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Police probing fatal Turangi car accident

On Sunday, a 14-year-old boy was killed when the vehicle he was in, with a 16-year-old boy and 15-year-old girl, rolled on Kepa Rd, Turangi.

Versatile teen shines

Young people from years 7 to 13 were recognised last night at the annual Taupo Times District Youth Awards for their outstanding achievements in arts, academia, sports and leadership/innovation.

Hawaii inspires top effort

Spirit

Te Awhiorangi have returned triumphant from the Te Manahua Maori Festival in Hawaii, but now the real challenge begins - finding space for their haul of trophies.

Cafe owner's fitness frenzy

Taupo resident Scott Forsythe has signed up for seven local events, and will be raising money for charity while he's at it. Evie Marinkovich reports.

Protecting wetlands

Lakes and Waterways Action Group are hosting Mighty River Power key relationships manager Don Scarlet at their September meeting.

Investigation done

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has completed and closed its investigation into the Taupo District Council, clearing a "black cloud" over the election process and shutting down the rumour mill.

Past youth award winners are thriving

The Taupo Times District Youth Awards recognise excellence in the young people of our town. Iris Riddell caught up with the past three winners of the overall achiever award on study break to find out what they have been up to.

Auction of treasures to raise cash for hospice

A late 19th century kakahu (Maori cloak), and paintings by the late Ralph Hotere, and John Weeks and Margaret Stoddart are just some of the stunning art and artefacts expected to attract significant interest at the Lake Taupo Hospice fundraising art auction and sale in Taupo later this month.

Toastmaster is Atlanta-bound

Atlanta Bound

A Toastmasters course really did the trick for BP Wairakei manager Tiffany Wilks.

Fishing films for didymo

A group of keen Taupo fly fishermen are pleased to be bringing the Rise Fly Fishing Film festival to Taupo again this year.

Pulling through after hitting rock bottom

Suicide is often seen as a taboo subject, something which is pushed aside and not talked about.

Honours for young talent

Taupo is preparing to recognise the talented young people from within our district at the annual Taupo Times District Youth Awards.

Taupo Skate Park's family day

Getting Ready

If skateboards, street art, bmx riding and souped-up cars are your thing you will want to be in Taupo this weekend.

Shout out for inspirational Kiwis

Nominations close on September 30, 2013 for the Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year 2014

On catwalk for Catwalk Trust

An upcoming fashion show will not only highlight some of the season's latest trends but also help to fund research into spinal cord injuries.

Red Cross aid truck wanted

Ask anyone involved with civil defence what to do if there is a natural disaster and they will say "don't think if, think when".

Explosion investigated

An investigation into the cause of a sawdust explosion, which resulted in a small fire at a pellet plant on Tuesday night, has been launched.

Passion, emotion in the wind

Musical

The clarinet is the weapon of choice for former Taupo musician Nathaniel Smorti.

Heading into battle

Warming up

Andre De Jong and Niko Vulinovich from Auckland Grammar School prepare for their first football match at Crown Park for the New Zealand Secondary Schools Premier Football Competition.

SFO probe continues

Councillors and staff are still in the dark two months into the investigation by the Serious Fraud Office at Taupo District Council.

Spring Marquee launches careers

Racing action returns to Taupo with the Spring Marquee meeting held at Centennial Park on Monday, September 9.

Throwing punch or two for charity

Sixteen businessmen from around Taupo will swap their usual attire for a pair of silk shorts and boxing gloves, all in the name of a good cause.

Ask a candidate

Candidates for Taupo District Council will be fronting up to meet the community and answer questions thanks to The Rotary Club of Taupo.

Teen receives community award

Karlee Searancke from Tauhara College has been named winner of the TrustPower Taupo District Youth Spirit Community Award.

Plants honour volunteer

Thursday's planting efforts were extra special for the volunteers at Waipahihi Botanical Reserve.

Contact backs Swim Well

More Taupo children will have the opportunity to learn to swim thanks to Contact Energy's continued support of the Contact Swim Well Taupo programme.

