Jeremy Muir The Gisborne Herald editor

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The $11 billion Mother of all pre-Budget announcements

April 29, 2017 8:44AM

The Mother of all pre-Budget announcements, or smoke, mirrors and catch-up investment? That is the debate forming around news the Government has added $2 billion …

Moving ahead with preparatory work for flood scheme upgrade

April 28, 2017 12:13PM

Preliminary work for the Waipaoa Flood Control Scheme upgrade highlighted an urgent need for 130-150 metres of rock revetment on the city side of the …

Flood control scheme upgrade plans a little clouded for now

April 27, 2017 11:14AM

The council’s No.1 project at the moment, preparations for which are well under way but with several outstanding questions, is the $16 million upgrade of …

Immigration debate likely to heat up towards election time

April 26, 2017 11:58AM

Labour leader Andrew Little has set his party a big challenge if it wins the Treasury benches later this year — to slash immigration by …

Brows furrowed over size of expenditure requirements

April 22, 2017 10:47AM

Pressure is mounting on Gisborne District Council to stay within its maximum rates increase and debt levels after a substantial programme of work was outlined …

Pay equity deal a good one but impacts likely to include negatives

April 21, 2017 11:22AM

The historic deal signed off by the Government this week, which will see big pay increases for 55,000 predominantly female aged care and disability support …

Rail corridor can finally be put to use for the district

March 31, 2017 11:35AM

NEWS KiwiRail has selected Gisborne Railbike Adventures to operate its tourism venture on the Gisborne to Wairoa rail line will finally see this key regional …

ECT should help ensure projects are completed to high standard

April 11, 2017 10:47AM

Last week the council approved budget increases of $3 million for the Navigations Project and $1.5m for the Taruheru walk and cycleway, and it is …

Strike on Syria proportionate, puts North Korea on notice too

April 8, 2017 11:00AM

Global tensions and concerns over an unpredictable US Commander in Chief have ratcheted up since America fired 59 Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian government air …

Excellent to see high-quality navigations options approved

April 7, 2017 12:19PM

Councillors served the region well with their backing of the Navigations Project yesterday.Concerns over much higher costs than budgeted for the inner harbour development project …

Damages claim of $2.3 million against Labour leader outlandish

April 6, 2017 3:42PM

It is strange and sad to see Labour leader Andrew Little in the stand at a multimillion-dollar defamation trial against him, in an election year …

Harbourside projects need to go ahead with further funding

April 5, 2017 12:41PM

Councillors have a lot to chew over regarding the Navigations Project and inner harbour redevelopment, with costs from concept phases coming in well ahead of …

Exciting project requires just $1.45m more local funding

April 4, 2017 11:25AM

It is great to see the Taruheru Cycle and Walkway feasibility study completed and council staff recommending the 4.5km extension of path and boardwalk right …

Likely there will be an inquiry into SAS-led Afghan raid

April 3, 2017 11:58AM

It seems likely that Prime Minister Bill English will this week announce an inquiry into the SAS-led raid in Afghanistan in August 2010 which appears …

Social media responses show good support for rail trail venture

April 1, 2017 11:25AM

While many supporters of reinstating the Gisborne-Wairoa railway for trains will rubbish the rail trail venture that has won the right to use this scenic …

Legalisation of e-cigarettes will save many lives, benefit families

March 30, 2017 10:55AM

After an assault on smoking rates through successive price hikes that is now only producing marginal decreases, and seen many low-income smokers and their households …

Economic confidence falls from nine-year high of December

March 29, 2017 10:58AM

Economic confidence here has retreated from the nine-year high of the final quarter of 2016, with a net 24 percent of Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay …

Fog surrounding Afghan raid could be lifted now with evidence release

March 28, 2017 1:47PM

They talk about the “fog of war”, explaining the uncertainty in situational awareness experienced by participants in military operations. For the New Zealand public, the …

Poll shows bold moves by Maori Party and king are winning support

March 27, 2017 12:25PM

The Maori King’s backing of the Maori Party and its deal with Hone Harawira’s Mana Movement have paid big dividends for the party, which surged …

Good summary of council plans for the year ahead in today’s paper

March 25, 2017 11:33AM

Gisborne District Council is seeking input on its plans for the year ahead, although there will not be formal submissions or hearings for the July …

Allegations over failed raid require independent investigation

March 24, 2017 3:01PM

Corroboration today from an NZ Special Air Service soldier of the most concerning claim in Nicky Hager and Jon Stephenson’s book Hit & Run, that …

Water availability has big impact on production values off our best land

March 22, 2017 11:15AM

A large question mark has hung over the future of land use on the Poverty Bay Flats since a 2012 study found the Makauri Aquifer, …

New study into economic impacts of four scenarios related to aquifer

March 21, 2017 11:12AM

Economic analysis of potential impacts from four scenarios related to the Makauri Aquifer, the key irrigation source for the Poverty Bay Flats, has been extended …

Hotel purchase could lead into major tourism developments

March 17, 2017 11:30AM

New Te Puia Springs Hotel owner Shiu Liu, known as Job, has bought into what could be a major development opportunity for the East Coast …

Blessed with lots of water, now starting to manage it better

March 16, 2017 12:52PM

New Zealand is blessed with a lot of water relative to our population, which has led to us being blasé about how we manage it. …

Future of horticulture here threatened by water shortage

March 15, 2017 1:01PM

Ensuring long-term sustainable water for horticulture is a key strategy in the Tairawhiti Economic Action Plan, and it comes with a dire warning of the …

If action plan is successful we’ll then need a new freight service

March 11, 2017 10:12AM

Asking people to rate the recently-launched Tairawhiti Economic Action Plan in a webpoll was a tough ask but worthwhile because of its importance. The low …

Battle for the Maori electorate seats is going to be a hot one

March 10, 2017 12:41PM

A bare-knuckle battle in the Maori electorate seats between Labour and the Maori Party, newly associated with the Mana Movement and backed forcefully by the …

Study shows new efforts are needed to close gender pay gap

March 8, 2017 11:10AM

Today is International Women’s Day, which this year involves a campaign Be Bold For Change that calls on people to help forge a more inclusive, …

Labour’s new pension pledge risks scheme’s future viability

March 7, 2017 11:33AM

New Zealand’s coming demographic avalanche is a little less daunting today after the Government announced plans to raise the retirement and pension age from 65 …

