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Media: Rotorua Daily Post Topic: CBD developments and empty shops
I am doing a story on the Rotorua
CBD and in particular new developments and empty shops that are up for lease
according to commercial real estate agents and businesses. I have some
questions and my deadline is 3 pm tomorrow. Thank you.
A longterm business owner says he
has had to shut its doors in the CBD and one of the reasons is activity on the
street mainly to do with homeless people. He is not alone the Lucky Lotto Shop
owner says trouble in the CBD has escalated and he had to call the police twice
on Sunday. He says he has been threatened on a daily basis for the last two
weeks and been told he would be shot and to go back to your own country.
Meanwhile, there had been incidences with his customers and tourists. Others
are also fearful for their safety.
There are also a large number of
shops empty and agents say it can be hard to attract businesses into the CBD
due to ongoing issues including parking.
I have some questions:
What security measures does the
Council have in the CBD at the moment and how are they working?
The council started an initiative
in December with city patrols - how much does that cost and how many people are
patrolling the CBD?
Since that started what data have
you collected on whether it is working or not?
How many complaints has the
Council received in the last two years in regards to incidences in the CBD and
what were the most common ones?
For the Mayor:
business owners and shoppers have the right to feel safe when they are in the
CBD and what can be done about it?
is the Council's vision for the CBD and do you think what has been achieved so
far is working?
can the city centre become more vibrant?
One person said Rotorua has become
the dumping ground for MSD motel clients who are bringing criminal and gang
elements with them what is showing up in the Rotorua - do you agree or disagree
your information, a recent update on inner city security is available HERE.
The following can be attributed to Rotorua Lakes Council’s,
Inner City Manager, Richard Horn:
continues to coordinate safety patrols of our inner city streets, provide CCTV
monitoring, and meets with police once a week to
share information and discuss concerns as part of our collaborative
“The aim is to provide a
safe and friendly inner city environment for businesses, their staff and the
public by deterring anti-social and criminal behaviour and dealing promptly
with any emerging issues or incidents.
“We have a team of ten
patrollers who are rostered on between 8am and 3am depending on the day and
time of week. There is a focus on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights when
the city is busier. The current cost of this initiative is approximately $28,000
know there are still issues but many incidents are being deescalated
before they become a problem and we continue to
receive positive support and feedback from the public and inner city
“Threatening and criminal behaviour is not acceptable and we
strongly encourage the public to call the police in these instances.”
incidences relating to criminal and antisocial behaviour are reported to the
police. This data sits with them and can potentially be supplied but not within
your given timeframes.
The majority of what is reported
to Council is related to suspicious behaviour. In these instances, we try and
obtain photographic evidence to supply to the police.
From Rotorua Mayor Steve Chadwick:
“We want a vibrant inner city where there is activity and
where people want to live, work, shop and socialise and of course people’s
safety is paramount. That’s why Council has increased surveillance and patrols
and why we’re continuing to work closely with police.
“Alongside these existing safety initiatives, having more
people in the inner city also helps to deter anti-social and criminal behaviour
and we will continue to look for ways to encourage inner city living and
activity that attracts people.
“During the coming months Council will be setting its
priorities for the next few years and the inner city and safety has already
been highlighted as a challenge that needs addressing, so we will be looking at
what’s next there and determining actions to be taken.”
Carmen, the mayor is unaware of ‘criminal and gang elements’
related to MSD clients in motels so you will need to ask police and/or MSD