Taupo District Council

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Taupo District Council
46 Horomatangi Street
Taupo 3330
3 days ago

New General Manager for Taupō Airport

Darren Petry from Taupo District Council

Rhys Frearson has been appointed to the role of General Manager of Taupō Airport.

Prior to his appointment, Mr Frearson was Manager of Operations at Rotorua Airport. Mr Frearson began his aviation career as a member of a Rescue Fire crew, before studying for a Diploma in Aviation, progressing to … View more
Rhys Frearson has been appointed to the role of General Manager of Taupō Airport.

Prior to his appointment, Mr Frearson was Manager of Operations at Rotorua Airport. Mr Frearson began his aviation career as a member of a Rescue Fire crew, before studying for a Diploma in Aviation, progressing to Rescue Fire manager and then on to Operations Manager. He also enjoys time viewing the world from the pilot’s seat as often as possible.

Mr Frearson said he was looking forward to getting stuck into the new role, ensuring the airport met all civil aviation requirements, and acting as the point of contact for the community. “The Taupō district is a very dynamic place and I’m really excited to be here. It’s such an upbeat region and there is so much to do, I’m really looking forward to the challenges and opportunities we have for the airport here,” he said.

Head of economic development and business development John Ridd said Mr Frearson was taking up the role at an exciting time. “We have the bones of ‘the best little airport in New Zealand’ due to the fantastic work of previous managers, and Rhys comes to the role at a great time when we are primed for further growth both airside and landside. He brings the skills and experience which will take the airport to the next level,” he said.

Pictured: Rhys Frearson at Taupō Airport.

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10 days ago

New exhibition to showcase unpredictable nature of art

Darren Petry from Taupo District Council

Recognised Taupō artists, Jacquie Goldsmith and Marion Bright, are delving beyond the predictable in their latest exhibition – Beyond the Surface.

Both artists relish the unpredictable discoveries that unfold from their work, and this exhibition will showcase that once again.

For Jacquie, her … View more
Recognised Taupō artists, Jacquie Goldsmith and Marion Bright, are delving beyond the predictable in their latest exhibition – Beyond the Surface.

Both artists relish the unpredictable discoveries that unfold from their work, and this exhibition will showcase that once again.

For Jacquie, her creative energies are often a result of life experiences, however, she says that they are open to individual interpretation.

“I use clay and mixed media in an expressive style to transcend my story. My work presents often as abstract, sometimes as literal, however, I aim for the viewer to interpret their own story.”

Marion’s growing body of work mirrors this unpredictability throughout the artistic process.

“My motivation is discovery through doing and where that might lead. For me, the subject is less important - it is the process and exploration of textures, shapes and mark making that emerge from my work that excites me.”

The exhibition runs from February 22 until March 30 at Taupō Museum.

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10 days ago

Repairs at AC Baths indoor pool

Darren Petry from Taupo District Council

The 25-metre indoor pool at AC Baths is to undergo repairs and maintenance during February.

Next Tuesday, February 18, the 25-metre indoor pool will close to the public and will be drained with urgent repairs to the liner to take place.

It is expected to re-open on Monday, February 24, provided … View more
The 25-metre indoor pool at AC Baths is to undergo repairs and maintenance during February.

Next Tuesday, February 18, the 25-metre indoor pool will close to the public and will be drained with urgent repairs to the liner to take place.

It is expected to re-open on Monday, February 24, provided everything goes according to schedule said pool operations supervisor, Ryno Nienaber.

Lane availability over this time will be affected, with lane bookings taking priority. Any indoor activities will transfer to the 25-metre outdoor pool over this period.

To find out lane availability at any time, go to our website.

We apologise for any inconvenience during this time.

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26 days ago

Taupō district now smoke and vape free

Darren Petry from Taupo District Council

Taupō is now a smoke and vape free district, under the new Taupō District Council Smokefree Action Plan.

The plan supports the Government’s goal for New Zealand to become a smokefree country by 2025 and covers public places across the district, including the lakefront, that will now be smoke … View more
Taupō is now a smoke and vape free district, under the new Taupō District Council Smokefree Action Plan.

The plan supports the Government’s goal for New Zealand to become a smokefree country by 2025 and covers public places across the district, including the lakefront, that will now be smoke and vape free.

“Encouraging our community to be smoke and vape free helps support the health and wellbeing of our families and whanau,” said councillor John Williamson who holds the environment portfolio alongside councillor John Mack.

“We know the lakefront is an important part of who we are here in Taupō and we really wanted to ensure this was included in the plan and it will also mean we are looking after our lake by reducing litter and butts.

“By creating these smoke and vape free environments across our district we are setting the best example for our children and de-normalising smoking. Evidence shows that doing this reduces the likelihood of smoking later in life,” added councillor John Mack.

“We’re also encouraging any cafes with outdoor dining to come on board and encourage their diners to be smoke and vape free too,” he said.

The areas across the district that are smoke and vape free are:

CBD / Civic Spaces
Reserves and Parks, including lakefront reserves and beaches
Sports Grounds
Outdoor Dining
Events - events on Council property, and funded or supported by Council
Council Buildings
Bus stops and shelters
Social Housing

There will be signage in place where areas are smoke and vape free and while not a by-law, the plan aims to use education and awareness to reduce smoking and vaping.

Pictured (left to right): Environmental Ranger Shannon Hanson, Councillor John Mack, Councillor John Williamson with the signage that is about to be put in place across the district.

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26 days ago

Waitangi Taupō Moana Festival returns

Darren Petry from Taupo District Council

The Waitangi Taupō Moana Festival is back for 2020, with an exciting and diverse line-up of iconic and internationally renowned kiwi bands and artists.

House of Shem and Annie Crummer will join Hollie Smith – one of New Zealand’s most well-known soul and jazz singers - as well as fellow kiwi … View more
The Waitangi Taupō Moana Festival is back for 2020, with an exciting and diverse line-up of iconic and internationally renowned kiwi bands and artists.

House of Shem and Annie Crummer will join Hollie Smith – one of New Zealand’s most well-known soul and jazz singers - as well as fellow kiwi artists The Brown Brothers and The Beat Girls.

They will be supported by an impressive line-up of local artists including local acts including multi-cultural performing arts groups. Due to illness, LaTasha Lee – who was originally part of the line-up – has had to cancel her appearance.

The festival will be held from midday to 5pm on Thursday, February 6 at Riverside Park, Taupō. The day will also feature free waka ama rides, children’s fun zone, food stalls, as well as a catered kaumatua area.

Chairman of Nukuhau Marae Dominic Bowden said Nukuhau Marae are excited to work alongside Taupō District Council to deliver this kaupapa.

“It’s a great opportunity to celebrate our community’s cultural diversity and promote whakawhanaungatanga,” he said.

Mayor David Trewavas said he was looking forward to the festival and hoped there would be great support for the Waitangi Day celebrations.

“We are looking forward to co-hosting this year’s event alongside our event partners Nukuhau Pā, which always sees thousands of people coming along to enjoy the entertainment, games and music,” he said. “We really want to encourage people from every corner of our district to come along to celebrate our national day.”

In the past, over 3,000 people have attended, including large contingents from Turangi and Mangakino. Free shuttles to and from the event will operate from these centres. Numbers are limited and those interested must register at the Turangi and Mangakino service centres.

Picnic lunches are welcome and organisers would like to remind people that the event is smoke, alcohol and drug free. Thanks also to a number of sponsors who continue to support the event and ensure it is free to attend.

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