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Our tsunami report card

April 26, 2016 10:32AM

COMMUNITY input will be crucial in planning for natural hazards such as tsunamis, rising sea levels and earthquakes in this region, says Gisborne District Council …

Feedback on Wainui and Pines surf break

April 27, 2016 11:32AM

USEFUL insights into the state of Wainui Beach and the surf break Pines were given to a team of researchers at a public meeting on …

Two extra routes in cycleways proposal

April 27, 2016 10:55AM

TWO new cycleway routes connecting high schools in the city have been prioritised for development by Gisborne District Council. The main cycleway proposed is along …

Aquifer consent application gets committee nod

April 26, 2016 11:09AM

A MAJORITY of the Future Tairawhiti committee has supported the decision to lodge resource consents for Gisborne District Council’s controversial managed aquifer recharge (MAR) pilot …

Keen for locals to share information on Wainui breaks

April 22, 2016 12:12PM

GISBORNE people are being asked to share their knowledge about Wainui Beach and the Pines surf break at a meeting tomorrow. The information will be …

Students see urban impact on streams

April 19, 2016 8:22AM

HOME-SCHOOLED children saw the disparity in water quality between two streams in Gisborne at a workshop last week. Led by Nga Mahi Te Taiao co-ordinator …

Following in King of Pop’s dance steps

April 18, 2016 8:24AM

A YOUNG Gisborne busker says he wants to be like his idol Michael Jackson and become the next “King of Pop”. Shaun-Lindsay Kiwara-Harrington, 9, has …

Makauri hears the new rules on waterways

April 15, 2016 12:20PM

PROJECTS on waterways in the Makauri area were the focus of a Gisborne District Council consultation meeting there yesterday. One of the biggest changes people …

Young leaders share passion for environment

April 15, 2016 10:11AM

TWO Gisborne students passionate about environmental protection have been chosen to take part in the Sir Peter Blake Youth EnviroLeaders’ Forum in Nelson. Anna Spring, …

A garden with links to Cook

April 14, 2016 10:27AM

A PUBLIC garden based on the arrival in Gisborne of Captain James Cook’s ship Endeavour in 1769 is being developed at a native reserve here. …

New bus times, no timetables

April 7, 2016 11:11AM

BUS users have criticised Gisborne District Council for failing to distribute new timetables, as changes to bus schedules and routes came into effect on Monday. …

Art for clean water at Whangarei

April 7, 2016 10:07AM

PIECES of artwork inspired by Gisborne young people who walked 300 kilometres from Turangi to Wellington in support of a campaign to improve New Zealand’s …

Funding to tackle E.coli

April 5, 2016 11:32AM

A TARGET has been set by Gisborne District Council to reduce faecal bacteria in the water at Rere Falls and Rockslide to normal levels “on …

Wherowhero Fridays part of winter plan

April 5, 2016 9:26AM

THE call has gone out for volunteers to help with planting at Wherowhero Lagoon during winter. A series of community planting days, starting on June …

Pumpkins turn into money for hospice

April 4, 2016 11:35AM

WITH support from pumpkin growers, local businesses and the public, between $9000 and $10,000 was raised for Hospice Tairawhiti at the 14th annual Classic Bushmere …

Gisby continues Taranaki run

April 1, 2016 3:16PM

GISBORNE surfer John Gisby continued his near-perfect Taranaki run by winning his division in the 25th annual New Plymouth Boardriders Club Easter Masters. It was …

Track upgraded at Morere

April 1, 2016 12:02PM

A LOOP track through Morere Springs Scenic Reserve has been upgraded to try to encourage more people to visit the area. The 785-metre Nikau track …

Jared and the giant pumpkin

April 1, 2016 8:39AM

GOOD seed, good soil and good luck were what a Gisborne man Jared Owen needed to grow a pumpkin that could weigh between 600 and …

Coastline’s future reliant on stronger protection policies

March 31, 2016 1:49PM

TAIRAWHITI will need stronger coastal protection policies to ensure the natural beauty of the region is passed on to future generations, says coastal scientist Dr …

Marc-ing roads

March 20, 2016 9:31AM

MOVING to Gisborne has been a “real blessing” for a former-Auckland man who now considers himself a local, even if his friends still call him …

Could Tokomaru Bay become our town of waiata?

March 23, 2016 11:45AM

AN idea for Tokomaru Bay to become the region’s town of waiata was well-received at a community consultation meeting this week. Gisborne District Council met …

What is being done about livestock burps and farts?

