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The is­sue on to­day’s front page is an in­ter­est­ing one for Tau­marunui.

Should the town’s ratepay­ers be fork­ing out for a mar­ket­ing cam­paign that ex­cludes them?

Vis­i­tors are ac­tively en­cour­aged to ‘visit Taupo¯ ’, rather than travel the slightly shorter route, via Tau­marunui.

The ar­gu­ment is, of course, that re­gions are a bit like shop­ping malls when it comes to tourism. Tourists will be much more likely to visit an area if there is lots of dif­fer­ent things to do. They don’t care about re­gional bound­aries.

Tau­marunui could def­i­nitely use a de­cent ho­tel but other than that, it al­ready has all the in­gre­di­ents of a tourist des­ti­na­tion.

You won’t find a more Kiwi town any­where. It is steeped in Ma¯ ori his­tory and a his­tory of rail and river. Its farm­ing-based econ­omy is still go­ing strong. It is friendly and in­ex­pen­sive and the food and cof­fee is great.

A mu­seum in the old rail­way build­ing will do won­ders. A rea­son to drop by is all any­one needs. Gen­eral in­quiries: 07 895 5841, Ed­i­tor: Daniel Hutchin­son, 027 809 6854 or email: daniel.hutchin­son@fair­fax­me­, News: re­porter Frances Fer­gu­son: 027 520 7376 or frances.fer­gu­son@fair­fax­me­, Clas­si­fied Ad­ver­tis­ing: 0800 800 373 or 07 895 5841, Dis­play and non-clas­si­fied ad­ver­tis­ing: 027 497 9416, Me­dia sales con­sul­tant: Alice Cut­ler, 027 497 9416 alice.cut­ler@fair­fax­me­, Missed de­liv­er­ies: 0800 339 000 or fixmy­de­liv­, FACE­BOOK: face­­ape­hu­press WEB­SITE: ru­ape­hu­ Postal ad­dress: PO Box 205, Taupo

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