Taupo Times

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.

Last day for Reid's Farm camping

Tom Yeomans and Sally Biddlecomb enjoy a morning cup of coffee at Reid's Farm having spent three nights there during the ...

June 20 will be the last day campers are welcome at Reid's Farm this winter, but the site will remain open for day visits. 

Gyms widen the brief

Golds Gym trainer, smoking cessation practitioner and wellness coach Tania Nisbet helps gym members stub it out.


The New Zealand Animal Police

Animal rights activist Carlie Mascelle and her dog, one-year-old Kelpie-cross Karma who was rescued from Murupara.

Rotorua woman and animal rights activist is lobbying to the government by petition to get a animal policing system put in place.

Able to brave winter with gifted hats

Jacky Gartner and Raewyn Booth are part of the Taupo Cancer Support Group who have organised the Hat Project, where hats ...

A cancer patient's last wish of having a special hat has led to hundreds more being made for others suffering from the deadly disease.

Prisoners restore stolen bike

Prisoners at Tongariro Prison have supported Turangi Bullyproof by restoring a recovered bike and donating it to the ...

Prisoners at Tongariro Prison have supported Turangi Bullyproof by restoring a recovered bike and donating it to the organisation on Pink Shirt Day during anti-bullying week.

Plans to open maori health clinic

Anahera Pedersen is using the culture and natural health alternatives to help Maori make positive choices.

An advocate for maori health is finalizing the last stages of a clinic that will benefit Maori in Mangakino.

Local elections - Tangonui Kingi

Tangonui Kingi has thrown his hat in the ring as a council candidate for the Tongiriro-Turangi Ward this upcoming ...

Getting Turangi humming again is driving Tangonui Kingi to put his hat in the ring and stand as Turangi-Tongariro ward councillor this election. 

Helping hand to keep others warm

A new Taupo initiative is designed to provide winter clothing to those who need it.

The nights are getting longer and colder and there is a definite chill in the air.

Council approves $15,000 for local venture

Funding for a new underpass under Wairakei Drive has been approved, subject to conditions.

Bike Taupo's funding request for new underpass approved.

Racing memorabilia given to motorsport park

Billie Neilson inherited her late partner's racing memorabilia after he passed away. She has just donated that ...

There has been a fiery addition to Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park's growing collection of memorabilia

Books galore at SPCA book fair

[From left] Bruce Thompson, Mike Davidson and Mike Burden sort through more than 5000 books in preparation for the SPCA ...

If you get lost in a good book then the SPCA Taupo Annual Book Fair will be like a labryinth. 

Creating Chinese cheers for our beers

The Chinese don't drink a lot of beer per capita but they still consume a quarter of the world's production.

Insights into this Chinese market can be gleaned at the pub.

China trip brings rewards for Taupo

Chinese tourists disembark from a bus in Christchurch earlier this year. An extra 1000 tourists from that country are ...

An commitment to send an additional 1000 tourists a year from Taupo's sister city Suzhou could mean a million dollar cash injection each visit Mayor David Trewavas says. 

Young Motocross rider takes on the world

Taupo's Wyatt Chase (on his Yamaha YZ125), gets ready to  take on the best 125cc racers in the business.

Taupo's Wyatt Chase hopes the hard work he has done to prepare for his latest European adventure will be enough to get the job done at the European 125cc Championships.

Joy amid mental struggles

From left Frederik Frank and Dave Herd from the Taupo Community Men's Shed with Southern Lakes Community Mental Heath ...

Taupo man builds rocking horse for the children of mental health patients at Taupo Hospital.

Students to share musical talents

Local college students will be performing during the June Midday Concert.

June is the month for Secondary School Chamber Music competitions and the Big Sing.

Dedication to youth recognised

Tyson Taikato and Taupo MP Louise Upston during the 2016 Youth Awards in Wellington.

Taupo 24-year-old one of five New Zealanders to receive cultural change maker Youth Award.

Cross-cultural conversation to begin

St Patrick's School pupil Ryan, Mandarin language assistant Han Yu and principal Danny Nicholls having a cross-cultural ...


Back on the horse after bone-breaking fall

Taupo eventer Bryar Kirkeby and her thoroughbred mare HNS Supreme are taking part in Beyond the Barriers New Zealand ...

Former Taupo racehorse to showcase life as a sporthorse during Equidays Beyond the Barriers New Zealand challenge.

Huka Dolls ready to rumble in derby debut

These Huka Dolls are ready for their derby debut this Saturday. 
Stacey Cameron, Angela Godfrey, Jessica Fitzgerald, ...

Taupo's derby divas are ready to rumble this weekend for their first bout of the season this Saturday. 

Moko march, no place for violence

Terehia Wilson, Tracy Livingstone and Ally Marriott say marches to prevent child abuse are no place for violence. The ...

Organisers of the Taupo march to honour Moko Rangitoheriri, and the 200 plus victims of child abuse, on June 27 have said violent behaviour will not be tolerated on the day. 

Turangi fatal crash details revealed to court

Emergency services deal with a crash in the centre of Turangi.

Six months after the crash that killed Turangi's Orlando Bell the driver of the car appeared in Taupo District Court.

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