Taupo News #32 – Week Ending 4th March 2018

Elderly woman critical in intensive care after Taupo crash
An elderly woman is in a critical condition in an intensive care unit after a crash in Taupo yesterday. A police spokeswoman said the crash happened about 2.45pm on State Highway 1, around 2.5km from Taupo Airport, near the intersection with Mahuta Rd. The woman was flown via helicopter to …

Taupo in the running for the Volcano Cup
“Volcano Cup followers have learnt that Taupo has had two massive eruptions in the last 26,000 years, throwing ash, pumice and gassy magma over huge areas of the central North Island, leaving behind big holes where Lake Taupo now sits,” volcanologist Brad Scott wrote on GeoNet’s website on …

Taupo fizzles out in Volcano Cup final, loses to Indonesia’s Krakatau
The final poll result for Taupo vs Krakatua ended with 41 percent for New Zealand’s volcano and 59 percent preferring the Indonesian competitor. Krakatua didn’t win any specific prize, with the main goal in the competition being education and awareness. Many lava-loving spectators were more than …

Taupo man pleads guilty to manslaughter
A Taupo man who was to stand trial for manslaughter in April has pleaded guilty to the charge. Adrian Ngamotu, 55, entered the plea via audio-visual link in the High Court at Rotorua today. He was charged with the manslaughter of Lisa-Anne Ngamotu, 40, after she died in Waikato Hospital from serious …

Ironman: Polly Barach ready for the Taupo challenge
The school teacher hasn’t had an ideal lead-in to the 20th annual race in Taupo today but is ready to take on the challenge. “There’s always a fair bit of nerves going into an ironman and this year is no exception,” she said. “I haven’t had the best build-up to Taupo. I’ve been travelling in Europe so it …

The picnic table that traversed Lake Taupo in 9 and a half hours
It could be the ultimate al fresco dining arrangement for those who like to combine picnicking with life on the water. But the floating picnic table built by Turangi man Matt O’Meeghan was also put into service last Friday as a fundraising vessel which traversed Lake Taupo from south to north. Relaxed as it …

Cricket: Mid-table battle heats up in Rotorua/Taupo senior reserve grade
While Bay of Plenty Indians are sitting pretty at the top of the Rotorua/Taupo reserve grade table, a five-team battle for the other semi-final spots is heating up below them. Indians continued their unbeaten run by demolishing Taupo Old Boys 2 at the weekend, getting them all out for 49 runs before …

Children write letters to inspire Ironman New Zealand athletes through ‘Love from Taupo’ programme
Taupo Primary School students (from left) Brighton Guy, 9, Tajshan Ram, 10, and Dylan Andrews, 10, write personalised letters for athletes … Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Ironman New Zealand participants will receive a motivational boost in the form of a personalised letter from a Taupo primary school student.

Taupo man dies after being struck by rockfall (Video)
Taupo man dies after being struck by rockfall (Video). 16:43, February 26 2018. RNZ. A man’s been crushed to death by falling rocks in a … Seventy-year-old Paul Lenard Batchelor, of Taupo, was killed when debris fell on him. He had stopped, alongside other motorists, to help clear a small slip from the …

Strong line-up of Kiwi men at Ironman New Zealand
It is fitting that the men’s field is so deep and the Kiwis so strong, as Ironman New Zealand celebrates 20 years in Taupo and 35 years in total. Heading the Kiwi list is defending champion Braden Currie, of Wanaka. After finishing second at Challenge Wanaka a week and a half ago, the 30-year-old is …

Taupo News #31 – Week Ending 25th February 2018

With Love from Taupo brings Ironman to the community
With Love from Taupo is a programme putting a personalized letter from a child in the region into every competitor welcome pack. This is possible thanks to the support of the schools in the region, the Taupo District Council and a whole lot of creativity from the kids, with the aim of having 1700 letters in …

Taupo – the Kiwi town offering the best of both worlds
The pay’s comparable to the big cities, but while a three-bedroom home in Auckland costs upwards of $800,000, the latest QV figures show the same place in Taupo would set you back less than half of that. Rents are almost as skewed, with rents in Auckland’s Mt Albert about $100 a week more than a …

