[2 October/The Country]

Mamaku residents believed they were neglected when it came to provision of basic infrastructure. The council said it had spent more than $4 million on the area in the last few years. Open stormwater drains were a main concern. Resident Deborah Campbell said she had spoken to the Rural Community Board and Rotorua Council among others about the issue. The Council’s General Manager of Infrastructure, Stavros Michael, said it was working to prioritise infrastructure capital investment in Mamaku. The $4 million spent included upgrades to roads, parking and footpaths, installing streetlights, and upgrading the water treatment plant. Rotorua Community Board Chairwoman, Shirley Trumper, said it was brought in to advocate on rural issues for 8,000 residents in eight communities, three villages, and many businesses.