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Turangi locals make a clean sweep

Two years ago Turangi locals Betty Larsen and Rachele Da Ros-Tiopira spotted a business

opportunity. “I’d been working in real estate and could see there was a lot of growth

happening in the holiday home market. House sales were increasing and many of the buyers

were from out of town” says Rachele. A local cleaning business was up for sale, and Betty

and Rachele could see the possibilities. “With the arrival of companies like Airbnb and Book

a Bach, Home Away just a few to mention, we were pretty confident more and more people

would be looking for house cleaning services that were based in the area” says Rachele.

Betty and Rachele were right. Since buying Turangi Cleaning they have increased their

employee numbers from five to fifteen. After several requests from clients they’ve also

added a lawnmowing, gardening, and water blasting service to the business. Each day is

different for the pair, with enquiries, referrals and regular cleaning jobs bringing in plenty of

work. “Along with holiday homes, we also manage almost all the commercial cleaning jobs

in the local area. We cover the southern end of Lake Taupō and work right up to Kurutau

and Omori and Pukawa. There’s always plenty to do” says Rachele.

Betty and Rachele love living and working in Turangi. “People here are real. We work as a

community to help each other out and do our best to use local companies whenever we

can. We have all the essential business services and a good internet connection for anything

online. It’s a great location too – half way between Auckland and Wellington and

surrounded by some pretty amazing scenery” says Rachele. “It’s an adventure playground

for everyone”.

Their advice for those thinking of making the move to Turangi and start a business? “Go for

it! There is so much potential here. The business community is really welcoming and

supportive - we’ll be right behind you each step of the way” says Rachele.



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