Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Australian sister city mayor and family holiday in Rotorua

News Release
Thursday 22 November 2012

Australian sister city mayor and family holidaying in Rotorua

ROTORUA 22.11.12: The new mayor of Rotorua’s Australian sister city, Lake Macquarie, and her husband and children took time from their family holiday today [22 November] to stop by Mayor Kevin Winter’s office for a chat over lunch.

Lake Macquarie City Council mayor Jodie Harrison, husband Bruce and children India (13) and Phillip (9) are in New Zealand for a week, choosing to spend five nights in Rotorua on holiday. She said the family came to Rotorua because they were after something relaxing but also fun for the children.

“We’ve enjoyed luge rides, mud baths and soda springs, traditional Maori massage, and we’re now looking forward to visiting Rotorua Museum.

“Rotorua and Lake Macquarie have got a lot of similarities geographically, with our own lake right in the middle and mountains surrounding the city. But it feels like a real holiday here because Rotorua is much less developed around the edges and we don’t have the agricultural land that Rotorua has.”

Mrs Harrison, who has been mayor of Lake Macquarie City Council for just eight weeks, said the family had an informal discussion on lakes, tourism, and general matters with Mayor Winters – a comparatively veteran mayor of eight years.

“I thought that as Rotorua is our sister city it was important that, even though I’m on a family holiday, that I actually stop in and meet the mayor and take the opportunity to strengthen the relationship between Lake Macquarie and Rotorua.”

Rotorua mayor Kevin Winters said it was great to catch up with Mrs Harrison and her family and he looked forward to strengthening ties with Lake Macquarie in the future.

The Harrison family head back to Australia on Saturday.

[ENDS]

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

CPAG: Government Spends Over $100K Pursuing Beneficiary

For the past fifteen years, Kathryn, now in her fifties and living alone with chronic ill health on a benefit, has been challenging the decision by the MSD that she has to pay back $117,000. She has no assets or savings and cannot afford to pay for fresh food or therapy that would improve her health. More>>

ALSO:

Labour: National’s Cuts Shave $100K Off KiwiSaver By Retirement

New analysis shows National’s constant cuts to KiwiSaver will reduce the average worker’s retirement savings by $100,000 over their working life, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says... Since coming to office it has made five separate cuts to the scheme." More>>

ALSO:

Auckland: Transport Operators Switch From SuperGold To AT HOP Cards

Seniors using Auckland’s public transport will need to use their AT HOP cards from today but Auckland Transport has requested its operators to show understanding for those customers yet to complete the switch from SuperGold cards. More>>

ALSO:

Crime Stats: Burglary Up 11.9%

“While burglary rates are still below that of recent years, there has been an increase of more than 10 per cent over the past 12 months, which is of concern to Police and something we are determined to tackle,” says Police Commissioner Mike Bush. More>>

ALSO:

Help: Lifeline Aotearoa Fighting For Survival

Lifeline Aotearoa has announced it only has enough money to run for one more year. By 30 June 2017, all available sustainability reserves and funds from a new mortgage on its Auckland property will be exhausted. More>>

ALSO:

Overseas Investment: Auditor-General To Examine OIO

The Auditor-General is to examine how the Overseas Investment Office collects and manages information following a request from the parliament's finance and expenditure committee. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Bill English Living In Denial

The working poor have been a direct byproduct of the economic policies in vogue for the past 30 years or more, all over the Western world... That anger was evident in the Brexit vote, and it underlies the support for Donald Trump in the United States. More>>

ALSO:

Final Reading Of Parental Leave Bill: Families With New Babies Victims Of Veto

“For the first time ever, a Bill will have a third reading debate and no vote will be taken at the end because the National Government has used its veto – an extreme measure against families,” says the Bill’s sponsor, Labour MP Sue Moroney. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news