Debbie Gregory The Gisborne Herald Chief Reporter

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Inspiration behind cancer fundraiser

November 15, 2018 2:07PM

A woman who made a substantial contribution to Early Childhood Education in Gisborne is the inspiration for a fundraising effort for Gisborne Cancer Society. Gisborne …

Fight for life to go ahead

November 9, 2018 3:04PM

Fight for Life Ed Gisborne organisers say they will go ahead with their charity boxing event on November 30. Organisers say they have all proper …

‘007’ puts away her signs

November 4, 2018 4:01AM

It’s all about relationships,’ says Anne James as she talks to Debbie Gregory about her 27 years in real estate in Gisborne . . . …

Disease in the pines

October 30, 2018 11:55AM

Long periods of wet weather and a warm spring have created perfect conditions for a pine tree disease to take hold here. Forest growers say …

Up Everest . . . five times

October 25, 2018 1:54PM

A Gisborne grandmother is taking the Mount Everest Challenge to the next level. Ten days before the challenge ends, Regina Rangihuna Henderson has walked up …

Fine rosé, fine friends - successful wine and food festival

October 23, 2018 1:47PM

East Coast sunshine, reconnection with old friends and a golden opportunity to showcase the region, were highlights for many people at the First Light Wine …

A whale of a tale

October 13, 2018 12:01PM

A Gisborne surfer has bought a Lotto ticket after an incredible but freaky close encounter with an orca. Surfing by himself at the Red Bus …

Abbott Street wins fight

October 10, 2018 2:26PM

Abbott Street residents are surprised and elated that the Department of Corrections has pulled out of placing a “halfway house” in their neighbourhood. In May, …

From Titirangi to Nepal

October 5, 2018 2:32PM

Gisborne woman Jo McLean has been tackling “Mount Everest” on Kaiti Hill before she heads to a country on which the world’s highest mountain stands. …

Community outrage

September 27, 2018 1:48PM

Community members are outraged and the Neems family of Gisborne is devastated that Gisborne District Council’s waste contractor has turned up at their driveway — …

Remove the walls

September 21, 2018 12:34PM

Gisborne’s Mayor Meng Foon has joined the strong call from the Gisborne community to leave the walls off the Gladstone Road Bridge. He is asking …

Why so many pokies?

September 15, 2018 10:41AM

Gisborne District Council’s sinking lid policy on gambling machines continues to bubble. Ten years ago, in June 2008, there were 15 venues and 214 machines …

Return to the country that cared

September 12, 2018 1:56PM

A Brazilian man is forever grateful for a second chance at life because of the care and help he received when he broke his back …

Concrete walls will remain on the bridge

September 13, 2018 2:00PM

Renewed calls for removal of the concrete sides on the Gladstone Road Bridge appear to have hit a brick wall. The Herald has several calls, …

From ordinary to extraordinary

September 2, 2018 4:01AM

A number of women and men helped “nudge” our Prime Minister to where she is today . . . Debbie Gregory reports on Jacinda Ardern’s …

Makaraka course OK, Wairoa’s for the axe

August 31, 2018 2:34PM

Poverty Bay Turf Club (PBTC) will retain its Makaraka course, but Wairoa Racing Club’s (WRC) Te Kupenga track is recommended for the chop during the …

PM feels connection to Gisborne and its people

August 28, 2018 2:17PM

The people and the environment are behind New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s claim she is a “Gizzy wannabe”. “It is a beautiful place to …

‘Words were twisted’

August 23, 2018 1:07PM

Gisborne district councillor Malcolm MacLean denies he said “not enough Maori were killed” in an overheard conversation, but fellow councillor Meredith Akuhata-Brown is adamant she …

Council cops a backlash

August 20, 2018 2:14PM

A backlash against the decision of a District Council code of conduct review board in Gisborne has started. District councillor Meredith Akuhata-Brown has declined to …

'Nightmare come true'

August 8, 2018 12:36PM

A Te Karaka mother is praising God she is still alive after hearing, then seeing, a fully-loaded logging truck flip in front of her. “My …

Pokie-free Kaiti Mall

July 27, 2018 1:48PM

A failed appeal by Kaiti Club Hotel to renew their licence is seen as a David and Goliath victory for small community organisation Ka Pai …

