Rotorua District Council Economic Development Unit
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Mission Statement

Destination Rotorua Economic Projects actively works alongside the wider Rotorua business and government community with the aim of creating an environment that encourages and stimulates economic growth.”

Our Vision

Where people and businesses are motivated to be successful; jobs are created and rewards are shared.
He Iwi Whanui tenei e kokiri whakamua ana I roto inga take Houkura “With a focus on the creation of a living, investing and sustainable business environment that encourages and stimulates economic growth”

Our Role

Information Provision

Providing public access to timely, accurate and relevant Rotorua economic information.


• Facilitating private sector access to economic and business development initiatives, networks, funding programs and activity within Rotorua, such as NZTE, FoRST and the BMNZ programs.
• Working with the key economic sector groups to develop an environment that will stimulate growth.
• Building partnerships between key local, regional and central government agencies and the Rotorua business community ensuring that the private sector have input into relevant council and government business and economic development related issues.
• Facilitating the introduction of perspective residents, business and investors to Rotorua.

Project Management

  • Young Enterprise Scheme
    • Marketing, facilitating and supporting the settlement needs of immigrants looking at Rotorua as their future living and working destination of choice.
  • Film Central:Film Initiative 
    • Promoting and facilitating Rotorua and the Bay of Plenty as a location for world class screen production
  • Rotorua CBD Retail Strategy:
    • Supporting Retail Rotorua and driving the implementation of the Rotorua CDB Revitalisation Project
  • National Cycleway Project to project manage the build and development of the Rotorua leg of the National Cycleway-Te Ara Ahi
  • National Cycling Centre for Excellence to facilitate the role of the Rotorua District Council in supporting the Mountain Bike Cycling Centre of Excellence as an integral part of the National Cycling Centre for Excellence.

The team behind it all

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Chris Heywood - Project Advisor



Heather McAllister - Settlement Support Coordinator



Contact Us

If you would like further information on living, working, investing, doing business or any of the areas above we would love to hear from you by contacting us at the details below or simply fill in our on line form by following this link: General Enquiry

Contact details:
Phone: +64 (07) 348 4199
Fax: +64 (07) 350 0182
Physical address :
3rd Floor Rotorua Library Building
1136 Arawa Str
New Zealand
Postal Address:
Private Bag 3029
New Zealand

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