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Now a double cab All in Black

April 26, 2017 9:01AM

FOTON has added All Black and Chiefs loose forward Liam Messam as a new member of its team as its recently-upgraded 2017 Tunland Double Cab …

Challenging list of responsibilities for new Local Leadership Body

April 24, 2017 11:25AM

Gisborne District Council has moved closer to a deeper, wider relationship with Turanga iwi with its decision to take two steps towards the establishment of …

Urgent repair planned at river mouth

April 22, 2017 10:35AM

URGENT repair work will be carried out near the Waipaoa River mouth as part of the Waipaoa River Flood Control Scheme upgrade. Rivers, drainage and …

Bringing down the cost

April 22, 2017 9:14AM

THE cost of upgrading the city’s wastewater system is estimated to be between $20 and $50 million . . . but a working group is …

Long-term challenge for GDC finances

April 21, 2017 12:05PM

FINDING the money for infrastructure projects that will cost up to $200 million in the next 30 years is going to be a major challenge …

May’s move about weak opposition, containing more zealous Brexiteers

April 20, 2017 10:41AM

British Prime Minister Theresa May has caused a major surprise with her decision to call a snap election with a short lead-in time of eight …

Rugby must keep evolving to stay relevant for future Kiwi generations

April 19, 2017 10:35AM

New Zealand Rugby has reached a laudable milestone as it celebrates 125 years and although its future is in some ways uncertain, rugby remains the …

Developing tensions over North Korea grim all round

April 18, 2017 1:47PM

Anxious eyes are on Korea as tensions rise sharply between the despotic North Korean regime and a United States with a new and unpredictable leader.The …

Council fines questioned

April 18, 2017 11:22AM

COUNCILLOR Andy Cranston has claimed at Gisborne District Council that fines and charges for littering and allowing stock to wander are inadequate. The council was …

Popular Outlander pitched at family market

April 18, 2017 8:46AM

MITSUBISHI is aiming its Outlander range firmly at the family market. Everything about this stable, comfortable and economical vehicle is targeted at the modern family …

Wastewater projects threaten the 2 percent rates rise target

April 15, 2017 8:32AM

Two major wastewater projects are fast developing into headaches for Gisborne District Council and could threaten its target of restricting annual overall rates rises to …

School decile system for the chop as Parata’s reign winds up

April 13, 2017 11:08AM

Replacing the heavily criticised decile system which governs funding for schools would be a dramatic end to the reign of Hekia Parata as Minister of …

Thoughts with Edgecumbe, BOP as state of emergency widens

April 12, 2017 11:33AM

Thoughts will be with the people of the Bay of Plenty, especially those in Edgecumbe, as another tropical cyclone bears down on the already devastated …

Tough and topping sales

April 11, 2017 2:32PM

FORD is riding high with its 2017 Ranger Wildtrak which, with its theme of Tough Done Smarter, has leapt to the top of the sales …

Labour must get complex issue of immigration right

April 10, 2017 12:11PM

Labour has established a clear point of difference from the government and targeted an issue that could become a key one in September’s election with …

Coast road needs attention

April 10, 2017 11:22AM

THE importance to the district of State Highway 35 should be recognised in the Government Policy Statement on Land Transport, Gisborne District Council has been …

DrainWise behind budget this year

April 8, 2017 12:00PM

GISBORNE District Council will not be able to spend the whole of the $8.8 million budgeted this financial year for the DrainWise Project, says councillor …

'Yes' to harbour project

April 7, 2017 11:32AM

GISBORNE District Council yesterday set a deadline for getting an extra $1.5 million needed for phase one of the inner harbour development, after some councillors …

Tairawhiti Navigations Project $3.5m over budget

April 5, 2017 11:45AM

THE go-ahead for three major aspects of the Tairawhiti Navigations Project will be sought from Gisborne District Council tomorrow, including the long-awaited redevelopment of the …

Astra latest from new-look Holden

April 4, 2017 9:42AM

THE 2016 European Car of the Year, the Holden Astra, is now available in New Zealand and the three-level specification range is on sale at …

A chilli red and spicy new SUV

March 28, 2017 10:27AM

MAHINDRA is bringing a taste of India to New Zealand with its stylish, economical and highly-specced SUV, the XUV 500. Many New Zealanders are probably …

John Key made his own rules, generally got away with it

March 23, 2017 11:25AM

One of the most mercurial careers in New Zealand politics ended yesterday with the valedictory speech by John Key, a man who attracted extremes of …

Revised engine and features in T3

March 21, 2017 2:34PM

FOTON New Zealand is predicting great things for the recently-upgraded 2017 Tunland Double Cab 4WD — labelled internally as Tunland T3. The Tunland T3 edition …

Government left looking out of touch on water issues

March 20, 2017 12:59PM

What could be described as the week of water was also a welcome bonus for Opposition parties that detected a major weakness for the Government …

Ready for challenges ahead

March 19, 2017 9:01AM

NEDINE Thatcher Swann, Gisborne District Council’s new chief executive, has a clear idea of what the future should be for an organisation that affects Gisborne …

Water challenges outlined in report

March 17, 2017 11:18AM

UNTREATED wastewater is pumped into Poverty Bay more often than the controversial discharges into city rivers, according to a presentation, Our Water Challenges, prepared by …

Magic HR-V S

March 14, 2017 4:23PM

HONDA has added a little magician’s trick to its HR-V S to back up its base qualities of comfort, practicality and reliability. Remember the magician’s …

World needs to act now to save millions from starving to death

March 14, 2017 9:59AM

While much of the world has been distracted, ghastly conflict-fuelled tragedies have been unfolding in Yemen and three North African countries that could develop into …

Cartoonist captured NZ psyche, brought joy to millions

March 13, 2017 11:13AM

Cartoonist Murray Ball, who died yesterday at his Valley Road home, was a genius who created a character that resonated and empathised fully with the …

Dunblane drivers want driveways made exit-safer

March 11, 2017 10:43AM

FORMER deputy mayor Nona Aston took her “rebel gang” to the Road Transport Committee with a clear message: they want something done about the entrance …

Wainui road as busy as central Wellington

March 11, 2017 10:01AM

HIGH traffic volume on Gisborne’s Wainui Road is similar to that of central Wellington, and it is going to increase. The Regional Transport Committee was …

Insider status big help as new CEO has a heavy agenda

March 9, 2017 1:11PM

The appointment of a young local woman, Nedine Thatcher Swann, as the new chief executive of Gisborne District Council will be welcomed by the community …

Top down and let the pony run

March 7, 2017 2:52PM

THE dream continues. The return of the Ford Mustang to New Zealand roads has been one of the landmark events in the motoring world here …

Coming election shows up in a week of political manoeuvring

March 6, 2017 10:44AM

The elevation of Jacinda Ardern to deputy Labour Party leader was the main development of a week in politics with quite a few twists and …

Good news on rates estimate but controversy possible on LTP

March 3, 2017 12:30PM

News that the vast majority of ratepayers will not face a huge increase in their rates will be welcomed as Gisborne District Council starts its …

Small rates rise likely

March 3, 2017 11:58AM

NEARLY 100 percent of Gisborne District Council ratepayers will face a rates increase of up to 3 percent if draft financial estimates for the coming …

