57 days ago

What do you think of these new camping AI cameras?

Nicola Brennan-Tupara Reporter from Taupō Times

Hi neighbours,
Hipapatua Reserve (Reid's Farm) is to be included in an expanded pilot for Artificial Intelligence (AI) solar-powered cameras, announced this week by Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis.
Images from the cameras allow campers to see in real-time on the CamperMate app whether the campsite has space.
So what do you think of this idea?

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18 hours ago

Mayor calls for investigation into more options at Napier Road/Kiddle Drive/Arrowsmith Avenue intersection

Steph Rangi Reporter from Taupō Times

Mayor David Trewavas will be asking councillors to support an urgent investigation into more options to manage traffic flow at the Napier Road/Kiddle Drive/Arrowsmith Avenue intersection.

*What are other options that could be considered for the intersection?

- Type NFP if you do not want your comment to be considered for publication.

1 day ago

Taupō district now smoke and vape free

Darren Petry from Taupo District Council

Taupō is now a smoke and vape free district, under the new Taupō District Council Smokefree Action Plan.

The plan supports the Government’s goal for New Zealand to become a smokefree country by 2025 and covers public places across the district, including the lakefront, that will now be smoke and vape free.

“Encouraging our community to be smoke and vape free helps support the health and wellbeing of our families and whanau,” said councillor John Williamson who holds the environment portfolio alongside councillor John Mack.

“We know the lakefront is an important part of who we are here in Taupō and we really wanted to ensure this was included in the plan and it will also mean we are looking after our lake by reducing litter and butts.

“By creating these smoke and vape free environments across our district we are setting the best example for our children and de-normalising smoking. Evidence shows that doing this reduces the likelihood of smoking later in life,” added councillor John Mack.

“We’re also encouraging any cafes with outdoor dining to come on board and encourage their diners to be smoke and vape free too,” he said.

The areas across the district that are smoke and vape free are:

CBD / Civic Spaces
Reserves and Parks, including lakefront reserves and beaches
Sports Grounds
Outdoor Dining
Events - events on Council property, and funded or supported by Council
Council Buildings
Bus stops and shelters
Social Housing

There will be signage in place where areas are smoke and vape free and while not a by-law, the plan aims to use education and awareness to reduce smoking and vaping.

Pictured (left to right): Environmental Ranger Shannon Hanson, Councillor John Mack, Councillor John Williamson with the signage that is about to be put in place across the district.

1 day ago

Poll: Do you agree with Taupō becoming Vape Free?

Steph Rangi Reporter from Taupō Times

In an effort to help achieve the Government's goal of a Smoke-Free NZ by 2025, Taupō District Council has made Taupō a smoke AND vape free district.

* Do you agree with Council's decision on making Taupō vape free?

Do you agree with Taupō becoming Vape Free?
  • 75.7% Yes
    75.7% Complete
  • 24.3% No
    24.3% Complete
37 votes