The Pekins’ ducks are back in a row

July 25, 2018 1:43PM

When Glen Pekin’s duck waddled off on holiday, he feared he would never see her again. But today the Rotorua man is grateful for the …

Sister act on building site

July 16, 2018 2:42PM

A Gisborne building business is impressed with its two latest apprentice builders — two sisters. Ana and Danielle Biddle have taken up apprenticeships with RJ …

Animal lover’s instincts lead to rescue

July 13, 2018 1:55PM

The discovery and rescue of a dog entangled in a tree on Kaiti Hill for seven days was all down to intuition, determination and good …

Bridges hears neighbours' anger

June 29, 2018 1:58PM

An impassioned plea for help from young mother Elyse McGregor who is opposing the proposed Corrections Department halfway house in Abbott Street was well received …

Waste Management backs switch to bins

May 19, 2018 2:23PM

Wheelie bins for kerbside houshold rubbish could be organised for Gisborne in six months, Waste Management Hawkes Bay and Gisborne manager Brendan Walker says. He …

Growers’ rates anger

May 16, 2018 1:54PM

“Seriously misleading” rating indication information in the Gisborne District Council’s booklet about the long- term plan gave growers little indication of the reality, the council’s …

Disease found in hundreds of plants

May 10, 2018 1:47PM

The march of myrtle rust on the East Coast of the North Island has begun. Hundreds of plants have been found to be infected with …

Seed saved as Myrtle rust looms

May 1, 2018 12:04PM

The arrival of Myrtle rust on the East Coast has prompted precautionary measures at the national arboretum, Eastwoodhill. It has also caused concerns about the …

Quality creations challenge colour

April 5, 2018 2:29PM

Entries for the First Light Fibres “Paint Chart Colour Challenge” are starting to come in thick and fast. Poverty Bay Woolcrafters will host the First …

Waimata learns 2km of new seal coming this year

March 14, 2018 4:00PM

A good turnout of a dozen people at the first Gisborne District Council annual plan community consultation meeting, at Waimata, were delighted to hear their …

Sharing joy of plants

February 11, 2018 4:01AM

FIVE thriving garden clubs in this region in the 1970s and ’80s are now down to three, and dwindling numbers are threatening the oldest of …

Call out to help find lost dog Kaya

February 5, 2018 12:16PM

GUTTED and confused about the loss of his dog, Whakaki man Kevin English has turned to an animal clairvoyant for help. Mr English’s mostly black …

Jimmy’s first marlin could hook $5000

January 27, 2018 12:24PM

JIMMY Moore had his best day of the school holidays yesterday when he landed the first marlin of the season here. The 12-year-old Gisborne Intermediate …

Rating proposal sounds Mahia costs-hike alarm

January 18, 2018 1:13PM

A statement by Wairoa Mayor Craig Little about the new rates proposal for the region has been described as “absolute nonsense” by Mahia ratepayer Bill …

John Clarke a knight of the East Coast

January 5, 2018 11:24AM

TE ARAROA-born John Te Kauru Clarke has been knighted in the New Year Honours List for services to Maori and heritage preservation. The former Ngata …

The Scotts celebrate 60 years of marriage

December 28, 2017 11:59AM

THERE has been no shortage of arguments but sorting them out quickly has been the answer to staying together for 60 years for one Gisborne …

Community eyes retrieve stolen swing set

December 27, 2017 10:53AM

THE power of the community and social media came to the fore in Gisborne on Christmas Day. Kaiti resident Jahneia-Kelly Kemp and her dad set …

The first 80 years of Wainui SLSC

December 18, 2017 12:14PM

A BOOK covering the history of the first dedicated surf lifesaving club in the Gisborne district has been launched. Wainui Surf Life Saving Club, the …

Gluten-free and vegan recipes to feed your mind

December 5, 2017 8:01AM

EATING the right foods can help you feel light, bright and ready to conquer anything, whereas the wrong foods can leave you feeling sluggish and …

Humour, love and family key to long marriage

November 30, 2017 11:04AM

A SENSE of humour and having similar backgrounds are two of the main factors Flora and Iain Gillies credit to 60 years of happy marriage. …

Change needed in forestry industry

November 28, 2017 3:30PM

A major step change must occur to take mechanisation to a whole new level to help improve forestry safety, a forestry safety seminar has heard. …

