Heather du Plessis-Allan:

Rotorua will not recover from this

I’ve suspected something for a while, and now that I’ve watched the Sunday programme on the emergency housing disaster in Roturua, I’m convinced.  Rotorua will not recover from this.  It will not go back to being the city it was. 

It’s just not possible.  This has gone too far now. 50 motels on or near Fenton Street are housing the homeless. There are about 1100 people in Rotorua in these motels or similar.

All of these people need houses. The council reckons it’s going to take them 5 years, at least, to build enough homes which means for the next five years those people are still in those motels, trashing them like we saw on Sunday. Causing fights on the street outside. Freaking neighbours out so they sleep with baseball bats by the door.

Link to podcast and article: Heather du Plessis-Allan: Rotorua will not recover from this (newstalkzb.co.nz)


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