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 40Rotorua Sustainable Living Strategy Toitū te oranga o Rotorua | Page 5 Steering group Left to right: Heather Pearson Partnership Advisor, Rosemary Viskovic Senior Policy Advisor, Alison Perrin Rotorua Trust, Janet Wepa Sustainable Living Portfolio Lead, Barbara Mackenzie Department of Internal Affairs, Keith Gallaher Rotorua Sustainable Business Charter, John Gifford, Winton Smith, Helen Neale Department of Conservation. Absent: Bella Tait Department of Conservation, Eugene Berryman-Kamp Te Tatau o Te Arawa, Margaret Metcalfe Department of Conservation Lead Councillor - Janet Wepa Over the last year I have been delighted to have had the support of the Sustainable Living Steering Group which has worked with Council on the development of this strategy. Since late 2014 an extensive programme of community engagement has taken place to ensure that our strategy reflects the needs and aspirations of the communities of Rotorua. Everyone who has contributed their views and ideas as part of this process is committed to ensuring that Rotorua is a sustainable community. People told us that lake water quality and people’s wellbeing was what was most important to them and this has informed this strategy and our ongoing programme of work. Supported by the Sustainable Living Steering Group and community, some exciting and worthwhile projects are already underway. The Rotorua Food Network is one of the exciting initiatives that have come out of the community engagement. This passionate group of people have come together on a monthly basis because of their shared interest in the availability of healthy food and particularly growing and sharing produce. We have also started to install drinking water fountains in key locations, with more coming as funding permits. This is a route to decreasing single-use plastic bottles and encouraging people to drink our beautiful free Rotorua spring water for health. The decision has also been made to provide kerbside recycling and refuse wheelie bins from late 2016. An education programme will support people to minimise waste and increase recycling as part of the new service. Ongoing programmes like Council’s Healthy Homes partnership to deliver subsidised insulation to improve the warmth of our housing stock continue to improve the lifestyle and health outcomes of our people. As the only city in New Zealand to be a leading participant of the UN Global Compact – Cities Programme, we are well placed to now share our journey to sustainability with the rest of the world. I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to this strategy. Sustainable Living Portfolio Lead Councillor Janet Wepa and Steering Group message