Lakefront Spa plans still go as QE Health moves on
Rotorua’s Pukeroa Oruawhata Trust is going ahead with plans for a spa as part of its Lakefront development despite QE Health decision to build a separate new spa on land at the Scion Innovation Park.
QE Health was to be incorporated into the trust’s plans for a “Spa Precinct” in the Rotorua lakefront area, as announced in 2016.
The plans published in 2016 showed an area called the “QE Health Rehabilitation Spa” attached to Pukeroa Oruawhata development, which also included a 5-star hotel, a luxury spa, spa bathing, serviced apartments and other amenities.
Trust chairman Malcolm Short told The Mud that the spa aspect of the new development was scheduled to be completed in 2020, without QE Health.
The land on which the new spa is planned is adjacent to the existing QE Health buildings, being compacted down with a mountain of metal in preparation for construction.
He said the building would be 6,000 square metres when completed but costings were not yet finalised. A hotel will go on the current QE Health site.
The government has announced it will give $19.9 million for the lakefront development, the Rotorua Lakes Council said in a statement. That funding will match the $20m allocated by the council, the statement said.
The statement said the $19.9m grant for the Rotorua Lakefront will help fund several developments including a play area, new boardwalk, car parking, a new wharewaka, concrete and grass terraces and a café and restaurant space.
As well as the Lakefront development funding, the government is providing "Up to $7.5m to go towards the Whakarewarewa Forest with the same amount confirmed from the council".
In the statement, Mayor Steve Chadwick said the forestry and lakefront projects would enhance what the district already had and providd the community with the infrastructure it deserved.
“[The] Government’s support significantly helps Council and iwi to progress forward much faster, and confirms the robust business cases for the two projects.
“Mā te mahi tahi, ka tutuki – Working together, we will succeed and this philosophy supports Council’s vision, Tatau Tatau – We together. With support from mana whenua, we have seized the opportunity to apply for Provincial Growt Funding by selecting projects that are ready to be worked on and match the pūtea (funding) criteria.”
The council was currently seeking expressions of interest from companies to carry out the work, which was expected to start by the beginning of next year.