Following clear Trax

February 28, 2017 9:35AM

HOLDEN has done some good work to refresh its stylish small SUV, the Trax, to make it even more attractive. Holden has the Trax well …

Closer look at Lloyd George Road planning not before time

February 27, 2017 10:19AM

Gisborne District Council will be hoping that a consultant’s report it has commissioned will help it to finally resolve a long-standing problem over how much …

Council to develop water tank policy

February 27, 2017 10:02AM

GISBORNE District Council will develop a policy on stand alone water storage covering the city and rural areas. A proposal from Mayor Meng Foon includes …

Doubts about airport transfer

February 25, 2017 11:28AM

THE inclusion of Gisborne Airport in phase three of the proposed transfer of assets to Gisborne Holdings Ltd has been questioned by district councillor Graeme …

Lloyd George Road section sizes for further discussion

February 25, 2017 8:38AM

DISTRICT Council staff will meet with residents of Lloyd George Road and iwi to discuss a report on whether smaller sections should be allowed in …

‘Cursed’ by our name

February 24, 2017 11:24AM

A call to have the “cursed” name of Poverty Bay completely removed was made by district councillor Meredith Akuhata-Brown during a debate by Gisborne District …

Memorial to 185 quake victims a real landmark for Christchurch

February 23, 2017 10:00AM

A fitting memorial to the victims of the Christchurch earthquake will help the grieving and recovery process for Cantabrians and the many foreign families who …

Small package but big on necessary city car extras

February 22, 2017 4:14PM

KIA has developed something of a perfect city runabout with its Picanto, a small car that is stylish, comfortable and — best of all — …

Little’s visit a boost for Labour’s East Coast campaign

February 20, 2017 11:12AM

Labour leader Andrew Little got the party’s East Coast election campaign off to a strong start on Friday by announcing a Labour-led government would coinvest …

Fun day with a guaranteed return for the community

February 18, 2017 10:18AM

Having a punt at tomorrow’s Poverty Bay Turf Club meeting at Makaraka could be a way of boosting the Gisborne economy while helping to preserve …

Internal loans ‘a minefield’ as council moves money around

February 14, 2017 12:20PM

INTERNAL loans borrowed by Gisborne District Council are a bit of a minefield, says the council’s finance and audit committee chairman Brian Wilson. Another councillor, …

Foton is Tunland runout-ready

February 14, 2017 10:49AM

IT'S model runout time for the Foton Tunland four-wheel-drive and the chance to get behind the wheel of the increasingly-popular Chinese-made ute. Foton is making …

Jackson furore a bad way to start parliamentary year for Labour

February 13, 2017 11:13AM

Labour leader Andrew Little may appear to have made a slip with his approach to outspoken broadcaster Willie Jackson, but there were sound tactical reasons …

CEO decision probably most important to be made this term

February 10, 2017 11:33AM

Choosing their next chief executive is a critical decision for Gisborne District councillors and the Mayor at a time when they face a number of …

State of walkway still embarrassing

February 9, 2017 12:58PM

DESPITE recent work in the area, the condition of the grasses and plants around Oneroa walkway running from Waikanae to Midway continues to be an …

Events at Waitangi less central now to our national day

February 7, 2017 11:43AM

Waitangi Day yesterday completed an almost perfect weekend for Gisborne and the East Coast, but the 177th celebration of our national day could see some …

Recognition of status for 2019 — now let’s get ready for it

February 4, 2017 10:27AM

News that Gisborne will host the opening ceremony for the three-week sestercentennial commemorations of the landing of Captain James Cook and his crew here is …

English now needs to explain what he is really about

February 2, 2017 9:52AM

In setting September 23 for the general election, Prime Minister Bill English has entered what will be the defining part of his 26-year political career …

Future Tairawhiti committee supports faster work on cycle-walkways

January 31, 2017 11:49AM

THE Future Tairawhiti committee yesterday supported a call to speed up the extension of the cycle-walkway network in the area between Bright and Grey streets. …

More tech poured into the General’s bigger small car

January 31, 2017 9:03AM

HOLDEN has continued its transformation of the popular Barina, with the 2017 model taking it to new heights of comfort and performance. The company’s theme …

Council faces 'hard decisions'

January 28, 2017 10:30AM

GISBORNE District Council chief executive Judy Campbell has told the the Future Tairawhiti committee that infrastructure and projects on a wish list for the council’s …

No temporary parking fix

January 27, 2017 11:59AM

A DECISION to press on with the multimillion dollar inner harbour project and not proceed with a temporary solution to the boat parking problem means …

Boat parking solution for port proves elusive

January 25, 2017 11:12AM

WHEN Gisborne District Council gets together for the first time on Thursday councillors will consider the failure of a proposed interim solution for the problems …

Wastewater treatment one of many challenges for new council

January 25, 2017 10:34AM

Some major challenges lie ahead for the new Gisborne District Council as it begins its 2017 meetings tomorrow.It is too early to determine what the …

Redesigned, quieter, safer, smarter SUV

January 24, 2017 2:46PM

KIA has been really putting on the style with its all-wheel-drive Sportage GT Line, offering an enticing blend of comfort and safety in what is …

New PM’s trade diplomacy upstaged by wedding bells

January 16, 2017 11:27AM

New Prime Minister Bill English can look back on a successful week with two positive trade discussions, but the eyes of New Zealanders were focused …

Era ends for Murphy's Lodge

January 14, 2017 10:00AM

AFTER being the location of a unique tourism venture for 30 years, Murphy’s Lodge at Motu is on the market. Fishing guide Frank Murphy and his …

Dirty dairy advert makes waves in waterways debate

January 13, 2017 11:12AM

Greenpeace has really touched a nerve with the dairying industry with its controversial advert on dirty dairying in a situation that is reflected here to …

Plenty to look forward to in ‘real’ Gisborne summer

January 12, 2017 11:56AM

Now for the real summer. There is nothing like some genuine hot weather to get into the summer mood and two days with the temperature …

Bibby's warning about cruise ships

January 12, 2017 11:10AM

GISBORNE is in serious danger of losing its lucrative cruise ship business, local man Clive Bibby believes. Mr Bibby, who played a large part in …

Have a healthy new year: 2017 prescriptions for reducing sickness

January 11, 2017 12:24PM

There is a strong message for the Gisborne community in comments made for the New Year by Hauora Tairawhiti chairman David Scott who was outlining …

PM’s choice to stay away on Waitangi Day has precedent

January 10, 2017 11:05AM

New Prime Minister Bill English has created a storm with his announcement that he will not attend the annual event at Waitangi this year because …

A new look for Honda’s 2015 CRV

January 10, 2017 10:48AM

A BOLD new look, added luxury and up-to-the-minute driver technology have made sure that Honda’s new 2015 CRV is going to be noticed. Starting with …

2017: Bridge-jumping an official sport, Mayor turns to singing career

January 9, 2017 12:53PM

It is time for the annual round of predictions for the coming year that is so popular with New Zealand and world media, especially in …

The year ahead in world politics may be uncertain but will be interesting

January 6, 2017 11:53AM

There is a feeling of uncertainty and anxiety throughout the world and also in New Zealand as 2017 begins in earnest.The effects of last year’s …

Locals honoured worthy; R&V over; sad end but hope for positive 2017

January 4, 2017 11:36AM

The New Year has been welcomed in traditional fashion in the district, making for a positive start to a year that promises to be an …

