A Rotorua Lakes Council committee has recommended the incoming council prioritise social issues such as emergency housing and family harm. The recommendation was made at a meeting today following a presentation from the council's social development strategy advisor, Dr Suzanne Gower. The commitment is a response to a local government law change meaning this year's newly elected councils will focus on the "Four Wellbeings" - social, environmental, economic and cultural indicators. Samantha Olley was at the meeting.

Demands for emergency housing and benefits are much larger in Rotorua than most of New Zealand, and family harm incidents are "very high".