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 …





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