Waipunga, Taupo

2 hours ago

Humanely dealing with pests this winter.

Kylie Klein Nixon Reporter from Homed

Have you ever had a pest problem? I used to have a pet rat. They are smart, affectionate, clever little things. I'd never want to cause one unnecessary pain or suffering, which is why we've chosen to manage pests in our home with traps. It's not ideal, but it's better - and … View moreHave you ever had a pest problem? I used to have a pet rat. They are smart, affectionate, clever little things. I'd never want to cause one unnecessary pain or suffering, which is why we've chosen to manage pests in our home with traps. It's not ideal, but it's better - and safer - than poison. I've done a little research on humane, effective vermin control during the wet months, when they like to come in from the cold. Take a look:

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2 days ago

Things that surprise Kiwis returning to NZ

Lorna Thornber Reporter from Stuff Travel

Hi everyone,
I'm working on a travel story for Stuff about the things that have surprised returning Kiwis about New Zealand. If you have recently returned from overseas or know someone who has, it would be great to hear about the things that have stood out for you, for better or for worse. … View more
Hi everyone,
I'm working on a travel story for Stuff about the things that have surprised returning Kiwis about New Zealand. If you have recently returned from overseas or know someone who has, it would be great to hear about the things that have stood out for you, for better or for worse. Whether it's to do with the weather, the cost of things, the public transport, the food, the housing, the people or something else entirely, we'd be keen to hear about it. Please remember that your comment may be included in the article, unless you say you don't want it to be. Thank you.

1 day ago

Waikato competition goes in search of the best cheese toastie

Stacey Reporter from Stuff

Hi Waikato,

Would you pay $40 for a cheese toastie?

You might do if it came with a lobster tail sat between a golden Volare brioche, buffalo mozzarella, crayfish oil and crispy Vandy bacon crumbs.

The dish is just one of many over 30 Waikato's chefs have let their creative minds run wild … View more
Hi Waikato,

Would you pay $40 for a cheese toastie?

You might do if it came with a lobster tail sat between a golden Volare brioche, buffalo mozzarella, crayfish oil and crispy Vandy bacon crumbs.

The dish is just one of many over 30 Waikato's chefs have let their creative minds run wild for during this year's Meyer Cheese Melt Challenge.

The competition, which sees a reimagining of the classic cheese toastie, is back for its second year and the entries are crazier than ever.

To read more about other toastie creations at this year's competition, click here

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6 hours ago

Your dog might be older (in human years) than you realise

Stacey Reporter from Stuff

Hi neighbours,

Think you know how old your dog is? Think again.

Multiplying by seven isn't accurate, a new study says. Researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine and other leading health institutions across the country have now debunked that common belief.

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Hi neighbours,

Think you know how old your dog is? Think again.

Multiplying by seven isn't accurate, a new study says. Researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine and other leading health institutions across the country have now debunked that common belief.

According to their findings, a one-year-old dog is similar to a 31-year-old human.

To read about the how to calculate our dog's age, click here

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2 days ago

Hot air ballooning in Queenstown

Trupti Biradar Reporter from Stuff Travel

One of the most scenic hot air balloon flights in the world - among the mountains in Queenstown - has slashed prices by a third to attract Kiwi travellers. Click the link below to read more.

1 day ago

KCRFU announce new chairman

Chris Marshall Reporter from Taupō Times

Ron Thomassen has been announced as the new chairman of the King Country Rugby Union.
He replaces outgoing chairman Ivan Haines who will remain on the union’s board.
Thomassen, who runs Thomassen Logging Ltd, has been active in the local rugby and business community for many years, said KCRFU … View more
Ron Thomassen has been announced as the new chairman of the King Country Rugby Union.
He replaces outgoing chairman Ivan Haines who will remain on the union’s board.
Thomassen, who runs Thomassen Logging Ltd, has been active in the local rugby and business community for many years, said KCRFU rugby manager Josh Standen.

