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18 hours ago

Your favourite ever summer holiday

Lorna Thornber Reporter from Stuff Travel

Hi everyone,
Now that summer's finally here and the holidays are just around the corner for many, we'd love to hear about your favourite summer holiday memories. Has there been a trip that you continue to think about years later? Where did you go, with who and what did you get up to? … View more
Hi everyone,
Now that summer's finally here and the holidays are just around the corner for many, we'd love to hear about your favourite summer holiday memories. Has there been a trip that you continue to think about years later? Where did you go, with who and what did you get up to? What made it such a stand-out experience? As usual, please put 'NFP' in your comment if you don't want it included in a travel article. Cheers.

5 hours ago

You found it!

Santa in the Suburbs

To enter to win one of three Living Nature Summer Beauty Packs, simply head through to our competition page and insert this secret Santa code.

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5 hours ago

This week's latest Blueprint

Hamilton Harcourts

View Hamilton Harcourts' latest interactive Blueprint.

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14 hours ago

First phase of terminal upgrade underway at Taupō Airport

Darren Petry from Taupo District Council

The first phase of the Taupō Airport terminal upgrade is now underway, with the laying of new wastewater and water pipes.

The $9.2 million airport upgrade is being funded by the government’s Provincial Growth Fund ($5 million) and the New Zealand Upgrade Programme ($870,000) in partnership with… View more
The first phase of the Taupō Airport terminal upgrade is now underway, with the laying of new wastewater and water pipes.

The $9.2 million airport upgrade is being funded by the government’s Provincial Growth Fund ($5 million) and the New Zealand Upgrade Programme ($870,000) in partnership with the council, which will fund the remainder. It will see a new terminal built, the car park extended, and the airside apron expanded in order to operate larger aircraft safely.

Airport upgrade project manager Philip King said the laying of these pipes was the first step toward upgrading the airport.

“This is the first of any physical work the community will be able to see and it’s an exciting step we’re able to take in the lead up to the build,” he said.

“It will allow us to upgrade the current services which include a septic tank, future-proofing the area and ensuring we are creating a world-class facility.”

The wastewater and water pipes would be laid starting just beyond the Mobil service station and progressing toward the current airport terminal. The northern shoulder of the road would likely be closed over the section contractors were working on but disruption would be minimal and the road would remain open. This phase of the project was expected to be completed by the end of March next year.

A detailed design is expected to be finalised in early 2021 and terminal construction is expected to begin in mid-2021.

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17 days ago

Favourite foodie finds

Lorna Thornber Reporter from Stuff Travel

Hi everyone,
We'd be keen to hear about your favourite foodie finds on your travels through NZ. Have you come across a particularly amazing cafe, bakery restaurant or food truck? Had an especially delicious pie, burger, sandwich, smoothie bowl or cronut? Been to what must be one of the … View more
Hi everyone,
We'd be keen to hear about your favourite foodie finds on your travels through NZ. Have you come across a particularly amazing cafe, bakery restaurant or food truck? Had an especially delicious pie, burger, sandwich, smoothie bowl or cronut? Been to what must be one of the country's best fish and chip joints? Or been pleasantly surprised by a town's food scene? Please share the details below and include 'NFP' (not for publication) in your comment if you don't want it included in an article. Cheers.

21 hours ago

Free Firewood (You just need to chop it up and take it away)

Lee from Kinloch

We have had a tree fall over and we don't need the firewood. Come and chainsaw it up and take it away Free. Its pretty big so there's lots there. Property is in Tokoroa.

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1 day ago

Ssshh!

Santa in the Suburbs

You've found today's secret Santa code. To enter to win a Coleman Instant Up Gazebo (worth $459) simply head through to our competition page and insert this code.

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1 day ago

Better balance is easy!

The Team from ACC New Zealand

Maintaining your balance is key to enjoying life and avoiding falls. With the easy-to-use app called Nymbl, you can improve your balance and live falls free.

You just need a smartphone or tablet. With Nymbl you’ll use simple and safe body movements and easy brain challenges like trivia. … View more
Maintaining your balance is key to enjoying life and avoiding falls. With the easy-to-use app called Nymbl, you can improve your balance and live falls free.

You just need a smartphone or tablet. With Nymbl you’ll use simple and safe body movements and easy brain challenges like trivia. It’s a technique called dual-tasking and it’s proven to be effective, it’s also fun. Just 10 minutes a day in the comfort of your own home and you can be Nymbl.

nymblscience.com... now| to get Nymbl free. Nymbl is brought to you by Live Stronger For Longer and ACC, MOH and HQSC.
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1 day ago

What's On: JAZZ ADULT DANCE CLASS

Nicola from South Taupo

Never too late to learn to Dance, come and join us every Tuesday. Free introductory class, any age and ability welcome. Enquires contact Nicola 022 1889052.
JAZZ ADULT DANCE CLASS
  • Taupo Cossie Club
1 day ago

The Joy of Giving - December 1st to 31st 🎁

The Team from Neighbourhood Support New Zealand

This month we want to challenge Neighbourhood Supporters to come together and give generously from the heart this holiday season. With so much going on this time of year it’s easy to get caught up in the festivities and forget about others, especially those having a difficult time.

Whether … View more
This month we want to challenge Neighbourhood Supporters to come together and give generously from the heart this holiday season. With so much going on this time of year it’s easy to get caught up in the festivities and forget about others, especially those having a difficult time.

