14 December 2021
Topic: Auckland borders re-opening
Reporter requested interview with Mayor Chadwick for a tourism-related story ahead of Auckland borders re-opening.
Mayor Chadwick spoke to reporter and made the following key points:
Rotorua looking forward to welcoming Aucklanders back after their extended lockdown
Rotorua very much open for business and hoping for a busy summer
Pleased have certainty re moving out of red
Rotorua is looking to a sustainable tourism future via its just launched Destination Management Plan
Media: NZME (Rotorua Daily Post and BOP Times)
Topic: Summer events
I have been tasked with writing a piece for our Sat magazine (running on Boxing Day in the BoP Times and Rotorua Daily Post) that will be a 'your guide to summer in the Bay' - what's on when and where, travel, accommodation, staying safe at festivals, may need to touch on vaccine passports, water safety, etc. This can be anything from boxing day to Akl anni weekend. Do you guys have any events and/or info you'd like to pass on for this? I will be filing the story on the 16th so I need to receive the info before then.
The reporter was provided with the following information:
Due to the switch to the Orange Traffic Light setting not happening until 30 Dec, there are only a few events that might happen during that period.
Here are a couple of options to include in your article:
Rotorua Night Market
Thursdays, 5pm – 9pm
New location – Rotorua Village Green
Vibrant entertainment alongside international cuisine and boutique stalls.
My Vaccine Passport required for entry, wear masks, sign in and maintain social distancing.
Rotorua Farmers Market
Sundays, 9am – 1pm (*excluding 26 December 2021)
Te Manawa, Intersection of Hinemoa and Tūtānekai Streets
Grab brunch with live music while browsing fresh produce and artisan stands.
No Vaccine Passport required. Please wear masks, sign in and maintain social distancing.
Check Rotorua Nui for the most up to date event information
The event world has been in a state of flux since New Zealand went into lockdown again in August 2021. With changing COVID-19 guidelines and levels leading to last minute event decisions, Rotorua Nui has become an important website to find out the most up to date information on Rotorua events.
Developed and launched in August 2020, Rotorua Nui aims to provide our community and visitors a one-stop shop for all their Rotorua event information. It also offers event organisers a free place to promote their events to a wide audience.
As it celebrated its first birthday in lockdown we also recognised the importance of the Rotorua Nui website in sharing event amendments, postponements and cancellations quickly and efficiently.
Because of all of these event changes, the tough decision was made not to distribute the normal printed quarterly event calendar in spring and over the summer. A physical calendar will immediately become out of date, while the website is updated instantly.
Rotorua Nui is becoming well known as the place to find fun and interesting events of all types - from sports to culture and everything in between – really showcasing what a fantastic place Rotorua is to hold events all year around.
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