Farewell ‘16; roll on challenges and promise of 2017

December 31, 2016 10:20AM

Time to say goodbye to 2016, a year that has been a mixture of highs and lows with not a few controversies thrown in to …

Turbulent year in politics, NZ needs to tread carefully

December 30, 2016 10:36AM

The year drawing to a close in world politics will probably be remembered as one of the most unpredictable and troubling ones since the end …

Settlements are biggest barrier to peace process

December 29, 2016 10:32AM

A year of sweeping political changes and surprises has come up with one more controversy as it draws to an end, New Zealand being a …

Bus accident tugs heart-strings and adds to increasing holiday road toll

December 28, 2016 11:02AM

The Christmas Eve accident that left two Tongan people dead and many others injured cast a heavy pall over a Gisborne district enjoying perfect weather …

Christmas time a mixed blessing for many but spirit can shine through

December 24, 2016 11:31AM

There are some things that tell you that Christmas is upon us. “Snoopy’s Christmas” will blare out of every possible source and television will show …

New 40-bed hostel for Gisborne

December 24, 2016 10:20AM

ALBERT Lodge, now a 40-bed hostel for adult students and workers, and a new concept in accommodation for Gisborne, will open in the new year. …

Alarming features to Berlin terror attack add to woe of troubled world

December 23, 2016 10:43AM

While it is far from the worst atrocity of 2016, there is an extra bite to the truck attack in the centre of Berlin which …

Walkway to river mouth study complex, exciting and significant

December 22, 2016 11:42AM

The announcement that a study will be held to see if it is possible to extend the Oneroa walkway all the way to the Waipaoa …

Neptune tragedy deserves recognition

December 21, 2016 11:21AM

The Royal New Zealand Navy’s 75th anniversary celebrations have drawn to an end on a sad note with a service marking the anniversary of the …

Adoption of new energy technology commendable forward thinking

December 20, 2016 11:34AM

Eastland Group’s announcement that it is considering establishing a regional charging system for electric vehicles and that it plans to electrify three quarters of its …

New GHL director and farm general manager announced

December 20, 2016 10:33AM

THE new director of Gisborne Holdings Ltd, Mrs Ming Pollard, brings a strong background in finance as well as being the company’s first woman on …

Cabinet reshuffle both stabilising and rejuvenating

December 19, 2016 11:44AM

Bill English has performed something of a double act with his Cabinet reshuffle announced yesterday, making changes to rejuvenate the government while keeping the image …

Eligibility age of superannuation scheme: it needs to be addressed

December 17, 2016 11:08AM

The change in Prime Minister might have one early effect on an issue the country really does need to address — the superannuation scheme. Outgoing …

What next? The air we breathe?

December 15, 2016 12:38PM

Provocative, controversial, polarising . . . but you have to admit, Gareth Morgan has a knack for grabbing the headlines. His new vehicle, the Opportunities …

City transformed as weakness of supply highlighted

December 14, 2016 2:45PM

The big blackout which saw 40,000 people without power for the greater part of two days has highlighted again the weakness of having only one …

UN role speaks volumes for Shearer’s merit

December 10, 2016 10:08AM

As Bill English seemed to move inexorably towards becoming New Zealand’s next Prime Minister and all eyes turn to the Vector Arena tonight, it was …

Long road ahead for commissioners of freshwater plan

December 9, 2016 12:14PM

Public submissions on the draft freshwater plan — probably the biggest environmental hearing ever held in this district — have ended, but for the panel …

Trump is Time’s person of the year in landmark time for Divided States

December 8, 2016 11:08AM

All hail the Donald. Being named as Time Magazine’s person of the year rounds out an amazing year for the president-elect of the United States …

More confusion before committee confirmed

December 7, 2016 11:52AM

GISBORNE District Council has finally settled the composition of the regional transport committee, but not without further confusion. The council was forced to confirm all …

Boom time for Foton

December 6, 2016 2:33PM

FOTON is enjoying a boom with its sturdy and reliable Tunland four wheel drive as recognition grows for this reliable, sturdy and economic off- roader. …

PM John Key to leave the job on his own terms

December 6, 2016 12:35PM

Prime Minister John Key has dropped one of the biggest political bombshells in decades with his shock announcement that he is resigning virtually immediately, which …

Happy Christmas for some, but a bleak one in store for others

December 5, 2016 2:22PM

On Saturday Andrew Little and his Labour Party received sa a welcome early Christmas present with a stunning win in the Mount Roskill by-election. But …

Succession of bad financial news for embattled councillors

December 3, 2016 11:29AM

Gisborne District Council could be struggling to keep its overall rates increases at not more than two percent; that was the grim message for district …

Another GDC contract in Mount company's sights

November 30, 2016 11:09AM

A SECOND major building contract will go to Mount Maunganui company Watts and Hughes if a recommendation at a busy Gisborne District Council meeting tomorrow …

Wetlands not only wastewater option

December 3, 2016 8:31AM

GISBORNE District Council may need to consider options other than developing a wetlands to meet the conditions of the resource consent needed for an upgrade …

Merger 'a slap in the face' for Tourism Eastland

December 3, 2016 8:30AM

TOURISM Eastland life member Penny Shaw described plans to have tourism management included under the control of Activate Tairawhiti as a “slap in the face” …

GDC calls for action as merger talks drag on

December 2, 2016 11:21AM

COLLABORATING with Tourism Eastland will be a condition of a three-year contract that will put all economic development under the control of Activate Tairawhiti. Gisborne …

Labour more to lose in Mt Roskill by-election, also slipping in polls

November 30, 2016 11:54AM

Saturday’s by-election in Mount Roskill could give the government one last chance to strike a blow at Labour in this calendar year even though Prime …

Work horse with plenty of grunt

November 29, 2016 1:46PM

THE classic Ford Transit Custom van is a compact vehicle that offers a multi-functional work horse with strong elements of economy topped with some pleasant …

Fidel Castro an immortal figure of modern history

November 28, 2016 12:45PM

The death of Fidel Castro, truly one of the great figures of modern history, will bring back memories of the greatest crisis of last century’s …

Hot weather upsides and downsides, but roll on a golden East Coast summer

November 26, 2016 11:05AM

A record November temperature set the seal on a golden summer week for Gisborne with the enticing promise of more to follow in the coming …

Distinguished legal career and a man of many talents

November 26, 2016 9:20AM

DEFENCE counsel, musician, keen hunter and pioneer surfer. These were some of the many roles of Denis Kohn, who lived a long and colourful life …

Forget the $68m system

November 26, 2016 9:01AM

A WIDE range of options, including a “full Monty” wetlands system, will be investigated before a recommendation is made to Gisborne District Council on the …

Renegotiation of China agreement coincides with Trump TPPA drop

November 25, 2016 12:06PM

Donald Trump's announcement that he will drop the TPP agreement on his first day in office already appears to be leaving its mark on this …

Gisborne’s version of ground zero

November 24, 2016 2:12PM

The old girl put up a good fight. That will be the opinion of many as they see the demolition of the former administration building …

Wetlands system more expensive than thought but trial may continue

November 23, 2016 10:48AM

One of the most successful and positive developments of the past decade, the upgrade of the city’s wastewater system has reached a critical point.This week …

