Taupo District Council

Community Organisation

Taupo District Council
30 Tongariro Street
Taupo 3330
4 days ago

Art project lights up Taupō as part of Road Safety Week 2021

Darren Petry from Taupo District Council

The Taupō lakefront will light up next week to raise awareness of the importance of road safety in our district.

Run as part of Road Safety Week which kicks off on Monday 17 May, the community will be able to view a visual display projected onto the lake in remembrance of the six lives that were … View more
The Taupō lakefront will light up next week to raise awareness of the importance of road safety in our district.

Run as part of Road Safety Week which kicks off on Monday 17 May, the community will be able to view a visual display projected onto the lake in remembrance of the six lives that were lost on the district’s roads last year.

‘The Ripple Effect’ creator and year 13 Tauhara College student Tommi Joyce designed it to be an entertaining display to watch and enjoy, while also sharing some key road safety messages with the public.

“At school I take digital technology and manage the student radio station, so when I heard the council were looking for people to do a digital display, it had my name written all over it.”

“As a volunteer firefighter with the Turangi Fire Brigade, road safety means a lot to me as it is the most common callout for us due to the Desert Road. Slow down and drive to the conditions!”

The community will also see the #LOVETAUPO light up yellow, aligning with other buildings, bridges and iconic locations around the country also turning yellow as part of Road Safety Week.

Taupō District Council road safety coordinator Sarah Wraight said the theme this year – speed – reminds us that speeding or driving too fast for the conditions is a major problem in Aotearoa.

“We lost six lives in the Taupō District in six crashes last year, speed was a factor in half of those fatalities,” said Ms Wraight.”

“Vehicle speed plays an important part in driving safely, the faster you're travelling, the longer it takes to stop and the bigger the forces involved in a crash. Please remember to drive at the correct speed for the conditions to minimise risks.”

The Ripple Effect will be on display on the lake from Monday May 17 to 23, 6pm to 9pm. The best viewing spot is from the platform opposite Rifle Range Road.

Road Safety Week runs May 17 to 23 and is promoted by road safety charity Brake and supported by Taupō District Council.

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18 days ago

New Exhibition Keeps Art in the Family

Darren Petry from Taupo District Council

Father-and-son John and Richard Boyd-Dunlop will showcase their bold and colourful contemporary art in the collectively titled exhibition “Instinctively Inherent” at the Taupō Museum from 8 May until 14 June.

Taupō Museum exhibitions officer Kerence Stephen said it was a delight to host the … View more
Father-and-son John and Richard Boyd-Dunlop will showcase their bold and colourful contemporary art in the collectively titled exhibition “Instinctively Inherent” at the Taupō Museum from 8 May until 14 June.

Taupō Museum exhibitions officer Kerence Stephen said it was a delight to host the Boyd-Dunlops whose artworks revel in playful imagery and abundant colour.

“We are excited to be exhibiting such phenomenal New Zealand artists, and hope local people take full advantage of the opportunity to experience ‘Instinctively Inherent’,” Ms Stephen said.

Both self-taught artists, Richard and his father John have been on similar but different artistic journeys.

Richard has been creating in paint since his teens and inspired John to start his own creative output at the tender age of 68. Richard is an exhibiting artist of 25 years whose work adorns public and private spaces both at home in New Zealand and across the Globe. John has made up for lost time by producing a prodigious amount of work in the past few years.

Both artists are strongly inspired by the land in their practice.

John was a grower for market on the Hauraki Gulf. His agrarian scenes are reminiscent of time spent immersed in the natural world. When young, Richard spent many long days among the fields, letting his imagination run wild. While the connection to the earth is apparent in Richards’s work, his contemporary influences steer his art into a more futuristic sphere – one which includes holographic pieces.

Members of the Taupō community are welcome to join the Boyd-Dunlop's for the opening preview on Friday May 7 at 5.30pm.

Taupō Museum is open seven days from 10am to 4.30pm and entry is free to Taupō District residents with proof of address.

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48 days ago

Enjoy Easter in the Taupō District

Darren Petry from Taupo District Council

Have you heard about all the cool events and activities happening around our district this Easter?

There’s something for everyone, so get out and support local these holidays.

Easterfest, our annual pop-up style street festival, is on in Taupō from Good Friday to April 5. It’ll feature … View more
Have you heard about all the cool events and activities happening around our district this Easter?

There’s something for everyone, so get out and support local these holidays.

Easterfest, our annual pop-up style street festival, is on in Taupō from Good Friday to April 5. It’ll feature world-class street performers, an Easter egg hunt, a hot chocolate competition, Easter movies at Starlight Cinema and more.

If you’re in Taupō you can also catch the New Zealand National Finals Rodeo or watch the Lake Taupō Yacht Club Easter Trailer Yacht and Sports Boat Regatta on Saturday and Sunday.

In Mangakino, the Easter Event and Raft Race 2021 are happening on the Lake Maraetai lakefront on Sunday April 4. It’ll kick off with an Easter service at 9am, followed by music, races, games and food stalls from 9.30am and the raft race at 12.30pm.

