Media: Daily Post
Topic: Government Gardens parking changes
From Rotorua Lakes Council's Operations Group Manager, Henry Weston.
"The roll out of the new parking system has contributed to a recent increase in people parking all day in the Government Gardens and outside the Polynesian Pools.
"Council has received feedback that this is putting pressure on businesses in these areas whose customers are now struggling to find a short term park in what is one of Rotorua's prime tourist destinations.
"As a result of this feedback, we are working with affected businesses and clubs to find suitable short term and long term solutions.
"The short term solution to help relieve this pressure is to change 15 car parks outside the Blue Baths and 13 car parks outside the Polynesians Pools from all day free parking to P180 free parking. This is consistent with other adjustments being made within the CBD. These changes should be implemented within the next week and a half.
"Free all day parking remains on the outskirts of the city. We acknowledge that some CBD workers have needed to change their parking habits following the roll out of the new parking system.
"We are currently considering a number of options to ensure that adequate provision for CBD worker parking is maintained to help alleviate these pressures.
"Once the full rollout of the new parking system is complete, Council will release a map confirming the location of the various parking areas. This is intended to help people identify the best place to park based on what they need to do in the CBD."
Media: Daily Post
Topic: Rotorua jobseeker numbers
The Daily Post also received comment from Rebecca Wright, Executive Manager Investment, Growth and Intelligence at Rotorua Economic Development:
"One of the things I think we're doing really well in Rotorua is taking a more joined up approach to supporting job seekers.
"Rotorua Economic Development's role in this process is to create opportunities to bring employers, educators and recruiters together to discuss the shared challenges and opportunities facing Rotorua's labour market. We're also working with the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) and the Employers and Manufacturers Association (EMA) at a local level to ensure Rotorua's needs are well represented in the development of a Bay of Plenty wide labour market strategy.
"It's particularly important to establish a clear pathway to employment when businesses are considering growth or relocation. That means thinking about long term employment needs and working with tertiary education providers and recruiters to develop the right job seekers for specific roles at the right time."
NOTE: For your reference/interest, you'll find the December 2018 quarterly economic report from Infometrics HERE on Council's website
Media: NZ Herald - regionals
Topic: Development rights scheme