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

 


Rotorua student’s street seating design becomes reality

News Release

Thursday 17 July 2014


Rotorua student’s street seating design becomes reality


A Rotorua student’s innovative creation for inner city public seating becomes a reality this evening [Thursday 17 July] when the prototype seat he designed is unveiled on the corner of Tutanekai and Eruera streets.

Now an engineering apprentice with a Rotorua company, Jake Krebs’ winning design was selected last year following a competition which 22 local secondary school students entered.

The design competition involved using Rotorua’s ‘WoodFirst’ principle for developing a new public seating concept for the inner city revitalisation programme. The new seating needed to be easier for elderly people to use while addressing public safety concerns around groups of people gathering in the large seating bays in place at the time.

A Rotorua Lakes High School student when he won the competition, Jake Krebs’ prize was an iPad from Waiariki Institute of Technology and the opportunity to develop the concept with local business suppliers Lockwood, Woodmasters, Hepburn Electrical, Rotoma Timber and Chris Smith Glass.

This evening [17 July] at 5.30pm Rotorua mayor Steve Chadwick and Jake Krebs will together unveil the first of the new seats installed in the inner city.

His unique seat design features a New Zealand silver fern representation and showcases local wood product. Integration of internal accent lighting helps transform the seat into a piece of functional street art.

Since winning the competition Jake has been gaining valuable work experience alongside Rotorua District Council staff and local business partners who support the inner city revitalisation programme.

He has been able to personally guide his design through its various development and testing stages and oversee manufacturing of the prototype, leading up to today’s installation of the first finished product.

The seating project has been a uniquely Rotorua one involving local design, local materials and local manufacturing. In the future more of the new seats will be installed at intersections along Tutanekai Street.

Four more seats are currently being manufactured, two of which have been sponsored by local entrepreneurs and developers, the Bradley family. Rotorua District Council is hoping other businesses will follow the Bradleys’ community lead and also offer to sponsor seats.

Tony Bradley said his family was very proud to support such a programme.

“A project where locals support locals within the inner city is a really good cause,” he said.

Karen Hunt, Rotorua District councillor and Inner City Revitalisation portfolio lead, said local businesses had come together “with outstanding success, to make Jake’s design a reality.”

“It’s this sort of local involvement in our own community that’s key to building a strong and vibrant inner city future - one of the key goals of our Rotorua 2030 vision,” said Councillor Hunt.

[ENDS]


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Departure Speech: Governor-General’s State Farewell Luncheon

"...Unfortunately I was unable to get to the Antarctic, the Chatham Islands and the Kermadecs. A dicky heart thwarted our travel to the Antarctic; and even though I volunteered to parachute into the Kermadecs to join the Young Blake expedition, time, commitments and officials frustrated my plans to visit the Kermadecs and Chathams." More>>

ALSO:

New Research: Most Homeless People Working Or Studying

“The cost of housing has been rising without corresponding increases in income, whilst the number of state houses per capita has been in decline. Many low-income people are missing out on housing, whether we recognise them as ‘homeless’ or not. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Traynor: New Offender Info Sharing Plan

“This Bill delivers on that step-change by moving away from name-based records held by individual agencies to a shared, anchor identity based on unalterable information, such as fingerprints and facial recognition. It also gives agencies access to the drivers’ licence photo database and birth, death and marriages information." More>>

  • NZ Law Foundation - New $2M fund for research on information challenges
  • Littoral: New Ship To Deliver Enhanced Naval Capability

    Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says the Government has approved a Ministry of Defence and New Zealand Defence Force recommendation to request tenders for a new naval ship to support littoral operations. More>>

    July:

    After King's Labour Snub: Māori Party And Kiingitanga To Work Together

    Māori Party Co-leaders Te Ururoa Flavell and Marama Fox met with Kiingitanga representatives in Wellington yesterday to discuss working together on key issues for the betterment of Māori. More>>

    ALSO:

    Waitangi Claim On Rehabilitation: The 'Justus' System For Māori Not Good Enough

    Closing statements at the Waitangi Tribunal case against Corrections called for immediate steps and a comprehensive review to address the high rate of Māori reoffending. More>>

    ALSO:

    Advice: PM Sets Rules For Ministers' Treatment Of Public Servants

    Prime Minister John Key has laid down the law about the way ministers and public servants should interact, saying ministers may not always like the advice they receive, but they must listen to it carefully, respectfully and professionally. More>>

    Gordon Campbell: On The Funding Changes In Special Needs Education, And Uber

    The plan to strip out the educational support for older “special needs” children in order to meet the existing shortfall in funding for special needs in early childhood education is so miserly and relentlessly stupid as to defy belief… More>>

    SPECIAL EDUCATION (& More):

    Online Learning Plans:

    Get More From Scoop

     

    LATEST HEADLINES

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Regional
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news