Taupo District Council says freedom camping bylaw is working
Seventy-five fines have been issued for breaking the Taupō District’s Freedom Camping Bylaw since December 1. The $200 fines can be issued for freedom camping where not permitted, failing to leave a restricted area when required to do so, and for depositing waste “other than in an appropriate …

Car rolls on Napier-Taupo Rd
A police spokesperson said police were called to the scene, located 15 minutes from the Napier turnoff, at 12.09pm. A car had rolled between Rukumoana Rd and Ohurakura Rd and was on its roof when emergency services arrived. Fire communications shift manager Chris Dalton said three appliances …

Police spike allegedly stolen van three times near Taupo
A stolen vehicle that allegedly failed to stop for police was spiked three times by officers before the driver allegedly jumped into a river to evade arrest. Police were alerted to the stolen van just out of Taupo this afternoon. The vehicle allegedly failed to stop for police at Waitahanui. It was spiked at Bulli Pt, …

World’s scientists trade blows in ‘Volcano Cup’
The Taupo caldera – which once caused one of the world’s largest eruptions – was picked as New Zealand’s top volcano from a shortlist that included Ruapehu, Tongariro and the tightly-packed Auckland Volcanic Field. It faces Mt St Helens – famous for the Washington, US, stratovolcano’s major eruption …

Foundation offers more than $46000 for Rotorua and Taupo social services
He said trustees had approved gifts totalling more than $220,000 on behalf of The Tindall Foundation during that time. “We would like to reach further into the Rotorua and Taupo communities so encourage all local charities and community organisations to jump online at www.geysercf.org.nz to see if …

Taupo local surprised to find goat fishing at Waitahanui River
But the veteran Waitahanui angler was in for a surprise last week when he headed to one of his usual fishing spots on the Waitahanui River near Taupo to find it occupied by a goat. The goat, named Philip, was there with his angling owner Theresa from Whanganui, and while Tom was impressed by …

Taupo man dies after being struck by rockfall
Seventy-year-old Paul Lenard Batchelor, of Taupo, was killed when debris fell on him. He had stopped, alongside other motorists, to help clear a small slip from the road, near the Raukawa Falls, between Whanganui and the Tongariro National Park on Sunday. Police say the man was clearing a small …

Taupo News #30 – Week Ending 18th February 2018

Geyser Community Foundation appoints Helene Phillips as Taupo trustee
Well-known Taupo woman Helene Phillips has been appointed to the Geyser Community Foundation Board of Trustees. Phillips said Taupo was a great community and she was very excited to help support its long-term future as a trustee of the foundation. “We are very lucky to have Geyser supporting …

Taupo murder accused refused bail for the second time
One of three men charged with a Kinloch man’s murder in Taupo last year has been refused bail for the second time. Farm hand Cody Paul Griffin, 26, has been jointly charged with Daniel George Chase, 22, and Whakapumatanga Clarke, 25, with murdering Scott John Henry on July 20, 2017. Henry, 48 …

Alcohol, cannabis, contributed to man’s accidental drowning near Taupo.
A man who drowned in the Waikato River near Taupo had been drinking most of the day and was “legless”, an inquest has been told. Coroner Gordon Matenga this morning held a hearing into the death of Masterton man Brent William Charles Christoffersen, 32, at Reid’s Farm Reserve on Wednesday, …

Cricket: All action in Rotorua/Taupo senior reserve grade
They picked up their third consecutive win in the Rotorua/Taupo senior reserve grade on Saturday, against Lake Taupo, and are starting to look like the team to beat. Lake Taupo batted first and were all out for 107 runs – Darryn Wilkins top-scored with 23. Indians bowler Param Singh took two wickets for …

Severe thunderstorm watch for Rotorua, Taupo, Bay of Plenty today
The MetService has released a severe thunderstorm watch this morning from Hawke’s Bay to Auckland, including Rotorua. A trough in a moist northerly flow is expected to bring heavy rain today to central and northern parts of the North Island including Rotorua, Taupo and Bay of Plenty. The MetService …

