Tamati Coffey’s ‘Ponsonby Rd’ Bar Opens in Rotorua


Tamati Coffey and his partner Tim Smith opened their new lounge bar ‘Ponsonby Rd’ in Rotorua last night. 

Mr Coffey and his partner, Tim Smith, told the Rotorua Daily Post they were committed to living and working in Rotorua after Mr Coffey missed out on winning the Rotorua electorate seat in September’s general election.

“We want to bring some Auckland style to Rotorua with live jazz music in a stylish upmarket setting,” Mr Coffey told the Rotorua Daily Post.


“We felt there was a gap in the market on Eat Street, something that’s really slick and stylish, somewhere you can show off to your friends and get dressed up for pre or post-dinner drinks.”

The bar also features a house band called ‘Ponsonby Cool’ which plays on Fridays and Saturday evenings.

Article | Levi Joule.