Time for the public to see plans for Cook Landing Site

March 4, 2017 9:47AM

Our first day’s coverage of news on the launch of the Tairawhiti Economic Action Plan this week omitted an announcement of up to $2 million …

Right to leave rail or coastal shipping question for the future

March 2, 2017 12:47PM

Labour’s Meka Whaitiri makes a good point when she describes the Government’s financial support for elements of the Tairawhiti Economic Action Plan as “attempting redress …

Clear emphasis on action and encouraging capital investment

March 1, 2017 11:32AM

The foreword to the Tairawhiti Economic Action Plan: He Huarahi Hei Whai Oranga says there has been enough “discussion” of economic barriers and issues, and …

Good to see alignment on priorities to boost local economy

February 28, 2017 10:52AM

Central government support for some key planks of the Tairawhiti Economic Action Plan launched today are very welcome.The plan itself was only made public as …

How far will the Government go in backing this region’s growth?

February 25, 2017 10:33AM

The Government will place its stake in the sometimes stony ground of economic development and job creation for this region when several Government Ministers visit …

What’s in a name? Quite a lot, as it turns out

February 24, 2017 10:14AM

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”In this famous line in the play Romeo …

Proposed final asset transfer over a year away, and under review

February 22, 2017 11:09AM

Phase three of the council’s asset transfers to its trading arm Gisborne Holdings Ltd was always going to face opposition because it involves 120 community …

Consultation should include making Tairawhiti ‘official’ too

February 21, 2017 11:16AM

The effort to officially reinstate the original Maori names for this district and city area is one of the most polarising issues we face as …

Great to see Gisborne feature prominently in Labour’s plans

February 17, 2017 11:10AM

Labour has stolen a march on the Government with its announcement today that it will invest up to $20 million to enable the construction of …

Social media feedback should be consumed with a grain of salt

February 16, 2017 11:37AM

The council has started using social media feedback as a means of consultation for some of its operational decisions. While its posts do sometimes attract …

Group should know defensive approach is not helpful in a crisis

February 15, 2017 10:23AM

At Eastland Group’s end-of-year function in 2015, chairman Nelson Cull introduced one of his directors as someone with valuable new experience in crisis management. Mike …

Forestry negatives more acceptable if region captures more value

February 14, 2017 12:25PM

Growing pains of the forest industry in this district were on display in yesterday’s paper, where a report from Tairawhiti Roads to the council noted …

Experts note concerns over greater use of medical cannabis

February 9, 2017 11:15AM

The Government has responded to pressure to relax rules around approval for the use of medical cannabis, following several high-profile cases and a petition late …

Rain hugely welcome but could be too little, too late

February 8, 2017 11:21AM

The sound of gentle rain pattering on roofs and gurgling down drain pipes early this morning was music to the ears of everyone on tank …

New temperature gauge site found to be not worth the cost, effort

February 3, 2017 10:26AM

That old chestnut of moving the district’s temperature gauge from Gisborne Airport to a site less prone to the cooling sea breeze, or creating an …

Trump has support for policies but risks losing it

February 1, 2017 10:43AM

The fact US President Donald Trump is executing his campaign promises in a flurry of executive orders does not mean they should be accepted as …

Councillors shown how rate rises could easily get out of hand

January 28, 2017 10:58AM

The council’s chief executive gave members a reality check on Thursday when she told them necessary infrastructure investment and projects they were discussing could, if …

Sun shining on long weekend here full of action for all tastes

January 27, 2017 11:37AM

A huge long weekend in Gisborne started early today for anglers who headed out of the harbour from 5am to start the three-day Bay Bonanza.About …

Feasibility study for Taruheru cycle and walkway eagerly awaited

January 26, 2017 10:47AM

After public pleas and the Mayor’s intervention, plans for a cycle and walkway along Aberdeen Road were suspended in June last year to further explore …

Not stated, but seems councillors are seeking bureaucrat CEO

January 24, 2017 11:18AM

Gisborne District Council hired Judy Campbell as its chief executive five years ago with a remit to shake things up a bit and find more …

Past time for drivers to stop taking calls and texts

January 23, 2017 10:49AM

Are New Zealanders among the worst drivers in the world? A raft of recent police data suggests that inattention and distraction are making our roads …

Trump makes clear he intends to lead as he campaigned

January 21, 2017 11:37AM

Donald J. Trump is now the “leader of the free world” and the most powerful person on earth . . . there are many who …

Press freedom a ‘core value’ under threat in Trump’s America

January 20, 2017 11:46AM

President Barack Obama effectively signed off as the 44th president of the United States yesterday with his final press conference — reassuring people concerned about …

Economic confidence hits nine-year high for combined region

January 19, 2017 11:14AM

Confidence in the local economy is continuing to strengthen thanks to rising property prices and a positive outlook for horticulture and viticulture, according to Westpac …

Labour and Greens embrace with their eyes wide open . . .

January 18, 2017 11:01AM

Labour and the Greens are drawing tighter to present themselves as a government-in-waiting, while clearly conscious of the balancing act required to maximise each party’s …

A big impact on health board under strain, and with ‘safe rosters’

January 17, 2017 12:04PM

Hospitals around the country have cut services back to urgent and critical care this morning as unionised junior doctors at 18 of the nation’s 20 …

Good to have tsunami warning reviews, locally and nationally

November 18, 2016 10:55AM

Varied tsunami warnings were issued for much of the east coast of New Zealand in the early hours of Monday, after the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that …

Dads, talk with your sons about respectful sexual relationships

November 17, 2016 11:19AM

Giving Kiwi dads the skills and confidence to talk with their sons about respectful sexual relationships is one of the aims of the White Ribbon …

Strong desire for tsunami warning sirens continues

November 16, 2016 12:07PM

THERE are some good reasons why the council and its emergency managers over the years have felt we are better off without tsunami warning sirens, …

NZ begins to pick up pieces from another deadly quake

November 15, 2016 11:51AM

New Zealanders are on earthquake tenterhooks again after the 7.5-magnitude jolt that shook the upper South Island at two minutes past midnight on Monday, killing …

Tenth GDC governance team gets down to business . . .

