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Stake in ground on Rotorua inner city revitalisation

Stake in ground on Rotorua inner city revitalisation

A group of retailers and businesspeople have established an inner city focus group to work with the Rotorua District Council in towards better development of the central business district.

Mike Steiner, a well-known retailer, cautions that the group is not going after the council as such but have real concerns.

“We have come to the conclusion that it is really time we put a stake in the ground and said ‘hey, we need to take back ownership of this area and we need to be responsible for putting some input into that area’.”

Group has established a dialogue with council, which he said had been “incredibly receptive and more than happy to meet with us in an open discussion to look at the on-going development and revitalisation of the CBD”.

Talk about a ginger group has been about for some time, but Mike says it has been important for those involved for the focus group to put down firm foundations, and to establish a good dialogue with the council.

The group’s intention is that by November it will be able produce a co-ordinated and cohesive plan for the revitalisation of the inner city.

For more details, go to Mike Steiner transcript.


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