Group making a difference in Rotorua

Group making a difference in Rotorua
Pukeroa’s efforts were recognised at the 2019 Westpac Rotorua Business Excellence Awards, where the group received the award for Outstanding Contribution to Rotorua.

Pukeroa Oruawhata Group’s commitment to managing and enhancing its asset base has seen significant benefits delivered, not only to the group’s owners, but also to the wider Rotorua township. Pukeroa’s efforts were recognised at the 2019 Westpac Rotorua Business Excellence Awards, where the group received the award for Outstand-ing Contribution to Rotorua.
In 1880, the Crown negotiated with Ngati Whakaue the setting aside of land referred to as Te Pukeroa-Oruawhata Block, an area which is bounded by the Utuhina and Puarenga Streams, and from the lakefront to Tihiotonga, for the establishment of the Rotorua township.
Pukeroa Oruawhata chairman Malcolm Short says Ngati Whakaue has been extremely generous as much of the land that is currently held as reserves was initially given to Crown for public use and public amenity. Pukeroa has also worked very hard to develop its assets in a manner that gives benefit to the community.
“It’s great to see Pukeroa being recognised, for the current work being done, for the things we’ve done in the past, and also the work that we’ll continue to do to deliver benefit to Rotorua,” says Malcolm.He says that Pukeroa is probably the single largest property owner in Rotorua and has invested a significant amount into its properties to develop income streams for Ngati Whakaue.
“As a result, what we’ve done is we’ve not only built an income stream for our current and future owners, but we’ve also supported the economic development of Rotorua.” Pukeroa’s developments include the transformation of a 16ha former railway yard into a regional shopping destination, Rotorua Central Mall.
The Mall has boosted employment and brought retailers to the city. In 2017, Pukeroa bought the previous home of the Rotorua RSA and spent $2.7 million transforming it into fully compliant A grade office accommodation, now known as Haupapa House. In 2018, Pukeroa completed the third stage of the Trade Central development with a $20 million retail development which brought Kmart to town.
Trade Central now accommodates Mitre 10, Hunting and Fishing, and about 10 more retailers. “Part of our mission is to create an environment with employment opportunities,” Malcolm says. “When we built Kmart, that added 105 jobs to Rotorua, and 35% of those were taken up by Ngati Whakaue.”

Group making a difference in Rotorua
Pukeroa’s developments include the transformation of a 16ha former railway yard into a regional shopping destination, Rotorua Central Mall.

Pukeroa is now working on the development of a 7.4ha site at the Rotorua Lakefront. The focus of stage one is a health and wellness facility development, starting with a new luxury spa, Wai Ariki, which is projected to pump millions of dollars into the local economy every year.
The project’s contribution to the local economy started in 2017 when the preliminary earthworks started with two years’ worth of construction to follow. On completion the spa will initially create 35 jobs, and is expected to eventually increase to more than 80 staff.
While Wai Ariki targets people who want to maintain and enhance their state of wellness, those wanting to achieve wellness will have a new QE Health clinical and rehabilitation spa facility neighbouring Wai Ariki. “We are working with QE Health to provide them access to a parcel of land for the build of this facility,” says Malcolm.
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