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“Rotorua’s geothermalactivity is unique becauseof its variety.Every geothermalexperience is verydifferent, and it’s in acompact geography.Ensuring the resource islooked after is part of our Don Gunn – General Managermost important business.” Destination Rotorua Tourism Marketing 27
“… (The Rotorua area)…when its sanitaryresources are developed,it may prove a greatsource of wealth to thecolony.”William Fox – Prime Minister ofNZ, 1870’s 28
GEOTHERMAL RESOURCE REDUCTION THROUGH RE-CYCLING – FILTERING – RE-HEATING OF POOL WATER POOLS EMPTIED GEOTHERMALTO WASTE STEAM FROM POOLS EMPTIED PRODUCTION STORAGE VAT AND STERILISED BORES 184,000 LITRES EACH DAY CAPACITY AT 70-80ºC POOLS OVERFLOW PUMPED TO INDIVIDUAL BACK TO HOLDING POOLS HOLDING TANK TANKS FOR CONTINUED CYCLE PUMPED TO PLANT FOR FILTERING – RE-HEATING TO INDIVIDUAL POOLS TEMPERATURE 46
“...tourism is the key economic driver.The essential point of difference is ourgeothermal setting. So it’s vital everythingpossible is done to preserve this resourceincluding its iconic features – such as Picture of GraemePohutu geyser. Osborne or PohutuOur resource works like a garden hose, Geyserwith a sprinkler on your lawn. If you runanother sprinkler off it, the water on eachsprinkler diminishes.” 48
...water levels have recovered,...flows of hot springs have increased...fluid flow to many previously dormant springs andgeysers resumed….....it appears that the 1986 closure programme togetherwith the field management plan has deliveredsignificant success in the recovery of the geothermalreservoir.” 53