Taupo & Turangi Weekender - - News -

■ Thumbs up to the Taupō Ori­en­teer­ing Club for their gen­eros­ity and sup­port for Waipahihi School’s ac­tiv­i­ties week at Owen De­lany Park. Your help was much ap­pre­ci­ated and the chil­dren had a fan­tas­tic time!

■ Thumbs up to a great team at Cen­tral Plateau Cy­cles. There are some truly kind, friendly and help­ful busi­nesses in Taupo¯ and this is one of them. Thanks for your cheer­ful fab­u­lous ser­vice and su­per price.

■ Thumbs up to a very po­lite, well-man­nered group of teenagers from Hast­ings Col­lege who were swim­ming in the AC Baths last Tues­day. Shared their space for over an hour and heard not one swear word from them, just laugh­ter and fun.

■ Thumbs up to the great lo­ca­tion of the #LoveTaupo¯ let­ter­ing. The team that worked hard on this did a fab­u­lous job, looks great!

■ Thumbs up to Aaron at Bun­nings for his out­stand­ing cus­tomer ser­vice, al­ways go­ing the ex­tra mile. You are a valu­able as­set to the com­pany.

■ Thumbs up to Lake Taupo¯ Ro­tary Club for host­ing a won­der­ful af­ter­noon tea for some se­niors. It was just per­fect and ev­ery­one was so friendly and wel­com­ing. Such an ar­ray of de­li­cious home­made good­ies, the ta­bles were groan­ing. Thank you so much Ro­tary.

■ Thumbs up to Amy at Bed, Bath and Be­yond. She really did go above and be­yond with her amaz­ing cus­tomer ser­vice. Thank you Amy, you are a credit to the team.

■ Thumbs up to Si­mon and Tracey May for vol­un­teer­ing their time, do­nat­ing the truck for the chil­dren to ride on and help­ing out Free­dom Dance in the Christ­mas pa­rade.

■ Thumbs up to Alexa-Rae Cald­well and Jordie Van Leeuwen for tak­ing an in­ter­na­tional stu­dent un­der their wing and show­ing him around Taupo¯.

■ Thumbs up to the bril­liant dis­play of rac­ing out at the Suzuki Se­ries at Bruce McLaren Mo­tor­sport Park last week­end. Thumbs up to all the riders com­pet­ing es­pe­cially our lo­cal skil­ful riders who gave it their all on the track. Thumbs down though to the lo­cal me­dia, or who­ever in the ad­ver­tis­ing com­mu­nity that should be mak­ing sure such a fan­tas­tic event is well ad­ver­tised. If it hadn’t been for a lo­cal spon­sor and rider com­pet­ing in this event, I would never have known about it. I am no petrol head, but this was ex­cit­ing to watch. Maybe next time the rest of you will hear about it too.

■ Thumbs down to the per­son who re­moved my hel­met from my dis­abil­ity scooter three weeks ago. I would like it back. And thumbs down to the young woman who dam­aged my po­lar cruiser com­ing out of the doc­tors’ drive­way in July. I have a loan of a dis­abil­ity scooter but I want my po­lar cruiser dam­age re­paired and the cost is $3900.

■ Thumbs down to the peo­ple who dump their stuff out­side op shops when they are closed. I drove past one on Sun­day morn­ing only to see a mas­sive rub­bish tip out­side a shop, with two peo­ple scaveng­ing through it. What an eye sore for vis­i­tors to the town and neigh­bour­ing busi­nesses.

■ Thumbs down to coun­cil. We have a fan­tas­tic li­brary and Info Cen­tre both work­ing well and in ex­cel­lent con­di­tion with good park­ing. What on earth is it think­ing, fix­ing ‘what ain’t broke’. More im­por­tant and ur­gent is road­ing, es­pe­cially Nor­man Smith St ma­jor back­logs which lights can’t fix. ■ Thumbs down to the char­ity shops who don’t or­gan­ise some­one to clear dona­tions left out­side shops that are then pil­fered by peo­ple too mean to spend a dol­lar or two, but quite hap­pily steal and leave a big mess be­hind.

■ Do you have a bou­quet or a brick­bat? Email your thumbs up/ thumbs down to us at [email protected]­, text us on 021 241 4568 (in­sert the code TW at the start of your text mes­sage) or drop them into our of­fice in Waipapa House, Paora Hapi St, Taupo. Thumbs up/ thumbs down may be edited or abridged. Per­sonal at­tacks that re­fer to eas­ily-iden­ti­fi­able peo­ple or groups won’t be pub­lished.

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