Taupo District Council

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Taupo District Council
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Taupo 3330
1 day ago

Taupō ETA project formally opens

Darren Petry from Taupo District Council

A blessing on Friday marked the beginning of a new shared pathway project alongside the Taupō ETA from the Airport Roundabout off Lake Terrace and Anzac Memorial Drive to Centennial Drive.

Taupō District Mayor David Trewavas and councillors, representatives from Bike Taupō, local contractors … View more
A blessing on Friday marked the beginning of a new shared pathway project alongside the Taupō ETA from the Airport Roundabout off Lake Terrace and Anzac Memorial Drive to Centennial Drive.

Taupō District Mayor David Trewavas and councillors, representatives from Bike Taupō, local contractors and council staff joined with Reverend Peace to bless the site and mark the commencement of the $3.6 million government funded project.

General Manager of Operations and Delivery Kevin Strongman is delighted to receive the funding and is excited about the project.

“The path will provide access to current and future residential developments and help to connect our communities going into the future.

“Upgrading the current unsealed surface to concrete opens access to many different users, helping them to get around the area too.

“We’re really lucky to receive this funding as our regular schedule of footpath upgrades and maintenance work were all outside the requirements for this funding,” he said.

The shared use path provides a travel area separate from motorised traffic for pedestrians, skaters, wheelchair users, joggers, dog walkers and other users and can provide a low-stress experience for a variety of users using the network for transportation or recreation.

Implementation of the project rests with locally employed workers from CAMEX and is expected to be completed June 2022, weather permitting.

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8 days ago

From clay we are made and breathe – new “Al2O3 2SiO2 2H2O” ceramics exhibition

Darren Petry from Taupo District Council

The exciting diversity of the world of New Zealand pottery will be showcased in an exhibition running from early next month at the Taupō Museum and Art Gallery.

The exhibition is titled “Al2O3 2SiO2 2H2O”, the chemical name of kaolinite, a group of minerals that primarily form clay. It … View more
The exciting diversity of the world of New Zealand pottery will be showcased in an exhibition running from early next month at the Taupō Museum and Art Gallery.

The exhibition is titled “Al2O3 2SiO2 2H2O”, the chemical name of kaolinite, a group of minerals that primarily form clay. It features fascinating works by kiwi artists Fiona Tunnicliffe, Maureen Alison, Janet Smith, Duncan Shearer, Ross Palmer, Trish Seddon, Lissie Brown, Mike O Donnell, Annette Bull and Kirsty Gardiner.

Fiona, an award-winning potter who is curating the exhibition, said there has been a resurgence of clay in the last couple of years.

“Whether it was lockdown boredom or ‘the Great pottery throw down’, an interest in self-sufficiency or an awareness of buying local and hand-made, classes are full, and kilns and wheels are changing hands with an enthusiasm that hasn’t been seen since the 1960s.”

The hope is that this exhibition shows some of the diversity that is the clay workers’ world - from functional domestic wear that is made to be held and used, to sculpture and decorative art to be kept away from cats and small children, she said.

Al2O3 2SiO2 2H2O runs from 7 August to 20 September at the Main Gallery of the Taupō Museum. There will be an opening for the exhibition on Friday August 6 at 5.30pm. The Museum and Art Gallery 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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29 days ago

Matariki ki Taupō (Matariki in Taupō)

Darren Petry from Taupo District Council

Celebrate Matariki in Taupō district at Whakanuia! An intimate evening of kapa haka and performing arts featuring Ngā Taikura ō Tūwharetoa and special guest Whirimako Black performing this Sunday, July 11.

Event coordinator Piata Winitana-Murray said the event is supported by Taupō District … View more
Celebrate Matariki in Taupō district at Whakanuia! An intimate evening of kapa haka and performing arts featuring Ngā Taikura ō Tūwharetoa and special guest Whirimako Black performing this Sunday, July 11.

Event coordinator Piata Winitana-Murray said the event is supported by Taupō District Council to offer local Matariki celebrations.

