Last year the government’s Waste Minimisation Fund supported 27 projects totalling $7.5 million in funding, and with the third round of funding now open, the call has been put out for projects that in particular will help Canterbury’s earthquake recovery.


While the Government gets a beating over water quality issues from the Cawthron Institute, a new initiative launched last week is making use of recycled plastic bottles to create an island that improves the water quality of Lake Rotoehu in Rotorua.

Urban Design/Infrastructure

Time is of the essence and if you’re a Rotorua local, you’ve just been granted more time—until October 15 in fact—to provide feedback on Rotorua District Council’s (RDC) Urban Design Framework, which seeks to provide an overarching concept and direction for new and existing developments and activities in the city centre.

Urban Design

The new look Rotorua CBD and lakefront is one step closer to becoming a reality with the release of a document that lays out the desired future look of the city centre. The Rotorua District Council’s Urban Design Framework provides an overall concept and direction for new and existing developments, proposes a new zone for the lakefront area, and offers a series of recommendations to attract economic growth and tourists to the city centre.


Rotorua is set to go a little creatively crazy next week when it hosts its fifth annual artsMAD (art, media, architecture and design) event. The free event is put on by the Rotorua District Council (RDC) and brings artists, architects and designers together to share their inspirations with the community.