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Media: The MudTopic: Meetings with lobbyists
I would like to inquire of the Rotorua Lakes Council which
business representatives/lobbyists Council staff and councillors have met in
the past or are engaged with meeting. I am particularly interest, but not
exclusively, in lobbyists on behalf of companies or other groups interested in
engaging with or applying to the Council - for example, introducing scooters to
Rotorua; the development of Mudtopia; and the Aquatic Centre. Note, this query
is not exclusively for those examples but includes the wider range of council
work and activities.
This follows the revelations that the Lime scooter introduction
in Auckland came after substantial lobbying from Mike Williams. This
raised questions as to how much lobbying influenced decision-making in local
As I noted in my query, those examples given were only a
sample of the kind of activities that opened themselves to "lobbying"
in the broadest sense and were just that, examples, rather than being
specific. "Engaging" and "applying" are
self-explanatory in that agencies and companies "meet" with council
to put their case for the introduction of activities in Rotorua. See the
The Lime experience, while in Auckland, offers an
opportunity to more closely examine the process and protocols that the Rotorua
council has around formal and informal meetings with lobbyists and/or those
promoting the commercial interests of companies operating or wanting to operate
in Rotorua. Hence, a simple question is: What protocols does the Rotorua
Lakes Council have for staff and councillors when meeting lobbyists and/or
those promoting commercial and other interests wanting to operate in Rotorua or
otherwise engage with RLC?
You mentioned the Aquatic Centre
management and delivery of Mudtopia – these were both initiated by Council (ie
partnership concept for AC management and concept of Mudtopia) and were put out
From Manager CE Office, Craig Tiriana:
Business people Council staff meet with seek information and
guidance rather than lobbying the organisation. They may be looking to
undertake a development and will meet with consenting staff to discuss or
assist them with the process to ensure they meet all requirements and it goes
as smoothly as possible. Those considering establishing a business in Rotorua
will seek information about the likes of consenting and/or District Plan requirements,
the local lifestyle, availability of land or premises, the local economy, local
growth projections and/or the job market/availability of staff they may
Council is also sometimes approached by organisations or
individuals with an idea or an initiative for which they would like support.
We do not keep a record of these meetings and they are often
commercially sensitive so we’re unable to provide a list of names as you
Media: RotoruaNOW/SunLiveTopic: Christchurch tragedy and leaking of confidential information
further Rotorua response to the Chch tragedy?
how near is RLC to finding the culprit who leaked to RDRR website several weeks
ago confidential information? The matter was discussed in open meeting,
relating to why the Hemo Gorge installation was delayed.
RotoruaNow will have received info sent out yesterday
regarding Friday’s vigil at the lakefront – if you haven’t yet seen it you’ll
find it HERE on Council’s website and there will be
further communications on this.
Regarding your second question, there is no update on this.