29 May 2020
A state-of-the-art ablution block is now officially open at Boyes Beach, Lake Ōkareka and ready to use during the long weekend.
A small gathering was held this week to officially open the facility with a karakia from John Tapiata (Tūhourangi) to bless the site.
The new ablution block is one of a number of projects that have been underway at Lake Ōkareka to improve community facilities beside the lake. A partnership between Council and Lake Ōkareka Community Association (LOCA) resulted in a successful funding application, which together with other investment, enabled the work to go ahead.
Chairperson for Lake Ōkareka Community Association Kim Lorigan says the group is fully supportive of the new complex and it looks wonderful on the reserve.
“There has been many years of work and volunteer effort put into this complex from previous Lake Ōkareka committees, Chaired by long term visionaries. This includes Geoff Palmer, Martyn Norrie, and Mike Vincent.
“Our investment has been significant for a small community group but it’s been a privilege to be part of something that will add real value in our community. This facility benefits not only international tourists, but our locals and other Kiwis. It’s state-of—the-art and will benefit future generations.
“We see it as an asset not only for the Lake Ōkareka residents, but for the wider public that use this area throughout the year. Including local Waka Ama groups, Ultra marathon and the wider Rotorua community. It is a credit to Council that they want to invest in our communities. I believe this is the way forward, working together to make sure each community gets what it needs, with consultation with users within the community.”
The new block replaces the old public toilets and adds to the reserve; family rooms, indoor and outdoor showers, dishwashing facilities and wash down pads for cleaning sports equipment to protect the biodiversity of the lake.
It will also ensure protection of the lake with a large holding tank and connection to the Council sewer line.
Rotorua Lakes Council’s Manahautū Mahi (Group Manager, Operations) Jocelyn Mikaere says seeing the value these projects provide highlights the benefit of Council’s partnerships with our community.
“As we deliver our Build Back Better economic recovery strategy we are going to need to work closely with our community to ensure we are providing value where Rotorua needs it.
“Projects like the new facilities at Boyes Beach not only create employment opportunities but provide quality assets that improve the experience for locals and visitors as they get out and support our local economy.”
The new facilities are now open and ready to be used for the coming long weekend. The last step in the project will be to remove the old toilet block on the opposite side of the reserve.
Further work at Lake Ōkareka is underway at Acacia Road to improve the carpark area next to the newly constructed boat ramp jetties.
- John Tapiauta (Ngāti Tūhourangi) performing a karakia to bless the site.
- Lake Ōkareka Community Association former Chairs Martyn Norrie and Mike Vincent