key principles, derived from a number of important international declarations – the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development and the UN Convention Against Corruption. As a leading participant in the UN Global Compact programme, we undertook a City Scan using the tool from the UN Global Compact and used it to assess our strengths and weaknesses across an extensive range of areas. This scan has helped inform the focus of this Sustainable Living Strategy. Mā te huruhuru ka rere te manu – Give the bird feathers and it will fly. Mayor - Steve Chadwick