Taupo¯ Mar­ket still in limbo

Taupo & Turangi Weekender - - News - Rachel Can­ning

It has been more than 15 months, and still the Taupo¯ Mar­ket is un­sure if it is stay­ing at River­side Park, Re­doubt St or mov­ing to the Northcroft Do­main.

Mar­ket own­ers Monika and Her­mann Geis­ter say the un­cer­tainty is pre­vent­ing in­vest­ment. Monika says the cur­rent lo­ca­tion works well in win­ter with fewer vis­i­tors and ven­dors. But Taupo¯ District Coun­cil broached the idea of the mar­ket mov­ing due to over­crowd­ing in the sum­mer, with over 100 stall hold­ers. An ad­di­tional is­sue is the ven­dors’ loss over two week­ends in sum­mer, when the mar­ket re­lo­cates to ac­com­mo­date the Taupo¯ Sum­mer Con­cert.

“Our stall own­ers are busi­ness peo­ple and while we are wait­ing they are be­ing en­ticed by other mar­kets around the Cen­tral North Is­land,” says Monika. Monika says that ap­prox­i­mately 50 per­cent of the stall own­ers live in Taupo¯ and while there is tremen­dous sup­port for the Taupo¯ Mar­ket, they are busi­ness peo­ple and if they get the op­por­tu­nity to at­tend a one­off sum­mer mar­ket in an­other town, then they will take it to make con­nec­tions with new cus­tomers.

“The Taupo¯ Mar­ket has es­tab­lished it­self as a favourite mar­ket among the ven­dors, and we don’t want good ven­dors to move to other mar­kets in the sum­mer,” says Monika.

Monika and Her­mann would like the Taupo¯ Mar­ket to be lo­cated on the Northcroft Do­main dur­ing the sum­mer, and shift back to River­side Park in win­ter.

“Mov­ing the mar­ket ac­cord­ing to the sea­sons would give the grass a chance to re­cover, and it is quite a com­mon thing for mar­kets around the world to have two lo­ca­tions.”

The fu­ture lo­ca­tion of the Taupo¯ Mar­ket was dis­cussed at a closed full coun­cil meet­ing on Tues­day last week, with Monika say­ing the coun­cil­lors apol­o­gised for the de­lay mak­ing a de­ci­sion. How­ever she is frus­trated be­cause they gave no in­di­ca­tion of when they would give a re­sponse, and ad­mits that deal­ing with coun­cil is not one of her strengths.

Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive Gareth Green said that a work­ing group has been formed and would be work­ing with the mar­ket own­ers and dis­cussing fu­ture op­tions. Crs John Wil­liamson, Chris­tine Rankin and Rosie Har­vey will be over­see­ing ne­go­ti­a­tions.

Monika says the mar­ket has had a fan­tas­tic win­ter, with mainly sunny Saturdays be­ing great for busi­ness, and she says the coun­cil­lors ac­knowl­edged that the mar­ket adds greatly to the vi­brancy of Taupo¯ as a hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion.

“The mar­ket at­tracts 25,000 to 35,000 vis­i­tors each year, with the po­ten­tial to grow, and the stall hold­ers de­serve some cer­tainty about the fu­ture,” she says.

Photo / Her­mann Geis­ter.

High vis­i­tor num­bers to the Taupo¯ Mar­ket in the sum­mer means the mar­ket has out­grown its cur­rent lo­ca­tion at River­side Park.

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