Taupo Times

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.

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. 

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