Te reo sign possible
Plans for a bilingual welcome to Rotorua road sign may proceed after the New Zealand Transport Agency said it was willing to work with Rotorua Lakes Council on the issue. Plans for the signage, part of a push to establish Rotorua as New Zealand’s first official bilingual city, had hit a roadblock after the NZTA cited rules that required signs to be in English. However, Rotorua mayor Steve Chadwick said talks with NZTA chair Dame Fran Wilde had been positive. ‘‘Council has a constructive working relationship with NZTA and we will keep working on this, we’ll get there. This will set the precedent for other places so it needs to be done properly and we need to get it right.’’ NZTA director of safety and environment, Harry Wilson, said the agency was open to exploring options for te reo signage.