March 22, 2016 8:15AM

NEW ZEALAND is at the forefront of research into ways to reduce methane emissions in the agriculture industry, according to a lead scientist at a …

Fix our roads

March 22, 2016 12:23PM

THE poor state of roads in Waipiro Bay and the change in contractors for the region’s highways has been detrimental for the town, Gisborne District …

Platform concept put forward for river bombers

March 19, 2016 11:43AM

MEMBERS of a working group want to have a bombing platform design ready to roll out by next summer. A community meeting on the bombing …

Skate park proposal

March 21, 2016 10:04AM

ALFRED Cox Skate Park is well overdue for an upgrade and can become a community hub for Gisborne’s young people, says one of the park …

Surfing juniors turn out in force

March 17, 2016 3:07PM

GISBORNE Boardriders Club had its best competition turnout of juniors in 20 years when they held their second event of the year at Midway Beach …

Gisborne Bunnings workers suspended

March 16, 2016 12:26PM

FIVE of Gisborne’s Bunnings Warehouse workers have been suspended following nationwide strike action yesterday. They took off their aprons and replaced them with union stickers …

The far-reaching benefits of growing local

March 14, 2016 8:37AM

GISBORNE could benefit from providing better support to local food producers and suppliers, and encouraging more people to participate in community planning and sustainable practices, …

Platform idea floated for river jumpers

March 11, 2016 11:13AM

A JUMPING platform by the railway bridge over the Turanganui River could be a solution to the conflict between swimmers and boaties at the inner …

Young cowboy NZ rookie of the year

March 10, 2016 11:19AM

A YOUNG East Coast cowboy was given a hero’s welcome this week when he returned home to Gisborne from the national rodeo circuit finals in …

Former gang leader sent off

March 3, 2016 4:12PM

HUNDREDS of Mongrel Mob gang members from around New Zealand gathered in Gisborne for the funeral of ex-president and founder of the Gisborne chapter Ikadie …

Hikoi to improve state of waterways

March 8, 2016 9:10AM

A GROUP of Gisborne people will join others around the country in a 320-kilometre hikoi march from Turangi to parliament to support a petition calling …

Beaches looking fab after community clean-up

March 7, 2016 12:02PM

VOLUNTEERS picked up more than 30 bags of rubbish from the town beaches here on Saturday. There was a great turn-out for Tairawhiti Environment Centre’s …

Encore for seed and fruit exchange

March 3, 2016 10:22AM

IN preparation for the autumn and winter growing seasons, people can trade and share ideas at the second Tairawhiti Fruit and Seed Exchange at Kaiti …

Paddling the coast to protect it

March 1, 2016 2:05PM

A MAN who is paddling from Cape Palliser to East Cape in protest against deep sea oil exploration passed Gisborne yesterday. Peter Ralph, 25, started …

Good vibes as longboarding enjoys new lease of life

March 1, 2016 10:51AM

GISBORNE’S surfing community gathered as the elements turned it on for the Makorori First Light Longboard Surfing Classic on Saturday. Blue sky, offshore north-westerly wind …

Welcome helpers in the hilltop garden

March 1, 2016 10:17AM

DESPITE problems with thieves and sinkholes, Turanga Garden continues to grow and the volunteers behind it welcomed help from ANZ staff on Friday. Eight workers …

Surf film fest finds success in Gisborne

February 29, 2016 11:39AM

ORGANISERS were “blown away” by Gisborne’s participation in the fourth annual Aotearoa Surf Film Festival at the weekend. About 500 people went to the free …

Walk, fish, swim

February 27, 2016 8:19AM

WALKING, fishing and swimming are the most popular activities in Gisborne, a nationwide survey shows. Of the 331 Gisborne people between 16 and 46 years …

‘Be nice’ to our staff

February 26, 2016 12:12PM

THE manager of Dick Smith Electronics in Gisborne has asked the public “to be nice” to staff during the next eight weeks as the store …

Twenty-two years for Makorori longboard classic

February 26, 2016 10:21AM

THE Makorori First Light Longboard Surfing Classic is back for the 22nd time tomorrow. More than 50 people have registered so far for the annual …

Dixon-Smith chases surfing dream in Indonesia

February 25, 2016 8:26AM

A GISBORNE teenager is pursuing his dream of becoming a professional surfer, and his dad is doing everything he can to make it happen, even …

Stream polluted by rotten grass

February 25, 2016 1:10PM

PARTS of the Wainui Stream turned black and fish were deprived of oxygen earlier this month because Gisborne District Council contractors did not clean up …