November 12, 2016 10:30AM

District councillors kick off the nitty-gritty business of council next week with the four main committees meeting for the first time this term, GDC’s tenth, …

Remembering the end of World War 1, 98 years ago

November 11, 2016 10:38AM

World War 1, The Great War, ended 98 years ago today after four years of unimaginable horrors. Bereft of manpower and supplies, with a revolution …

Odd process worked against councillor Akuhata-Brown

November 5, 2016 9:21AM

Meredith Akuhata-Brown has every right to feel aggrieved after facing what appears to be an unfair contest for the chairmanship of the regional transport committee.She …

Simply part of lively election discussion on these pages

November 4, 2016 10:53AM

Our columnist today makes a number of observations about comments in editorials, some of which are misrepresentations, but the defence of a councillor who feels …

Coastal shipping much less costly than rail, with better outcomes

November 3, 2016 11:27AM

A future Labour-Greens government could well reopen the Gisborne-Wairoa rail line, especially with other potential support partners New Zealand First and the Maori Party also …

With the votes won, is it time for a thank you card now councillor?

November 2, 2016 11:11AM

Councillor Andy Cranston clearly made a good case to retain the chairmanship of the community development committee last week, as his fellow councillors voted him …

Meeting high jobs demand is key to region’s future prosperity

October 29, 2016 10:48AM

Projected jobs growth for the region’s 10 biggest industries over the next decade of 3500 to 5000 new positions, as outlined in today’s lead story, …

Secret ballots for chairing roles an interesting innovation

October 28, 2016 11:23AM

Gisborne District Council broke new ground in a number of ways with secret ballots yesterday that decided two committee chairman roles — introducing an element …

Great to hear of progress at last on vitally important project

October 26, 2016 11:40AM

News that the council and iwi have chosen highly-regarded Locales as their partner to deliver an historic interpretations plan for the Navigations Project is great …

Shooting the ‘mole' would require a bloodbath

October 22, 2016 11:48AM

Thank you to our correspondent for his spirited defence today of the in-committee process, whereby public governance boards sort through their differences as well as …

Let’s have a positive council ready to get on with the job

October 21, 2016 10:52AM

Full credit to Mayor Meng Foon for taking up the “names issue” in his acceptance speech yesterday. Leadership is needed to help us work through …

New council more diverse, younger and less time around GDC table

October 20, 2016 10:51AM

Three new councillors, 10 returning councillors and Mayor Meng Foon were sworn in this morning for the 10th three-year term of Gisborne District Council, at …

With opportunity knocking, will Tairawhiti open the door?

October 19, 2016 11:10AM

Gisborne Tairawhiti has some major opportunities presenting themselves that we will either grasp, make the most of and start to see step changes in our …

Eastland and East Coast don’t cut it as names for our district

October 18, 2016 2:10PM

Central government calls this district East Coast, often referring to Hawke’s Bay as well as our region — driven by the fact many of its …

Decision not to reappoint CEO adds uncertainty to major project

October 15, 2016 11:56AM

One of the more intriguing and impactful calls made by the last council came at its final meeting, in public-excluded — the decision not to …

Returning all network profits would limit ECT options

October 14, 2016 12:46PM

If Eastland Community Trust was to start paying rebates to the district’s electricity consumers, how much might that be?One possibility would be to return the …

Flat payment would be best electricity rebate model for region

October 13, 2016 11:57AM

A week after the then Eastland Energy Community Trust declared its first dividend from Eastland Energy Ltd in March 1994 — $200,000 of a $1 …

Now to confirm what happens at this end of the rail line

October 7, 2016 11:59AM

News the rail line from Wairoa to Napier will reopen a year from now is good for Hawke’s Bay Inc and could be good for …

Sad to see voting returns trail record-low turnout of 2013

October 6, 2016 12:03PM

With just two days to go for people to have their say on who represents us on the District Council and health board for the …

Greater efforts needed to build goodwill and understanding

October 5, 2016 1:57PM

Relationships can be difficult at the best of times. When a relationship comes with a lot of bad blood, of domination, disrespect and broken promises …

Bauldie’s right, let’s get rid of new name with no meaning

October 1, 2016 12:13PM

Even after 21 years on the council, Craig Bauld has not got over the name Eastland being foisted on this region — a name that …

Victim’s words extent of case, brought it home to many people

September 30, 2016 1:53PM

Disturbing articles this week from a court case that ended in a guilty verdict for a man charged with raping a six-year-old girl have prompted …

Running a ruler over council term drawing to a close

September 29, 2016 11:12AM

As the term of the ninth Gisborne District Council draws to an end it is timely to measure its successes and shortcomings. The most significant …

Timing of office demolition could not be worse for some candidates

September 27, 2016 12:12PM

The spectre of the almost-demolished District Council administration centre hangs over the local body elections and could have an impact on final places in the …

Expect a turnaround on low early voting numbers

September 24, 2016 12:18PM

A week since voting opened in local body elections it seems city ward voters are aware they have a key role to play in determining …

Tairawhiti Gisborne — the first light, place of first meetings

September 23, 2016 12:32PM

A key pillar of the campaign being developed to market this region is that it is a place of firsts — principally first meetings and …

Future of tourism here an important discussion

September 21, 2016 11:35AM

WHEN Frank Murphy talks about tourism it is worth listening. He has run a fishing lodge at Motu for high-end tourists for many years and …

A few insights on how baseless vote-buying story played out

September 17, 2016 12:01PM

It was a social media storm in an electoral teacup, but the “treating” allegation that blew up, attracted national attention, then was blown away over …

Make sure your votes count — feature today to help you decide

September 16, 2016 12:16PM

The people of Tairawhiti Gisborne have an important election on their hands. There are good new candidates challenging for roles governing the council and the …

Most election action centred on city ward and mayoral race

August 16, 2016 10:55AM

A late rush of candidate nominations at the end of last week filled out parts of the local election slate, but left the contest for …

High time for action on inner harbour redevelopment

September 10, 2016 11:52AM

One job that needs to be high on the agenda for the new council after the coming local body election will be to sort out …

Olympic Pool redevelopment a more certain project now

September 9, 2016 12:02PM

Many regular users of the Olympic Pool Complex will have resigned themselves to the disappointment of redevelopment plans always being a prospect somewhere well off …