Unlimited features in this small package

November 22, 2016 2:43PM

SPORTY, sophisticated and easy to drive, the Holden Barina has held its ground in the jungle that is the small car world, never more so …

One-of-a-kind Craig Bauld could charm and repel in equal measure

November 22, 2016 12:27PM

Saturday’s Gisborne Herald officially marked the end of a spell in local government by Craig Bauld, the man who, as Bauldie, has charmed or alienated …

Crunch time for wetlands

November 22, 2016 10:59AM

THE potential cost of a wetlands option to treat wastewater has increased to between $38 and $64 million, the wastewater management committee will be told …

Despite high earthquake costs, Key says country can deal with it

November 21, 2016 12:06PM

A week after the devastating earthquake that has ravaged the South Island and central New Zealand it is time to take stock, and the situation …

‘Bauldie’ bows out

November 20, 2016 9:44AM

Craig 'Bauldie' Bauld has been delighted to be the stormy petrel if not 'enfant terrible' of local politics in two decades on Gisborne District Council. …

CBD parking situation must be carefully thought out

November 19, 2016 11:26AM

Something must be done — that is the clear theme that has come from this week’s discussion on inner city parking at the District Council’s …

Oneroa Walkway weed growth ‘disgusting’

November 18, 2016 12:33PM

Weed growth on the sand dunes alongside the new Oneroa Walkway on the Waikanae foreshore is terrible, says Gisbone district councillor Andy Cranston. His comment …

Free or just cheaper?

November 18, 2016 9:46AM

FREE parking for a limited time in the central city will be among options to be consulted on by Gisborne District Council as it looks …

Sampson visit signals thaw with US just as Trump readies for office

November 14, 2016 10:55AM

As the reverberations from Donald Trump’s shock win in the US presidential election continue, the focus this week for New Zealand could be on the …

Reverberations will ultimately depend on what Trump enacts

November 10, 2016 11:55AM

The greatest political upset in the history of the United States has stunned media and pollsters, and left much of the world apprehensive. It seems …

Just one more day to find out if it’s a Trump presidency

November 8, 2016 12:09PM

The result of one of the most controversial and divisive US presidential elections ever should be known tomorrow night and many people the world over …

Future of Work policy integral to Labour’s electoral hopes

November 7, 2016 12:15PM

Labour’s annual conference at the weekend put the focus firmly on jobs, a platform that could stand it well as it strives to make progress …

Transport chairing role set for challenge

November 5, 2016 10:57AM

DISTRICT councillor Meredith Akuhata-Brown feels she was unfairly treated in the election process for the chairmanship of the regional transport committee, and intends to raise …

Concern water plan would lead to river discharge ban

November 4, 2016 12:17PM

THE controversial emergency discharges of wastewater into city rivers could become a prohibited activity under the regional freshwater plan if staff recommendations are not changed, …

Setbacks focus of third water hearing

November 3, 2016 12:17PM

DISCUSSIONS on the best size for riparian setbacks on waterways from cropping land occupied a large part of the first day of the third hearing …

FBI lobs a speculative grenade into US presidential race

November 1, 2016 11:21AM

The FBI has thrown Donald Trump a lifeline with its announcement that it is resuming its investigation into emails sent by presidential candidate Hillary Clinton …

Trendy hatch with a boost

November 1, 2016 8:40AM

FORD have followed a clear plan with their Ford Focus Trend Eco Boost. Driving should be fun and with this sporty hatch it definitely is. …

Sexist comments show how much attitudes still need to change

October 31, 2016 11:37AM

Comments last week by Paul Henry and the Prime Minister’s son Max would excuse people for thinking Trump disease had spread to New Zealand, and …

Bikes not on the radar for Kaiti Hill

October 29, 2016 11:59AM

SOME provision could be made for mountain bike paths on Titirangi (Kaiti Hill), despite the fact that the management plan did not include them, Gisborne …

Conduct code a 'waste of time'

October 29, 2016 11:01AM

COUNCILLOR Graeme Thomson says it is a waste of time for Gisborne District Council to be talking about a code of conduct when there have …

Secret ballot for committee chair positions

October 28, 2016 1:59PM

FOR the first time in its 27-year history, Gisborne District Council has held secret ballots to decide who will chair two key committees. Sitting chairman …

Planning at the barrier for February races

October 27, 2016 12:06PM

PLANNING is already well under way for next year’s race day at Makaraka with the Poverty Bay Turf Club ready to further build on the …

Council comittee chair positions will go to vote

October 26, 2016 11:39AM

THE chairmanship of two Gisborne District Council committees will probably be decided by vote at tomorrow’s meeting after potential candidates have made a presentation to …

More fruit on Navara tree

October 25, 2016 1:41PM

PEDIGREE means a lot in the motoring world. Looked at in this way, the Nissan Navara is a thoroughbred with a legacy that goes back …

NZ in India strategy hard toil enough without transport failure

October 25, 2016 11:03AM

The breakdown in Townsville of an RNZAF Boeing carrying a New Zealand delegation to India, including the Prime Minister, is an embarrassment for the Government …

Mayor wants name change

October 21, 2016 11:09AM

THE Mayor will invite iwi to suggest a name to add to the name Poverty Bay. Meng Foon said at yesterday’s swearing-in ceremony for the …

Iwi submission to abandon aquifer trial

October 19, 2016 11:18AM

THE Makauri aquifer recharge trial should not go ahead, say Rongowhakaata. The iwi opposes Gisborne District Council’s application for a resource consent in its totality, …

Trial to advance knowledge of aquifer

October 18, 2016 10:52AM

THE managed Makauri aquifer recharge injection trial will provide key advances in the knowledge of the aquifer, a panel of independent commissioners was told yesterday. …

Kia’s sporty little SUV

October 18, 2016 10:18AM

KIA is on a roll and its popular 2016 Sportage SUV is providing a lot of the traction for that forward surge. Within just a …

Hearing for hugely important freshwater plan at midway stage

October 17, 2016 11:36AM

Halfway there and well on track — that is the situation for the five commissioners convening the huge and complex hearing on Gisborne’s regional freshwater …

Ten submissions for aquifer trial hearing

October 15, 2016 12:33PM

THE case for Gisborne District Council’s controversial Makauri marine aquifer recharge trial will be put to a hearing of independent commissioners on Monday. The council …

Runanga calls for water tank subsidies

October 13, 2016 11:22AM

TE Runanganui o Ngati Porou says Gisborne District Council should subsidise water storage tanks in rural communities where there is no reticulated supply. It is …

'Special status' iwi seeks direct dialogue on water

October 13, 2016 11:19AM

AT yesterday’s hearing on the draft district freshwater plan iwi trustee Jody Wyllie made a plea for Gisborne District Council to dialogue directly with Rongowhakaata. …

Water for stock a key planning submission

October 12, 2016 10:41AM

PERMITTED drinking rates for stock were a key area of contention at the second hearing on Gisborne District Council’s proposed freshwater plan, the panel hearing …

Hard to see Trump clawing his way out of this mess

October 11, 2016 11:23AM

Yesterday’s second presidential debate could well come to be seen as the twilight or even the end of Donald Trump’s campaign for the White House.Just …