Go for a spin on Sunday's Family Fun Ride

February 24, 2016 8:36AM

BIKES, scooters, skateboards and roller blades are all welcome modes of transport at a Family Fun Ride to celebrate Gisborne’s walkways and cycleways on Sunday. …

Huringa Pai aiming to create better Maori health

February 23, 2016 12:29PM

GISBORNE people with pre-diabetes and members of community organisations will meet for the first time tomorrow since the formation of Huringa Pai, a movement that …

Rifleman birds flourish at Whinray Scenic Reserve

February 23, 2016 8:18AM

THE growing number of native rifleman birds (titipounamu) in Whinray Scenic Reserve is the latest example of the effectiveness of pest-trapping in the area. Serena …

New DoC bait to cull wasps at Mahia

February 23, 2016 8:14AM

THE Department of Conservation (DoC) will target wasps at Mahia Peninsula Scenic Reserve this month with a new bait product. The protein bait called Vespex …

Putting the heat on poachers

February 19, 2016 11:51AM

THE incidence of illegal recreational fishing is down slightly this summer on previous years but the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) district compliance officer says …

Lockout over for 160 Affco workers

February 18, 2016 11:46AM

WAIROA meat workers involved in a five-month union lockout will return to work next week at the town’s Affco plant. This follows an Employment Court …

Local hostels not refusing Kiwi backpackers

February 18, 2016 11:34AM

BLENHEIM backpackers might have a problem with Kiwi travellers but they are welcome in Gisborne. An Auckland man was told he could not stay at …

Leaping shark startles Wainui surfers

February 11, 2016 2:37PM

A LARGE shark was seen jumping out of the water at Wainui Beach last night, startling a nearby surfer and others who saw it. It …

Paddling to save the coast

February 11, 2016 8:58AM

A MAN is paddling from the bottom of the North Island to the top of the East Cape to raise awareness about the risks of …

Wairoa dog has nose for native species

February 9, 2016 8:25AM

A DOG in Wairoa has qualified with the Department of Conservation (DoC) to search for blue duck (whio) and could become the first in New …

Waitangi Day celebrates diversity

February 7, 2016 1:54PM

GISBORNE’S cultural diversity was celebrated at a Waitangi Day family event on Saturday. An estimated more than 500 people enjoyed multicultural performances, live music, sports …

Courses for horses . . . and huskies

February 6, 2016 9:11AM

HUSKY and malamute dogs have a new exercise area at the Gisborne RDA indoor arena at Showgrounds Park. Members of the Gisborne Husky and Malamute …

‘Stock-take’ of climate change actions desired

February 5, 2016 12:54PM

A STOCK-take of Gisborne District Council’s climate change actions and carbon-emitting activities is needed to better guide its policies on climate change. This was the …

Groundswell grows against TPPA

February 4, 2016 12:50PM

AROUND 150 people marched to local and national government offices in Gisborne today in protest against the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement. Protesters walked from Te …

Gisborne joins nationwide TPPA protests

February 3, 2016 12:24PM

A PROTEST against the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement is planned in Gisborne tomorrow, as trade ministers from the 12 countries involved meet in Auckland to sign …

Out the back

January 29, 2016 1:09PM

On the trail of legends Legends. Gisborne continues to produce them, but where do they go after their prime and how have their attitudes changed …

Feeding body and soul in Tairawhiti

January 27, 2016 10:57AM

MANA is returning to homeless and hungry people in Gisborne, say volunteers of a community organisation feeding them. On an average night, about 35 people …

Troublesome trees removed

January 26, 2016 8:16AM

EIGHT large liquidambar trees near Mangapapa School will be cut down because they are a serious health and safety hazard and are causing problems for …

Feast of waves thanks to Vic

January 22, 2016 11:55AM

CYCLONE Victor served up plenty of waves over the last few days and the feast is set to continue through to next week. The north-east …

Valuable QS surfing experience for Gisborne’s Smith

January 19, 2016 2:37PM

DESPITE getting knocked out in round 2, Gisborne surfer Jasmine Smith gained some valuable experience at her first Qualifying Series event in New South Wales …

No Gizzy glory at Nationals

January 18, 2016 11:38AM

GISBORNE does not have a national surfing champion for the first time in 31 years. Just four Gisborne surfers made it to Dunedin for the …

Course will look at environmental issues for hapu

January 18, 2016 9:42AM

A NEW marae-based course gives students the opportunity to learn about environmental issues relevant to their hapu. More than half of the 40 spaces have …

Out the back

January 15, 2016 2:04PM

Forecast fee a sign of the times SO, after 12 years of free reports and surf camera access, Surf 2 Surf is charging for the …

