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Huge garden and native nursery to provide free food and jobs
An ambitious project to grow fresh food for the community is under way in Taupō.
Bring the noise: Car stereo contest so loud it 'irritates the kidneys'
Car stereo lovers are taking their passion to a newer, noisier level.
Future of popular Lake Taupō reserve to be reviewed by council and iwi
A popular Lake Taupō camping spot is being reviewed to reflect its significance to iwi.
SH1 to close on two days for truck removal, 53km added to journey
SH1 south of Taupō will close yet again for a truck to be removed from Bulli Pt.
Lots of roadworks planned for Waikato highways over the next month
Waikato's roads have been under the weather lately, delaying some works.
Fire fighters set social media ablaze with hilarious videos
Tūrangi's firefighters have become TikTok stars.
Winston Peters confident of National-Act-NZ First arrangement
Winston Peters says he can work with anyone - except Labour.
Huge tracts of land retired, fenced or planted to protect Waikato rivers
Massive private and council efforts have gone into protecting Waikato waterways.
Tokoroa ram raids leave business owners frustrated
A Tokoroa service station owner had a rude awakening this morning thanks to ram raiders.
'Huge opportunities': Major milestone connects business park to highway
A massive new industrial park near Te Puke has made a $60 million leap forward.
Kmart introduces robots to its NZ stores, opens huge new facility
Robots are coming to a Kmart store near you.
Early intervention could prevent up to 80 per cent of eye health problems
A Taupō woman is urging people to get their eyes checked.
'Better than cocaine', say all-seasons lake dippers
Swimmers love nothing better than a refreshing plunge in the coolest months.
Supercars set to supercharge Central North Island tourism
Supercars are coming to Taupō providing a big boost to the central North Island economy.
Plan highlights ongoing impacts of Coromandel storms
Thames Coromandel District Council has finalised its disaster recovery plan.
Heavy snow dump has Ruapehu skifield operators smiling
Skifield workers are swimming in metres of snow on Mt Ruapehu.
All Black stars unveil the ‘bench for 5 million’ in Reporoa
The All Blacks have named an extended squad of 5 million people for the Rugby World Cup.
Native trees face chop due to flight path concerns
An aerial battle between humans and trees is likely to see botanic garden trees chopped.
'Several processes at play': Taupō volcano alert changes again
The Volcanic Alert Level was raised to 1 in September.
Rescue spurs $37k in fundraising from grateful mother
Wai Johnson's son was rescued five years ago and she's been paying it back in spades.
Small town banking trial sunk due to lack of a suitable building
A banking hub trial in Tūrangi has ended before it began.
Sheep and beef farmer clinches top beer award with perfect pilsner
A farmer forced to rethink his business has brewed up the best beer in NZ.
NZ’s oldest man dies two days after his 107th birthday
NZ's oldest man Jack Coe marked his 107th birthday last week and died a few days later.
Five youths arrested after Taupō jewellery store incident
Youths have been taken into custody following an incident at a Taupō jewellery store.
The big reset: Key issues laid bare in tourism plan
Taupō plan highlights need for hotels, highways, museum and more.
First new state houses in 40 years to take pressure off
Regional director for Kāinga Ora said it was exciting to see work starting.
Cyclone recovery: PM says it might be best to 'give up' on some roads
Some roads, like State Highway 25A, just shouldn't be there, says Chris Hipkins.
PM attends sculpture unveiling in Taupō's new town centre
Taupō people are celebrating the completion of a $25m upgrade of the town centre.
'Scariest moment of my life': Rescuers brave falling trees to carry injured woman to safety
"At one point she looked at me and said ‘I can’t feel my legs’."
‘Trees coming down all over the place’: Woman suffers serious spinal injuries as tree crushes car
A woman is in a serious condition after the car she was driving was hit by a falling tree.
'Utter devastation' of forestry areas hampers power companies
Thousands of people will have to make do without power in southern Lake Taupō communities.
Public warning: Estimated 20m of foreshore drops into Lake Taupō after quake
Large chunk of land has been lost to tsunami or quake damage at a Taupō beach.
Quake tsunami destroys boats on Lake Taupō: 150 aftershocks rock North Island after 5.6 tremor
The quake and scores of aftershocks made for a sleepless night and left a trail of damage.