Easter public holidays mean some of our facilities will be closed. Taupō, Turangi and Mangakino libraries will be closed on Good Friday, Sunday April 4 and Monday April 5.

Landfill and transfer centre hours vary by location. You can find out hours for specific centres by visiting taupo.govt.nz/rubbish.

If your rubbish and recycling is normally collected on a Friday, it will be collected on the Thursday before Good Friday – so that means rubbish normally collected on Friday, April 2, will be collected Thursday, April 1.

This means our contractors will be collecting a lot more rubbish and recycling than normal tomorrow (Thursday, April 1), so please be patient and expect it may be collected later than usual. We may also be using different trucks for different recyclables, so if some recycling is collected and some left, don’t stress! Another truck is coming! Monday collections will run as normal.

Our customer service centres in Taupō and Turangi will be closed on Good Friday but open 10am to 1pm for the rest of the long weekend. The Mangakino customer service centre will be closed from Good Friday and will reopen on Tuesday, April 6.

Taupō Museum will be closed on Good Friday, but otherwise open every day from 10am to 4.30pm. The AC Baths will be open from 7am to 7pm each day.

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55 days ago

IRONMAN New Zealand is nearly here!

Darren Petry from Taupo District Council

Another epic IRONMAN event is set to hit our district on Saturday, and we can’t wait! Originally scheduled for earlier this month, a change in Covid-19 Alert Levels prompted organisers to postpone the event until this weekend.

The Nutri-Grain IRONMAN incorporates a 3.8km swim, a 180km bike ride … View more
Another epic IRONMAN event is set to hit our district on Saturday, and we can’t wait! Originally scheduled for earlier this month, a change in Covid-19 Alert Levels prompted organisers to postpone the event until this weekend.

The Nutri-Grain IRONMAN incorporates a 3.8km swim, a 180km bike ride and a 42.2km run, and will kick off at dawn on the Taupō lakefront on Saturday, March 27.

Hundreds of local volunteers will be helping out on the day and thousands of supporters and spectators will be flooding into our district to enjoy the event. We are excited!

Please note, there will be road closures on the day of IRONMAN – find out more at taupo.govt.nz/roadclosures.

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70 days ago

He whare hou - New sports facility on the cards for Turangi

Darren Petry from Taupo District Council

A partnership between Ngati Turangitukua and Taupō District Council will see the construction of a new sports facility that will encompass a main hall, changing rooms and a kitchen at Turangitukua Park in Turangi.

The facility was planned for in Taupō District Council’s annual plan this year, … View more
A partnership between Ngati Turangitukua and Taupō District Council will see the construction of a new sports facility that will encompass a main hall, changing rooms and a kitchen at Turangitukua Park in Turangi.

The facility was planned for in Taupō District Council’s annual plan this year, with a budget of $1.7 million. A further $300,000 has been secured from a BayTrust grant that will bring the total budget to $2 million.

The project is currently going through the design of the building in consultation with land owners Ngati Turangitukua and main users of the park including representatives from rugby and equestrian clubs. A steering group, including representatives from Ngati Turangitukua and the Turangi Tongariro Community Board has been established to oversee the project.

Chairman of Ngati Turangitukua Maori Committee Jeff Bennett said he was pleased iwi was able to partner with the council to make the project happen.

“Our Turangi community has been without a sports facility at Turangitukua Park for generations of children growing up in our town,” he said. “This meant our sports teams have been unable to host events and visiting teams in the manner that they would like to. We therefore see the sports facility as essential for our community and I praise Mayor David and his team for turning our hopes into reality.”

He said it was a great testament to the town’s community spirit that a joint approach to BayTrust from Ngati Turangitukua, the council, Tongariro Sports and Turangi Dambusters rugby league club obtained $300,000 of extra funding for the project.

Project sponsor John Ridd said the council and Ngati Turangitukua were working closely to come up with a suitable design that would suit a large number of users.

“This is going to be a fantastic community asset that is shaped by the Turangi community and used by a great number of community groups and sports teams,” he said. “Although still in the planning stages, it’s very exciting and we are looking forward to being able to show the community the ideas the group has come up with.”

He said it was hugely generous of Ngati Turangitukua, as landowners, to allow use of the reserve for public benefit. “This will be an excellent asset the community can take pride in. We are looking forward to working with Ngati Turangitukua to get started on the build,” Mr Ridd said.

Many Turangi residents and ratepayers had long held the desire for a purpose-built sports facility at the town’s major sportsground of Turangitukua Park. Some temporary changing rooms built at the site in 2019 had been useful but were not intended to be permanent and did not satisfy all the needs of the community, he said.

“The new sports facility, once built, will be able to host visiting sports teams, provide shelter in poor weather and create a space for community groups to use, too,” Mr Ridd said.

The location of the sports facility will be easily accessible, close to the two playing fields and car parks. It is hoped construction will start in spring of this year.

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