Rotorua Wood First Design

Rotorua District Council is working alongside key forestry businesses and stakeholders to firmly establish the district’s position as New Zealand’s leader in the forest industry.

Rotorua’s Wood First initiative recognises the economic, environmental, cultural and social significance of ‘wood’ within the community. This initiative is about looking at ‘wood’ as the first material of choice for construction, interior design and living developments within Rotorua.

Rotorua District Council is endorsing this approach through its own projects. The Rotorua CBD Revitalisation Strategy – Urban Design Framework is the first ‘wood’ implementation development (including Tutanekai Street intersections, Eat Streat and other seating within the CBD area).

Woodfirst product design competition winner

In February Rotorua District Council and Waiariki Institute of Technology launched the inaugural Wood First product design competition with supporting sponsors:

This competition was aimed at local secondary school students who had a passion for design, were innovative and keen to help create new seating designs to be placed within the Rotorua CBD.  A total of 22 students submitted concepts from Rotorua Girls HighWestern Heights and Rotorua Lakes High

Six finalists were chosen and interviewed by four of the competition sponsors. 

The winner was Jake Krebs from Lakes High School

Jake will work alongside Rotorua District Council project team and competition sponsors to have his concept developed into a final design, constructed and then installed. From this process Jake will gain valuable skills and experience not to mention a living legacy permanently featured in CBD.