Out the back

January 8, 2016 12:03PM

AS I was checking the surf at Wainui this week, I saw a lone surfer displace an astronomical amount of water with a huge forehand …

Taking action on fresh water

January 13, 2016 2:27PM

STORIES about river degradation here will support a petition calling for the Government to increase minimum freshwater standards. Gisborne was the first stop for freshwater …

Quinn looking good at St Clair

January 13, 2016 10:49AM

GISBORNE surfer Maz Quinn is on track to match the all-time record of five national titles after an explosive performance on Day 2 of the …

Mixed start for Gisborne surfers

January 12, 2016 12:31PM

IT was tough going for Gisborne surfers on day one of the 53rd national surfing championships in Dunedin yesterday. Competitors were greeted by a solid …

Pa Wars’ waste reduction goal eclipsed at Te Araroa

January 9, 2016 11:38AM

INORGANIC waste from Ngati Porou’s 2016 Pa Wars was restricted to one wheelie bin, despite a turnout of around 2500 people. Rain made it difficult …

Diesel discharge into Waikanae Stream

January 8, 2016 12:21PM

DISAPPOINTMENT is widespread today over yet another toxic discharge into one of Gisborne’s waterways. An estimated 10 litres of diesel leaked into the Waikanae Stream …

Council takes flak over glow sticks

January 6, 2016 12:21PM

GISBORNE District Council’s decision to hand out 10,000 glow sticks at Fire in the Sky should never have been made, a Gisborne councillor says. People …

Waste-free aim for Ngati Porou Pa Wars

December 29, 2015 9:53AM

ORGANISERS of Ngati Porou’s 2016 Pa Wars are aiming for a waste-free event. Over 1000 people could attend the marae-based competition on January 3, and …

Taking a drag on manuka

December 29, 2015 9:07AM

GISBORNE could benefit from investing in sustainable industries like organic oil production for e-cigarettes, a community developer says. Dave Smith from Starfish Consultancy spoke about …

Community supports women's refuge

December 23, 2015 2:43PM

GISBORNE people have donated gifts to Women’s Refuge to help support women and children who suffer the consequences of the Christmas “festive season”. People often …

Penguin chick saved

December 22, 2015 10:06AM

GISBORNE harbour workers saved a blue penguin chick from being squashed by heavy machinery yesterday morning. The juvenile seabird, thought to be between six and …

Testing could be done before winter

December 19, 2015 11:11AM

LEAD hydrologist of the Makauri aquifer recharge (MAR) project says enough technical analysis has been done to lodge a resource consent for the trial. Bob …

All I want for Christmas

December 18, 2015 12:45PM

Out the Back is a weekly column on everything surf-related in Gisborne. If you have stories or ideas you would like to share, email Finn …

Boardriders celebrate big year

December 17, 2015 8:36AM

SURFING veteran John Gisby was named surfer of the year at the Gisborne Boardriders Club end-of-year prize-giving. He was unbeaten in all four of the …

The Force Awakens in Gisborne

December 17, 2015 12:55PM

GENERATIONS of Star Wars fans were out in force in Gisborne last night for the midnight premiere of the new movie The Force Awakens. It …

Force is strong in this family

December 15, 2015 12:19PM

A GISBORNE family cannot wait to be one of the first worldwide to watch the new Star Wars movie. The Solomon family of four will …

Christie will be back

December 15, 2015 10:55AM

RICARDO Christie should keep his chin up and move forward after failing to re-qualify for the World Surf League Championship Tour, says four-time New Zealand …

Watch out for jellyfish

December 11, 2015 4:36PM

Did everyone manage to get a few waves at some point this week? Because the swell is forecast to be pretty tiny this weekend. We …

Bunnings workers strike again

December 12, 2015 9:05AM

FIFTEEN Gisborne Bunnings Warehouse workers went on strike for an hour yesterday because they say contract and pay negotiations with management are not progressing. This …

Tyndall Road garden flourishes

December 10, 2015 9:05AM

A FORMER horse paddock in Kaiti has been converted into a fully-operational garden in nine months. Soraya Pohatu and her Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT) …

Council 'not doing enough' on sewage

December 10, 2015 12:23PM

MORE work is needed to stop wastewater discharges into Gisborne rivers like the one that occurred on Tuesday night, says Gisborne councillor Amber Dunn. About …

Volunteers and community fuel Gizzy School Lunches

December 10, 2015 10:03AM

GIZZY School Lunches has grown its school lunch-making operation to feed 161 young people who might otherwise have gone hungry every day. A team of …

