Scenic Rotorua lakefront.

A Rotorua political action group, led by long-serving former Rotorua councillor Glenys Searancke, is petitioning the $55 million Rotorua Lakefront redevelopment. Half funded by the Provincial Growth Fund and half funded by the Rotorua Lakes Council, the Rotorua District Residents and Ratepayers described the proposal as a “needless waste of $54.7 million of taxpayers’ and ratepayers’ money.

“The current promenade, wharf and parking are functional and much photographed. The proposed walkway will be a wooden eyesore because it will need to be robust enough to support machinery needed to remove tonnes of weed deposited annually by northerlies,” said Glenys Searancke, chairperson, RDRR.

The group believed the money would be best spent elsewhere, and that redeveloping the lakefront is not high on Rotorua’s list of concerns.

“The Lakefront Redevelopment is not really a priority compared to reopening our museum to restart the cash flows. Any spare cash should be used to earthquake-proof the museum and the Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre to get local groups operating again, along with professional managers, and to fund other improvements as they can be afforded,” said Reynold Macpherson, Rotorua Lakes District mayoral candidate and secretary of RDRR.