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 …





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