Challenges overcome, the 2016 Paralympics is now opened

September 8, 2016 12:44PM

The 2016 Paralympics is under way, with Rio turning on another colourful and exuberant opening ceremony as the world’s best in their respective sporting fields …

Ironic so many rule-breakers wanting to help enforce the rules

September 7, 2016 2:21PM

For people applying to the public to govern the institution that enforces rules and regulations in the district, it is rather embarrassing that most candidate …

Election billboards signal six-week race to polling finish line is on

August 27, 2016 11:32AM

The howling gale overnight kept a few local body campaign teams indoors, with fewer election hoardings out this morning than usual for the first day …

Not ‘fully consulted’ but wide input and available soon

August 25, 2016 12:21PM

“Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others.”Tairawhiti Residents Association (TRA) chairman Rick Thorpe makes good points in his column today …

Process behind initiative has been thorough and collaborative

August 23, 2016 11:24AM

For those of us who have worked voluntarily over more than a year on groundwork for a regional marketing initiative, it is exciting that campaign …

Judge marketing campaign itself — then as it draws tourists

August 20, 2016 11:14AM

Mayoral candidate Tony Robinson says dozens of people have expressed disapproval to him of the brand “Tairawhiti-Gisborne, the first light”. Anyone sharing that view should …

Lots of local effort and input, then handed to professionals

August 19, 2016 11:32AM

For people to say the public should share ideas for a regional branding and marketing exercise suggests a significant lack of understanding about the process. …

Green light for major marketing campaign a big deal for district

August 13, 2016 9:34AM

News this week that Eastland Community Trust will back a marketing campaign for the district with $1 million over the next three years is fantastic.Preparations …

Business end of local body elections about to get under way

August 10, 2016 11:53AM

The rubber is about to really hit the road for local body elections. Significant upcoming dates include this Friday, with candidate nominations due in to …

First medal for New Zealand a memorable Olympic story

August 9, 2016 10:23AM

The silver medal won by New Zealand shooter Natalie Rooney has shown a great side of the Olympic Games just when its image had sunk …

Pre-Games negativity more than the usual hoopla

August 5, 2016 12:03PM

Media coverage of the Olympics always begins with negative press about problems with preparations, and locals unhappy at the vast amounts spent on a sporting …

Councillor positions up for grabs for good candidates

August 4, 2016 10:37AM

People considering standing for the council and/or the district health board have just one more week to make their decision, with candidate nominations closing at …

Long history of taking the mickey — and keeping people informed

August 3, 2016 12:53PM

Craig Bauld, who announced his imminent retirement in a final “What’s on in council” column this week, rose to local infamy as an opinion writer …

Being a good dad is our biggest role and it needs supporting acts

July 30, 2016 11:35AM

Five “Champion Dads” posters have run in The Gisborne Herald over the past two weeks. One of me reading to two of my girls was …

Both US political parties divided, with candidates many detest

July 28, 2016 11:26AM

Hillary Clinton can now attempt to make history as the first woman president of the United States, but both her primary win and the next …

Entrepreneurs need help to navigate GDC processes

July 27, 2016 11:13AM

As the council delivered a clear message last week for Activate Tairawhiti and Tourism Eastland to “get on” with amalgamation and deliver a unified voice …

Time to reassess whether quirky and euro-centric represents us

July 23, 2016 11:41AM

Lonely Planet, the world’s leading travel guide, describes it like this: “Near the summit of Kaiti Hill in Titirangi Reserve is Cook’s Plaza. Due to …

Mayor’s record for meetings all should be at is third-equal best

July 22, 2016 11:32AM

Suggesting Mayor Meng Foon has let ratepayers down because he has not attended many of the council committee meetings he is able to as an …

Unity, efficiency and effectiveness key to regional development

July 20, 2016 10:43AM

A year of amalgamation discussions between Activate Tairawhiti, Tourism Eastland and Heart of Gisborne — with some prodding from the council, which provides over $700,000 …

Removing Heart of Gisborne from amalgamation discussion

July 19, 2016 10:24AM

The drive to unify the district’s economic development, tourism and promotional arms re-enters the public arena briefly on Thursday at the Future Tairawhiti meeting, with …

Wanting GDC refresh? Strong candidates required . . .

July 16, 2016 10:43AM

“It’s time to move on,” Roger Haisman told The Gisborne Herald yesterday morning, over his decision to stand down after 15 years on the council …

Favouritism for top UN job still hostage to horse-trading

July 15, 2016 12:59PM

Against the odds, former New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark appears to be the favourite to succeed Ban Ki-moon as United Nations secretary-general on January …

City subsidises rural roads because of need and benefits

July 13, 2016 10:45AM

It is ironic that an advocate for heavy transport users in rural areas, concerned that they might be funding cycleways in the city or other …

ECT farewelling chairman who achieved a lot in six years

July 9, 2016 8:29AM

Eastland Community Trust is farewelling a good chairman who was the right man for the times, after the council chose not to reappoint Richard Brooking …

GDC units could form basis of a new force in social housing

July 5, 2016 11:33AM

Gisborne District Council has 120 tidy little community housing units which are said to fill a niche in the local property market for people, mostly …

Searching public submissions almost changed GDC’s course

July 2, 2016 11:23AM

The apparent fait accompli to transfer the council’s commercial assets to its subsidary Gisborne Holdings Ltd came close to being put on hold for a …

First round sets scene for an interesting mayoral battle

July 1, 2016 11:13AM

A big turnout for the first public mayoral campaign event on Tuesday night showed strong community interest three months out from the local body election, …

Doubts remain but action on GDC assets long overdue

June 29, 2016 11:57AM

Gisborne District Council will move into a new era in the history of local government tomorrow if it adopts the staff recommendation to transfer the …

Mayor’s research suggests superior riverside route ditched too readily

June 28, 2016 10:49AM

Mayor Meng Foon is to be congratulated on the work he has put into seeking a detailed reconsideration of the Taruheru River cycle/walkway — a …

Desire for power rebates appears strong, as does desire for grants

June 27, 2016 11:54AM

Early results of a Gisborne Herald webpoll last week indicated strong support for Eastland Community Trust to consider a change in distribution policies, to include …

Brits have voted for a weaker and probably smaller kingdom

June 25, 2016 11:45AM

The triumphant leaders of the Leave campaign are telling Britons the United Kingdom, after some short-term pain, will be stronger for taking back its sovereignty. …

