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

 


Council’s gift to Rotorua: two hours free Christmas parking

News Release
Friday 7 December 2012


Council’s gift to Rotorua: two hours free parking for 12 days of Christmas

ROTORUA 07.12.12: Rotorua District Council is giving residents and city retailers a Christmas gift this year in the form of 2-hour free parking in the central city over the 12 days leading up to Christmas Day.

The free parking initiative will apply to metered and ‘pay and display’ parking spaces from Thursday 13 December up to and including Christmas Eve (24 December).

However a 2-hour limit will apply and will be enforced by parking wardens. Other regular parking restrictions such a loading bays and P15 spaces will apply as usual and parking wardens will continue to check cars for expired warrants of fitness or vehicle registration.

Mayor Kevin Winters said the unanimous council decision to offer a period of free parking was made at a meeting of the Corporate and Customer Services Committee yesterday (Thursday 6 December).

“This is our Christmas gift to the residents and retailers of our city during what we know are pretty tough and challenging economic times for many people.

“For shoppers it’s a chance to save a few dollars off those numerous trips into town for Christmas shopping. We know every dollar counts at this time of year.

“And for retailers we hope it will help stimulate some extra foot traffic and retail business during the year’s most important trading period.

“This short-term initiative for our CBD is part of a wider package of other medium to longer term programmes aimed at revitalising the central city, including free WiFi, further development of our Eat Street dining precinct, and our new Walkable City information panels project.”

Mr Winters said retailers are being asked to ensure their staff do not use prime central parking spaces themselves during the period of free parking so that as much parking as possible remained available to paying customers.

He said the success or otherwise of the free parking initiative would be assessed in the New Year and findings would be incorporated into a review of parking policies that could form part of the planning and consultation process for next year’s annual plan.

Parking meters and ‘pay and display’ machines will have stickers placed on them over night just ahead of the free parking period kicking off, to let people know they will not have to feed meters from 13 to 24 December. Other promotional channels being used to build awareness include newspaper and radio advertising, posters in shop windows and flyers being placed under vehicle windscreen wipers in the lead-up period.

The cost of the free parking initiative is expected to be between $20,000 and $30,000 in lost parking revenue over the 12 days.

[ENDS]

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On First Time Voting (Greens)

For the last two days, I’ve turned my column over to a couple of guest columnists who are first time voters. They’ve been asked to explain why they were voting, for whom and what role they thought their parental upbringing had played in shaping their political beliefs ; and at the end, to choose a piece of music. Today’s guest columnist is Ana Avia-O’Connor, who will be casting her first time vote on Saturday for the Greens.

If I didn’t know any better, it would seem the world has conspired for me to be a Green Party voter. Parents, Green voters? Check. Participation in bilingual education that stressed the importance of inquiry, solidarity and the Treaty? Check. Some sort of vegetarian leanings (seven years and counting, jus’ sayin’)? Check. However, above all of that, I’m voting Green because I believe in supporting the importance of every New Zealander’s contribution to Aotearoa, from the hairdresser in Foxton to the fisherman in Bluff. You could say that I like the cut of the Greens’ jib. More>>

 

Parliament Today:

Big March: Call For An End To Domestic Violence

Hundreds of protesters marched down Lambton Quay to Parliament Monday calling for an end to domestic violence. Wearing white facemasks, waving banners and calling for “safety” for the women and children of New Zealand.. More>>

ALSO:

Meddling: Aussie Liberals Embroiled In Key Campaign

John Key needs to explain why Australia’s Liberal Party is interfering in New Zealand domestic politics and is encouraging Kiwi voters across the ditch to vote for National just days out from the election, Labour’s campaign spokesperson Annette King says. More>>

ALSO:

SURVEILLANCE:

Election Ad Soundtrack: Rapper Eminem Sues National Party Over Copyright Breach

US rapper Eminem is suing the New Zealand National Party for alleged copyright infringement over unauthorised use of the rapper’s ‘Lose Yourself’ song in an election campaign advertisement. More>>

ALSO:

Pre-Election Chartering: Four New Partnership Schools To Open

Education Minister Hekia Parata today announced the Government has signed contracts to open four new Partnership Schools in 2015. More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf 50 Out Now - The Election Issue: Loss Leaders

Gordon Campbell: A third term requires a mature decision, with eyes wide open. It calls for a conscious vote of confidence… Without trying hard here are about 19 reasons, in no particular order, for not ticking ‘party vote’ National. More>>

ALSO:

Not-Especially New Plans: All Prisons To Become Working Prisons Under National

All public prisons in New Zealand will become full working prisons by 2017, and ex-prisoners will receive post-release drug addiction treatment if National is returned to government, says Corrections Spokesperson Anne Tolley. More>>

ALSO:

Māngere: "False Claim Of Matai Title" - Labour

National must explain why its candidate for Māngere Misa Fia Turner appears to be using a Matai title she is not entitled to, Labour’s MP for Māngere and Pacific Islands Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio says. A Matai title is a legally-recognised ... More>>

ALSO:

CPAG Report: No New Zealand Child Should Grow Up In Poverty

Child Poverty Action Group's flagship policy publication Our Children, Our Choice: Priorities for Policy calls for cross party political agreement to underpin an action plan to eliminate child poverty in New Zealand. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell:
On National’s Phantom Tax Cut Package

Hmmm. So National’s tax cuts package turns out to be one of those television advertisements that screams a headline promise – perfect skin! a youth tonic that works! – while in very small print there’s an out clause: special conditions may apply. More>>

ALSO:

Water: New Marine Reserves On West Coast Opened

Five new marine reserves were officially opened by Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith on the West Coast of the South Island to protect a range of marine ecosystems for conservation, science and recreation. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news