A life of dance, teaching

November 12, 2017 8:06AM

NADINE Proctor has danced since she was four years old, learned many different genres and taught dance for nearly 35 years. “I love dancing and …

Arsonist destroys home and pets

November 3, 2017 11:16AM

A TOLAGA Bay man is devastated over the loss of his home, possessions, his caravan and truck in a deliberately-lit fire on Sunday night. It …

Asparagus crop booming in Ngatapa hill country

October 18, 2017 11:08AM

A sideline asparagus-growing project originally planned to help a young Gisborne mother adapt to a new rural lifestyle has become more successful than ever imagined. …

Winning on a working holiday

October 11, 2017 10:30AM

TWO young EU nationals are loving their first ever New Zealand Farm experience on Piritaha Station at Ngatapa, just out of Gisborne. Natalie Zimmnawoda from …

Ed Sheeran's special message to Gisborne woman

October 5, 2017 12:02PM

A YOUNG Gisborne woman with terminal cancer was “star-struck” when she saw a video of pop musician Ed Sheeran wishing her “all the love in …

Turihaua enjoys solid yearling sale

September 30, 2017 10:46AM

TURIHAUA Angus Stud’s annual yearling sale was set alight from the start with the first bull in the ring attracting quick-fire bidding to reach $8500. …

Conquering Everest a kilo at a time

September 23, 2017 8:58AM

THE SKY is the limit for a Gisborne man who has lost nearly half his weight. This week Ritchie Scott is in the top 10 …

Couple shocked and saddened by motor home attack

September 13, 2017 12:27PM

A COUPLE travelling around the East Coast are gutted at a vandalism attack that happened when they stopped at Tokomaru Bay this week. The attack, …

Making the forests safe

September 9, 2017 10:18AM

FRESH ideas about making health and safety measures for forestry workers more effective came out of an informal hui in Gisborne this week. The meeting …

Longer barrier to stop rubbish dumpers

September 7, 2017 11:02AM

THE second stage has begun in an effort to reduce the number of places people can drive in and dump rubbish along the 7km foreshore …

Agribusiness IFL goes global

September 4, 2017 2:57PM

THE agribusiness behind one of New Zealand’s biggest Maori incorporations has gone global. Integrated Foods Ltd is the commercial food arm of Mangatu Blocks, a …

Cedenco, R and V part of ideas man’s legacy

September 2, 2017 9:01AM

GISBORNE businessman and entrepreneur Dean Witters, an “idea-a-minute” man, has died from bone cancer aged 70. In his colourful life he was instrumental in forming …

Cedenco, R and V part of ideas man’s legacy

September 1, 2017 12:32PM

GISBORNE businessman and entrepreneur Dean Witters, an “idea-a-minute” man, has died from bone cancer aged 70. In his colourful life he was instrumental in forming …

Hats off to Joe

August 6, 2017 9:01AM

OWNER of three vintage Austins and a sporty little 1968 MGB, it is Joe Webber’s Austin 7 Tophat he bought first, that is his baby. …

Weekend of wine and food for Labour Day weekend

August 8, 2017 11:51AM

There is no food and wine festival planned for Labour Weekend in Gisborne this year but wineries have pulled out all stops to make sure …

Gisborne makes it onto wine map

July 31, 2017 10:37AM

A LOT of hard work has gone in to the Gisborne district's official international recognition as a wine region. This week the Geographical Indications (Wines …

A Dry July for Tess

July 25, 2017 11:20AM

THE death of her dad from cancer is the main motivation for Gisborne woman Tess Brownlie to take part in  Dry July for the third …

Cash or the Kete's winner a near thing

July 24, 2017 11:22AM

BAD weather nearly cost a Tolaga Bay woman $10,000. Heart of Gisborne’s $10,000 winner of the Cash or the Kete winter promotion is Nanette Moeke …

'Fix our country roads'

July 14, 2017 12:24PM

MASSIVE deterioration of the roads in the Ngatapa area and a couple of near-misses between logging trucks and the school bus were the focus of …

Big tuna hooked at Waihau Bay Fishing Club

July 10, 2017 11:45AM

A LARGE slip in the Waioeka Gorge deterred some anglers but not the Gisborne crew of About Time, who landed three southern bluefin tuna — …