Roll up for the Foton show

October 11, 2016 9:53AM

IT IS A&P Show time this weekend and Foton is coming to the party with some special deals on the popular range of double cabs. …

On with the job

October 8, 2016 6:09PM

JUST returned with a healthy majority for his sixth term. Gisborne Mayor Meng Foon said he was relieved and now eager to get on with …

Defeated candidates put election loss behind them

October 8, 2016 5:18PM

DEFEATED Mayoral candidates Tony Robinson and Geoff Milner were both ready to put their disappointment behind them on Saturday after the preliminary council election results …

Straight-shooting district councillor

October 8, 2016 8:41AM

TURNING the first sod on the site of the new Motu Bridge would have been a sweet moment for just-retired district councillor Roger Haisman. It …

Junior doctors and DHBs need to agree on less stressful hours

October 4, 2016 1:19PM

Although the decision of the country’s junior doctors to take industrial action later this month will affect thousands of people, there will still be sympathy …

Polished power

October 4, 2016 8:14AM

A LONG list of enhancements has given real thrust to the launch of the new Holden Colorado which has seen the rugged pick-up given some …

Rugby union has responsibilities and eager critics

October 3, 2016 2:12PM

Is the New Zealand Rugby Union being unfairly treated over the Losi Filipo incident, and to what degree should an employer be liable for the …

ECT trustee fee rise recommendation

October 1, 2016 11:23AM

A decision on whether to increase the remuneration for the trustees of the Eastland Community Trust has been left to the incoming district council, which …

No change to Easter trading hours for 2017 trading

October 1, 2016 10:23AM

EASTER trading hours in Gisborne next year will be unchanged because district councillors feel there is not enough time to create a new bylaw. The …

First debate to Clinton — key question how Trump rallies

September 28, 2016 12:14PM

The much-anticipated debate between the two candidates for the United States presidency saw neither Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump land what could be considered a …

ECT to request fee increase for directors

September 27, 2016 10:46AM

EASTLAND Community Trust will seek an increase in trustee fees when Gisborne District Council holds its final meeting of the three-year term on Thursday. Other …

UK Labour’s members keep unpopular Corbyn as party leader

September 26, 2016 10:36AM

New Zealand’s Labour party will have watched with interest the re-election of Jeremy Corbyn as Britain’s Labour party leader, but it is hard to see …

Council disputes rental blowout, rebuild claims

September 23, 2016 12:04PM

CITY ward candidate Shannon Dowsing and mayoral candidate Tony Robinson claimed today that Gisborne District Council’s administration block replacement will be too small and that …

Despicable strike on aid convoy leaves ceasefire deal in tatters

September 22, 2016 11:34AM

A glimmer of hope in the Syrian tragedy is dying.First a United States-led airstrike on Saturday, intended to hit Islamic State positions, instead killed more …

Mauri compass way forward to protecting our waterways

September 21, 2016 11:10AM

THE waiata Haere ra e Paoa rang out as Turanganui a Kiwa representatives marked the presentation of their mauri compass to Gisborne District Council’s wastewater …

PM and deputy dampening fires globally and at home

September 20, 2016 12:51PM

While Prime Minister John Key flew into a diplomatic furore in New York, his deputy and the Government’s safest pair of hands Bill English was …

International affair sign of quality for Foton 4WD, utes

September 20, 2016 8:18AM

THERE is a lot of background quality from international companies behind the Foton Tunland range of trucks that are continuing to make their mark on …

Collaborative journey towards restoring mauri of bay continues

September 19, 2016 12:50PM

One of the most obscure district council committees ended a successful three years last week and is on the cusp of having set the scene …

Crunch time looms on Gisborne's wastewater

September 17, 2016 10:35AM

REDUCING the amount of land needed for a wetlands system is one of the major challenges facing Gisborne District Council as it moves towards a …

More areas wanted for freedom camping

September 16, 2016 11:56AM

THIS week Gisborne District Council’s hearings committee listened to submissions on its draft Freedom Camping Bylaw and heard calls to open up further areas for …

Rere Falls and rockslide 'asking for a fatality'

September 16, 2016 11:15AM

INCREASING numbers of visitors on the narrow road to Rere Falls and rockslide is “asking for a fatality”, Gisborne District Council’s hearings committee was told …

Battle of Somme 100th anniversary a time to remember

September 15, 2016 1:53PM

The centenary of one of the darkest days in New Zealand history today is a time to remember almost unbelievable sacrifice that left a lasting …

Limited edition lady in red

September 14, 2016 3:50PM

HOLDEN is offering a little bit more in both style and performance with its limited edition Barina R which marks a new high level for …

Action on family violence coincides with glimmer of hope in Syria

September 14, 2016 11:42AM

There was hopeful news on two hellish battlefronts yesterday.In war-torn Syria, for the first day in five years no deaths were reported as the start …

Clinton stumble likely a boost to Trump as polls narrow

September 13, 2016 12:03PM

Has Hillary Clinton thrown Donald Trump a lifeline with new doubts about her health? Clinton became overheated at a memorial ceremony for September 11 victims, …

Freedom camping hearing

September 13, 2016 10:25AM

A NEW bylaw, the subject of a hearing tomorrow, is intended to set the boundaries for freedom camping by self-contained vehicles. Gisborne District Council will …

Reverberations of 9/11 attacks continue 15 years on

September 12, 2016 11:58AM

Fifteen years have passed since the September 11 attacks on the United States and the subsequent war on terror announced by then president George Bush. …

GHL in ‘a fine state’

September 10, 2016 10:29AM

THE first consolidated report from district council-controlled organisation Gisborne Holdings Ltd has seen a sharp rise in income and a payout to the council of …

Tender not decided for council building

September 9, 2016 12:13PM

A Tender has yet to be let for the new council administration building, Tairawhiti Investments general manager Matt Feisst has told the council’s performance, audit …

Warmer weather being enjoyed all around, noticeably on new walkway

September 6, 2016 11:02AM

The first day of spring has come and gone and the district is swinging towards summer mode, as people start to get out and about …

Exciting tech

September 6, 2016 8:37AM

AS if it was not amazing enough already, Mazda has made some really exciting technological and aesthetic additions to the 2016 version of the Mazda …

2017 election will be defining moment for Peters’ NZ First

September 5, 2016 10:29AM

A sense of barely suppressed triumphalism was evident at New Zealand First’s national conference in Dunedin, as the party looks ahead to the 2017 election …

Retiring, but not from Gizzy

September 4, 2016 9:01AM

TREVOR Freeman had never been to Gisborne before he came in 1976 to take a job with the water and soil division of the Ministry …

Timely reminder of tsunami threat to our vulnerable coast communities

September 3, 2016 11:39AM

Another timely reminder and a near miss, the earthquake in the early hours of yesterday morning has had a strong effect on the whole district …

Addressing crime a major focus of ethnic-based People’s Party

September 2, 2016 11:13AM

It is not often that Prime Minister John Key and his arch enemy Winston Peters find themselves agreeing on something, but the formation of a …

Careful design of assisted-death proposal could ease misuse fears

August 31, 2016 11:13AM

Former Prime Minister Sir Geoffrey Palmer has come up with a formula that may help New Zealand make progress on one of the most divisive …

Move focus from forestry: Haisman

August 31, 2016 10:18AM

A CHANGE of direction in the way money is allocated to the district’s roads could be needed, with more focus on industries other than forestry, …

