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Infrastructure of Rotorua
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Rotorua's central North Island location is a considerable advantage in terms of proximity to major farming and forestry resources and transport networks.
Access to upgraded main highway networks, a domestic airport, and the nearby export/import ports of Tauranga and Napier offer significant advantages to businesses. The route from Rotorua to the international gateway at the Port of Tauranga, is used extensively for the export of logs, sawn timber, wood chips, pulp and paper products, dairy industry products and manufactured goods. The port handles 70 per cent of New Zealand's forest product exports, as well as kiwifruit, steel, dairy and other products. Most exports are bound for Asia, others to Australia, the Pacific Islands, the UK, USA, Europe and North America. The roads within and around Rotorua are constantly being upgraded and improved, including a planned arterial bypass to the Whakatane highway to facilitate access to the Eastern Bay of Plenty and coastal areas. Numerous regular and reliable road courier services are also available to all New Zealand destinations. Rotorua Airport provides a direct link to Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, and a major runway extension and airport facility redevelopment is underway.
Rotorua's main conference and convention centre includes an auditorium with a capacity for seating 700 people. The Rotorua Convention Centre hosted the 1996 and 2001 Centenary New Zealand Tourism Industry Association conferences attended by more than 1,200 delegates. There are also convention and function facilities at many of the international hotels in the city, as well as the Rotorua Soundshell, Sportsdrome, and Council Chamber. These are supported by off-site venues and attractions, including Skyline Skyrides and the Agrodome. Demand for conference facilities is increasing, both domestically and from overseas, in part due to ongoing promotional efforts by both the local hospitality sector and Council's Destination Rotorua Tourism Marketing.
Labour costs in Rotorua and the wider Bay of Plenty Region are very competitive on a world scale and when compared with other major New Zealand cities. Indicative labour costs range from around NZ$8.00 per hour for unskilled production workers to NZ$45.00 per hour for executive management staff. Supporting Rotorua's broad-based economy, almost 22.4 per cent (8,838) of the adult population have a vocational qualification compared with 20.5 per cent nationwide. Early childhood and public education are well catered for, and the District's schools receive considerable community support.
Business associations in Rotorua include the Rotorua Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Bay of Plenty Development Foundation and the Rotorua Business SWAP (Salespeople with a Purpose). Also active in Rotorua are the Auckland Employers and Manufacturers Association, the New Zealand Institute of Management, and other specialist industry groups and clusters within forestry, tourism, education and professional services. The Rotorua Business Women's Network operates under the umbrella of the Chamber of Commerce. There is also a number of well supported service clubs active in the District, including Lions, Rotary, Zonta and Kiwanis.
Most living costs in the district are similar to other provincial parts of the North Island.Utilities, such as electricity natural gas,water and waste disposal, are all competitively priced.New businesses have extensive choice in terms of power suppliers, and can negotiate housing costs within the Rotorua District (both rental and purchase prices)which represent significantly better value than the New Zealand average. Commuting times for the Rotorua work-force are a fraction of those in Auckland and other cities. Traffic flows freely and many are able to walk, run or cycle to their place of work.
The Bay of Plenty is well served by both local and long distance telephone. service. Telecom New Zealand Ltd provides local service. The company has placed multiple self- healing fibre loops around the country of which Rotorua is a major hub. Telecom is constantly upgrading their service capabilities to the Rotorua area. Telstra Clear can supply telephone lines in Rotorua.Telecom New ZealandLtd is, also a supplier of national and international tolls, data services, Internet connectivity, and cellular phone services. Telecom New Zealand Ltd offers state-of-the-art disaster recovery through multiple access technologies both from Rotorua to other parts of the country as well as to customers' sites (e.g. fibre optic cable, DMR radio, in addition to the extensive Copper Cable network). The power to Telecom's Rotorua exchange is backed up by standby batteries and diesel generators. Rotorua is an ATM node site Providing super high speed 100% digital data services such as Frame Relay and jet stream. This makes Rotorua a major node on Telecom's network (i.e. any of the services available to customers in the middle of Auckland's CBD are available to Rotorua customers). Telecom New Zealand Ltd has a large, Bay of Plenty based account management team which provide telecommunication solutions to fit the specific business needs of local companies.
