Te Arawa Lakes Trust (TALT) has announced a new $6 million central hub development for Rotorua.
The construction of the multi-storey, wood-first building is expected to benefit the community right from the get-go with the trust pledging to use locals to build it.
“It’s going to create employment because we want our local people to build it,” trust chairman Sir Toby Curtis says.
“We also want this development to provide opportunity for training so that our people can learn the skills required for the various trades.”
Discussions were held with Ohinemutu residents, kaumātua and surrounding businesses. Ngāti Whakaue kaumātua Pihopa Kingi says it will be a valuable resource for the iwi.
“This building symbolises unity, growth and employment that will uplift and benefit Te Arawa in the years to come.”
The trust is in talks with the Bay of Plenty Regional Council to explore the opportunity to relocate from their Arawa St headquarters once construction is complete.
Regional Council chairman Doug Leeder said the move makes business sense.
“I’m excited that we have signed with our partners, Te Arawa Lakes Trust, an MoU that outlines our requirements to both enable effective service delivery of regional council operations from this building as well as the efficiencies co-locating with Te Arawa will provide.”
The building is designed by Rotorua firm Darryl Church Architecture and it will feature solar panels, rainwater catchment and hydroponic plants lining the outside in an effort to keep their carbon footprint down.