Opportunities on the way for tourism operators and the region

August 30, 2016 11:24AM

With a new marketing campaign for the region set to get under way in less than two months, now is a good time for the …

Block on Kaiti Hill for reserve classification

August 29, 2016 12:07PM

GISBORNE District Council has decided that a 6.5-hectare block of land on Titirangi (Kaiti Hill) will be reclassified as recreation reserve to protect its cultural …

Easter trading debate moves from Parliament to the regions

August 29, 2016 11:54AM

The Government has thrown councils around the country a classic hospital pass with its Shop Trading Hours Amendment Bill, which lands the thorny issue of …

Rollover near-misses next part of accident review

August 29, 2016 8:54AM

DISTRICT police commander Inspector Sam Aberahama has told the regional transport committee that near-misses will be the subject of the next stage in an investigation …

Good to know Gisborne city water supply far more secure

August 26, 2016 10:53AM

The outbreak of gastroenteritis illnesses in Havelock North because of a contaminated water supply has shocked a district and the nation. It has also thrown …

We need to recognise black part of history, learn from it

August 24, 2016 12:45PM

News that the Government is moving towards a commemoration of the Land Wars is especially important and welcome in a district like this with its …

Rail stances on the campaign trail will be followed closely

June 24, 2016 10:41AM

It seems that both mayoral challengers will be taking a pro-rail stance into the election in October — with Tony Robinson likely to make it …

Enticing extras for Equipe

August 23, 2016 12:27PM

HOLDEN has released a highly tempting special value package in the form of the Captiva Equipe which presents the carmaker’s highly popular seven seater in …

Kiwi women at forefront of big Olympic Games medal haul

August 22, 2016 11:50AM

There are some periods that live on in New Zealand’s sporting history, and this weekend and the preceding day will be one of them.Normally a …

Surfing sculpture proposed for Roberts Road

August 20, 2016 8:45AM

GISBORNE’S leading role in the history of New Zealand surfing could be represented in a sculpture at Roberts Road, the birthplace of the sport in …

Stoltz Plea wins marketing plan debate

August 19, 2016 11:10AM

AN impassioned plea by Deputy Mayor Rehette Stoltz helped convince Gisborne District Council to endorse a regional marketing plan. There was a round of applause …

Nauru a source of intense shame for whole region

August 18, 2016 10:47AM

THE conditions in which the Australian government is keeping asylum seekers on tiny island nation Nauru is developing into a major scandal, and has the …

Local Vietnam veterans about Maori, Pakeha brotherhood

August 17, 2016 11:41AM

A reception at Parliament tomorrow night will mark the 50th anniversary of New Zealand’s involvement in the Vietnam War, a conflict that still casts a …

Baleno fills a gap among small Suzis

August 16, 2016 2:03PM

SUZUKI are moving to augment their already-strong position in the small car market with the launch of the new generation Baleno compact hatch. Strategically placed …

Marketing, first light brand on council agenda

August 16, 2016 12:04PM

A RECOMMENDATION that Gisborne District Council formally endorse the regional marketing campaign with Air New Zealand is one of the major items on the agenda …

Politicians eye immigration concerns as a vote winner

August 15, 2016 11:18AM

Immigration could become more of an issue for next year’s election, which is threatening to be a close one. If it does, it will add …

Gold at last as superb rowing pair extend unbeaten record

August 12, 2016 12:05PM

They’ve done it, the magnificent pair of Hamish Bond and Eric Murray lifted the country’s midwinter gloom with a crushing win in the men’s coxless …

Port company taking steps to limit discharge, rubbish issues

August 11, 2016 11:19AM

Eastland Port has had something of a mixed week with a fine from Gisborne District Council for a discharge from its lower wharfside logyard, but …

A small package with a big heart

August 9, 2016 1:55PM

YOU got to have style, as the song says, and Mazda has that in big doses with its Mazda 2 GLX hatch. But it is …

Murphy throws hat in ring for Council elections

August 8, 2016 12:19PM

A PERCEIVED need to bring sense to the council table has prompted Frank Murphy to stand for the Gisborne ward in the upcoming Gisborne District …

Long-serving city engineer helped transform Gisborne city

August 6, 2016 9:51AM

The death of Harold Williams this week deprives the community of a real character and severs the last link with a colourful and sometimes turbulent …

Water issues need to be solved for horticulture

August 5, 2016 12:30PM

A SPECIAL adviser on natural resources from Horticulture NZ has told the tribunal hearing submissions on the Gisborne District Council’s freshwater plan that horticulture will …

DoC speaks on freshwater plan

August 5, 2016 12:32PM

THE Department of Conservation is seeking changes to Gisborne District’s freshwater management plan intended to protect the district’s wetlands. Speakers for the department gave evidence …

First blows landed in round one of freshwater plan

August 4, 2016 11:00AM

THE opening salvos have been fired in the hearings over Gisborne District Council’s regional freshwater plan but the two days of submissions just concluded showed …

New council operations head takes role

August 4, 2016 9:53AM

SERVING a community he has come to love and improving its services is the motivation for Herman Koenders, who has taken over as acting group …

Iwi advocate for stronger role in water plan

August 3, 2016 11:51AM

IWI made strong calls for Maori cultural values to be recognised in the District Council’s freshwater plan on the first day of hearings yesterday. There …

Deal hopefully opens bright new future for wood processing here

August 2, 2016 10:03AM

News that Eastland Community Trust has finalised a joint venture agreement with Wood Engineering Technology Ltd for a high-tech wood processing plant is great for …

Hearings start tomorrow on freshwater plan

August 1, 2016 9:30AM

ONE of the biggest environmental hearings ever held in this district starting tomorrow is aiming to create a plan that will manage the freshwater resources …

Council mulls free parking

July 29, 2016 11:04AM

THE council's environmental planning and regulations committee has been told that free parking periods should be investigated in GDC's parking review. Committee members expressed support …

Council considers bylaws to tackle begging

July 28, 2016 10:31AM

A BEGGING problem in Gisborne has meant that cruise ship passengers have been among those approached for money. Although there is a bylaw against begging …

Study will look at how to make the most of our city beachfront

July 26, 2016 11:35AM

A land use study for the area stretching along Gisborne’s shoreline raises some exciting possibilities for this district and could prepare the way for the …

Library seeks new temporary home

July 26, 2016 11:26AM

THE search is on for a temporary home for the city’s public library, which will need to be closed while the $5.6 million extension is …

All this and more in sporty Astra

July 26, 2016 8:55AM

HOLDEN has something extra to offer in its Astra GTC model, a snappy vehicle that rises above the norm to provide a sports experience. The …

GDC explores future for Waikanae

July 25, 2016 11:19AM

A COMPREHENSIVE new study of the whole beach front from Waikanae to the Waipaoa River mouth and beyond could lead to the area becoming the …

Challenge will be staying friends with both US and China

July 25, 2016 11:05AM

The lightning visit of United States vice-president Joe Biden last week, overshadowed as it has been by other events overseas, marks the end of an …

Meth 'a community killer'

July 23, 2016 9:29AM

METHAMPHETAMINE is killing the Tairawhiti community, says police area commander Inspector Sam Aberahama. But he told Gisborne District Council’s Future Tairawhiti committee that police were …

