3 December 2019
Rotorua’s Te Aka Mauri received a mobility scooter charging station on Friday 15 November, thanks to the generosity and collaboration of local businesses alongside Rotorua Lakes Council’s Safe and Sustainable Journeys team.
Unison and Holland Beckett Law saw the value that the charging station would have for the Rotorua community and sponsored the cost of the unit.
Unison Relationship Manager, Danny Gough, said Unison was excited to be involved in the project. “We’ve partnered with the Council on many key community projects over the years, including the sponsoring of the Lakes Safety Programme, Energy Events Centre, The Rotorua Night Market and Te Aka Mauri, so we welcome this latest opportunity to contribute further to the Rotorua community.”
“While we have an electric vehicle charging station in Rotorua, a mobility scooter charging station is a first for us. Our sponsorship means more people in Rotorua can get out and about and Te Aka Mauri is a key local community hub that plays a vital role in improving the wellbeing of our community”, Danny from Unison says.
Simon Collett from Holland Beckett also agreed that the unit was a big step forward, not just for community groups that struggle with accessibility, but for setting a new standard for public facilities.
“We were delighted to be offered the opportunity to contribute in some way to Te Aka Mauri. Te Aka Mauri represents a really unique solution for the Rotorua community, and the charging station is yet another innovative amenity that sets this library apart from others,” said Mr Collett.
This project stems from the Safe and Sustainable Journeys Implementation Plan (SASIP), which aims to improve journeys for those with accessibility issues. The SASIP governance group works alongside CCS Disability to achieve improved outcomes and opportunities for everyone to get around our beautiful city.
The charging station is located under the stairwell in Te Aka Mauri and will help ensure people that use mobility scooters have enough power for their trip home.