[11 May/The Country]

Rotorua will get its share of more than 300 jobs expected to come from the resurrection of Te Uru Rakau. It will be a New Zealand Forestry Service based in Rotorua, according to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. She said it was the place for agency and that was where it belonged. She added that the service would focus on growing the country’s forestry sector, building a strong labour market and lifetime careers, and creating a vision for the Government’s one billion trees programme. New Zealand’s old forestry service was disestablished in 1987. This service would build a strong and dedicated forestry presence in Rotorua, recognising it as the heart of the forestry sector in New Zealand. New Zealand First Deputy Leader, Fletcher Tabuteau, welcomed the launch. Waiariki MP, Tamati Coffey, said it showed key government departments could be outside of Auckland and Wellington.