Closing car doors on a long career

July 22, 2016 11:54AM

A STALWART of the Gisborne motoring industry, Gary Bates, will be closing the doors on his Palmerston Road premises in September after the sale of …

Olympics sullied by Russia’s drug-cheating programme

July 21, 2016 12:43PM

Proof of widespread doping among Russian competitors has cast a shadow over next month’s Rio Olympics, and the controversy is being followed closely by Gisborne’s …

Major makeover for Kia’s Cerato

July 19, 2016 9:07AM

KIA has given its popular Cerato a bold new look and equipment upgrade as part of a sweeping makeover of the model for 2016. Both …

Not completely sheltered from global turmoil

July 18, 2016 11:17AM

Even in mid-winter it is hard not to feel a sense of deep relief that we live in New Zealand whenever you look at the …

May takes over in the UK, Clinton could follow across Atlantic

July 14, 2016 11:41AM

The Atlantic alliance could have two women leaders for the first time in history after events of recent days. Theresa May and Hillary Clinton are …

Consent granted for variation to log yard monitoring

July 13, 2016 11:22AM

MAORI groups are “bitterly disappointed” that Eastland Port has been granted variations to a resource consent for the monitoring of water quality around its southern …

Coalition squeaks home in Australia but scene set for fractious politics

July 12, 2016 10:24AM

Malcolm Turnbull and his Liberal-National coalition have squeaked home after Australia’s longest election campaign and longest wait for a result. The challenge now for Turnbull …

Tough and smart

July 12, 2016 9:50AM

FORD is combining brawn with brains in its Ranger fleet, a combination of power and safety seen particularly in the 4WD XL double cab. You …

Labour’s housing policy likely to be popular with first-home buyers

July 11, 2016 10:42AM

More than a year out from the next election, Labour has well and truly nailed its colours to the mast with its housing policy announcement …

Te reo Maori revitalisation — brought to you by . . . television

July 8, 2016 11:16AM

Confirmation the word Maori will not be removed from Maori Television’s name will be welcomed by those who want to see our indigenous language not …

UK report on Iraq War highly critical of Tony Blair and poor preparation

July 7, 2016 11:54AM

The long-awaited Chilcot report on Britain’s decision to invade Iraq has finally arrived and it is no surprise that it is damning to the UK …

Motu Trust first in line for GDC grant

July 7, 2016 8:06AM

THE Motu Cycling Trust is the first beneficiary of a new $200,000 discretionary fund established by Gisborne District Council. The trust will receive $10,000 because …

Labour will look to its past and future as it marks 100 years

July 6, 2016 11:31AM

As it reaches a milestone never before achieved in New Zealand’s political history, the Labour Party, which is 100 years old tomorrow, could be excused …

Three firms to tender for the library add-on

July 6, 2016 10:15AM

THREE companies remain in the race to secure a contract for the $5.5 million H.B. Williams Memorial Library extension. An attempt to get another Gisborne …

Campaigning for stability fails to enthuse voters in Australia

July 4, 2016 11:47AM

As the National Party held its 80th conference at the weekend, they would have been keeping a watchful eye on what was happening to their …

Digital reproduction a lifeline for all Mudge murals

July 2, 2016 8:29AM

A digital reproduction could save late artist Graeme Mudge’s mural on the Fitzherbert Street council building and possibly all his other murals in the future, …

Backtrack to river route

July 2, 2016 8:15AM

A super cycleway/walkway along the Taruheru River, all the way from Bright Street to the Campion Bridge, is back on the cards after Gisborne District …

Residents Assn says do not sell district’s assets

July 1, 2016 11:46AM

GISBORNE District Council will definitely be out of pocket by transferring the operation of the Waikanae Top 10 Holiday Park and vehicle testing station to …

Moved on from being Britain’s farmyard — and much better for it

June 30, 2016 10:15AM

Thanks for the apology Nigel but we have moved on. That was the correct response to comments from UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage to …

Suzuki has looks to match the name

June 21, 2016 9:18AM

SUZUKI has taken the world of compact SUVs to a new level with the release of its Vitara Sports powered by Boosterjet, the cutting edge …

A trend of declining rainfall is expected to continue

June 20, 2016 11:13AM

The Gisborne District escaped an El Nino drought over summer but a glance at the newly released state of the environment report to Gisborne District …

Library tender decision stands after challenge

June 17, 2016 11:43AM

GISBORNE company McCannics will not be allowed to take part in the tender process for the $5.5 million H.B. Williams Memorial Library extension after an …

Apology and compensation welcome, payout should be lifted

June 16, 2016 10:50AM

The apology and announcement that Teina Pora will receive a record compensation payout for his unjust imprisonment for the rape and murder of Susan Burdett …

Community housing transfer would change instructions

June 15, 2016 10:23AM

Whether Gisborne District Council’s community housing should be put under the control of Gisborne Holdings Ltd is going to create an interesting discussion.Last week a …

Ponies aplenty under this bonnet

June 14, 2016 3:27PM

THE love affair with the Mustang for Ford fans is growing all the time. Since Ford brought back this icon of the motoring world, the …

Banks take initiative to reduce home lending risks

June 13, 2016 11:14AM

Prime Minister John Key has returned from a largely disappointing trip to Fiji to a surprise on the home front. While he was away, three …

Council and GHL working on statement of intent

June 11, 2016 8:37AM

GISBORNE District Council and its fully owned subsidiary Gisborne Holdings are in the final stages of agreeing to a statement of intent including the dividends …

Waikanae Beach Holiday Park headed to record breaking year

June 10, 2016 1:04PM

THE Waikanae Beach Top 10 Holiday Park has passed the $1 million mark for income so far this financial year and is on track for …

Need to ‘lift game’ on dog surveillance

June 10, 2016 12:48PM

THE District Council’s environmental planning and regulations committee has called for a report on the dog attack that put a boy in hospital. Committee chairwoman …

Proposal to charge fee for irrigation

June 10, 2016 11:44AM

PEOPLE taking water for irrigation will have to pay a fee if the full council approves a recommendation from the environmental, planning and regulations committee. …

Labour’s leader needs popularity boost to really challenge Nats

June 10, 2016 10:47AM

The government-in-waiting, the Labour-Greens recently-announced alliance, would have been encouraged by a small bump in the latest opinion poll but there is a long way …

Sir Graham leaves tremendous legacy for Maori and New Zealand

June 8, 2016 10:50AM

THE death of Sir Graham Latimer at the age of 90 is a huge loss for Maori but they have the consolation of knowing he …

Foton encouraged by jump in their commercial sales

June 8, 2016 8:20AM

FOTON is flying in New Zealand, with the Chinese commercial vehicle maker recording its best month in March. Sales were up 66.7 percent over March …

Five honoured exemplify unique make-up and spirit of district

June 7, 2016 2:39PM

Queen’s Birthday Honours for five local people put a final shine on an enjoyable winter holiday for the Gisborne district and indeed much of the …

Deficit blowout another sign of district’s high health needs

June 4, 2016 10:38AM

A blowout in Hauora Tairawhiti’s projected deficit is another sign of how difficult it is to provide a good health service in an area like …

Govt talks tough on housing but is it firing blanks as Labour says?

