Robert Lee

RDRR-endorsed councillor candidate for Rotorua District Council 2022

I have been endorsed by RDRR and was the founding President of Saving Springfield.

I am a software developer drawn into the political arena by a series of puzzling Council decisions including proposals to destroy the Springfield Golf Course and a number of reserves. I believe these taonga help make Rotorua a desirable place to live and should be retained. I oppose motels being used for emergency housing and am dismayed to see Rotorua’s reputation as a tourist destination tarnished.

I believe that secret so-called “workshops” are the source of poor and undemocratic decision-making by the current Council. Debate and decision-making should happen in public, not behind closed doors, and only by those democratically elected to do so.

I believe that every vote should carry the same weight, whether from the Maori or General roll.

A vote for an RDRR candidate is a vote to fix Council and fix Rotorua.

RDRR articles by Robert:

Opinion – Where is the push for co-governance coming from in Rotorua?

Robert in the media as an RDRR Councillor candidate

14 December 2021 – RDRR announce candidates for 2022 local elections

29 June 2022 – Three Waters Rotorua protest: 120 turn out to oppose ‘loss of local control’

9 August 2022 – RDRR campaign launch is MC’ed by Robert at Springfield Golf Club

10 September 2022 – Te Arawa FM – Meet the Rotorua Lakes Council Candidates 2022 elections – Robert Lee

14 September 2022 – Local Focus: Rob Lee on Candidate Camera

Robert in the media over Judicial Review of Council’s decision over election arrangements

29 April 2022 – Robert Lee takes Council to Court over election arrangements

6 May 2022 – Election candidate takes council to court over controversial bill

29 May 2022 – Statement of Robert Lee following withdrawal of Judicial Review against Council

6 August 2021 – Rotorua Lakes Council seeks costs after election candidate Robert Lee withdraws judicial review over decisions

Robert in the media as Saving Springfield President

20 April 2021 – Rotorua’s Springfield golf course: Public meeting with council gets heated

22 April 2021 – Golf course development critics claim house values will drop

29 April 2021 – Springfield golf course: Council receives 5000-strong petition against housing, sport precinct proposal

25 June 2021 – Over 100 people packed the gallery for the vote on Springfield Golf Course

16 July 2021 – Saving Springfield group claims Rotorua’s sports fields could be fixed for $2 million