Locals says Tūrangi is in desperate need of an upgrade. The Taupō District Council says it's listening and taking action. LAURILEE McMICHAEL went there to see for herself.

When former academic Doug Stevens moved to Tūrangi 18 months ago to work full time on his website nzfishing.com, he says he was shocked at the state of the town.

Disintegrating kerbs, broken fences and crumbling and outdated sports facilities all contrasted unfavourably with those of his previous home, the upmarket Wellington suburb of Khandallah.

But Stevens chose to settle in Tūrangi because he says being able to fish the Tongariro River

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