Council under fire over rubbish trucks

July 6, 2017 11:28AM

GISBORNE District Council is under fire from the community for allowing its waste collection contractor to work near schools at peak traffic times. This is …

Tackling labour shortage

June 10, 2017 11:21AM

A new Gisborne horticulture business focused on building skilled labour for the growing kiwifruit industry is showing success. Under the Vine’s Mark Geuze has been …

End of an electrical era

June 2, 2017 11:38AM

CLOSE to half a century in the electrical wholesaling business has come to an end for self-made Gisborne businessman Mike Swanson. The business in Palmerston …

Dog saved by jaws of life

May 31, 2017 11:45AM

A GISBORNE dog with more lives than a cat had another lucky escape last night — thanks to the fire service and a vet. Terrier …

Cyclone Debbie and Little Rick

April 9, 2017 9:01AM

THE week Cyclone Debbie hit was rough on many, including those of us sharing its name. Apparently it was appropriately named, one colleague said. The …

$2m Australian Derby win to Gisborne family

April 4, 2017 12:27PM

IT WAS a “dream come true” for the Gisborne-based Zame family when they watched the first race horse they have ever owned — Jon Snow …

Rail trail gets the nod

March 31, 2017 12:14PM

A LESSON in persistence is how Gisborne Railbike Adventures founder Geoff Main describes his success in winning a tender under KiwiRail to operate a rail-based …

Wainui's big question

March 24, 2017 11:47AM

THE reticulation of sewage and water is back on the agenda for Wainui Beach residents. A Gisborne District Council “cuppa” community meeting at the Wainui …

Life of Murray Ball celebrated

March 17, 2017 4:27PM

THE life of iconic New Zealand cartoonist Murray Ball was celebrated in Gisborne today. Ball was the creator of the famous Footrot Flats cartoon strip, …

Record numbers for 33rd Bay Bonanza

January 31, 2017 11:47AM

IT WAS a first of everything for the boat Slip Knot and its three-man crew when they landed the only marlin in the Gisborne-Tatapouri Sports …

Reflecting on platinum years happily married

January 19, 2017 12:03PM

Tolerance is the key word for anyone married to the same person for 70 years. Betty (92) and Walter Irving (93) agree the secret to …

Many go out of their way to help injured

December 28, 2016 12:20PM

SUPPORT for the survivors of the Tongan bus crash in the Whareratas on Christmas Eve has been nothing short of incredible, support workers say. But …

Gisborne's technology pioneer

December 16, 2016 11:45AM

A DUTCH migrant who came to New Zealand for a better life with his wife Lyn, was integral in improving the lives of everyone in …

Gisborne's champion garden

December 8, 2016 10:28AM

A “BEAUTIFUL, colourful and well-thought-out” garden in Whataupoko has taken the top honour at the annual Gisborne Community Garden Awards. Entering the competition for the …

Outside firm to get GDC rebuild

November 26, 2016 10:53AM

MANY local subcontractors and ratepayers are angry that a Mount Maunganui construction company has been selected as the preferred contractor for the rebuild of Gisborne …

Matawai School's Ag Day fun for all

November 16, 2016 9:59AM

More than 100 people turned out for the Matawai School Ag Day and animal parade last week. The annual event has been going longer than …

Bussing home to lead mass haka at city beach

November 3, 2016 11:39AM

A former Gisborne man is “staggered” by the backing for a mass haka he is organising to support a Sioux tribe’s fight against a multibillion-dollar …

Youth council eager to tackle projects

October 27, 2016 10:38AM

GISBORNE District Council’s 2016 youth council has been sworn in and the new members are ready to get stuck into some interesting projects. Youth council …

Orca take a shine to Gisborne and stay

October 21, 2016 11:17AM

ORCA have been seen again close to shore in the Gisborne district with clear water and calm conditions the likely reason why they have stayed …

Gisborne doctors strike a blow for garden

October 19, 2016 11:01AM

MORE than 200 Gisborne people have been affected by the nationwide 48-hour strike by junior doctors, with surgeries and many appointments with specialists rescheduled. The …

Schoolyard playground vandalised

October 13, 2016 11:16AM

VANDALS have severely damaged a large school playground built with community funding. Cobham School students, teachers and principal Teresa Scott are all shocked and sad …