Water and Energy
Rotorua's primary water supply comes from pristine natural freshwater springs. The supply is both plentiful and stable. Rotorua's municipal wastewater disposal system includes a state-of-the-art treatment plant that is based on sustainable environmental management principles. Solid waste disposal is currently just NZ$11 per tonne at Rotorua's recently modernised and expanded landfill facility, and costs are likely to remain low in the foreseeable future.
The region's numerous rivers and lakes supply abundant, generally high-quality water for all forestry activities. However, siting of any processing plants, particularly timber treatment facilities, must take into consideration the Resource Management Act 1991. Electricity in the Central North Island is generated by 20 hydro-electric stations with a capacity of about 1540 megawatts, providing 90% of the North Island's hydro capacity. Key power supplying companies in the region are Meridian Energy, Genesis and Mighty River Power. Geothermal stations at Ohaaki and Wairakei have a generating capacity of 261 megawatts, and the Kawerau field produces 7.4 megawatts. A further 280 megawatts of geothermal capacity is planned or under construction on fields around Taupo. Most of the remaining North Island generating capacity is provided by large thermal stations outside the region. Natural gas is available throughout the Central North Island and is a significant energy source for the wood processing industry, especially for timber drying and pulp and paper. In addition, residues are becoming a major energy source in larger wood processing plants to provide heat and electrical energy.
The Central North Island has an extensive network of national and provincial highways and urban and rural roads. The public routes important for forestry are those linking the Port of Tauranga with wood processing centres at Tokoroa, Whakatane, Kawerau and Murupara, and those linking Ohakune and Taupo with Hawke’s Bay.Toll New Zealand operates a national transport network, and has developed total service packages dedicated to servicing the forestry sector's needs. In the Bay of Plenty and Waikato regions 850 kilometres of rail track links forests, mills and provincial centres, to ports and domestic markets. The Port of Taurangaat Mount Maunganui serves the whole Central North Island region. It is New Zealand's main forestry port; handling around 70% of the country's forestry exports, and is also New Zealand's largest exporting port. The Port of Tauranga has storage capacity for 122 000 tonnes of logs, can handle ships up to 290 metres in length and has a low-water draught of 11.7 metres.
Rotorua has two main hospitals, the public Rotorua Hospital (Lakeland Health the provider, a division of the Lakes District Health Board) and Queen Elizabeth Hospital(internationally renowned geothermal rheumatism treatments). Lakeland Health employs more than 1,000 staff. Rotorua has approximately 60 General Practitioners (Rotorua General Practice Group) and currently has four retirement villages and rest homes.
The Rotorua Public Libraryis an up-to-date facility with collections of both conventional books (eg,children's books,adult fiction and non-fiction) and specialist information (in written form and on CD-ROM). The library is open six days a week and offers special services for children during holiday periods.
Clubs and societies of most types are present in Rotorua, including arts, crafts, operatic, music, drama and cultural groups. Rotorua is almost unrivalled in terms of sporting and recreational opportunities. Sporting recreation facilities and clubs include golf, rugby, soccer, fishing, boating, swimming, mountain biking, sailing, squash, netball, tennis, horse racing, running, hunting, clay target shooting, and many others. The Rotorua Public Library maintains a public database of community contacts, and the weekly Rotorua Weekender newspaper reports upcoming community and recreational events. Those who like to keep fit will find no shortage of gymnasiums, as well as beautiful locations to run and walk. Rotorua is the home of New Zealand's premier annual marathon, run annually around Lake Rotorua, and is host to the New Zealand International Two Day Walk. The nearby forests offer great opportunities for walks, jogging, cycling and horse rides. Rotorua has some of the best mountain biking tracks and forest and lakeside walking tracks in New Zealand, all in close proximity to the city.
There are snow skiing and mountain climbing opportunities within two hours drive of Rotorua, and surfing, fishing and swimming opportunities at nearby Waihi, Mount Maunganui and Ohope. Swimming, trout fishing, sailing, boating, water skiing and other activities can be enjoyed on the District's many lakes. Excellent deer and bird hunting can also be enjoyed. Rotorua residents enjoy the luxury of bathing in Rotorua's soothing geothermal waters at a range of purpose built facilities.
“Most national tenants view Rotorua as a high priority location for investment in New Zealand, mainly because of our high tourist infrastructure and forestry sector which seems to attract all the main national companies to Rotorua”.