In or out? A deeply-divided Britain votes for its future

June 23, 2016 10:52AM

Britons go to the polls today to decide whether their future is within the European Union or outside it. Whatever the result, the ramifications will …

City hotels seem well positioned to help create tourism growth

June 22, 2016 11:13AM

The purchase of the Quality Hotel Emerald by Auckland-based S and R Family Trust is a vote of confidence in Gisborne as a tourist destination, …

New Zealand right to be doing our bit to help defeat ISIS

June 21, 2016 10:57AM

The extension by 18 months of the New Zealand Defence Force training role in Iraq announced yesterday was no real surprise, despite the Government’s repeated …

KiwiRail and BERL views on prospects for our rail line

June 18, 2016 10:15AM

In May 2012 KiwiRail published a report on the viability of the Napier-Gisborne rail line that said an annual subsidy of $6 million would be …

Any rail proposal needs to come with large freight commitments

June 17, 2016 11:34AM

No one denies that the Wairoa-Gisborne rail line is an amazing scenic journey, or that rail is an efficient way to move large volumes of …

Food festivals great events that need to be supported

June 11, 2016 11:36AM

New Zealand’s alcohol problem could have another innocent victim, if the district licensing committee decides against allowing a restricted drinking area at the Gizzy International …

Defence plans make sense, devil could be in the detail

June 9, 2016 11:54AM

The Government has unveiled big plans for the nation’s military over the next 15 years that will boost capabilities in our territorial waters and the …

Fuel there for Opposition but who will take advantage?

May 30, 2016 11:15AM

There was more than a whiff of smoke about as the Opposition parties began to manoeuvre in the aftermath of the so-called Boring Budget.Never one …

History behind council building as it closes doors in Fitzherbert St

May 28, 2016 9:29AM

Only a few protesters were there to mark the last day of working operations for the Gisborne District Council’s Fitzherbert Street offices but the old …

‘Safe hands’ of Bill English usher in stable Budget to suit middle NZ

May 27, 2016 2:40PM

Hospitals, schools and social services were the biggest winners in yesterday’s 2016 budget which had the “safe hands” imprint of Finance Minister Bill English all …

Time to pick up the digital ball that was dropped and run with it

May 26, 2016 11:12AM

Gisborne has a number of economic growth and job creation opportunities. In the context of our poor performance on so many economic and social measures, …

Our older names speak of who we are and where we’ve come from

May 25, 2016 11:04AM

Turanganui a Kiwa (or Turanga for short) and Te Tairawhiti for the wider region . . . these beautiful, evocative names — translated: The long …

Two months to learn what Govt will invest in local economy

May 19, 2016 11:18AM

Activate Tairawhiti had already developed its work programme and was putting it into action when the Government announced Tairawhiti was part of a regional growth …

Justice that changes lives and can be much better for society

May 14, 2016 10:47AM

A quiet revolution in how justice can be delivered has been under way, under the radar, for the past 20 months. The results of the …

Newspaper duopoly moves from fierce rivalry to co-operation

May 12, 2016 11:16AM

Winds of change are blowing hard in the newspaper industry, whipping up the announcement yesterday that NZME and Fairfax NZ, publishers of 90 percent of …

Axing riverside boardwalk a missed opportunity

May 7, 2016 11:12AM

Cycleways have been a big deal in Gisborne in recent years, with wide public support and some wonderful routes created around the city riverbanks, the …

P taniwha has been tightening its grip on our people

May 4, 2016 11:01AM

One News coverage last week of Gisborne’s “P epidemic” made many people uncomfortable and some angry at the negative light our place was cast in, …

Pointers to an economic renaissance, all going well

April 30, 2016 10:47AM

Answers to a question about the state of the local economy, at the Gisborne Chamber of Commerce AGM on Thursday evening, were relatively upbeat and …

Rural folk big contributors to rates, remain well represented

April 29, 2016 11:06AM

Rural ratepayers lost a big representation advantage at the last election, when they dropped from six wards to four and a ninth councillor was added …

Higher education is celebrated here like nowhere else in the world

April 23, 2016 11:13AM

Songs, haka and chants of celebration, acknowledgement of achievement and details of whakapapa rang out at the graduation ceremony for Tairawhiti EIT students yesterday. At …

Reports highlight climate change risks and NZ’s shoddy response

April 20, 2016 10:05AM

New Zealand’s response to climate change has come under close and unfavourable scrutiny from two sources this week.First millionaire philanthropist Gareth Morgan released a report …

District moves to capitalise on tourism opportunities

April 16, 2016 11:35AM

After years where tourism has been treated like a poor cousin in this district — most notably the 10-year freeze on council funding for Tourism …

Reform of Maori land laws a big deal for iwi and this district

April 15, 2016 11:22AM

Yesterday was potentially a momentous day for economic development in this region, with the introduction of Te Ture Whenua Maori Bill to Parliament.Concerns remain that …

Time to refocus on the rugby, lay off the niggle and abuse

April 13, 2016 10:48AM

Two weeks into the 2016 rugby season, a host of local players and supporters need to take a reality check, stop the aggro and bountiful …

Reconceived Navigations Project needs wind in sail

April 9, 2016 11:08AM

It is difficult to overstate the importance of the Navigations Project to this region’s tourism future. For a district whose unique promotional opportunities are our …

Deal works for Govt and NZ Post first, hopefully Kiwibank next

April 7, 2016 12:08PM

The Kiwibank deal announced yesterday solves a number of problems, most significantly some political ones for the Government and a financial one for its now …

Convincing China and Russia the key task now for Clark candidacy

April 6, 2016 12:22PM

After months of talk about Helen Clark’s suitability for the top role at the United Nations, which this year for the first time is an …

Any Tairawhiti vision for rail corridor could come too late

April 2, 2016 11:10AM

It appears that KiwiRail is on the verge of announcing the future of the Gisborne to Napier rail line, possibly at the start of next …

Climate change responses can’t be hostage to green shibboleth

April 1, 2016 11:41AM

In the modern use of the word, a shibboleth is an old belief that is cited repetitively or unreflectively but which is, or may be, …

No surprise that participants in solar industry have defended it

March 31, 2016 11:49AM

Those involved in the solar power industry and supporters of it have jumped to solar’s defence in the wake of a report last week that …