“Ron has sat on numerous other boards and committees in the wider Taupō area through this time and has been on the KCRFU board for the past five years.”

Thomassen played rugby in his day in Putaruru, said Standen, and his son, Ben is currently pursuing rugby in Canterbury.

The union was still on the hunt for a new general manager, he said, at a presentation of two new Hilux SR Prerunners at Taupō Toyota on Friday (July 10) morning.

The vehicles, purchased by the union and serviced free by the business, would allow him and operations manager Kurt McQuilkin to get around the area they had to cover, including the union’s significant rural heartland.

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1 day ago

August Midday Concert

Chris Marshall Reporter from Taupō Times

The Midday Concert on Friday, August 7 features a mix of performances on piano, voice, flute, violin and cello by students from Waikato University.
The concerts, on the first Friday of every month at St Andrew's Church on Titiraupenga Street are open to anyone to attend.
The entry fee for the … View more
The Midday Concert on Friday, August 7 features a mix of performances on piano, voice, flute, violin and cello by students from Waikato University.
The concerts, on the first Friday of every month at St Andrew's Church on Titiraupenga Street are open to anyone to attend.
The entry fee for the August concert is $7 (cash only).
For more information contact Elizabeth Marshall (3789296), Tracey Lidington (0272409228) or check the midday concert facebook page for details.

6 days ago

Poll: Should Kiwis be entitled to more sick leave?

The Team Reporter from Stuff

With Covid-19 still a very real risk, people who are unwell are told to stay home, and to keep any sickly kids home too - but what if you don't have any more sick leave owing?

Most Kiwis are entitled to five days of sick leave a year, but some - often those in lower paid jobs - get less.

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With Covid-19 still a very real risk, people who are unwell are told to stay home, and to keep any sickly kids home too - but what if you don't have any more sick leave owing?

Most Kiwis are entitled to five days of sick leave a year, but some - often those in lower paid jobs - get less.

New Zealand’s minimum sick leave allowance is one of the lowest in the OECD. In Australia they get 10 days, in most European countries it’s even more.

Should Kiwis be entitled to more sick leave?

To read more, click here.

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Should Kiwis be entitled to more sick leave?
  • 59.7% Yes, five days is not enough
    59.7% Complete
  • 14.3% No, I never use mine up anyway
    14.3% Complete
  • 26% Entitlement should be assessed on a case-by-case basis
    26% Complete
5626 votes
A
2 days ago

What's On: F&B AGM: Lake Water Quality

Anthea from Taupo Central

Forest&Bird AGM with presentation by Bill Vant (Waikato Regional Council) regarding land use and water quality changes in the Taupō catchment. All welcome, light supper, $5
F&B AGM: Lake Water Quality
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3 days ago

Paint it red with Resene for Red Nose Day!

Resene

Buy any red testpot from your local Resene owned ColorShop between 13-31 July 2020 and Resene will donate $1 to CureKids Red Nose Day!

The more red testpots you buy, the more will be donated! Offer applies to all retail purchases of Resene red testpots (excludes metallics and wood stains).

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Buy any red testpot from your local Resene owned ColorShop between 13-31 July 2020 and Resene will donate $1 to CureKids Red Nose Day!

The more red testpots you buy, the more will be donated! Offer applies to all retail purchases of Resene red testpots (excludes metallics and wood stains).

Help us make a difference to the health of kiwi children.
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3 days ago

Tilly’s kindness to animals

AMI Insurance

Tilly says kindness is when the community gets behind giving animals a second chance at life. To read more kindness stores visit our AMI Hub. Learn more

5 days ago

Dunedin's coast: NZ's little slice of "Bali" is full of wildlife

Trupti Biradar Reporter from Stuff Travel

With sweeping beaches, hidden caves, seals, penguins and albatross - we think this must be the most underrated stretch of New Zealand. Have you been? Read more on the link below.

4 days ago

Subscribe to Sunday Star Times

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