22 December 2020
Ngā mihi o te wā – Season’s Greetings
Tēnā ra koutou katoa,
I hope that at this time of the year, you are all looking forward to spending some time with your whanau and friends over the festive season.
As I told our local business leaders recently, we are now living in a ‘new abnormal’ world after what has been a truly abnormal year. It certainly hasn’t been easy and we still have a way to go but it is important that we also acknowledge the things we can be grateful for, and the good things that have happened and have been achieved, in spite of COVID-19.
We have seen Innovation and resilience shine through in our district – in the way communities have united to help each other, in how our community organisations have looked after and supported people, and in the ability of our businesses to remodel and reinvent themselves to get through.
We also often forget the smaller things that can make a difference – like being able to hold markets and events again, community events that bring us together and also contribute to our recovery as a district.
There is no denying, however, that we still have significant challenges ahead. We also have some intergenerational problems that existed pre-COVID and have been exacerbated by the pandemic.
When it comes to addressing issues in our community, it is Council residents look to for leadership and we decided that, rather than retrench, we wanted to back our community and invest in recovery.
We are doing that through our Build Back Better economic recovery strategies, working in partnership with others, and continuing to invest in initiatives and projects that will keep people in work. More than ever, we are also lobbying Central Government any chance we get to ensure they are very aware of Rotorua’s issues, and they will be important partners in addressing problems that go beyond Council’s resources to fix alone – issues like housing, employment and safety.
We will keep working for and with our community, and lobbying on behalf of Rotorua to ensure that we get the support and momentum we need for the future of our district.
In the meantime, I wish you all a very happy festive season and a wonderful summer. Stay safe and look after one another.
Koianei te wahanga o te tau, ka putaputa mai te rau kura o te Pohutukawa, nei te rau o te aroha e rere maioha atu ki a koutou me wō koutou whānau.
This is the season when, with the presence of the red flowering Pohutukawa, we send the leaf of aroha to you and your whānau.
Ahakoa te ara tāpokopoko kua hikoitia e tātau, kua pakeke haere tātau hoki rā. Me whakakotahi nei tātau ā taonehipi nei i raro i te wairua atawhai o te wā.
Even though we have walked a tempestuous road, it has made us stronger, more discerning and wiser. As a city, let us all embrace the spirit of kindness that this season brings.
Tatau, Tatau – We together
Rotorua Mayor – Steve Chadwick
Rotorua Lakes Council's Civic Centre is closed from midday today (Tuesday 22 December) until 8am Tuesday 5 January 2021
Services like water, rubbish and recycling, noise and animal control, will continue throughout the holiday period.
Rotorua library will be open, except on public holidays.
You can still call Council (24 hours, 7 days a week) for any questions or urgent issues, or to report anything please phone 07 348 4199
No rubbish/recycling collection on Christmas Day
This year Christmas Day falls on a Friday. If that is your usual collection day, put your bins out on Boxing Day (Saturday 26 December) instead.
Collections return to normal the following week (28 December – 1 January)
Information and collection calendar can be found at THIS LINK on Council’s website