27 days ago

Volcanic Rumble moves to February 2021

Chris Marshall Reporter from Taupō Times

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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3 hours ago

Invitation to Friendly Forum with Hon Louise Upston MP - 14 August in Tokoroa

Louise Upston from Louise Upston MP

I’m inviting you to a Friendly Forum and seeking your views

It is a privilege to represent you in Parliament, and as your local MP I am always keen to hear your views and ideas.

As you may know I regularly host Friendly Forums in Tokoroa and other parts of the electorate. This provides me with an opportunity to meet with you face to face, to hear your thoughts and concerns, and to share information on matters of interest. Following the recent restrictions of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, I am particularly keen to catch up with you and to hear how you have been faring during these extraordinary and difficult times.

I would like to personally invite you to my next forum in Tokoroa.

Date: Friday 14 August 2020
Time: 10.00am – 11.30am
Venue: Te Rakaunui Room, Community Link, 8 - 10 Torphin Crescent, Tokoroa
RSVP: Angie Hendricks on (07) 886 5554 or upston.sthwaikato@parliament.govt.nz

Please note that due to COVID-19 restrictions, the venue only allows a maximum of 15 attendees so RSVPs are essential to avoid disappointment.

I have also enclosed a survey for you to complete and return so that I can better understand what is important to you, and can best represent you in Parliament. Your opinions are important to me.

I hope you can make it along to the Friendly Forum and look forward to seeing you.


Louise Upston
Member of Parliament for Taupō

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4 hours ago

What moving to level 2 means for the rest of NZ

The Team Reporter from Stuff

Hi neighbours,

On Tuesday night, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced there were four new Covid-19 cases in the community.

Auckland moved into level 3 at midday on Wednesday, and the rest of the country into level 2.

Kiwis outside of Auckland can still continue to go to work and school, with physical distancing, and are advised to wear masks in public.

Businesses can open to the public if they are following public health guidance, which includes physical distancing and record keeping.

In terms of gatherings, New Zealanders must not travel to events with more than 100 people. This includes weddings, birthdays, funerals and tangihanga.

The Government advises all Kiwis to practise good hygiene and stay home if sick.

For more information on what the different alert levels mean for you, click here.

4 hours ago

What's On: Meet the election candidates

Peter from South Waikato District

All welcome at Grey Power meeting where candidates are invited to answer questions from GP members. Afternoon tea to follow, when you'll be able to chat with candidates.
Meet the election candidates
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