Taupo District Council

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Taupo District Council
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Taupo 3330
9 days ago

Upgrade of Horomatangi and Ruapehu intersection to get underway

Darren Petry from Taupo District Council

The next phase of the Taupo Town Centre Transformation project will soon get underway, with the upgrade of Horomatangi and Ruapehu streets intersection scheduled to begin at the end of this month.

The major works will take place between Monday November 30 and Wednesday December 23 and include … View more
The next phase of the Taupo Town Centre Transformation project will soon get underway, with the upgrade of Horomatangi and Ruapehu streets intersection scheduled to begin at the end of this month.

The major works will take place between Monday November 30 and Wednesday December 23 and include upgrading the intersection to a roundabout, adding raised pedestrian crossings and improving access into, and out of, Horomatangi Street.

Construction Programme Manager Ian Gray said the team have worked closely with contractors Camex and designers WSP as well as businesses and retailers to minimise disruption and ensure the roads remain open during business hours, as much as possible.

“Our main goal in upgrading this intersection is to improve pedestrian access across Ruapehu and Horomatangi, while also improving vehicle access in and out of Horomatangi Street, which businesses have asked for. At present, there are no right turns when exiting Horomatangi, and a roundabout will address this.

“The project team has been out and met with businesses and retailers to ensure they are aware of the work that is being undertaken and we will continue to work closely with them to minimise disruption as much as possible.”

Once the first phase is complete, the next phase will be from January 6 and will include realigning each corner, repaving, new seating and plantings to enhance the sense of place unique to the Taupo CBD.

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18 days ago

Street display puts focus on road safety

Darren Petry from Taupo District Council

Ungiven gifts are adorning Heuheu Street in Taupō this week, as a sign of remembrance for those who lost their lives on our district’s roads last year.

The display is part of the annual Road Safety Week and features 22 plinths, representing people aged between eight and 59, with each plinth … View more
Ungiven gifts are adorning Heuheu Street in Taupō this week, as a sign of remembrance for those who lost their lives on our district’s roads last year.

The display is part of the annual Road Safety Week and features 22 plinths, representing people aged between eight and 59, with each plinth featuring an ungiven gift atop it.

Taupō District Council road safety coordinator Sarah Wraight said the display symbolises the gifts family and friends would not be able to give to their loved ones.

“We wanted to create something visual that really spoke to people about the crashes on our local roads and create conversations within the Taupō District community,” she said. “This display shows both the number of lives lost and gives a personal reminder of their age, gender and a gift they can never be given.”

Road Safety Week was a national initiative and a time to reflect on our own behaviour on the road and how we could make our roads safer, she said. This year the theme for the week was “Step Up for Safe Streets”.

Ms Wraight said to save lives on the road everyone needed to take responsibility.

“The victims of road crashes represented in Ungiven Gifts were mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, colleagues and friends,” she said. “It’s important to see how our driving behaviour can impact on the lives of so many.”

Alcohol and drugs were the main contributing factors in the crashes that claimed the 22 lives. All drivers needed to be responsible for themselves and their passengers which meant driving safe, sober and not under the influence of drugs, she said.

“We all need to pitch in and be part of the solution.”

The display was created with support from local businesses and people who gave up their own time to support the initiative.

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27 days ago

We're on the move!

Darren Petry from Taupo District Council

Our Customer Support Centres in Taupō and Turangi will be in new locations from Monday, November 2 with new opening hours.

Taupō Customer Support Centre will be moving to the i-SITE building at 30 Tongariro Street. Turangi Customer Support Centre will be moving to the i-SITE building at 1 … View more
Our Customer Support Centres in Taupō and Turangi will be in new locations from Monday, November 2 with new opening hours.

Taupō Customer Support Centre will be moving to the i-SITE building at 30 Tongariro Street. Turangi Customer Support Centre will be moving to the i-SITE building at 1 Ngawaka Place.

The opening hours in Taupō will be 9am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 1pm on Saturday and Sunday. The Turangi hours will be 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday and 10am to 1pm, Saturday and Sunday.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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29 days ago

ReTweet: an eggcellent bird-themed exhibition

Darren Petry from Taupo District Council

Following Re-Cycle 2017, the award-winning Dog Show exhibition in 2018 and last year’s CATalogue exhibitions, Taupō Museum is excited to present its next instalment – ReTweet – a bird-themed exhibition running from November 7 to December 14.

Like birds of a feather, this exhibition also … View more
Following Re-Cycle 2017, the award-winning Dog Show exhibition in 2018 and last year’s CATalogue exhibitions, Taupō Museum is excited to present its next instalment – ReTweet – a bird-themed exhibition running from November 7 to December 14.

Like birds of a feather, this exhibition also features artworks, sculptures and accessories made from recycled or re-purposed materials.

Exhibitions officer Kerence Stephen said many of the same artists who created works for Re-Cycle, the Dog Show and CATalogue exhibitions have taken on the bird challenge, making the recycled theme exhibitions a popular and highly anticipated annual project for creative people, professional artists, crafts people and children alike.

“These exhibitions inevitably attract a diverse collection of artwork because the artists enjoy the theme of recycling and, in this case, birds,” she said. “So artists can create whatever takes their fancy, as long as it has a feathery theme.”

If you flock to the museum during this exhibition, you can expect to see birds created from all sorts of recycled materials from cutlery, bike parts, bread tags, beach glass and even some taxidermied creations.

The exhibition is being held in the main gallery from November 7 to December 14. Entry is free for children and residents with proof of address and the museum is open 10am-4.30pm daily.

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43 days ago

AC Baths plead for consideration after poo and spew incidents

Darren Petry from Taupo District Council

AC Baths staff are pleading for the community to stay away if they are unwell and ensure swim nappies are appropriately used after a spate of 10 poo and spew incidents in eight days.

Business and operations manager Scott Attenborough said each time there was an incident, the pool in which it … View more
AC Baths staff are pleading for the community to stay away if they are unwell and ensure swim nappies are appropriately used after a spate of 10 poo and spew incidents in eight days.

Business and operations manager Scott Attenborough said each time there was an incident, the pool in which it happened had to be closed, with all pool users having to leave the water. After each incident the pool needed to be drained, cleaned and refilled. This could take between three and 12 hours, depending on the pool and size of the incident.

“We are really trying to get the message out that precautions can be taken to minimise these incidents,” he said. “All children aged three and under have to wear a fitting, secure swim nappy that properly contains any mess. If you or your child is feeling sick – please avoid coming to the pools, it can end very badly.”

Mr Attenborough said the number of incidents in such a short period was unprecedented and there was no obvious reason as to why there had been such a cluster.

“Our reception staff have been making the guidelines clear to those coming into the AC Baths to minimise these incidents,” he said. “But they just keep happening again and again, and it’s such an inconvenience for our other pool users.”

There were also large sign boards that reminded people of their responsibilities, he said.

High quality and reasonably priced swim nappies were sold at the AC Baths reception, Mr Attenborough said.

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