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 …

Taupo meat hits Japan at a premium
Barton says ‘Taupo Beef and Taupo Lamb – Grown Right Here’ was launched to see if consumers would pay a premium based on the efforts farmers had made to clean up the lake and to recoup some of the costs of environmental stewardship. They have supplied to local restaurants and selected …

Rolleston mother accomplishes endurance swim across Lake Taupo
She is the latest and first swimmer of the year to achieve the FortyPointTwo Lake Taupo Marathon Swim. Mrs Drury completed her swim in 14hr 9min – starting at 5.30am and finishing at about 7.39pm. “I just wanted a challenge really. I had taken up open swimming in January last year. “I was really …

Come skate with us, say Taupo Huka Dolls roller derby team
Following the open skating, the Taupo Huka Dolls will offer a 14-week roller derby course for people keen for more. “We teach them how to skate, how to fall safely, how to stop,” Alexander said. “They then need to learn the strategy of the game, because there are a lot of intense strategies, as well as …

Taupo farmers tackle environmental problems head-on
The Bartons have a 1500ha beef finishing property on Taupo’s west coast. They farm within the legislation finally gazetted in 2012 after 12 years of “hard negotiating” and catchment science. “Taupo is a nitrogen sensitive water body and so nitrogen was our issue – it wasn’t sediment. We have beautiful …

Motocross: Taupo rider Brad Groombridge takes NZ Cross-Country win
The 27-year-old Taupo locksmith was made to work hard for his victory and the eventual winning margin of nearly two minutes in no way reflected the serious challenge thrown down early in the muddy two-hour-plus race by Hamilton rider Phillip Goodwright. Goodwright (Husqvarna FX350) led …

Kiwi yoga teachers to headline LoveLake festival, replacing Wanderlust Great Lake Taupo
LoveLake Festival 2018, Thursday March 8 to Sunday March 11 at Wairakei Resort, Taupō, featuring Kara-leah Grant, Nikki Ralston, Sola Rosa and Sweet Mix Kids. Tickets: Earlybird 4-day festival tickets: $108, then $128. One-day ticket: $70, one-day music only ticket (from 5pm): $20. Tickets from …

Blanket-obsessed Taupo dog Anxiety Girl a hit on social media
She’s Anxiety Girl, the German short-haired pointer owned by Taupō woman Jeannie Short who not only loves her loyal, awesome and incredibly serious pet, but accepts her for all her quirks. Anxiety Girl, whose given name is Roxy, is a generally happy dog but although she has a stable home and a …

Masterplan development given green light for Taupo
A masterplan is to be developed around TaupÅ District Council’s preferred site for its administration functions by the Great Lake Centre, and it will include provision for cultural, arts, and heritage facilities to replace TaupÅ Museum. At last Thursday’s first council meeting of the year, the Mayor and …





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