THUMBS UP & DOWN
■ 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.
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