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Mayor Steve Chadwick On Rotorua Emergency Housing Update


The first actions announced today by Minister Woods and
Minister Sepuloni are a great start.

I called for the
Government to focus its attention on Rotorua and to have a
presence here on the ground because of the untenable
situation of mothers and children living in motels. That was
the burning platform to get a priority focus for our
district.

These first steps are the building blocks to
addressing the long-term housing pipeline challenges that we
need to solve here in Rotorua and I will continue to
strongly advocate and work with the Government to gain those
solutions for our community.

I was in contact with
Minister Woods last night and she has assured me that we
will continue to work on Rotorua solutions together. The
work we are doing with the Taskforce has enabled us to get
Government attention and now the process has begun to get
control over the previously ad hoc arrangement with
motels.

Everybody agrees that the current motel type
accommodation is not the long-term solution for housing. We
need safe, suitable homes for people, for whānau, and that
is what we need to really focus on from here.

I will
continue to advocate for Rotorua and the best interests of
our community by working with the Government. Working in
partnership has been and will remain the way to get this
done.

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