Boost for Rotorua museum and forests

Published: Jul 3, 2020

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The Rotorua Museum redevelopment and Whakarewarewa and Tokorangi Forest projects will be accelerated thanks to a $2.09 million Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) boost announced on 27 June.

Rotorua Mayor Steve Chadwick standing on a podium with two men sitting on stage.

Mayor of Rotorua, Steve Chadwick addresses the crowd at the 27 June announcement.

In August 2019, $15 million of PGF funding was announced for the museum redevelopment, and $7 million was announced for the forests project in September 2018.

Te Whare Taonga o Te Arawa Rotorua Museum will receive additional funding of $2 million and the forest projects will receive an extra $90,000 to enable the Rotorua Lakes Council to significantly accelerate progress and employment outcomes.

Rotorua Mayor Steve Chadwick says these are important projects for Rotorua and its economic future.

"Both the museum and the forest are much loved community assets that also play a big part in our proposition as a tourist destination," says Mayor Chadwick.

"We want to make sure we have outstanding facilities that contribute to our ongoing relevance as a place where people want to live, work, do business and visit."

"It’s great to the have the continued support of Central Government and ongoing confidence in the direction we have set and the outcomes we are trying to achieve here in Rotorua."