Be Part of the vision for housing in Rotorua



25 September 2019

Council is facilitating a series of public workshops and drop-in sessions in the coming weeks to gather community views about housing to provide input into the development of a district housing strategy.

Housing is a key challenge for Council and the district, as identified in this year’s Pre-election Report.

As well as the public workshops and drop-in sessions there will be workshops with key stakeholder groups including children and young people, and those who may have a role to play in implementing a strategy including iwi, agencies and organisations working in the housing sector, landowners and developers and service providers.

The meetings are being organised alongside key government agencies and the results of this engagement will be shared with elected members following next month’s local body elections, to help them determine and prioritise their work plan.

People also have the option of sharing their views and ideas at Let’s Talk/Korero Mai HERE

The aim is to gather a wide range of views from the community and other key stakeholders.

We know there are concerns about housing in the Rotorua district. People are struggling to find housing, house prices and rent are increasing, and the quality of some housing contributes to poor health.

Housing is an important contributor to anyone’s wellbeing. Having a place to call home that is safe, warm and dry is a basic human right.

An increase in population has put pressure on Rotorua’s housing market. Although we have a large amount of land available for homes, this land is not being developed for various reasons, such as a lack of infrastructure available or because land is in multiple ownership which can complicate decision-making.  Some areas that could be developed to include multiple units remain as single homes. There are also pressures from a movement away from long-term rental to short term letting platforms like Airbnb. These factors influence housing availability, affordability and quality in both the home ownership and rental markets.   

We want everyone’s views, ideas and thoughts on housing in the area. 

Come and share your vision for housing across the Rotorua District at any of the following meetings or have your say by going to Let’s Talk - Korero Mai and joining the conversation online as part of online forums seeking your views on each of the four key challenges identified in the Pre-election report.


1-2pm, Sunday 29 September 2019
Mamaku School, 54 Tarena Street, Mamaku

5-6pm, Monday 30 September 2019
Mokoia Community Association Hall, 297 Vaughan Road, Rotorua

9-11.30am, Tuesday 1 October 2019
Awaken Café at Valley Traders, 607 Settlers Road, Reporoa 

5-6pm, Tuesday 1 October 2019
Linton Park Community Association, 16 Kamahi Place, Pukehangi, Rotorua 

5-6pm, Wednesday 2 October 2019
Te Runanga Tea House, Government Gardens, Rotorua

9-11am, Friday 4 October 2019
Parksyde, 7-9 Tarewa Place, Rotorua

10-11am, Saturday 5 October 2019
Rotoiti Sports Club, 1303 State Highway 30, Rotoiti (Komuhumuhu/ Gisborne Point)

2-3pm, Monday 7 October 2019
St Chads, 2 Devon Street, Rotorua 

If you have any questions, please contact:

Suzanne Gower
(07) 351 8017

Page reviewed: 25 Sep 2019 12:00am