Writer says Gisborne must prepare for climate change

December 10, 2015 8:22AM

GISBORNE NEEDS to prepare for changing weather conditions, a science writer says. The region can expect longer droughts, more frequent and bigger floods, and a …

From shallow water comes a clear surfing perspective

December 6, 2015 10:07AM

THE chances are, if you live in Gisborne you know a surfer, a boogie boarder or a paddle boarder who has featured on the viewfinder …

Christie’s late charge not enough

December 5, 2015 8:22AM

RICARDO Christie’s late charge on the World Qualifying Series (QS) ended as he was knocked out in the quarterfinals of the Vans World Cup in …

Out the back

December 4, 2015 12:05PM

AFTER a few weeks of small surf and onshore winds, this weekend is shaping up to be a hisser. The north-east swell that has kept …

El Nino forecast will delay any aquifer testing

December 3, 2015 12:02PM

GISBORNE District Council will not apply for resource consents for its managed aquifer recharge trial in the Makauri aquifer until autumn next year. With El …

Surfers support ‘no violence’ event

December 3, 2015 11:47AM

THERE WERE big smiles all around at Makorori Beach, venue for the first surf contest in New Zealand to support prevention of domestic violence. Despite …

Oil spill response team well prepared

December 2, 2015 8:16AM

A SPECIALIST from Maritime New Zealand yesterday gave feedback to Gisborne's oil spill response team after an oil-spill-simulation exercise was carried out on the rivers …

Council seeks submissions on Freshwater Plan

December 1, 2015 8:20AM

PEOPLE throughout this region went to consultation meetings held by Gisborne District Council (GDC) last month on the proposed Gisborne Regional Freshwater Plan (FWP) and …

Yellow-crowned parakeets found at Whinray

December 1, 2015 8:30AM

WHINRAY Scenic Reserve has a colourful addition to its host of rare native species. The reserve’s pest trapper, Serena Davis, recently identified the yellow-crowned parakeet. …

Gisborne marches for climate action

November 28, 2015 6:04PM

CLOSE TO 100 people marched in Gisborne today to demand action from the world's leaders on climate change. They joined tens of thousands of other …

Your chance to help preserve the East Coast

November 28, 2015 10:03AM

YOU can now have your say about how 22 public conservation areas on the East Coast should be managed for the next 10 years. The …

Oil spill response put to the test

November 28, 2015 9:10AM

A GISBORNE emergency response team will test their skills in a simulated oil spill exercise on Monday. The 20 trained responders will set up and …

Gisborne part of global climate march

November 27, 2015 9:05AM

GISBORNE people will march in support of climate change action tomorrow, along with hundreds of thousands of others around the world. Organisers say it will …

Longboard Classic supporting no violence campaign

November 26, 2015 9:06AM

A SURF competition on Saturday aims to raise money for domestic violence prevention initiatives in Gisborne. The Tauawhi No Violence Longboard Classic is the first …

Councillors vote 8-5 against offshore petroleum drilling

November 19, 2015 2:39PM

THE District Council has voted to oppose petroleum exploration in the Pegasus and East Coast basins as proposed in the Government’s Block Offer 2016. Eight …

Christie’s late charge perhaps too little too late

November 23, 2015 2:14PM

RICARDO CHRISTIE backed up his best result on the World Surf League Qualifying Series with ninth place in the Hawaiian Pro at the weekend. After …

Whangara children get their green thumbs on

October 24, 2015 12:00PM

CHILDREN from Whangara School planted 110 native shrubs and decorated wooden stakes along the road that leads to Te Tapuwae o Rongokako Marine Reserve this …

Council vote tomorrow on oil exploration

November 18, 2015 9:01AM

GISBORNE District Council will decide tomorrow what stance it will take on the Government’s proposed 2016 Block Offer for petroleum exploration off the East Coast. …

Campion earth champions aim to make a difference

November 17, 2015 8:06AM

A GROUP of 20 young people have stepped up as the environmental leaders of Campion College. They are called the Earth Champions and their aim …

Biting the bullet for her dream job

November 6, 2015 3:36PM

Serena Davis has found her dream job. She does not make copious amounts of money, she spends a lot of time alone, and deals with …

Back on track with Wa165

November 14, 2015 6:46PM

THE volunteers behind restoration of steam train Wa165 say although it has been “a long haul”, they are proud to see it back on track. …

Protesting the TPPA in Gisborne

November 14, 2015 6:30PM

GISBORNE protesters joined 10,000 others across the country in a march against the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement on the weekend. Around 100 people marched from …

