There are signs that Rotorua’s CBD is recovering for the summer, but does everyone agree? Photo / Getty Images
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There are signs that Rotorua’s CBD is recovering in the summer.
Moteliers are optimistic about attracting summer guests, new restaurants have opened, and revitalization plans are mounting
Momentum, and the council says the CBD is safer than last year.
However, other business owners say the problems in the CBD persist, with one saying the city’s reputation is “ruined” and any turnaround will take years.
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It will be at least a decade for the good people of Rotorua to overcome the shameful deportation of the marginalized to their city. Rather than looking for a solution to the underlying problems, the government took the easy route and tossed hundreds of millions of dollars to motel owners to solve the problem for them. Waste of money with the result that one of New Zealand’s leading tourist destinations is ruined.
Pollyanna’s “nothing to see here” approach denies reality. I don’t go downtown unless I want to visit a specific store. Although personally I don’t feel threatened, it is uncomfortable to crawl through groups of aimless people and navigate the beggars and street musicians. Fenton Street, where most of the motel emergency accommodations are located, is a no-go area. I hope the city council is doing a better job of “revitalizing” the city center than the Te Manawa – Heart of the City, which is an area shared by cars – basically a huge roundabout that I think is dangerous for pedestrians.
Every time I go there I can’t wait to go. It’s shocking downtown after dark. Sure, don’t feel safe getting off Essen Street. They destroyed the inner city by drawing in the homeless and gangs.
It’s nice to read some positive opinions, but have these community leaders thought about what will happen to the people currently living in distress (motels / hotels) once the foreign tourists are allowed back in? If you are concerned about Rotorua’s ruined reputation, you need to find some solutions to that problem as well.
I agree with Mr. Hennessy – what happened here is profound and a “feel good” story is not going to change things. I drive around town with my car door locked and I don’t go anywhere near the CBD after dark.
It’s not about what someone as a local might think of the place that will determine tourist arrivals, but rather their perception, which I’m afraid, was very negative. I have been to Rotorua a couple of times as it is convenient from the distance but I no longer consider it a family vacation destination as I am not sure what neighborhood my family will be in.
[The] The government must grapple with the havoc they have wrought by placing the homeless in motels across New Zealand, including: Rotorua, Auckland, Whangarei, Wellington.
Sounds like a mess to me judging from the comments posted. Where is the government dialogue to fix the problem? Who put the neighing in? [the] Neighborhood?
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