Taupo News #82 – Week Ending 17th February 2019




Large scrub fire near Five Mile Bay, Taupo, forces evacuation of nearby campsite
A large scrub fire near Five Mile Bay, in the Taupo area, has forced the evacuation of a nearby campsite. Fire and Emergency New Zealand shift …

Teenager Caitlin O’Reilly swims the length of Lake Taupo
A girl who swam the length of Lake Taupō in 13 hours says swimming pools’ lane ropes bother her. “I feel more free in the open water than I do in the …

Swimming: Hawke’s Bay orchard manager Steve McKain conquers 40.2 Lake Taupo Marathon
“They were pretty quite when I told them,” said McKain who tamed the 40.2 Lake Taupo Marathon Swim in 13h 53s last Saturday. Terri, he says, wasn’t …

Why Lake Terrace isn’t the top pick for a new Taupo District Council building
Rebuilding on Lake Taupō lakefront would likely put Taupō District Council in hot water, legally, its chief executive says. The council recently …

Taupo’s Huka Lodge earns place among world’s most romantic hotels
Taupo doesn’t often get mentioned in the same breath as the romantic European cities of Paris and Rome, or the honeymoon islands of Fiji and the …

Child skydives from 12000 feet with Taupō Tandem Skydive
A seven-year-old who jumped from a plane 3.5 km above Lake Taupō says she is keen to go again. Visiting from Colorado, Stella did a 12,000-foot …

Abandoned puppies left on roadside in Taupo
A litter of eight-week-old puppies have been discovered in a ditch on the same road as the TaupÅ pound and amnesty cage. The three female and two …

Pamu takes more environmental approach to farming
Pamu Farms, formerly Landcorp, leases about 14,500ha of Wairakei Estate land north of Taupo with 20,500 milking cows, and also owns six large …

Cricket: Te Puke opening batsmen hammer two centuries in round three of Williams Cup
Element IMF Cadets moved to the top of the Baywide championship standings after beating GM Painters Lake Taupo XI in the Great Lake region.

Free carpark the best place for new Taupō District Council offices, say councillors
Taupō District Council’s administration staff have been displaced from a central office building since 2016, with 129 staff spread between six offices.