Taupō District Council

Community Organisation

Taupō District Council
30 Tongariro Street
Taupo 3330
16 hours ago

Gone to Taupō: Golden addition to museum unveiled

Darren Petry from Taupō District Council

Locals and visitors alike have the chance to see an exhibit steeped in New Zealand art history at Taupō Museum.

The Blind Woman of Taupō by legendary New Zealand artist Charles Frederick Goldie is now on display in Te Aroha o Rongoheikume, the museum’s wharenui (meeting house), thanks to a … View more
Locals and visitors alike have the chance to see an exhibit steeped in New Zealand art history at Taupō Museum.

The Blind Woman of Taupō by legendary New Zealand artist Charles Frederick Goldie is now on display in Te Aroha o Rongoheikume, the museum’s wharenui (meeting house), thanks to a loan from an anonymous benefactor.

The incredible and absorbing painting, produced in 1934, has been loaned to the Taupō Museum for five years.

It sits next to portraits of Ngāti Tūwharetoa chiefs Te Werahiko (Haukino) and Rutene Te Uamairangi Rahui of Ōpepe, painted in 1908 by notable artist and Taupō identity Thomas Ryan, in an exhibit called Goldie and Ryan.

At the unveiling today (Thursday 11 August), the new display was blessed and officially opened to the public.

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9 days ago

Taupō District Council receives A grade from CouncilMARK

Darren Petry from Taupō District Council

Taupō District Council is heading in the right direction despite significant challenges relating to population growth and the Covid-19 pandemic, an independent assessment report has shown.

Council received a CouncilMARK grading of ‘A’ last month, an improvement from the ‘BBB’ rating in … View more
Taupō District Council is heading in the right direction despite significant challenges relating to population growth and the Covid-19 pandemic, an independent assessment report has shown.

Council received a CouncilMARK grading of ‘A’ last month, an improvement from the ‘BBB’ rating in our first assessment in 2018. The latest on-site assessment was conducted in April this year.

The CouncilMARK programme, developed by Local Government New Zealand, is designed to improve the public's knowledge of the work councils are doing in their communities and to support individual councils to further improve the service and value they provide.

Find out more and read the full report at the link below.

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57 days ago

We want your views!

Darren Petry from Taupō District Council

What do you think of our local parks and sportsgrounds?

That’s the question Taupō District Council is asking the local community, as it launches a new survey about how people use our local parks, reserves and community buildings for sport and recreation.

The feedback will help shape … View more
What do you think of our local parks and sportsgrounds?

That’s the question Taupō District Council is asking the local community, as it launches a new survey about how people use our local parks, reserves and community buildings for sport and recreation.

The feedback will help shape development of the council’s strategy for investment in its sport and recreation network over the coming decade.

The survey, which runs from now until 10 July, is part of a comprehensive review of the current state of play in sport and recreation opportunities within the district.

We are hoping for a large response from the community so we can form a full view of how people use our recreation facilities. As an incentive respondents will go into a draw for pool passes, Fitness Studio memberships, show tickets and more.

To complete the survey, click on the link below. Thank you for your time.

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58 days ago

Te Aho Tapu Hou exhibition celebrates Māori fashion designer

Darren Petry from Taupō District Council

A stylish exhibition exploring contemporary fashion through the life and work of Māori designer and fashion activist Jeanine Clarkin opens on Saturday 18 June at Taupō Museum.

Toured by Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato, Te Aho Tapu Hou: The new sacred thread showcases distinctive … View more
A stylish exhibition exploring contemporary fashion through the life and work of Māori designer and fashion activist Jeanine Clarkin opens on Saturday 18 June at Taupō Museum.

Toured by Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato, Te Aho Tapu Hou: The new sacred thread showcases distinctive garments created by Clarkin (Ngāti Hako, Ngāti Pāoa, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Raukawa) over the last three decades. This mid-career retrospective is representative of her early influences, significant milestones, and enduring passion for sustainable fashion.

“We are honoured that Jeanine herself asked that this exhibition is shown in her hometown of Taupō, so that she may share with the community that nurtured her love of fashion, and what better time to do that than Matariki,” says Taupō Museum curator Piata Winitana-Murray.

From founding her first streetwear label in 1994 to dressing celebrities such as Keisha Castle-Hughes and Cliff Curtis for the red carpet, Clarkin’s Māori identity has been a common thread. Realising her childhood dream to be a designer, Clarkin’s creativity over the decades has resulted in her international status within the indigenous fashion community.

Waikato Museum curator Maree Mills (Ngāti Tūwharetoa), who developed the exhibition, says Te Aho Tapu Hou: The new sacred thread tells the inspiring story of a shy young woman empowered by embracing her heritage.

“This exhibition reminds us how important it is to contribute to community, and what creative drive and conviction can achieve.

“Clarkin’s extended network of artists, performers and collaborators inhabit her garments and help bring to life the inspiring journey of a designer committed to celebrating her Māori identity.”

The mana-infused fashion of Jeanine Clarkin continues to be seen on the racks at exclusive stores, worn on the street by younger generations, and experienced on the catwalks of Fashion Week events around the world.

Te Aho Tapu Hou: The new sacred thread runs from 18 June until 14 August, daily from 10am till 4.30pm. Entry is free for locals and tamariki, $5 for adults, and $3 for seniors and students. Visit the Taupō Museum Facebook page or www.taupodc.govt.nz... for more information.

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60 days ago

Mana Whakahono signing signals new dawn

Darren Petry from Taupō District Council

Taupō District Council and Ngāti Turangitukua are moving forward together into a new future for the Tūrangi township and its surrounds after signing a historic Mana Whakahono ā Rohe agreement on Saturday afternoon.

Ngāti Tūrangitukua is the Ngāti Tūwharetoa hapū that holds mana whenua … View more
Taupō District Council and Ngāti Turangitukua are moving forward together into a new future for the Tūrangi township and its surrounds after signing a historic Mana Whakahono ā Rohe agreement on Saturday afternoon.

Ngāti Tūrangitukua is the Ngāti Tūwharetoa hapū that holds mana whenua over Tūrangi township and its surrounds and includes its post-settlement entity, the Ngāti Turangitukua Charitable Trust. The hapū is a major landowner in Tūrangi and much of the town’s community amenities and three waters infrastructure is located on reserves they own.

The signing was held at a formal powhiri hosted by Ngāti Turangitukua at Hirangi Marae in Tūrangi, attended by Ngāti Turangitukua hapū, Taupō District Council elected members and staff, Tūrangi-Tongariro Community Board members and Ngāti Tūwharetoa Ariki Tā Tumu Te Heuheu.

Both parties thanked the other for having the patience and fortitude to work through the three years of negotiations that preceded the Mana Whakahono agreement and looked towards the future.

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