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Summer Concert selling out fast

The next Summer Concert is selling out fast in Taupo.

Locals will have to be quick if they want to go to the Summer Concert in Taupo in January.

A cafe to tackle life's challenges

Skye Clark is the team leader for the newest health centre in Taupo, Real, who help youth during tough times.

Preventing youths from heading towards darker times is the focus for the newest health centre in Taupo.

Health service founder leaves a legacy

Dr Nick Bradford with Anamata Cafe's doctor Debbie Hughes and health promoter Mary-Lou Clark

Health service founder leaves a legacy

Election Issues: Youth health in district

Taupo Mayoral Candidates David Trewavas, Kim Eyles, Rosanne Jollands and Christine Rankin.

With the tribute game for a young boy lost too soon taking place this Saturday, we asked the mayoral candidates if the youth of the district need more support and what initiatives they would like to bring to town should they be elected mayor.

Kim Eyles has eyes on the prize

Kim Eyles wants you to elect him mayor of Taupo.

His nomination has come a bit out of left field but mayoral hopeful Kim Eyles, a gardener, says he has what it takes to make Taupo grow. 

Election Issues: Emergency Accomodation

David Trewavas, Christine Rankin and Rosanne Jollands.

There is a distinct lack of emergency accommodation, and affordable housing in Taupo and Turangi, this has been criticised by residents and members of parliament. What will you do to remedy this issue in town?

Christine Knowles for council

Council candidate Christine Knowles.

Christine Knowles says she will never make a promise she cannot keep in her bid to become a Taupo District Councillor and says she will do everything she can to help the community. 

Silky skills seal win for Taupo teen

Given a 5 metre piece of hand-loomed silk, Clare Weterings created a jacket and pant outfit (see left).  She was ...

Former Tauhara College pupil wins Fashion Week competition.

Children take ownership over learning - and fundraising

Jade, Rylee, Phoenix, and Isla (left to right) organised a movie night at Waipahihi School to raise funds for the SPCA.

Organising a movie night is easy, right?

Steam-powered house wins Master Builders

Simon Dumble

Taupo builders scoop up category awards at Masterbuilder House of the Year Bay of Plenty regionals.

Power may be out for weeks video

Unison contractors work to scuttle parts from a downed power line leaving the town without power.

More than 200 power poles have collapsed in the Rangitaiki region. "We haven't seen an event like this in the area for a number of years."

Dance NZ Made showcases local talent

'Dance NZ Made' show:  Great Lake Centre. Come see Taupo's best school teams perform in an explosive two hour show. All ...

Local teams hit the stage

Cancer Society angels fall from the sky

People from across the Bay of Plenty and Waikato that raised more than $800 for the Cancer Society scored a free skydive.

Bay of Plenty and Waikato Cancer Society supporters earned themselves a skydive

Marketview reports continue to glow

Taupo District Council's chief executive Gareth Green says it is great to see Taupo people supporting local shops.

The latest Marketview report shows retail spending in Taupo District is up 5.5 per cent from the same time last year. 

E-cigarettes debate heats up in Taupo

Phillip Peachy demonstrates an e-cigarette which he says is a more effective than patches and gum to stop smoking.

It looks like smoking, feels like smoking but and some say it could help you kick your smoking habit if it becomes legalised. 

Under 11 hockey team prove strong

The Under 11 hockey boys team from Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Whakarewa came away champions from a recent championship in ...

There must be something in the Taupo water, with local hockey teams sailing through recent competitions.

Election issues: Business growth in Taupo

David Trewavas, Christine Rankin and Rosanne Jollands.

Election issues

Turangi is NZ beater for events

Stan Walker performs at the award-winning Christmas in the Park concert in Turangi.

Turangi has beaten out New Zealand's largest cities with the best community event in the country, with a little help from Stan Walker. 

More state houses for NZ towns

Housing- Health and Wellbeing Forum ,Globe Theatre.
Labour MPs will joining the ...

Building more state houses, and doubling the amount of emergency accommodation, is one solution to the housing crisis, Labour MP Phil Twyford said.

Christine Rankin to contest Taupo mayoralty

Christine Rankin is running for Taupo mayoralty.

Building a strong team to turn Taupo into New Zealand's top town is on the 

Taupo seals ironman deal for five years

Cameron Brown on his way to winning his 11th Kelloggs Nutri-Grain IRONMAN New Zealand title in Taupo in 2015.

Taupo will remain the home of Ironman for the next five years as organisers sign a deal with Taupo District Council and Tuwharetoa Maori Trust Board. 

Harry Potter launch a success

Cooper was the first young man called up to help magician Bill with his tricks.


Chairlift leaves skiers chilling out

The new chairlift at Whakapapa Skifield has not gone entirely without a hitch.

A few skiers got more than they bargained for last week when they were left stranded in mid air with little communication coming to them as to what happened.

Winter wonderland on Mt Ruapehu

Chateau Tongariro was turned into a winter wonderland over the weekend when a blizzard hit Mt Ruapehu.

The first snow storm of the season hit with force over the weekend, turning Tongariro Chateau into a Winter Wonderland. The upper mountain base at Whakapapa now sits at 204cm after an impressive snow fall of 25-30cms at both Whakapapa and Turoa Ski Areas.

Election issues: crime in Taupo

Mayoral candidates, Rosanne Jollands and David Trewavas.

While Taupo police have noticed a declining trend in burglaries and robberies this week, some serious offences including the aggravated assault of a Z Energy service station have been cause for concern. This week we asked the two confirmed mayoral candidates Rosanne Jollands and David Trewavas what their thoughts are on keeping crime down. 

In Parliament at 17

Javan Rose, 17, represented the Taupo electorate at Youth Parliament last month.

He might be too young to legally vote but one Taupo teen has already gone further than most in the world of politics.

New principal working on way forward

Hilltop School principal Meg Bird with Charlotte, Mikaela and Portia in the back row, and Luca, Tim, Grace, Oscar and ...

Change will be achieved together, new principal says.

Taupo police give thanks for crime-free day

Police are praising the community after vigilance led to a crime free day, and a massive decrease in burglaries in town. 

Stella awards finalists announced

Stella Awards

Comedy duo Jono and Ben have been officially announced as the MCs for the 2016 Spark Stella Awards in Great Lake Taupo this Monday. 

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.

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