Scott casts for world champs in Colorado

November 14, 2015 9:27AM

GISBORNE fly fisherman Cory Scott has won the New Zealand regional circuit for the second year in a row and now he has his eyes …

Naomi Shaw coaches Gisborne’s coaches

November 13, 2015 2:35PM

DURING coaching workshops this week in Gisborne White Sox coach and player Naomi Shaw praised the state of softball development in this region. The Softball …

Gisborne TPPA protest march tomorrow

November 13, 2015 12:52PM

A MARCH in opposition to the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) will be held in Gisborne tomorrow. The aim is to raise awareness about the …

Latest third place finish could prove crucial for Ricardo

November 10, 2015 12:01PM

RICARDO Christie had his best World Surf League Qualifying Series result of the year with a third-place finish at the Sao Paulo Open in Brazil …

DoC workers on strike

November 4, 2015 2:30PM

DEPARTMENT of Conservation workers here and around the country are on strike because they say management staff undervalue their work. They voted last week to …

Weighing up water recharge options

November 4, 2015 2:01PM

GISBORNE District Council has been urged to allow more time for consultation on the Makauri aquifer recharge project before it applies for a resource consent. …

Seeds sown at first Exchange

November 3, 2015 11:37AM

HUNDREDS of seedlings and fresh produce changed hands at the first Tairawhiti Seedling and Fruit Exchange on Saturday. Organiser Tony Robinson said there was widespread …

Kiwi chick tastes freedom

November 3, 2015 10:44AM

WHISKER THE kiwi was released into the wild at Whinray Scenic Reserve on Saturday after a year in a predator-proof enclosure. The male kiwi has …

Sallies host the Cans film festival

October 30, 2015 8:48AM

THE SALVATION Army has called for people to help stock up its Gisborne food here by donating canned food at a film festival event on …

Mormons clean the beach

October 30, 2015 12:50PM

A LARGE group of young people will participate in a vast beach clean-up on Saturday in Gisborne. The 40-50 youths between 12 and 17 years …

New report assesses coastal risk

October 29, 2015 1:09PM

GISBORNE District Council is yet to determine the implications of a new report that assesses the level of coastal flooding over at least 100 years …

More jobs for the region

October 28, 2015 2:32PM

THIS region needs more jobs, says the East Coast’s retiring Work and Income regional commissioner. Lindsay Scott will step down this week after 17 years …

GDC committee votes against offshore oil exploration

October 22, 2015 4:51PM

GISBORNE Gisborne District Council will not support the application for a major petroleum exploration block off the East Coast if the recommendation from the environmental …

Comet and his brother Whinray’s latest kiwi chicks

October 23, 2015 10:06AM

TWO KIWI chicks have been spotted and tagged at Motu’s Whinray Scenic Reserve and there could be a few more on the way, an expert …

Celebrating six decades together

October 22, 2015 2:40PM

THE SECRET to a Gisborne couple’s long-lasting marriage has been commitment and kindness. Don and Ann McMillan will celebrate 60 years of marriage today with …

Domain fire a threat to the efforts of Waihirere Eco-Warriors

October 19, 2015 3:47PM

CONSERVATIONISTS at Waihirere Domain are “devastated” after fire damaged part of the area last night. Tangiwai Ria — a mentor of the Waihirere Eco-Warriors — …

Banging on the Rugby World Cup drum

October 14, 2015 2:31PM

A GISBORNE family is creating “a bit of banter” about the Rugby World Cup with a series of witty and humorous signs along its fence. …

Junior surfing pioneer honoured

October 13, 2015 11:23AM

A GISBORNE surfing legend was honoured with a Life Membership Award from the Gisborne Boardriders Club last week. Bob Hansen received the award at the …

Pest control funds for Whinray, Longbush

October 6, 2015 4:50PM

TWO ECOLOGICAL groups have received Government funding to help control pests and protect native species in this region. Whinray Ecological Trust will receive $90,000, and …

Counting kiwis

October 6, 2015 4:16PM

A KIWI conservation group is calling for New Zealanders to help identify where the birds are present — or absent — across the country. Quest …

Girl power on waves

October 1, 2015 5:56PM

GISBORNE’S under-18 and u14 girls continued to dominate their opposition in the semifinals of the National Scholastic Surfing Championships today. Dayna Story and Abby Falwasser-Logan …

At the mercy of Government policies

October 1, 2015 4:45PM

GISBORNE is suffering the effects of “tough” Government policy on regional economic development, a Green Party MP said this week. Underfunded social services and high …

Helping Gisborne's homeless

September 30, 2015 2:22PM

VOLUNTEERS in Gisborne are rallying in support of the city’s homeless population. The organisation — Our People, Our Community in Turanganui-A-Kiwa — has cooked dinners …