Doctors' strike to hit Gisborne next week

October 12, 2016 11:15AM

MORE than 200 Gisborne people will be affected by the nationwide 48-hour strike by young doctors who want safer work hours. Scheduled surgeries and most …

'Leave our name alone'

October 11, 2016 12:02PM

ONE thing new Gisborne district councillor Malcolm MacLean will not allow to slip under the radar is a name change for this district. Mr MacLean …

Meng into sixth leadership term

October 9, 2016 10:54AM

GISBORNE voters put Meng Foon back in for a sixth term as mayor and the city has two new councillors. In the preliminary results of …

Fenn to be voice for youth on council

October 8, 2016 6:21PM

ONE of the Gisborne ward’s two new councillors, Karen Fenn, was excited and still a bit numb when she heard the early election result on …

Cut off by dropout, work to reopen

September 30, 2016 1:00PM

ABOUT a dozen people who live in Whareponga village, near Ruatoria, have been isolated by a large dropout in their road for most of this …

Gisborne correspondent at the Rio Games

September 30, 2016 10:00AM

SENT as a press attache for New Zealand athletes, Gisborne journalist Diana Dobson ended up being the subject of the biggest story to come out …

Braving Bratislava

September 4, 2016 9:01AM

WE ARE on our way to Italy with a few destinations in mind. Slovakia is where we decide to go. Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, …

Gisborne rookie in Rio

August 13, 2016 8:41AM

GISBORNE-born journalist Jacob Brown is TV3’s own “rookie in Rio” and having the experience of his lifetime. “It’s exciting, nerve-racking and very full on,” he …

Powerless

August 6, 2016 2:57PM

More power outages could be on the way after Gisborne fell victim to the effects of heavy snow in Hawke’s Bay overnight and this morning. …

Destination Krakow

July 24, 2016 9:01AM

KRAKOW, at the bottom of Poland is turning into a destination city, and for good reason. After a week in Northern Ireland, we decided it …

Trouble-free in Northern Ireland

June 26, 2016 9:01AM

OH Ireland! I was so sad to leave you. My perception and the reality of Ireland were miles apart and mostly everything was one nice …

Our port's world-class log treatment

May 18, 2016 10:54AM

THE design of Eastland Port’s $12 million upper log yard focuses on minimising potential issues with stormwater. The central-city port is the second largest log exporter …

Yellow-bellied snake ashore

May 6, 2016 12:39PM

THE sight of a yellow-bellied sea snake gave a tourist walking along the beach at Tokomaru Bay this week quite a fright. It also came …

Broadbill smashes club record

May 3, 2016 10:24AM

A GISBORNE man smashed the local record for broadbill while just ”doing what we do” last week. Phil Matthews went fishing on his boat Alma …

Spinning wheel mystery a good yarn

April 21, 2016 9:08AM

A MYSTERY surrounding a 100-year-old spinning wheel has been solved. Two years ago Sun City Spinners started a search for a historic Gisborne-made spinning wheel …

Roads dominate concerns

April 13, 2016 9:59AM

ROAD issues were the hot topic at last night’s Gisborne District Council community annual plan consultation meeting at Waerenga-o-Kuri. Mayor Meng Foon said there had …

Striped marlin wins fisherman $10,000

February 15, 2016 11:40AM

FOUR slow days of fishing changed into the sweet taste of victory in the nick of time for one angler and his crew in the …

A tale of three big fish

February 12, 2016 12:59PM

AN UNOFFICIAL world record short-billed spearfish, a woman’s 15th marlin and an eight-year-old’s battle with a 125 kilogram fish were the big stories from fishing …

A fish tale like no other

February 1, 2016 10:03AM

THE lucky angler draw was the grand final of a three-day fishing competition which saw 108 boats out in the district's waters to chase all …

Bigeye tuna catch surprises Gisborne fisherman

January 7, 2016 9:55AM

WHEN Gisborne angler Darrel Moleta was out fishing for a feed of hapuka yesterday, a huge bigeye tuna was the last thing he expected to …

Staff error strands foul water samples at airport

January 6, 2016 12:10PM

A “complete stuff up” in which samples of smelly discharge into Gisborne’s harbour three weeks ago never made it to be tested has disappointed Gisborne …