Cycling brings $11m to Taupo economy - study

Cycling is worth more than $11 million annually to the Taupo economy a commissioned report shows but cycling advocacy group Bike Taupo suspects this is a conservative figure.

Library bus alternative on agenda

Life has become altogether too hard for the Mobile Library Bus.

Ratting out the predators

On the job

Rat trapping in the bush may not be everyone's cup of tea but when Russell and Lizzie Shaw were talked into it by Pukawa Wildlife Management Trust secretary Jean Stanley, they discovered they were natural-born killers.

Cancer support

The Turangi Cancer Support Group of the Cancer Society of New Zealand Waikato/Bay of Plenty Division is holding an informal, friendly meeting on Monday, August 26.

Brantry again scores high with customers

The Brantry Restaurant has proved once again it is among the best after receiving a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award.

Sudden death

Post-mortem results revealed nothing suspicious surrounding the sudden death of 49-year- old Taupo woman Rupina Mackie after she was found dead at a Taharepa Rd address on Sunday.

Vote sorts Five Mile Bay access

After months of site visits, submissions, public consultations and workshops, Taupo District councillors have decided the status quo will remain regarding vehicle access to Five Mile Bay.

Buff bodies hunger for centre stage

Support

Fake tan, bikinis and high heels will take over the Great Lake Centre tomorrow for the INBA South Pacific Natural Bodybuilding Champs, which will see a number of locals competing.

Night bungy set to fly

The date has been set for Taupo Bungy's first night bungy in over a decade. People will have the opportunity to dive into the darkness on Saturday, August 24.

Man dies when vehicle crashes

A vehicle crashed on Broadlands Rd, near the Reporoa township, about 11.55pm on Friday night, killing a 54-year- old man.

Police await results

Police are waiting for post-mortem results after the sudden death of a woman at a Taharepa Road address on Sunday.

The candidates say . . .

With nominations closed and the district preparing for the upcoming elections, Iris Riddell chats with the hopefuls for the next round on council.

Len nails top Lion honour

Recognition

There are many awards hanging on Len Watkins' wall, but his most recent is probably the one of which he is most proud.

Exotic pets turn expensive pests

The capture of a red eared slider turtle in Lake Taupo has prompted a strong warning about the need for people not to let this animal become established in the wild in New Zealand.

Car park sale worries businesses

Taupo District Council plans to sell the car park on Tuwharetoa St to reduce debt and connect the central business district with the lakefront, but local business owners are concerned the removal of parks may push people out of the town centre.

Working to attract young

Taupo with its stunning vistas, central location, world class fishing and top-notch golf courses is a favoured spot for people enjoying their sunset years.

Candidates lining up

Nominations have been trickling in for the Taupo District Council 2013 elections. At the time of writing, just 24 hours before nominations close, there were some new names mixed with the more familiar.

Fighting despair tale by tale

Bit Mental

Great Lakes Tales gets a bit more awesome with Jimi Hunt, whose exploits include rafting down the Waikato River on a lilo and founding a charity to help others fight depression. Iris Riddell caught up with him to find out more.

Real estate firm aiding guide dogs

Continuing its efforts to support the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind, Bayleys Taupo is raffling a dog kennel built during the firm's annual conference.

Taupo near top of child abuse table

Taupo has the fourth highest rate of child abuse in New Zealand, according to Child Poverty Action Group's research of Child Youth and Family (CYF) data from 2008 to 2012.

Back-pedal on rates forecast

The rates increase for Taupo District over the next five years will not be as dramatic as indicated in 2013 pre-election report.

Rescue boat launch

It has been three years in the making, but the wait has been worth it. Turangi Coastguard launched their new rigid hull inflatable rescue boat, Mauri Ora Rescue, at Tokaanu on Saturday.

Tempting cup cakes wanted

Delicious

Taupo's sweetest fundraiser is due to hit the town on Monday, August 26 with the annual SPCA cupcake bonanza.

Rising star of jazz sax

Playing a musical instrument isn't everyones cup of tea, but for Taupo-nui-a- Tia's Louisa Williamson it's her bread and butter. The 16-year-old was recently selected for the New Zealand Youth Jazz Orchestra to perform in several shows across the country.

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