Rotorua District Council

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Rotorua District Council’s mission is to help shape a greater future for Rotorua through inspired community leadership and the provision of excellent services.

Under the Local Government Act, the council is responsible for providing a wide range of services to the community and for co-ordinating and planning the district’s social, cultural, economic and environmental development.

Economic growth, including employment opportunities and skills development, is a priority focus of the council’s current programmes. In general, the council aims to achieve community outcomes identified by the people of the district and which contribute to the social, cultural, environmental and economic wellbeing of residents and our visitors.

The Rotorua district has a population of more than 65,900 and also hosts more than two million visitors a year. More than 36 per cent of local residents identify as Maori which is much higher than for New Zealand as a whole (14 per cent at the last Census).

Rotorua was populated by the people of Te Arawa more than six centuries ago when they moved inland from their landing place at Maketu. Today the city is the centre of Maori culture in New Zealand. The district’s development has been driven by tourism which remains a huge contributor to the local economy with people from around the world attracted here particularly for the unique geothermal and cultural attractions. Other key economic drivers include agriculture, forestry and wood processing.

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Page last updated: 19 Oct 2017