About Us

Towncentre Taupo represents the interests of every business in Taupo's central business district. All such businesses, as defined by Taupo District Council, are, by default, members of TCT. Our primary aim is to promote the development of Taupo's town centre as a safe and vibrant community balancing social, environmental and economic needs while retaining its unique identity.

Towncentre Taupō (TCT) became an incorporated society in 2005.  It is funded by a special annual rate or a levy which is paid by members through rates to Taupō District Council.  This rate is returned to TCT to cover expenses, business development and promotion initiatives within the town centre.

 

Executive Board and Management Team

Towncentre Taupo is governed by an elected Executive Board who undertake governance duties for TCT. There is a constitution that provides a framework under which we operate. The Executive Board have a range of duties and obligations they must adhere to and must observe the conflict of interest policy. The board meet on a monthly basis and TCT members are welcome to attend board meetings.

Julie McLeod

Julie McLeod

General Manager
Towncentre Taupo

I chose Taupo as my home over 20 years ago and feel privileged to live, work and play here. My mission is to protect and enhance this boutique, unique town that I absolutely love by delivering on the plan set by the TCT Board each year. It is an absolute pleasure to work with such an energetic and motivated Board.

Alice Thompson

Alice Thompson

Project Coordinator
Towncentre Taupo

I have many happy childhood memories of holidays in Taupo, and after years away living in different size towns all over the world, I was thrilled when we moved here 5 years ago. In that time I have fallen more in love with Taupo and its surrounding areas. I feel so lucky to now work with TCT and its board, who all love Taupo and want to work towards preserving and enhancing this really special place. #LOVETAUPO!

Chris Johnston

Chris Johnston

Vice chairman & treasurer
Replete Cafe

I have been actively involved with Replete Café & Store for the past 29 years. I was a founding board member of TCT, and believe the heart of all great communities is a vibrant CBD. My passion has seen me strongly advocate for the enhancement and sustainability of the Taupo town centre.

Ben Westerman

Ben Westerman

Chairman
Westerman Property Solutions

I was born and bred in Taupo and have always called it home. With real estate in my blood, I returned to Taupo in 2006 to join the family firm at Westerman Property Solutions, a company operating in Taupo for over 50 years. I have been part of the Towncentre Taupo board since 2014 and am passionate about driving business and industry to Taupo.

Eileen Byrne

Eileen Byrne

Taupo McDonald's Restaurant

I came to Taupo in 2000 when my husband Des and myself purchased the McDonald's Restaurant here. I love Taupo with a passion and firmly believe that Taupo is one of the most beautiful places in the world.

I was on the first TCT board for a number of years and am really pleased to be back 'on board' again alongside an equally passionate and diverse working group who hold the same cornerstone values and ideals for the wellbeing and vibrancy of our township and community. I believe it is important to give back to this town what it gives to me.

Hadleigh van den Engel

Hadleigh van den Engel

Ebbett Taupo

Taupo is such a diverse and exciting place to live, and I have a passion for outdoor activities such as mountain biking, snowboarding, skiing and water sports. Could there be anywhere better to combine all these activities at my doorstep, all while being a safe environment to raise a family?

Having the ability to encourage change and invest time into making my town more progressive and a complete destination is an opportunity created by volunteering for Towncentre Taupo, and I can’t see myself living anywhere else! The TCT Board is a forward thinking group of people that can benefit all business in Taupo, hopefully, including my own.

Stephen Payne

Stephen Payne

Office Products Depot

I am passionate about Taupo as a destination to live, work and play. I love to show off what we have in this great region which revolves around a strong town centre. I was previously on the Board for 7 years and have returned as I believe we need to work together with all interested parties to continue creating a vibrant and thriving town centre.

Sue Shaw

Sue Shaw

Spacecraft

Myself and my business partner Jo run Spacecraft boutique store, offering unique products that make you and the planet happy. Like all good New Zealand ideas Spacecraft was born in a shed in 2014. The business has sky-rocketed since then and in October 2020 we moved into our bigger, lighter store on the corner of Te Heuheu & Ruapehu Sts.

I am passionate about sustainability, supporting social enterprise and fostering creativity. I am very proud of our cool little town and love being able to give something back to the community. I am excited to be working with this forward-thinking group of business owners.

The Source Taupo

Ken Harris

We opened The Source Taupo as a way to improve not only our own healthy eating, but also our ecological footprint. And we want to give more people a chance to do the same. At The Source, we try to keep it simple with a ‘get back to basics’ theme throughout the store and throughout what we do. We also know that to be part of the community of Taupo, we need to give back as much as we have been given, so we support as many community and environmental initiatives as we can.

I was honoured to be asked to be part of the Towncentre Taupo Board. I am such a rookie at business ownership and thought it would be a great opportunity to learn from seasoned professionals.  They think about things in a way that ensures the health of the business and takes advantage of opportunities. And in the case of the TCT board, how to think about things in a way that ensures the health of the town centre for generations to come. We have a great CBD, but it’s important to keep adapting to changing times and I’d love to be part of our continued improvement.

M21 Meats

Jake Morice

I am the owner and operator of M21 Meats, a family run business that prides itself in providing quality meat at competitive prices. We offer a personable service and love giving meat advice!

I am passionate about supporting local businesses and community groups – you will often find it is our sausages on the bbq at fundraising sausage sizzles! I am excited to be involved with Towncentre Taupo and see this great little town thrive.

Scott Forsythe

Scott Forsythe

Baked with love and Taupo Distilling Co.

Originally from Palmerston North, I spent 14 years in the RNZAF before settling in Auckland. I moved to Taupō in 2013 with my wife Kim for a better lifestyle to bring up our young family.  I am passionate about food, gin, art and hospitality. With a keen eye for detail and spotting opportunities, I am looking forward to leaving a positive mark on my adopted town.