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I'm working on
a preview story for the GLO Festival and I understand we need to get comments
from the organiser through council?
Would it be
possible to get a few new comments to the following questions?
- What are you
looking forward to about the entertainment line-up for this year's event?
- Why do you
think this will be a great event overall for families?
- Why do you
think it's important to have a community event like this available for New
checking I have this right for the event's schedule?
Music and food trucks
6pm: Coco –
movie on big screen
Live music continues
organiser Alia Ryan of Boost Fundraising and Events Limited:
"I am looking forward to
seeing some of our youth on stage again this year, it’s so exciting to see
young talent developing, and the 15 minute fireworks display at 930pm is always
"The priority for the Glo
Festival is to deliver a safe, family-friendly, free event for our community
and everything we’ve organised is focussed on that. We keep the festival
smoke-free and alcohol-free. People are also asked to not bring gazebos or tents
so that everyone has a great view of the movie and stage."
"Community events bring
people together, GLO festival provides a safe, free evening for families,
visitors and locals to celebrate the end of the year."
Schedule is correct, you could
ad that the Rotorua Mega Fun carnival will be open for the evening too
We received a
call from a Lake Rotoma homeowner about the height of grass on the verges and
berms. He says in some places it is 1m and when he tried to get someone to fix
it he was simply passed from business to business.
He tells me he
rang lakes council who told them it was Higgins' problem as contractor. Higgins
told him they only did work in areas with 80 km/h speed limits and the stretch
concerned is a 70 km/h and referred him to another business I missed
the name of. Then he was referred to Fulton Hogan who then referred him
back to the council. He was then told it was the responsibility of Farm Smart
Vegetation (I think) then finally NZTA.
passed around he's come to us in frustration.
So I was
wondering if you can find out for me whose responsibility is it to mow the
berms and verges at Lake Rotoma on SH30? The man I spoke to has concerns of
safety as the grass is so long it's affecting visibility and leaving nowhere
for pedestrians to walk. Is this a concern for the council too?
I'm also told
the Lakes Community Board is involved and aware of the situation.
Following request for further details reporter clarified that she had spoken to the person who called for only a few minutes by phone the previous week and was yet to call him back to discuss further.
General Manager Stavros Michael:
Safety issues along state highways, including vegetation
that may impact visibility, is the responsibility of the New Zealand Transport
Agency but we are working together to resolve any issues that arise and cause
concern for our communities.
We acknowledge there is some confusion. The matter has been
brought to our attention and we understand that in the past a local mowed the
area but has since moved away and now people are noticing the grass is getting
longer. We are working with Rotorua Lakes Community Board and New Zealand
Transport Agency to resolve the matter, including identifying any other areas
in the district where this may be happening.
In recent years there have been similar issues at Okere and
Mourea where State Highways dissect semi-urban communities. After discussions
with Rotorua Lakes Community Board and Council, the Transport Agency has agreed
to have its contractor mow these areas.
NOTE: Reporter subsequently advised that, having been out at Rotoiti and seen the road verges she would at this stage not be pursuing a story