1 Nov 2013

Mayor says change vital for Rotorua

9:51 pm on 1 November 2013

The new mayor of Rotorua, Steve Chadwick, says change is vital for the city.

A new strategy which involves businesses being asked to scrub up their shops in a bid to revitalise the inner-city was launched on Thursday night.

The Rotorua Chamber of Commerce says for the past three or four years, between 90 and 100 shops in the inner-city have been vacant.

The latest census also showed Rotorua's population has dropped by 600.

Ms Chadwick says the community is desperate to see palpable change.