Slip on the road – SH 1 South of Taupo
Slip on the road – SH 1 South of Taupo. Thursday, 15 February 2018, 10:55 am. Press Release: New Zealand Police. “Slip on the road – SH 1 South of Taupo – Bay of Plenty”. Police advise motorists there is a slip on SH 1 near Motutere, south of Taupo in the southbound lane. Highway contractors are on …
Delays likely after slip on State Highway 1 near Motutere – New Zealand Herald

Taupo Beef and Lamb starts exporting its meat range to Japanese supermarkets
Barton said they started Taupo Beef and Lamb to see if consumers were prepared to pay a premium for a product that was shown to be having a minimal effect on the environment. They started selling beef and lamb locally before spreading out to main city centres in the North Island. Soon other farmers …

Chinese celebrity chef showcases Taupo to millions
Taupo’s tourism attractions were featured in an episode of China’s most popular food and travel show, Chef Nic, that aired in China recently. More than 33.5 million viewers watched the show in which Chinese superstar chef Nicholas Tse is seen sailing on Lake Taupo and enjoying a hangi and cultural …

Taupo Beef and Lamb Starts Exporting Meat Range to Japan
Taupo Beef and Lamb’s packaging shows a New Zealand farmer and the meat is cut differently than that presented to New Zealand consumers. Scotch fillet is sliced thinly for traditional Japanese dishes. “Beef is not a traditional part of the Japanese diet and you can’t expect them to eat it the way that we …

Slip on the road – SH 1 South of Taupo
Police advise motorists there is a slip on SH 1 near Motutere, south of Taupo in the southbound lane. Highway contractors are on the way. Police have been directing traffic. Motorists are advised there are delays likely in the area.

Taupo News #29 – Week Ending 11th February 2018

Truckie carries great-grandmother from Taupo blaze
A passing truck driver who carried a 91-year-old out of a burning house is being hailed as an unknown hero in Taupō. The drama began when 14-year-old Daisiah Porteous woke to a bright orange light outside her window at 2.30am on Thursday morning. “I opened the curtains and saw the fire,” she …

Taupo to host weekend of wellness
LoveLake Festival 2018 will bring a weekend of yoga, meditation, mindfulness, music and aroha to Taupo’s Wairakei Resort next month. The event will take place from the evening of Thursday March 8 to the afternoon of Sunday March 11, featuring a lineup of 23 teachers and artists from across New …

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Taupo News #28 – Week Ending 4th February 2018

Taupo rental market tight, but ex-Airbnb homes joining market might offer hope
The Taupō rental shortage is made harder by first-home-buyers purchasing homes that might have, previously, been on the rental market, says Emma Nichol, general … Emma Roberts from Harcourts Rentals Taupo says out-of-towners are cashing up in Auckland and other regions and moving to Taupo.

Taupo rental market tight, but ex-Airbnb homes joining market might offer hope
Taupo rental market tight, but ex-Airbnb homes joining market might offer hope … Exhausted Airbnb operators leaving the short-stay market are giving Taupō rental-seekers some respite. However … Most Taupo rentals spend less than a week on the market, Leanne Hall from The Property Store says.

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Taupo News #27 – Week Ending 28th January 2018

Seven people evacuated from State Highway 46 property near Lake Taupo
Seven people are being evacuated from a property following surface flooding on State Highway 46, near Lake Rotoaira, south of Lake Taupo. The road is closed between Mcdonnells Redoubt Rd and Otukou Rd. Police were asking motorist to avoid the area, allow extra time and drive to the conditions.

Severe thunderstorm watch issued for Rotorua and Taupo
Between 6pm and 9pm today, a few of these thunderstorms are likely to be severe between about Hamilton and Waiouru, including Tongariro National Park, western and southern parts of the Taupo region, Taumarunui, northern Taranaki and the Rotorua district, with localised downpours of 20 to 40mm …

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