Today is the beginning of our nationwide lockdown, so Operatunity is marking it with some music!
They plan to do it as often as they can through-out the four weeks, given they can't get out and about in the community.
They've rallied all the Operatunity artists to produce their own virtual concerts. Some footage is from their archives, some shot on phones and some was recorded before the lockdown.
There will be a variety of songs, singers and musicians over the next few weeks.
So if you want to check out today's one, head along to the link below.
The Government has thrown $124 million at reducing the country’s growing waste pile, but not everyone agrees that’s enough.
Local Government NZ says the funding should be matched with a “strategic waste plan”, with the goal for New Zealand to be able to process its own waste onshore.
In the last decade, the amount of waste at council landfills has increased by 48 per cent.
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17.1% Yes, more money and time is better spent elsewhere17.1% Complete
82.9% No, NZ's waste and recycling system needs more focus82.9% Complete
Next year’s Volcanic Rumble - Taupō’s homegrown transport festival - will be moving to February.
Organiser Marin Leusink said it would likely run late in the month with dates yet to be finalised.
“It will be the same format, a celebration of all types of vehicles and we’re looking forward to putting in place what we learned from last year - that people are very busy in the lead up to Christmas, but also to condense it and simplify the event.”
A highlight was the approximately 200 different vehicles on the Tongariro Domain on the weekend of the Christmas Parade.
Leusink and trustees Terry Kirkham, Craig Newman and volunteer Ray Ricks handed over the $5000 raised from December’s event to Shawn Vennell of Greening Taupō on Tuesday (July14) which Leusink thought was a solid community based objective.
An earlier thought had been to put the funds towards a pedestrian bridge to cross Tongariro Street.
Taupō Hospice was the other charity the Volcanic Rumble Trust supported with its Joy Rumbling - jaunts around town in a classic vehicle for children in difficult circumstances.
Leusink thanked local businesses for their support including major sponsor Malcolm Flowers Insurance and supporters like the Taupō District Council.
Craig Newman, Terry Kirkham, Malcolm Flowers, Kevin Taylor, Taupō Mayor David Trewavas and Ray Ricks with (in front) Marin Leusink and Shawn Vennell.
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