Whether it’s an elderly neighbour who lives alone to a family on your street working hard to make ends meet, reach out to someone who could use a little extra joy in their life and remind them what the holiday spirit is all about!

Other ideas include fundraising for a local charity, doing a food or toy drive, organising a ‘Secret Santa’ gift exchange on your street, giving a present to a neighbour who helped to make your 2020 better, or even host a community Christmas lunch.

Let us know how you’re giving back in your community in December by emailing: info@neighbourhoodsupport.co.nz

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3 days ago

Sign the kids up for summer reading with our libraries

Darren Petry from Taupo District Council

Summer is coming but that doesn’t mean our kids’ literacy skills have to slip during the holidays – our libraries have a fantastic summer reading programme!
Children aged five to 11 in Taupō and Turangi can register this week for the Taupō District Libraries Summer Reading Programme … View more
Summer is coming but that doesn’t mean our kids’ literacy skills have to slip during the holidays – our libraries have a fantastic summer reading programme!
Children aged five to 11 in Taupō and Turangi can register this week for the Taupō District Libraries Summer Reading Programme 2020/21.
It encourages kids to keep reading during the summer break with incentives for reporting back to our friendly librarians on books the kids are reading.

We also hold a party at the end of the programme for all our participants to attend, where they receive a certificate and a gift!

To find out more and sign up, pop into Taupō or Turangi library this week. Places on the programme are limited, so be quick!

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3 days ago

Final Midday Concert for 2020

Chris Marshall Reporter from Taupō Times

Big band jazz concludes the midday concert series for the year in St Andrew’s Anglican Church.
The 15 member Great Lake Big Band last performed in Palmerston North in early November as part of the Manawatu Jazz festival and director Rowan Bolley was keen to return there next year as part of the … View more
Big band jazz concludes the midday concert series for the year in St Andrew’s Anglican Church.
The 15 member Great Lake Big Band last performed in Palmerston North in early November as part of the Manawatu Jazz festival and director Rowan Bolley was keen to return there next year as part of the Big Band Bash.
In the meantime local supporters could expect some swing favourites and a few more recent chart purchases.

As usual, said Bolley, there would be a couple of new and old Christmas tunes on Friday, December 4.

The hour long concert at 12 noon is $10 for adults, children and students free.

The midday concert series then takes a break until March 5, 2021.

For further information contact organisers Elizabeth Marshall (3789296), Tracey Lidington (0272409228), or see the facebook page Midday Concert for details.

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3 days ago

What's On: JAZZ ADULT DANCE CLASS

Nicola from South Taupo

Never too late to learn to Dance, come and join us every Tuesday. Free introductory class, any age and ability welcome. Enquires contact Nicola 022 1889052.
JAZZ ADULT DANCE CLASS
  • Taupo Cossie Club
4 days ago

WIN tickets to Marlon Williams!

Eccles Entertainment

In celebration of his brand new album Plastic Bouquet (out Dec 11) with Canadian duo Kacy + Clayton, February 2021 will welcome the long-awaited return to the stage for Lyttelton based Marlon Williams.

Over an extensive tour of Aotearoa, audiences will be treated to a very different show from … View more
In celebration of his brand new album Plastic Bouquet (out Dec 11) with Canadian duo Kacy + Clayton, February 2021 will welcome the long-awaited return to the stage for Lyttelton based Marlon Williams.

Over an extensive tour of Aotearoa, audiences will be treated to a very different show from Marlon – a full solo performance unearthing some early material, beloved album songs and an introduction to some sparkling new works. This will be Marlon’s first solo tour in over six years.

Taking in cities between Auckland and Invercargill, An Evening with Marlon Williams is an upfront and personal tour visiting cosier venues than before and giving guests the experience of a more intimate Marlon.

Win 1 double pass ticket to an evening experience with Marlon Williams *cities out of Auckland. Simply LIKE or THANK this post to be in the draw . T&Cs apply.

All tour details at www.marlonwilliams.co.nz...
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8 days ago

Favourite summer holiday spots

Lorna Thornber Reporter from Stuff Travel

Hi everyone,
We'd be keen to hear about your favourite summer holiday spots in NZ. Is there somewhere you keep returning to year after year and, if so, what are the main attractions? What makes it such a stand-out spot? Any tips you may be able to offer on the best things to see and do there… View more
Hi everyone,
We'd be keen to hear about your favourite summer holiday spots in NZ. Is there somewhere you keep returning to year after year and, if so, what are the main attractions? What makes it such a stand-out spot? Any tips you may be able to offer on the best things to see and do there - as well as the best places to grab a drink or bite to eat - would be much appreciated. Please put 'NFP' (not for publication) in your comment if you don't want it to appear in a travel article. Thanks again.

6 days ago

'small works' Art Exhibition

Jo from Opotiki District

Opening tomorrow: Sat 28 November at 11am; 'small works ' exhibition at the Opotiki Arts Hall, 13 King St, Opotiki. The exhibition will run until 5 Dec. This is a perfect opportunity to support local artists and buy a unique gift for Christmas as all works are small & designed to be … View moreOpening tomorrow: Sat 28 November at 11am; 'small works ' exhibition at the Opotiki Arts Hall, 13 King St, Opotiki. The exhibition will run until 5 Dec. This is a perfect opportunity to support local artists and buy a unique gift for Christmas as all works are small & designed to be 'cash and carry.' Prints, paintings, textiles, ceramics, jewellery, 3D work is amongst the media to be featured. Hope to see you there!

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