Family mourns loss of loving Dad

December 30, 2015 12:42PM

AN East Coast summer family tradition ended in a familyy tragedy on Monday. A family lost their doting father and grandfather, brother and cousin Tamahou …

Faecal bacteria turn up in harbour

December 29, 2015 12:37PM

A TEST of the smelly discharge into Gisborne’s harbour two weeks ago shows a high count of faecal bacteria. The day after the event, Gisborne …

Aussie 'fysherman' lands a big one

December 16, 2015 11:18AM

AN AUSTRALIAN man who is mad about fishing had his decision to move to Gisborne firmly cemented last night when he caught a huge kingfish …

Gisborne kicks heels up at second Food Festival

December 4, 2015 8:02PM

MARVELLOUS, fantastic and just wow were some of the words used to describe the Gisborne Street Food Festival in Reads Quay this evening. The woman …

Rocket Lab chooses Mahia for space launches

November 24, 2015 11:37AM

A DECISION by Rocket Lab to make Mahia its priority launch pad site is “fantastic news” and an “amazing opportunity”, community leaders in the Gisborne-Wairoa …

'Who runs the council?'

November 21, 2015 10:38AM

THE latest development in Gisborne District Council’s handling of the resource consent for the large Hawaiki Turanga sculpture proposed for near the Waikanae Stream mouth …

Weekend of Wine and Food successful in new format

October 27, 2015 3:30PM

A NEW format for Gisborne’s Weekend of Wine and Food won the thumbs-up from wineries and punters at the weekend but has challenges to overcome. …

Imprisoned on an island

October 12, 2015 12:53PM

A GISBORNE family is desperate for answers after finding out a family member is among the 180 New Zealanders detained by the Australian Government on …

Coffee roasted free and easy

September 7, 2015 4:53PM

STEVE King and Jo Pewhairangi can’t think of a better climate to live in or a better place to bring up their two children than …

Excitement building over local railway

August 14, 2015 2:56PM

Everything is falling into place for a restart of Gisborne’s steam train Wa165 — a key factor in our relationship with the multimillion-dollar cruise ship …

Clicking days are over

October 5, 2013 12:01PM

A familiar face on the sideline of Gisborne events and occasions for more than quarter of a century is exchanging his camera for an apron …

GisVin goes to Marlborough

March 11, 2013 12:01PM

AS confidence in the wine industry picks up, this vintage Gisborne grape processing company GisVin and its Hawke’s Bay partner will process more than 10 …

Rail needs more than ‘lip-service’

August 5, 2015 5:23PM

GISBORNE'S vintage rail group has hit a major stumbling block in its attempt to get steam train Wa165 back on the track. KiwiRail has a …

Pioneer of modern wine industry in honours list

June 3, 2015 2:28PM

She was one of the few people he shared the news with and she was “very excited” about her son making the Queen’s Birthday honours …

Relief for steam train

June 3, 2015 4:38PM

THIS is a real boost for tourism here as the district heads into summer expecting 12 visits from four cruise ships between November and March. …

Cruise ships at risk

May 5, 2015 2:51PM

THAT was the basis of a strong submission to Gisborne District Council’s long-term plan. Gisborne Rail Action Group spokeswoman Gillian Ward says Gisborne City Vintage …

Bringing home the violence

April 28, 2015 3:16PM

THE East Coast community used this dual theme during their service to symbolise opposition to violence “in any way, shape or form — and beginning …

Hawke's Bay Council holds out for rail link

April 23, 2015 2:26PM

OTHER groups interested in using the line to run tourism ventures like the Wa165 vintage train and cycle trails are still waiting. An idea to …

Historic Church at Manutuke nears completion

April 20, 2015 2:16PM

THE Toko Toru Tapu Church at Manutuke, near Gisborne will be nearly restored with a $38,500 donation from Eastern and Central Community Trust. “It has …

Back-to-back ‘first gamefish’

January 27, 2015 4:23PM

A Wairoa fishing boat crew reckon they had “something from above keeping an eye on them” when they landed the first gamefish of the season …

Peach of a pumpkin top of the crop

April 29, 2013 4:49PM

GISBORNE man Malcolm Peach has secrets about how to grow giant pumpkins and his winning formula landed him the big one this year. After four …