Pressure goes on local team

September 30, 2015 2:13PM

THE pressure is on the Gisborne surf team after all three of the under-18 boys were eliminated in Round 2 of the National Scholastic Surfing …

Community spirit shines at emergency clean-up

September 29, 2015 2:56PM

VOLUNTEERS removed four trolley loads of rubbish from Midway and Waikanae Beach yesterday. A large amount of waste washed up during the flood last week, …

District waves carry young surfers to contest heights

September 29, 2015 12:26PM

TWO GISBORNE surfers were among the finalists at the National Primary School Championships at Makorori Beach on Sunday. The concluding heats were held at the …

Early-round success for local riders

September 29, 2015 12:31PM

THE National Scholastic Surfing Championships began yesterday and the Gisborne under-16 and u18 boys enjoyed some early-round success. Despite difficult conditions at Makorori Beach during …

Strike action is just the beginning at Bunnings

September 28, 2015 4:29PM

WORKERS FROM Bunnings Warehouse in Gisborne sent a message of discontent to their superiors on Saturday about employment contracts. They went on strike for two …

Homes inundated by rivers

September 22, 2015 12:01PM

MANY riverside residents are faced with a difficult clean-up after their homes were flooded yesterday. Torrential rain caused the Waimata and Taruheru Rivers to breach …

Huge recovery of roadside rubbish

September 21, 2015 12:01PM

IT TOOK nine 200-litre drums to contain the rubbish collected from the coast by New Zealand Motor Caravan Association volunteers on Saturday. Forty-four people turned …

Matawhero horse fair reflects changing times

September 16, 2015 4:20PM

HORSE numbers were down but a crowd of about 200 people gathered at the Matawhero Saleyards yesterday for the annual horse fair. Prospective buyers travelled …

Aiming for team glory on home break

September 15, 2015 4:36PM

THE 13 members of the Gisborne team for the National Scholastic Surfing Championships are relishing the opportunity to compete on their home breaks in two …

Extreme obstacles no barrier to Tough Gal winners

September 15, 2015 4:15PM

Two Gisborne teenagers navigated barbed wire fences and mud tunnels to win their age divisions at the New Zealand Secondary Schools Tough Guy and Gal …

Parking redesign required for inner harbour

September 15, 2015 2:25PM

THERE is enough car parking space around the inner harbour to satisfy everyone but it needs better distribution, a Gisborne District Council policy planner says. …

'The most successful collaboration'

September 14, 2015 2:48PM

TAIRAWHITI Roads can be a model for other roading network collaborations around the country, says a senior manager at New Zealand Transport Agency. Tommy Parker, …

East Coast residents start to moblilise

September 10, 2015 3:55PM

SOME Gisborne and East Coast people are already preparing to oppose petroleum exploration here for a second time, says a Gisborne district councillor. Consultation has …

Volunteers help keep Waikanae Stream clean

September 8, 2015 4:58PM

A “CONCERNING AMOUNT” of plastic waste was picked up by volunteers at a Waikanae Stream clean-up event on Saturday. However the condition of the area …

Wainui surf break in NZ research

September 8, 2015 1:16PM

Wainui surf break “Pines” is one of seven in New Zealand to be the subject of a scientific study during the next three years. Researchers …

Goodbye foam, hello paulownia

July 27, 2015 12:40PM

FOURTEEN years ago, Gisborne surfboard maker Adam Lloyd was landlocked in Manchester, in the UK, hundreds of kilometres from a surf-able coastline. Having never picked …

Band and duo on national stage

August 12, 2015 4:21PM

TWO Gisborne acts are one performance away from national music success after being announced as finalists for the Smokefree Pacifica Beats competition. Campion College duo …

Family calls for tougher laws

August 6, 2015 3:56PM

A SILENT VIGIL was held in Gisborne this week to send a message of discontent to the Government about what has been described as a …

New way to learn te reo online

July 29, 2015 2:35PM

A Ruatoria family has come up with an idea they hope will appeal to Maori and non-Maori wanting to improve their te reo pronunciation and …

Feeding our future

July 31, 2015 2:06PM

GISBORNE people have continued to support a volunteer lunch-making operation that is providing for those who need it most. Nearly 100 children and teenagers from …

Attempted break-in at ATM

July 28, 2015 3:18PM

A Bank of New Zealand ATM was damaged in a break-in attempt at about 2am in the Ballance Street Village. Police were called this morning …