Multinationals happy to take profits and starve states

March 30, 2016 11:26AM

A series by the New Zealand Herald this month highlighting the minuscule amount of income tax collected from multinational companies, and internet giants in particular, …

Agreement that ‘action plan’ has to reflect needs of business

March 26, 2016 12:59PM

The effort to create a smart, investment-ready Regional Economic Action Plan was given a hurry-along by Minister for Economic Development Steven Joyce at a breakfast …

Solar power not the answer to cutting emissions in New Zealand

March 23, 2016 11:12AM

News that solar power does little to reduce greenhouse gas emissions for New Zealand, and that widespread uptake of solar photovoltaics would actually be expected …

Bid to ban sugary drinks at schools a good move, tax should follow

March 22, 2016 10:33AM

The surprise announcement by the British Conservative Government last week that it will introduce a tax of 25p (53c) a litre on sugary drinks ramps …

Log supply claim a strange one even as part of wider dispute

March 18, 2016 11:28AM

The claim made this week that local stakeholders in the Gisborne forestry industry have accused Hikurangi Forest Farms of boycotting the Prime Sawmill appears to …

Rental payments of about $14.5m over first 10 years of council lease

March 17, 2016 3:17PM

The council will pay Gisborne Holdings Ltd about $14.5 million over the next 10 years for the lease and running costs of its administration building, …

Council laying out relationship it wants with beefed-up GHL

March 16, 2016 11:51AM

Councillors on the Performance, Audit and Risk committee will consider a draft Statement Of Intent (SOI) with council-controlled trading organisation Gisborne Holdings Ltd tomorrow, along …

Two strong challengers risk splitting anti-incumbency vote

March 15, 2016 11:16AM

The worst-kept secret of the 2016 local body election, which is still seven months away, is out of the bag with the official launch of …

Spotlight on loopy as well as costly local body rules

March 9, 2016 10:39AM

The plight of Gisborne couple Brian and Karen Eddy is a good example of loopy local body rules, which attracted a lot of attention at …

Call to review business costs the council can influence heeded

March 8, 2016 11:58AM

Prioritising a list of 20 areas for potential central government investment to boost economic growth here took a back seat when the issue came before …

GHL should be prepared to front issues post the election

March 5, 2016 11:48AM

IN an election year where assets have just been transferred, a controversial $11 million office development agreed and other assets being positioned for transfer to …

Commemorative poppy concept needs, and warrants, support

March 4, 2016 11:34AM

Gisborne is being presented with an opportunity that deserves real consideration and requires “champions” in the very near future if it is to become a …

Draft council estimates for next year in line with projections

March 1, 2016 2:35PM

In a decision that flew slightly under the radar, Gisborne District Council has approved draft estimates for the 2016-2017 financial year that are broadly in …

Upcoming vote is about New Zealand’s flag, not John Key

February 27, 2016 11:18AM

Ballot papers for the second and decisive referendum on whether New Zealand retains the flag it has flown since 1902 or changes to a new …

Better to have promoted asset transfer to GHL in one go

February 26, 2016 12:31PM

Concluding an article on the planned transfer of commercial operations from the council to Gisborne Holdings Ltd (GHL), Tairawhiti Residents Association chairman Rick Thorpe asks …

Community asset discussion needs to have all facts on the table

February 25, 2016 11:46AM

In an article arguing against the planned transfer of commercial operations from the council to its trading arm Gisborne Holdings Ltd, Tairawhiti Residents’ Association chairman …

Councillor and mayoral pay reset, then time for election reset

February 19, 2016 2:43PM

A quirk of local body politics in New Zealand nowadays is that councillors and mayors get to make the case for greater pay rises in …

Hoping Wairoa workers and Affco can quickly put this behind them

February 18, 2016 12:00PM

Wairoa will be heaving a collective sigh of relief to know that 159 meat workers can return to the Affco processing plant next week, after …

So many issues we should protest about, and work on together to fix

February 13, 2016 11:13AM

It is always interesting to see the issues that bring people out into the street and political arenas protesting, and raise all hell on opinion …

Horrific child abuse requires collective action, not smacking

February 12, 2016 2:38PM

Family First has released a report it says shows the failure of the “anti-smacking law”, finding that no social indicator relating to the abuse of …

Voter turnout better here — but has fallen more steeply

February 10, 2016 10:50AM

The Gisborne District has a better voter participation record at local body elections than the country as a whole, but has experienced a steeper decline …

Regional strategy on climate change likely to be a challenge

February 6, 2016 8:37AM

Formulating a climate change strategy could be divisive for the District Council, going on a preliminary discussion held this week at the environment planning and …

Proposed second stage of council asset transfer to GHL under way

February 5, 2016 10:44AM

With the council office rebuild-or-review question now answered, a cloud hanging over the proposed transfer of the council’s commercial assets to its trading subsidiary Gisborne …

Mayor unhappy at Herald policy — but not as ropable as 18 years ago

February 4, 2016 11:40AM

It might not look like it in today’s paper, but The Gisborne Herald is responding to the fact campaigning is under way for local body …

Hosting TPP event a big honour for tiny trading nation

February 3, 2016 11:41AM

That Auckland has been chosen to host the signing tomorrow of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal is a nod to this small trading nation’s outsized …

Nice to have, but Government could have got better bang for buck

January 30, 2016 11:07AM

Government claims that replacing the Motu Bridge north of Matawai with a two-lane version will boost the district’s productivity and economic growth are a stretch; …

Effort to halt and reconsider rebuild failed because it was too late

January 29, 2016 11:44AM

You have to go back quite a way to find a council debate and situation with levels of intensity comparable to the council office rebuild …

‘Provocative’ rebuild polls show disquiet is widespread

January 27, 2016 12:30PM

Politicians are elected to lead and make difficult decisions at times, not sway to every breeze from their electorate. But sometimes events combine to turn …

Transfer to GHL used to be most contentious part of rebuild plan

January 26, 2016 10:37AM

A key part of the council offices rebuild proposal that has hardly featured in recent debate is the fact the council has transferred the development …

Council policy to strengthen to 67 percent, preference 100

January 22, 2016 12:21PM

Next Thursday’s Future Tairawhiti meeting is set for a council rebuild showdown. While a rare move for Gisborne councillors, getting five signatures for the notice …

