I was a little sceptical about the lakefront redevelopment, but am happy to be, convincingly, proved wrong.
It's awesome and I already keep going back to it.
One of my benchmarks was comparing Rotorua to Queenstown. What we have now is far superior. The design is clever and beguilingly interactive - just watch the kids playing on all the different shapes and surfaces.
It's beautiful and artfully portrays the Rotorua landscape.
Ka pai to all involved (and former minister Shane Jones).
The front window of Rotorua's tourist industry just got a new face - a homeless face.
A real estate agent is quoted as saying the Government has paid $8.1 million for the 30-unit Boulevard Motel - well above the CV.
In my view, crime will now be permanent fixture in Rotorua, as the motel is within walking distance to the CBD.
Many motels along Fenton St now house the homeless, only this latest acquisition now puts Rotorua on the homeless map, not the tourist map - permanently.
The homeless are now here to stay. The Motel Mile will now be known as the MSD mile.
This lead article (News, July 20) deals mainly with the values that some young children have gained prior to being enrolled in preschool or primary school, and the mayhem they then cause to the other young people they are with, and the adults trying to assist them all.
While at this stage of their life they all may look human, the behaviour of these children is anything but, although all were born with human and social potentials.
Parents - through the examples they set, demonstrate and encourage while nurturing their young - help them develop either of the two qualities they inherited – those making them better human or social individuals, or the selfish survival animal instincts based on selfishness, greed and lack of consideration for others.
Throughout history, society hasn't seen the need to help all parents gain the understanding required, nor ensured that the whole environment they provide increasingly encourages the development of these qualities.
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