30 Nov 2023

Tenants moved out of Rotorua lodge for safety reasons

From Morning Report, 7:53 am on 30 November 2023

Twenty long-term tenants have been moved out of a Rotorua lodge for safety reasons after it was found to be an "extremely high fire risk" and that doors were dead-bolted shut at night.

The Spa Lodge in the city's CBD was issued two dangerous building notices - the second after a fire broke out on its deck last week.

RNZ believes four other hostels - potentially linked to the Spa Lodge - will have safety inspections on Thursday.

Rotorua Lakes mayor Tania Tapsell spoke to Ingrid Hipkiss.