The public part of this morning's meeting of the Rotorua Lakes Council was all over in less than 15 minutes.

For the first eight minutes some councillors, including Rotorua mayor Steve Chadwick, praised the council's and Te Arawa's work on the Te Tatau o Te Arawa Board partnership that on Monday received the Martin Jenkins Judges' Choice Award for Outstanding Value and Service Delivery for its work on the controversial partnership.

The award was made at the Local Government New Zealand annual conference held in Dunedin.

The rest of the open meeting was spent receiving minutes and confirming resolutions from previous council committee meetings.

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Those resolutions were a four-year partnership with Cycling New Zealand to establish the National Mountain Biking Performance Hub in Rotorua, the adoption of the council's Seismic Policy and Risk Reduction framework for council-owned buildings, the council's draft Sustainable Living Strategy and a statement of intent from new council-controlled organisation Rotorua Economic Development Ltd.

Councillors then voted to go into a confidential session where they were to discuss the Taniwha Springs water supply, a "strategic property purchase", a property sale, pensioner housing investment and the appointment of board members for Rotorua Economic Development Ltd.