“It’s great to be able to host Ngā Taikura ō Tūwharetoa, the local kaumatua kapa haka group. They usually perform annually at Te Papa in Wellington as part of a nation-wide Matariki celebration but this year they’re performing in their hometown – so the community can enjoy and celebrate the beauty and energy of our kaumatua at home during Matariki.

“Also performing is one of Aotearoa’s most distinctive soul and jazz artist, Whirimako Black,” said Ms Winitana-Murray.

Whirimako Black has been awarded Best Māori Album, Best Jazz Album, a Silver Scroll for Best Māori Composition, and in 2006 was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to Māori music. Whirimako’s career spans eight albums across te reo Māori and English, recording everything from covers of jazz standards, U2 and Stevie Wonder to Ngāi Tūhoe waiata and her own compositions, all in her signature, velvety smooth style.

Local kapa haka group Te Ahi Tipua, female performing art group Tupono Collective, and Matariki kōrero and Kaupapa will kick-off the afternoon’s entertainment.

Sunday, July 11
3 to 6pm
Great Lake Centre

Tickets cost $5 and are available at trybooking.com/nz/HSX

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50 days ago

Exhibition celebrates new beginnings with te whare pora

Darren Petry from Taupo District Council

A new exhibition showcasing te whare pora (the art of weaving) will launch at the Taupō Museum this Saturday.

The exhibition, Poipoia, Ngā Pia o Te Whare Pora, will include a range of works created by students from Te Wananga o Aotearoa, alongside the Museum’s own collection. Visitors can … View more
A new exhibition showcasing te whare pora (the art of weaving) will launch at the Taupō Museum this Saturday.

The exhibition, Poipoia, Ngā Pia o Te Whare Pora, will include a range of works created by students from Te Wananga o Aotearoa, alongside the Museum’s own collection. Visitors can expect to see kono (baskets), kete (kit) and kakahu (cloaks).

Taupō Museum curator Piata Winitana-Murray said the exhibition also celebrates Matariki (Māori New Year), the star constellation that signals the new year in Māori traditions.

“We’re very proud to exhibit works from both past and present raranga students from Te Wananga o Aotearoa in Turangi, alongside woven pieces from the Museum’s collection.

“These works celebrate the journey of weaving from pia (trainee) to tohunga (expert), exchanging, conversing, as learner and teacher, while under the guiding constellation of Matariki.”

Notable pieces on display include a large, collective piece titled ‘Puawaitanga’ which was created by Te Wananga o Aotearoa students in 2014. As well as a kahu puakarimu (rain cape), a replica of a rare kakahu housed at Te Papa which uses dyed red and black club moss, which was woven by former kaiako (tutor) Margaret Belshaw.

The exhibition is open from this Saturday 19 June through until Friday August 2. 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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71 days ago

Taupō Museum to partly close for painting

Darren Petry from Taupo District Council

From Thursday May 27, the Taupō Museum and Art Gallery’s Lake Gallery will be closed for two weeks for repainting.

The Museum’s foyer area and shop, Wharenui display, art gallery rooms and Tūwharetoa Gallery will remain open during this time, with entrance to the latter available through the… View more
From Thursday May 27, the Taupō Museum and Art Gallery’s Lake Gallery will be closed for two weeks for repainting.

The Museum’s foyer area and shop, Wharenui display, art gallery rooms and Tūwharetoa Gallery will remain open during this time, with entrance to the latter available through the Museum’s Courtyard. The exhibition ‘Instinctively Inherent’ and the Courtyard’s award-winning Ora Garden will also remain open to the public.

The repainting will help freshen up the Lake Gallery, which currently hosts the Early History of Taupō, Volcanology, Timber Mill, Fishing and Boating, Moa and Kiwiana Caravan displays. The work, which is taking place at a traditionally quiet time of the year for the Museum, follows recent renewal and refreshment of displays, including restoration of 15-metre waka, and the Moa skeleton exhibit.

Over the repainting period of Thursday May 27 until reopening on Friday June 11, entry to the Museum will be free not only for locals, but also for out-of-town visitors.

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