From mid-2016 Bay of Plenty businesses have a new voice, Bay of Plenty Business News. This new publication reflects the region’s growth and importance as part of the wider central North Island economy.
FEBRUARY/MARCH 2017 VOLUME 2: ISSUE 8 WWW.BOPBUSINESSNEWS.CO.NZ FACEBOOK.COM/BOPBUSINESSNEWS Bay of plenty THE REGION’S BUSINESS VOICE SPA HOTEL LAKEFRONT SPA A “GAME CHANGER” A lakefront spa and hotel planned in Rotorua will be a “game changer” for the city’s tourism industry, according to Peter Faulkner, general manager of the organisation behind it, Pukeroa Oruawhata Trust. By GEOFF TAYLOR The planned complex, eventually featuring a five-star hotel, is built on the foundation of being a spa and wellness destination which links neatly with Rotorua’s heritage. The iwi group’s ambitious project is one of a number of new developments in what is shaping as a booming year in the district’s development. Rotorua Lakes Council deputy mayor acknowledged it was going to be a “big year” for Rotorua and he saw no sign of it dropping off. Other projects on Pukeroa Oruawhata Group’s books include its $20 million development of the Trade Central shopping centre, construction of a state-of-the-art 81-bed dementia village in Ngongotaha and redevelopment of the old RSA building on Haupapa St to provide café and office space. Significant projects by other businesses around Rotorua include Te Puia New Zealand Arts and Craft Institute’s $18 million redevelopment, a new FreshChoice supermarket on Te Ngae Rd and Holmes Group’s second stage of Lynmore Junction Continued on page 3 ...a “big year” for Rotorua Rotorua deputy mayor Dave Donaldson. Hansa Chippers - from back yard business to world class design and manufacturer p16