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Operation Cover-up calls for generous friends

Operation Coverup collects wool blankets and sheets for Eastern European orphans like this one.  The charity is having a ...

Knitting community creates blankets for foreign orphanages.

All welcome to School expo

Community Kindy Heuheu St is holding a School Expo so parents with preschoolers can meet primary school teachers and ...

Parents given chance to meet primary school teachers.

Election issues: Power prices in Turangi

Mayoral candidates, Rosanne Jollands and David Trewavas.

The price of power in Turangi has residents calling foul in Turangi to the high price of power and The Lines Company's peak demand pricing scheme. This scheme takes the six highest peaks of electricity use and uses them to form a yearly invoice. Invoices show many lines charges are higher than the power sold through them.

Home detention for Turangi crash accused

Trey Church lost control of the Subaru Imprezza he was driving in Turangi last year after a dangerous overtaking manoeuvre.

Sentenced to 10 months home detention over a crash which killed Orlando Bell.

Last chance for cut-price snip

Cat owners can get their feline friends neutered at a discounted rate. Animal rescue charity CARE is offering discount ...

Need your cat's cords cut? Get to CARE Opshop qiuck

Mothers taking part in the big latch on

Laura Kelly with son Corban participated in last year's Big Latch on event and enjoyed it.

Dozens of mums and babies are expected to gather at Taupo Parents Centre on Friday 5 th August from 10am.

Health rivers on the agenda

Healthy Rivers is on the agenda for Lakes and Waterways Action Group.

Healthy rivers are on the agenda for one local group with high hopes it will also be on the agenda at a Waikato Regional Council meeting.

United they stood, united they fell

Two united supports fly the flag proudly during Taupo United's semi final loss.

It was one of those rare moments in sport. Trailing by three tries at the half Taupo United, a plucky club having an up-start season, crossed the painted line to tie the game and and force overtime with giants, Taupo Sports A. 

Taupo needs to support to clinch win

Zayn Tipping makes a break in last week semi-final against Taupo United.

Taupo Sports A halfback Zayn Tipping knows only too well the advantage a big crowd can have on a match result. 

Rosanne Jollands make mayoral bid

Rosanne Jollands will be standing for Taupo mayor this local election.

The mayoral race just became interesting with councillor Rosanne Jollands making a bid for the top spot. 

Climbers warned of avalanche risk

The peak of Mt Ruapehu has a considerable risk of having an avalanche.

All three peaks in Tongariro National Park are at "considerable" risk.

Man still missing after three days

Alan Pritchard has now been missing for three days.

Dementia sufferer Alan Pritchard, 78, has not been seen since Thursday morning.

Splash of stage comedy to finish the term

As part of the house competition, Reeve from Tauhara house attempts to rip off Tomas from Tongariro's sock, in a game of ...

Plenty of fun to round out the term

Retro hotel gets secret retro-fit gallery

Wake up in the 70s in the newly-fitted out hotel.

While the parents are away the children will.... renovate your entire hotel in secret. 

Volcano behaving normally, sensors say

Data available to scientists at GNS Science indicates the period of elevated volcanic unrest at Mt Ruapehu noted in May ...


Entries open for NZ's largest cycling event

Entries for the 40th anniversary of New Zealand's largest cycle challenge - the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge - are open now.

Even though entries opened just last week for New Zealand's largest cycling event here in Taupo, hundreds of people have already signed up for the challenge.

Mangakino town centre upgrade open

It was not long after the playground opened in Mangakino's town centre when it was packed with children ready to play.

Mangakino's town centre was officially opened last this week and adding upgraded playground and new town centre features.

Play captures a Kiwi tale

The Hokey-Pokey-Boy ran, followed closely by the Wolf and hungry native birds.

What do All Blacks and Cinderella have in common? Ask Hilltop School.

Architecture graduate explores history and culture

This image, created by Teri Wikiriwhi for her Master of Architecture thesis, shows a representation of Maori ...

Youth crime spree halted

Road spikes had to be deployed to stop a stolen vehicle on the run to Rotorua.

Group of Auckland teens had to be stopped with road spikes after going on a crime spree in Taupo.

Trewavas looks to go three more years

Mayor David Trewavas confirms he is standing for the job of Taupo Mayor again.

There is no "maybe" about Mayor David Trewavas' intention to stand for reelection, his hat has been clearly in the ring for all to see.

Lines bills raising hackles in Central Plateau

Some The Lines Company customers are finding there is no pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

A new life in the pleasant town of Turangi was ruined when Victoria Dwyer received a whopping $350 power bill, even though she used less than $50 of electricity.

Big names for Summer Concert Series

The Summer Concert line up will feature the Alan Parson's Live Project, Icehouse and Bonnie Tyler.

A star-studded line up has been announced for the next Taupo Summer Concert with Icehouse, Alan Parsons Live Project and Bonnie Tyler set to bring their unmistakeable hits as part of a three date national tour. 

John Key: Departure tax could help fund tourism infrastructure

Prime Minister John Key addresses a public meeting at Taupo's Great Lake Centre.

Prime Minister John Key was talking about a $20 departure tax to fund regional tourism pressures at a recent visit to Taupo.

MP offers help to homeless

MP for Taupo Louise Upston says people struggling to find accommodation can visit her electoral office.

If you are having trouble finding accommodation through Work and Income head to your representatives office, MP for Taupo Louise Upston said. 

Almost one house fire a month in Turangi

Turangi Volunteer Fire Brigade has been called to seven house fires in the last nine months.  In a typical year, they ...

Volunteer firefighters in Turangi have attended more house fires than larger career brigades Station Officer Jayel Ham said. 

Mount Tauhara sheds pesky wilding pines

Self sown pine trees are being removed from Mt Tauhara, Taupo.

More than 600 pesky trees will be felled and poisoned on Mount Tauhara to rid the mountain of the noxious weed.

Council asked to provide cheap sections

Emma and Simon Sparkes say if council frees up sections they can build affordable homes.

Affordable homes are possible if sections are sold cheaper, Taupo builders say. 

Classic F1 racing coming to NZ

Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park marketing manager Paul Fallon contemplates the arrival of the first Formula One racing ...

Fifteen multi-million dollar Historic Formula One Cars will race in Taupo next year.

NZ darts hit bullseye video


With the fun of the rugby sevens and big audiences, darts proves lucrative for a NZ business.

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