Taupo News #34 – Week Ending 18th March 2018



Firefighters from across the Bay of Plenty battle sawmill blaze near Taupo
Firefighters remain on standby at the scene of a large blaze at a Bay of Plenty sawmill overnight. Ten fire trucks from around Taupo, Rotorua and Kinloch were sent to the blaze at the mill in the small in the small settlement of Mihi, 26 km northeast of Taupo, on Wednesday night. At least 14 firefighters …

Taupo to host Freediving New Zealand Depth Nationals
Taupo will host this year’s Freediving New Zealand Depth Nationals starting this week. Freediving New Zealand announced the annual event will be based at Motutere Bay, Lake Taupo from Thursday to Saturday. Competitors from across New Zealand and overseas will compete in three disciplines, …

Taupo traffic to benefit from more traffic lights, road consultants say
Seven sets of stoplights should improve the flow of traffic through Taupō, expert consultants say. At present there is only one set of traffic lights in the town and motorists are plagued by delays at key intersections. Taupō District Council commissioned specialist consultants Traffic Design Group [TDG] in …

Superbike winners impossible to predict ahead of Taupo
It has been gripping viewing right from the start and it’s fair to expect more of the same in Taupo this weekend too. Race winners in this season’s New Zealand Superbike Championships have been impossible to forecast in a series that has so far produced so much edge-of-the-seat dog-fighting.

Coroner rules man killed former partner in a fire near Taupo that killed himself and their baby
Scott Millar poured petrol in a house on a farm near Taupo intending to kill his former partner, Katie Bruce, but in the process also killed their baby and himself. A Rotorua coroner has just released findings into the triple fatality on March 17 last year, which reveals for the first time a history of domestic …

Unprepared trio survive rough Lake Taupo trip – but police furious
The coastguard and harbourmaster were searching Lake Taupo last night in rough, wild conditions while the three men they were looking for were shopping at Pak’n Save. The men – two from Te Kuiti and one from Hamilton – had earlier called 111 from their tiny aluminium dinghy, requesting help after …

Cricket: Crunch time for Rotorua/Taupo teams
Heading into today’s semifinals, Bay of Plenty Indians are the form team in the Rotorua/Taupo reserve grade competition. After being knocked out at the semifinal stage of the pre-Christmas competition, they approached 2018 with renewed vigour. The Rotorua-based side won the New Zealand Indian …

Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge Announces New Event Director
Of the appointment, Chair of Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge Trust, Doug Simmons comments “We received a number of applications for the role from across New Zealand, which demonstrated the high regard in which the industry places the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge. Debbie stood out from other …





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