Loaded and ready

July 23, 2015 2:42PM

THERE is plenty for Gisborne’s young surfers to look forward to in the coming months, with opportunities to develop skills and test them out against …

Diamond anniversary a ‘best’ birthday present

July 21, 2015 4:42PM

DAVID and Joy Reeves celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Saturday with family and close friends. “It seems like just yesterday we got married,” Mr …

Few foreign buyers eye Gisborne homes

July 15, 2015 3:30PM

MOST people who are buying property here from outside Gisborne are coming from Auckland, says Bayleys Gisborne director James MacPherson. “Foreign interest is minimal in …

Five days in the dark ages

July 14, 2015 1:49PM

BUT the McIntyres have learned a lot from the experience. The power went out at their Manutuke home on Thursday night when the southerly storm …

Restoration of city stream in fifth year

July 7, 2015 2:32PM

PEOPLE of all ages weeded, collected rubbish, spread mulch and planted native trees and shrubs — including 40 harakeke (flax) and carex (grass-like) plants — …

Stowaway spiders in Mexican grapes

July 8, 2015 3:28PM

SO far five black widow spiders and one brown widow have been reported to the Ministry of Primary Industries in connection with Mexican table grapes, …

Something in the water

July 8, 2015 2:08PM

THE purpose of the meeting was to get feedback on how the $50,000 reparation money for the sewage overflow in May should be spent. Other …

Vandalism a blow to volunteers

June 30, 2015 3:54PM

RAY Gowland was doing maintenance work in the bush reserve on Hospital Hill when he noticed a newly-planted camellia tree had been ripped out of …

Easing school hunger pangs

June 19, 2015 12:34PM

IN ONE month, Gizzy School Lunches has grown into a full-scale volunteer operation that provides affordable lunches for kids from kindergarten up to high school. …

Rodents ‘out in force’ over winter

June 18, 2015 4:22PM

RODENT control services and products are in high demand across the Gisborne region and residents should be on the look-out for signs of rats and …

Wainui break makes it to cover shot

June 12, 2015 11:40AM

TWO Gisborne surfers, Steve Roberts and Ben McCulloch, sit out the back on their boards while a hollow wave peels through on the inside. Framed …

Constantly cleaning up after others

June 11, 2015 4:16PM

BEER bottles, takeaway cups and plastic bags are among the contents found in Murray Winmill’s bin bag. He fills one every Sunday on his roadside …

Something for Vanuatu's kids

June 8, 2015 2:24PM

THE idea came to Campion College student Cameron Wood after a visit to the relief aid pop-up store on Peel Street. “I saw everyone bringing …

Flying over her old haunts at 99

June 4, 2015 4:34PM

A FEW nervy moments aside, Mrs Poole described her surprise 99th birthday ride over Gisborne as “thrilling” and “fabulous”. “At times the pilot was flying …

Youth committed to their domain

June 3, 2015 4:58PM

THEY are Nga Tamatoa o Waihirere Eco-Warriors, who at the weekend ran their second bio-blitz to give people an insight into the native reserve and …

Sport the ‘community glue’

June 3, 2015 3:07PM

TERRY Sheldrake has been made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Mr Sheldrake was the founding …

Preying on our native mantis

May 27, 2015 4:39PM

IT'S the giant South African praying mantis and a Gisborne women has taken a stand against it an the effort to protect native insects. Margaret …

Striking the whitebait jackpot

May 25, 2015 3:11PM

IT IS estimated the 1200-metre site holds trillions of whitebait eggs and a Hawke’s Bay expert has described it as an amazing discovery. In the …

Surf club work begins

May 15, 2015 2:40PM

The old clubrooms have been demolished, the ground has been levelled and the first load of concrete is expected to be poured by the end …

Stormwater gardens for Grey Street

May 19, 2015 1:55PM

THE existing stormwater outlet that runs on to the sand will be replaced by gardens that capture and filter all rain water through native plants …

Fish sizes decreasing?

May 19, 2015 12:36PM

DR Peter Ritchie, a researcher from the Allan Wilson Centre at Victoria University, presented his report — Size Does Matter, analysing the effect humans are …

Gisborne flautist named for National Youth Orchestra

May 18, 2015 2:00PM

Flute player Matthew Lee, 21, was ‘‘overwhelmed and humbled’’ when he found out that he had been selected for the 2015 National Youth Orchestra. “It …

Putting the 'natural' into local wine

April 30, 2015 4:45PM

HIRED by New Zealand Winegrowers to visit sustainable vineyards nationwide, Daniel Honan is on a mission to promote natural and biodynamic wines throughout New Zealand …