Issues discussed at length at sometimes testy meeting

January 21, 2016 11:23AM

The issues lawyer Tony Robinson raised about the council offices rebuild project in Saturday’s and Tuesday’s papers were canvassed in-depth at a nearly two-hour meeting …

Help needed to catch arsonist/s plaguing our community

January 20, 2016 12:32PM

The spate of suspicious fires in Gisborne since early September has destroyed a lot of property, affected dozens of people and left many others on …

Milner harnesses disquiet but refrains from attacking Foon

January 19, 2016 11:21AM

Mayoral candidate Geoff Milner has stolen a march on potential rivals with his announcement that he will challenge Meng Foon in the local body elections …

Rebuild response answers some questions but issues remain

January 16, 2016 11:55AM

The council response to concerns over its $11 million rebuild project is as welcome as the rebuttal is overdue. Most glaring is the fact the …

Pornography tells us women can be used and discarded

January 15, 2016 12:11PM

First we were the Chardonnay Capital, then the Chlamydia Capital, the Family Violence Capital and now the Porn Capital. Gisborne people ranged from humoured to …

Answers around new water-testing regime claims likely over time

January 14, 2016 11:56AM

Hydro-Technologies Ltd’s claim today that Auckland laboratories substantially discounted their bids for the council’s water-testing contract should be proved right or wrong in two-and-a-half years …

Process outlined will be an update and explanation, not a review

January 13, 2016 11:45AM

Mayor Meng Foon has bent to the political wind in enacting what he calls a review of the council decision to go ahead with an …

Response to issues raised over rebuild will be keenly awaited

January 7, 2016 12:03PM

Debate over the council offices project has reached a high pitch in the community as the new year begins — not uncoincidentally, an election year. …

Dick Smith outcompeted, investors taken for suckers

January 6, 2016 11:36AM

Customers could be left high and dry, but it is shareholders who will take the heaviest blow from the collapse of Dick Smith, which has …

Resolutions for an election year that brings in some changes

January 2, 2016 11:19AM

As 2016 gets under way, The Gisborne Herald suggests new year resolutions some Gisborne people could have made. Mayor Meng Foon resolves to have every …

Revamped Rhythm and Vines doesn’t miss a beat

December 30, 2015 12:22PM

The 13th edition of the Rhythm and Vines music festival kicked off in fine style yesterday — winding in from an earlier 2pm start and …

Controversial council rebuild project now GHL’s waka

December 18, 2015 11:13AM

The $12.5 million council rebuild project that has been hived off its own books in order to afford it has got final approval from councillors, …

Islamic State on back foot in its caliphate and online

December 17, 2015 12:24PM

There are welcome signs that the fight against Islamic State is gaining ground, with the edges of its “caliphate” falling to Iraqi, Kurdish and Syrian …

Next steps in transfer of assets to GHL before council tomorrow

December 16, 2015 11:46AM

During a busy agenda, the council will tomorrow consider the next steps for transferring its commercial operations to Gisborne Holdings Ltd — having already resolved …

World comes together to act on climate change for the first time

December 15, 2015 2:47PM

The climate deal reached in Paris at the weekend is as historic as the effusive comments from world leaders suggest — for the first time …

Which bylaws to relax, for whose gain, and what consequences?

December 12, 2015 10:14AM

Mayor Meng Foon has sparked some controversy with his call to fill the city with people by encouraging the development of low-cost apartments. It has …

Settling refugees here a good aspiration for the future

December 11, 2015 12:30PM

Refugees are unlikely to be settled in Gisborne any time soon, but Mayor Meng Foon has set a good aspiration in his call for community …

Awapuni Road as an attractive entrance to the city makes sense

December 5, 2015 11:25AM

Draft urban revitalisation ideas presented to councillors this week show a rethink under way on whether Awapuni Road or Ormond Road should become the sole …

Evidence is mounting for a variable tax on sugary drinks

December 4, 2015 12:38PM

Hauora Tairawhiti is advocating for a tax on sugar, or fizzy drinks and lollies, shocked at childhood obesity levels that are twice the national level …

Development of urban strategy a big improvement on first draft

December 3, 2015 11:51AM

Gisborne’s urban development strategy was back on the agenda at the council’s Future Tairawhiti meeting this week, with discussion focused on revitalisation of the inner …

Strong foundation as Rocket Lab prepares to join the space race

December 2, 2015 3:33PM

A partnership of astronomical ambition and substantial mutual respect reached a milestone at a blessing ceremony on Saturday. The scene was stunning and surreal . …

Fragmented approach is not producing good results

November 28, 2015 10:44AM

A failed attempt by Activate Tairawhiti, Tourism Eastland and Heart of Gisborne to come together for the benefit of the district has erupted into the …

Fossil fuels will be with us for a long time to come

November 27, 2015 12:07PM

When opponents of oil and gas exploration in this district cite the need for the world to transition away from fossil fuels they are on …

How are our children learning about sex and consent?

November 24, 2015 10:10AM

WHITE Ribbon originated in Canada in 1991 after a 25-year-old man separated female students at a polytechnic in Montreal, called them “a bunch of feminists” …

Hoping quality candidates put names forward to be councillors

November 21, 2015 10:07AM

It’s a year out from the next local body election and five of our 13 councillors say they are yet to decide whether they will …

Opponents’ voice strong but Herald polls indicate they are a minority

November 20, 2015 2:27PM

The decision by the full council yesterday to oppose oil and gas exploration off our coastline is being welcomed by many. They deserve to celebrate …

Drilling for oil and gas in active subduction zones is nothing new

November 18, 2015 11:41AM

GNS Science declined the opportunity to respond to letters published yesterday — one seeking further information than provided in a GNS letter that ran in …

World grieves with France after horrific attacks on Paris

November 16, 2015 12:51PM

France is in mourning and the world mourns with it after the dreadful attacks in Paris that have seen so many innocent people killed and …

GHL needs more diverse commercial experience

November 14, 2015 11:51AM

Gisborne District Council has begun advertising for an additional director for council-controlled trading organisation Gisborne Holdings Ltd, and will get a good number of applications. …

District should get right in behind R&V festival this year

November 12, 2015 4:45PM

It is great to see that Rhythm and Vines organisers are getting strong support from the Chamber of Commerce, Tourism Eastland and Activate Tairawhiti as …

