Taupo District Council

Community Organisation

Taupo District Council
46 Horomatangi Street
Taupo 3330
10 days ago

Taupo wins bid to host 2020 IRONMAN World Championship

Darren Petry from Taupo District Council

Taupo has won the rights to host the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships in November 2020 – and it will be the biggest event the district has ever seen.

The announcement was made today in the lead-up to this year's IRONMAN World Championship event at Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. Taupo was selected … View more
Taupo has won the rights to host the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships in November 2020 – and it will be the biggest event the district has ever seen.

The announcement was made today in the lead-up to this year's IRONMAN World Championship event at Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. Taupo was selected over the other finalist, Perth, Australia, following a robust application process and a visit by IRONMAN Global representatives in June.

It is estimated the event on November 28 and 29 will bring an economic return of $20 million to the district, which is two thirds of the return the district's events normally attracts over the whole year. It is the first time the 70.3 World Championship will be held in New Zealand and only the second time in Oceania. This year the event was hosted in Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa. Next year it will be held in Nice, France.

Read more here -

taupodc.govt.nz/our-council/news/Pages/Taupo-wins-bid-to-host-2020-IRONMAN-World-Championship-.aspx

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13 days ago

Taupo to retain rescue chopper

Darren Petry from Taupo District Council

The Government announcement that the Taupō District will retain its rescue helicopter service has been heralded a community victory by Mayor David Trewavas.

The announcement will see the central North Island covered by air ambulances in Taupō, Tauranga and Hamilton, with response times … View more
The Government announcement that the Taupō District will retain its rescue helicopter service has been heralded a community victory by Mayor David Trewavas.

The announcement will see the central North Island covered by air ambulances in Taupō, Tauranga and Hamilton, with response times estimated to be the same or faster than the current model.

Mr Trewavas says that the rescue chopper is essential given Taupō's central location and he was glad to see that common sense had prevailed.

"The fact that the chopper will be staying is great news, but it is also fantastic to see there will actually be an increased level of service under the new system. This was a real community effort, with so many people in the district getting behind the campaign to save the chopper. I'd like to thank everyone who lent a hand, from Rachel Hunter for her great video appeal, to former Prime Minister Helen Clark for her support. And of course local woman Jan-Marie Quinn for organising a march here in Taupō, and well-known local aviator John Funnell for his advocacy in Wellington. It's a great outcome, and great to know that the Greenlea team will be able to continue to provide their fantastic service."

The revised service will come into operation on November 1, 2018, and in making the announcement Health Minister Dr David Clark said this was the first part of a ten year programme that would increase crew numbers and reduce call out times.

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taupodc.govt.nz/our-council/news/Pages/Taupo-to-retain-rescue-chopper.aspx

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21 days ago

Rewi Alley exhibition at Taupo Museum

Darren Petry from Taupo District Council

Taupō Museum is pleased to display an exhibition on New Zealand-born writer and political activist Rewi Alley and his time in China.

Alley was born in Springfield in Canterbury in 1897 and christened Rewi, after Rewi Maniapoto, a Ngāti Maniapoto leader. Spending his formative years in New … View more
Taupō Museum is pleased to display an exhibition on New Zealand-born writer and political activist Rewi Alley and his time in China.

Alley was born in Springfield in Canterbury in 1897 and christened Rewi, after Rewi Maniapoto, a Ngāti Maniapoto leader. Spending his formative years in New Zealand, he attended Christchurch Boys’ High School before volunteering for military service. He was wounded in France and awarded the Military Medal for bravery and devotion to duty under fire.

Upon returning to New Zealand, he cleared and farmed an area in Moeawatea, near Waverley, in Taranaki for six years. Following this short farming stint, out of curiosity he decided to visit China to – in his own words – “go and have a look at the Chinese revolution.” This was to be a turning point for him as China effectively became his home for the rest of his life.

This photography exhibition follows Rewi’s move to China in 1927 and includes his participation in the Gung Ho (Work Together) movement, right through to being recognised for this service in New Zealand where he was made a Companion of the Queen's Service Order for community service in 1985 by Prime Minister of the time, David Lange.

His journey included coming to the aid of Chinese workers experiencing severe job exploitation, opening a school and re-introducing soldiers back into work following various conflicts.

The exhibition is a fascinating look at a remarkable New Zealander and is on until November 11, in tandem with the Suzhou exhibition.

taupodc.govt.nz/our-services/libraries-and-museum/museum/Pages/default.aspx

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24 days ago

Cultural heritage specialist sees huge potential in Cultural Precinct development

Darren Petry from Taupo District Council

A respected specialist in cultural precinct developments says the proposed Taupō project would benefit both the town and the Central North Island by being a significant drawcard for visitors.

Wayne Marriott is an advisor to Council's Cultural Precinct Project and has worked at Southland … View more
A respected specialist in cultural precinct developments says the proposed Taupō project would benefit both the town and the Central North Island by being a significant drawcard for visitors.

Wayne Marriott is an advisor to Council's Cultural Precinct Project and has worked at Southland Museum and Art Gallery and GM Museums Aotearoa. He is a former Heritage New Zealand and Maori Heritage Council member, currently serving as a Board Member of Creative New Zealand and the New Zealand Arts Council. He oversaw the redevelopment of the Nelson Provincial Museum and Whakatāne Museum and Library project and has worked nationally and internationally on both museum and cultural precinct projects.

Mr Marriott says the proposed Taupō cultural precinct project has the potential to take heritage and tourism to a new level, and would work well for both the local community as well as visitors.

"Through the closure of Rotorua Museum and the lack of progress on the establishment of a Tauranga Museum, it is uniquely positioned to share the stories of not only the district but also the wider region."

Read more here:

taupodc.govt.nz/our-council/news/Pages/Cultural-heritage-specialist-sees-huge-potential-in-Cultural-Precinct-development.aspx

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47 days ago

Otumuheke upgrade completed and officially opened

Darren Petry from Taupo District Council

The four-month long upgrade to Otumuheke Hot Stream in Taupo's Spa Park is complete and more than one hundred people turned out to celebrate its opening on Friday.

The area now has terraced seating, a viewing platform, changing rooms and toilets, a new bridge and story boards outlining the … View more
The four-month long upgrade to Otumuheke Hot Stream in Taupo's Spa Park is complete and more than one hundred people turned out to celebrate its opening on Friday.

The area now has terraced seating, a viewing platform, changing rooms and toilets, a new bridge and story boards outlining the cultural significance of the area.

Four ceremonial pou have been erected at the entrance, and four ribbons, each representing one of the major stakeholders in the project, were stretched between the pou and cut to officially mark the area open.

Read the full story here:

taupodc.govt.nz/our-council/news/Pages/Otumuheke-upgrade-completed-and-officially-opened.aspx

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