The race for Rotorua mayoralty
Should Rotorua be spending money on big projects such as the Lakefront? Or should the focus be on keeping rates and debt down? These are key questions that spell out the differences between current mayor Steve Chadwick and her closest rival from the last election, Reynold Macpherson.

As part of a series on the race for the Rotorua mayoralty and with fewer than six months until the 2019 local body elections, Zizi Sparks examines what Chadwick and Macpherson see are the important issues they will be campaigning on - and it's clear they are miles apart.

For Rotorua mayor Steve Chadwick, the 2019 election is about finishing what she started: projects such as the Lakefront, Sanatorium Reserve, museum and performing arts centre.

For her chief rival, Reynold Macpherson, it's all about change.

Chadwick wants to see the Lakefront redevelopment through. The current council has committed $20 million to the project and secured $19.9m in match funding from the Government.

The revitalisation would include a walkway and terraces, a new playground, boardwalk and more.


The current council has also committed $5.5m to enhance Kuirau Park, by building a geothermally-heated children's water play area and creating a new