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Taupo Times - - MUM’S HEALTH BATTLE TO KICK OFF WORLD FISHING DAY - Daniel Hutchin­son

The Taupo¯ District Coun­cil’s eco­nomic strat­egy re­port re­leased this week has a re­fresh­ingly op­ti­mistic feel about it.

I think every town needs big am­bi­tions. Given the new Govern­ment has a bil­lion dol­lars stashed away for these sorts of projects, then why not grab the op­por­tu­nity while it’s there.

Our tiny air­port prob­a­bly sums up what I mean by am­bi­tion. When you com­pare it with what the other big tourist town by a lake [Queen­stown], it’s a bit of a gig­gle re­ally. Imag­ine di­rect flights from Taupo¯ to Syd­ney.

In­ver­cargill man­aged to build it­self an in­ter­na­tional air­port. The the­ory be­ing ‘if you build it, they will come’.

They al­ready come to Taupo¯ on their trav­els - why not make it the first stop and the main event?

Taupo¯ has al­ready out­grown its small town sta­tus. The trick is to main­tain the growth through key projects, while also pro­tect­ing the very things that make the place spe­cial.

We don’t want an econ­omy fo­cused solely on tourism and we are for­tu­nate to have other ma­jor in­dus­tries that will also ben­e­fit from a boost Gen­eral in­quiries: 07 378 9060, Editor: Daniel Hutchin­son, 027 809 6854, daniel.hutchin­son@stuff.co.nz, News: Steph Rangi, 027 204 2914, steph.rangi@stuff.co.nz, Robert Steven, 027 204 2904, robert.steven@stuff.co.nz, Ta­mara Thorn, 027 564 7168, ta­mara.thorn@stuff.co.nz Se­nior Sales: Graeme Golds­brough, 027 204 2906, graeme.golds­brough@stuff.co.nz, Clas­si­fied ad’s: Lynne Webb 07 378 9060, lynne.webb@stuff.co.nz, Postal: PO Box 205, Taupo. De­liv­er­ies: Dave McEwen 07 378 9060, cir­cu­la­tion@waika­to­times.co.nz, fixmy­de­liv­ery.co.nz

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