Davis, Key and Carter all made bad calls — with PM’s the worst

November 11, 2015 3:16PM

The escalation of emotion and fear over the fate of New Zealand detainees at Christmas Island during an uprising this week was matched by extraordinary …

Unemployment number likely to have overshot in labour survey

November 6, 2015 11:44AM

CLEARLY something funny is up when we are told there are 1100 more unemployed people than a year ago (now 2700), as well as 1600 …

Chorus picked worst place to start slinging UFB in the air

November 3, 2015 2:28PM

The possibility of stringing fibre optic cable in power poles was discussed during the Gigatown campaign as a way to take the rollout of ultrafast …

Polling each councillor much clearer than quick hand votes

October 30, 2015 2:50PM

A new system for recording the votes of councillors when a division is called for after a Gisborne District Council debate is benefiting all parties …

Change to full digital news service a mark of the times

October 29, 2015 10:48AM

The Gisborne Herald’s new digital service debuts today, marking another chapter in the 141-year history of this news organisation. The new site is mobile-friendly and …

State of the environment should be a big concern to all

October 22, 2015 4:01PM

Environment Aotearoa 2015, New Zealand’s first state of the environment report in eight years, paints an overwhelmingly bleak picture — despite a few positives. The …

Wide range of views makes for lively debates at the council

October 23, 2015 3:16PM

A full range of views are represented on Gisborne District Council and as new councillors settle in, their outlooks are coming to the fore and …

Gisborne and the East Coast don’t figure on all maps

October 20, 2016 12:01PM

FRESH from news of a hike in unemployment numbers and that the Gisborne region ranks last in the country for GDP per capita and household …

Gisborne/Hawke’s Bay's industries suffer low or declining employment

October 21, 2015 3:07PM

THE 2015 Regional Economic Activity Report released last week notes significant and continuing variability in economic performance around the country. Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch dominate, …

CTU and NZ workers farewell a strong and talented advocate

October 14, 2015 12:47PM

Trade unionism in New Zealand farewells a sharp and effective advocate today with the retirement of Council of Trade Unions president Helen Kelly. She leaves …

Establishing the length and strength of reins on GHL

October 13, 2015 2:54PM

Gisborne District Council has an interesting dilemma on its hands as it considers the sort of constitution it should adopt for an enlarged Gisborne Holdings …

Troops visited, Key returns to promote benefits of TPP trade deal

October 12, 2015 4:33PM

Prime Minister John Key could have been excused for heaving a big sigh of relief when he landed back in New Zealand. Nothing he is …

As first JMA of its kind, partners need to ensure it works well

October 9, 2015 3:40PM

Ngati Porou waiata rang throughout the Gisborne District Council chamber yesterday before and after councillors agreed to proceed with a joint management agreement (JMA) for …

History important for us, our nation and the world

October 8, 2015 4:25PM

Captain James Cook is one of the world’s most famous navigators and explorers. In three voyages, from 1768 to 1779, he and his crews sailed …

Major plans for water and land come before the council tomorrow

October 7, 2015 12:10PM

TWO major decisions lie ahead of Gisborne District Council at its meeting tomorrow. One, whether to implement a joint management agreement with Te Runanganui o …

TPP something to celebrate as we await details

October 6, 2015 12:01PM

NEW Zealand is set to have five new free trade partners, including the largest and third largest economies in the world, after five years of …

PM switch across ditch will hike climate change up Anzac agenda

September 15, 2015 11:56AM

In a stunning coup, Malcolm Turnbull has rolled Tony Abbott to become Australia’s fifth prime minister in eight years. Australian politics can be brutal — …

A lot rests on EGL maximising its geothermal investments

September 9, 2015 4:38PM

It would have been a brave Eastland Community Trust to say ‘No’ this week to final approval for Eastland Group to build a 20 megawatt …

GHL a possible commercial partner for the council

September 3, 2015 4:37PM

A correspondent this week said there were suggestions council-controlled Gisborne Holdings Ltd “adopt the Eastland Group model, with a commercial board of mostly out-of-town directors” …

Vision of a vibrant inner city requires investment

September 2, 2015 1:20PM

A debate over whether to name Makaraka an urban growth area has held up adoption of the district’s urban development strategy . . . the …

Bulk of SSE price advantage goes to NZTA, $1.33m saving for GDC

August 4, 2015 12:01PM

The fact 77 percent of the cost savings from choosing a small Australian roading business over established operator Fulton Hogan accrue to the NZ Transport …

Big effort put into attracting Rocket Lab to this region

July 2, 2015 11:53AM

ROCKET Lab is about to take on the global satellite launching business with a revolutionary rocket that uses 3D printed parts and electric motors powered …

Conservatives’ future shaky but place remains for Christian party

June 30, 2015 12:40PM

The latest developments in the inter-party warfare have seen Conservative Party leader Colin Craig dismissed by a newly formed board, the legality of which he …

New face of terror difficult to unmask and counter

June 30, 2015 12:37PM

Three attacks on three separate continents on Friday show how changes in tactics by organisations like Islamic State can create even more threats to the …

Partnership proposal would bring big returns to the district

June 25, 2015 12:09PM

Declined during deliberations on the three days of 10-year plan submissions last month, the proposed joint Air NZ marketing campaign specifically for Gisborne — targeted …

Flag controversy continues but already 4000 designs submitted

June 22, 2015 5:02PM

Aimed at getting people thinking about and expressing what makes New Zealand special, to help inform work and views on alternative flag designs, most people …

Charter agreed 800 years ago now part of democratic lore

June 16, 2015 11:41AM

IT is seen today as having laid the foundation for modern democracy. While the charter had nothing to do with the rights of ordinary people, …

Development proposal went too far in shifting contributions

May 26, 2015 4:26PM

IF a council has a development levy, on face value it seems fair that a greenfield site — where the council invests in new roading, …

Turning up the heat for winter

May 19, 2015 4:36PM

How then to review the summer just been? Weather-wise it was in most ways a typical Gisborne summer, with fewer really hot days than normal …

Tough to get balance right with development contributions

April 15, 2015 11:21AM

Criticism of a proposal to hike fees for property developments in outlying areas of Gisborne, and reduce what is now a uniform fee for developments …