Taupo Times

Missing hunter winched to safety

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) winched the 60-year-old hunter from a river bed.

A hunter missing since Saturday was seen waving a foil survival sheet in the headwaters of the Tauranga-Taupo river by an NZDF aircraft.

Investigation after Lake Taupo 'code brown'

A sign warns people away from the beach along Lake Terrace in Taupo after a sewage spill.

Swimming along Lake Terrace was banned last Friday after a 'code brown' saw sewerage spilled into the pristine waters. 

UB40 concert pushed back over liquor laws

UB40 performs at The Red Red Wine Vineyard Tour 2016 at the Bowl of Brooklands, Pukekura Park.

Fears about 'red red wine' have caused UB40 an early New Year's Eve hangover. 

Heart attack not enough to halt 50km swim

Paul Fletcher did not let a heart attack slow down his 50 kilometre effort at Turangi's Turtle Pools.

A 75-year-old Turangi man who suffered a heart attack part-way through a challenge to swim 50km over three months didn't let that stop him from achieving his goal. 

Fast Five to bring furious fun

19062016 News. Robyn Edie. SouthlandTimes/FairfaxNZ.   Trans Tasman ANZ champs netball game between Southern Steel vs ...

A new Taupo sports group is tapping into the faster, harder and gutsier side of five-a-side netball in the hopes of scoring a goal for their new club. 

Native tree space for country school

Reporoa School will each receive an environmentally focused outdoor education area for students to explore thanks to the ...

Reporoa School is one of five which will receive $10,000 to create an outdoor education space in 2017.

25 years for Taupo dance studio

Taupo Academy of Dance are reaching their 25th anniversary and will be celebrating with a gala, bringing Mr McGregor's ...

A local dance studio is nearing their 25th birthday and they aim to celebrate with a gala performance.

Teacher retires after 43 years service

Nigel Vanner is retiring after 43 years of teaching at Taupo-nui-a-Tia College.

Much changes in science over 43 years, as retiring teacher Nigel Vanner says.

End to Movember for Ebb Mo' Bro's

Worst growth, dirtiest mo', most complaints and mo' sister were also awarded prizes.

With November now at an end so is Movember. Ebb Mo Bros' marked the end of the month with a shave off. They managed to raise over $7000 and plans are already in motion for next year as a new team, Moupo Mo' Bros. 

Let's go racing

Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park will be the host of the first round of the SpeedWorks Motorsport Championship.

Being strapped into a V8 Holden Ute, kitted out in race gear was not how I usually spend my Monday mornings.

Street Watch: Taupo

Police News

This last seven days my colleague Senior Sergeant Jeurissen has been informing the public what has been happening in and around town.

Creativity flows at St John's Wood gala

Mick [William] Giddens mans the Men's Club stand at the St John's Wood Christmas Gala

Residents of St John's Wood have been busy in recent weeks as they prepared for their Christmas Gala last weekend. Daniel Hutchinson went along, took some photos and bought a clay meerkat.

Special Olympics team return with medals

Special Olympics Taupo team members Bethany Dawson, Wendell Clarke, mother Char Tawhai, Lee Wall, Cameron Brown and Cuda ...

Taupo's team deliver great result from trans-Tasman swim-meet

Kahia finalists in Maori awards

Faine Kahia was a finalist in the Junior Maori Sportsman of the Year for motorsport.

He may not have left with the Junior Maori Sportsman of the year title but being chosen as a finalist was a huge honour for Taupo's Faine Kahia.

Louise Wall plans to boost alumni fund

National Minister Paula Bennett and Labour MP Louisa Wall are contributing to a fund for Taupo Nui-aTia students.

Louise Wall is hoping all past students of Taupo-nui-a-tia to help build a bright future for the college by giving back. 

Tenon in strong position, says GM

Tenon general manager Mark Taylor, in front of one of the wood-processing plant's new $5 million machines, says the ...

No need to worry about local jobs, despite overseas sale, GM says.

Plant staff safe despite fire

The timber stacks are what is left of stock at the Taupo yard.

Plans to find 30 Taupo timber factory staff urgent work after ferocious blaze during peak season.

5km challenge for HeartKids

Angelo Martelli, right, has taken on the HeartKids 5km cycle challenge for the last nine years. His best friend, Jack, ...

Kids put their hearts into the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge.

Milliseconds separate Taupo winners

Olympian Racquel Sheath (2:41:03:56) defended her title against Palmerston North's Michaela Drummond ( and ...

The podium finishers in the 100km Women's Classic Road Race in the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge on Saturday all crossed the line at 2.41.03.

Taupo SPCA welcomes new volunteers

Three-year-old Sammy, a Labrador Cross, gives a big grin while getting some exercise with SPCA Taupo volunteer Janice Black.

 Love spending time with animals? Get in touch with the Taupo SPCA.

Cremebrulee the creme de la creme

Beauty therapist Rachel Elmiger and Cremebrulee owners Patreece Corban have put Taupo stylists on the map after winning ...

A Taupo hair salon has proven they can spin style into fashion gold worthy of a fashion mag front page.  

Local company wins award

Kelvyn and Margaret Polglase with their Best Showroom and Dealer of the Year trophies at the Dominator Garage Door ...

Dominator Garage Doors Taupo has taken out two of the top national awards at a recent company conference.

Cycle challenge is near

The team at Aspiring Health are all set and excited for their busy upcoming weekend.

In just over a weeks' time, thousands of lycra-clad kiwis, and cyclists from more than 20 countries around the world will descend on the idyllic central North Island town of Taupo to celebrate the 40th anniversary of NZ's largest cycling event.

Taking on kick boxing title

Terehia Wilson and Josh Henderson are heading Auckland this weekend for a shot at a kickboxing title.

Two of Taupo's kickboxing stars are gearing up for their first New Zealand title, all set to bring the trophies back home.

Pair to 'cycle' across Lake Taupo video

Andrew Elliston will "cycle" across Lake Taupo from Tokanuu to Taupo on Tuesday, November 22, prior to the Cycle ...

Cross Lake Taupo on a pair of pedal-powered kayaks? Let's hope this pair get calm weather.

Flames melt pony club's past

The Turangi Pony Club went up in flames on Sunday night.

Cabinet full of "very old trophies" was reduced to a bucket of melted metal.

Athlete planning to bike around New Zealand

Victoria Taylor, pictured racing in the January's half Ironman race in Auckland where she won the 18 to 24-year-old ...

She has done length of New Zealand by foot when she was 19. Now Victoria Taylor is planning to cycle around New Zealand.

Showing all things vintage

vintage car club

If vintage cars are up your alley, then the Vintage Car Show & Shine is just for you.

Armed offenders call out in Taupo

Police attending an incident on Tonga St in Taupo

Cordons were in place on Tonga Street last week as the armed offenders unit assisted police conduct a search warrant. 

Street watch: Taupo

The Taupo community garden has been donated new equipment after a theft left them out of pocket.

I continue to ask the residents of Taupo who see people or vehicles that look out of place to give us a call on 111 so we can attend and speak with these people.

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