June 3, 2016 12:24PM

The Government has made its predicted move to try to rein in surging house prices in Auckland and increasingly other cities such as Hamilton, Tauranga …

Making gains for Maori, but party needs to win electorate seats

June 2, 2016 10:47AM

Maori Party co-leader Marama Fox has been able to produce a commendable list of gains for Maori from the 2016 Budget, showing the practical worth …

Logical move for Labour and Greens to team up for election

June 1, 2016 11:07AM

The announcement of a memorandum of understanding between Labour and the Greens to work together towards the 2017 election should lift their chances of becoming …

Port rejects pollution claims

May 31, 2016 11:14AM

CONSULTANTS for Eastland Port have denied claims at a hearing before an independent commissioner that the log yards are causing pollution and affecting water quality …

More time for investigation and consideration of sensitive waste

May 31, 2016 10:46AM

A decision to continue working on the thorny issue of whether mortuary waste should be removed from the city’s wastewater stream before it is discharged …

Have a Holden field day

May 31, 2016 8:09AM

POWER and performance are the hallmarks of Holden’s rugged Colorado ute and with the field days upon us again, there is something more to like …

Mortuary waste problem back to council staff

May 28, 2016 8:51AM

THE contentious issue of mortuary waste being separated from the city’s wastewater stream has been passed over to district council staff after the wastewater management …

Landowner applies for irrigation rights from Pakarae River

May 27, 2016 11:33AM

AN application to take and use water from the Pakarae River that would see 47 litres a second taken at a maximum of 3384 cubic …

Residents up in arms over Albert Park development

May 26, 2016 11:27AM

RESIDENTS of Albert Street who have concerns over traffic, noise and their own security are strongly opposing an application for a residential facility for students …

Public want better protection from high-risk offenders

May 24, 2016 11:10AM

The family of murder victim Blessie Gotingco obviously have a huge amount of public support as they seek to hold the Corrections Department responsible for …

Kia’s nifty city class offering

May 24, 2016 9:38AM

CHEEKY could be a good word to describe Kia’s entry in the congested small car class. The somewhat jaunty and even slightly flashy Picanto is …

Win sets up prospect of NZ’s first heavyweight boxing champion

May 23, 2016 12:18PM

The prospect of having a real heavyweight boxing champion is an enticing one for New Zealand sports fans and has become a realistic possibility after …

Council approves release of asset transfer document

May 23, 2016 11:16AM

A PROPOSED public discussion document on the transfer of the Waikanae Beach Top 10 Holiday Park and Vehicle Testing Station to Gisborne Holdings Ltd does …

Theatre repairs could be short-funded

May 21, 2016 10:05AM

FUNDS set aside for earthquake-strengthening repairs needed for the Lawson Field Theatre might not be sufficient, GDC chief executive Judy Campbell has warned councillors. The …

Council listens to mural families

May 20, 2016 11:47AM

THE mural on the wall of the soon-to-be-demolished Gisborne District Council building has had a stay of execution after a desperate plea from Martin Kibble, …

Full inquiry into fishing practices seems best way forward

May 20, 2016 10:59AM

Reports that large quantities of fish have been illegally dumped by quota holders represent a major scandal for the industry and the often embattled Ministry …

Brexit a step into unknown that would be bad for UK and Europe

May 17, 2016 10:55AM

The rising level of heated debate over the UK referendum on whether to remain in the European Union or Brexit, as the leave option has …

Crouching Kuga hidden dragon

May 17, 2016 9:50AM

THERE is even more to like now about Ford’s sophisticated SUV, the AWD Kuga with the addition of a turbo Ecoboost engine and an even …

Old-time Budgets more exciting than dumped bachelorettes

May 16, 2016 10:45AM

Finance Minister Bill English has given his clearest pre-Budget signal yet in a speech last week that once again showed he is a shrewd but …

Struggling to take the heat out of housing in Auckland

May 13, 2016 11:21AM

After another week with the Auckland property boom centre-stage, it is first-home buyers who seem to be the biggest losers.It started with a report from …

Rare double dissolution for Oz sets scene for close election

May 11, 2016 10:15AM

All the excitement and media attention generated by the US presidential election has overshadowed another that is at least as important for this country.The dramatic …

Reliability of prisoners turned secret witnesses back in spotlight

May 10, 2016 10:09AM

Latest developments in the case of David Tamihere have brought one of the country’s most controversial cases to the fore again and, more importantly, cast …

New Waikanae Surf Life Saving clubhouse a great achievement

May 9, 2016 12:05PM

The opening of the Waikanae Surf Life Saving Club’s new home was a wonderful day for the district’s oldest surf lifesaving club and could also …

Only hope from Moko’s death is protection for other children

May 6, 2016 11:36AM

The horrific case of the fatal beating of a three-year-old at Taupo has led to a call for changes in the way New Zealand deals …

Council grapples with wastewater at Lloyd George Rd

May 5, 2016 2:10PM

FURTHER information will be needed before a decision is made on the minimum size of sections in Lloyd George Road area, the District Council’s environmental …

Odds shorten once again on a Donald Trump presidency

May 5, 2016 11:36AM

One of the most confrontational and unpredicted presidential campaigns of all time has seen Donald Trump being recognised as the presumptive Republican candidate for November’s …

The all-new Spark

May 4, 2016 3:07PM

HOLDEN has come up with something completely different with its all-new Spark, a small car that is fun and funky in every respect from its …

Study of separate mortuary waste disposal defeated

May 2, 2016 1:01PM

A MOVE to continue investigating the removal of mortuary and funeral home waste from the city’s wastewater stream for discharge to land was defeated after …

Trust lobbying and foreign property purchases come back to bite

May 2, 2016 11:07AM

The old saying that a week is a long time in politics came true for John Key and his National-led Government last week with two …

Ratepayers to get small rates credit

April 30, 2016 12:41PM

RATEPAYERS will get a $30 credit on their rates bill for the final quarter of this financial year if a committee recommendation is adopted. But …

Local tenders get more weighting

April 30, 2016 12:35PM

A new procurements policy that will see greater weight given to local economic development and the use of local firms by the council has been …

By Jimny! It’s back

April 27, 2016 11:19AM

SUZUKI know how to make small vehicles, everybody knows that, but even the renowned Japanese car maker has something of a hidden gem in its …

Library frontage plan changes

April 27, 2016 11:04AM

A NUMBER of changes have been made to the front entrance in extension plans for the H.B. Williams Memorial Library. The Future Tairawhiti committee was …

District turns out to remember our soldiers and their sacrifices

April 26, 2016 10:38AM

The 100th Anzac Day was appropriately marked in the city, district and nation. It is a day of remembrance that brings a whole range of …

Less than 2 percent hike for most rates

April 23, 2016 11:51AM

A CLEAR majority of Gisborne ratepayers will not have to face a rate increase of more than 2 percent next financial year and many will …

A pity online voting trial axed but unlikely to be silver bullet

April 22, 2016 11:11AM

The decision of Associate Minister of Local Government Louise Upston not to go ahead with an online voting trial for this year’s local government elections …

Good news for library project, detailed designs eagerly awaited

April 21, 2016 10:38AM

After much debate on the earthquake standards needed for its existing and new administration buildings, Gisborne District Council would be relieved to get some good …

Sensitivity over South China Sea puts Key on the back foot

April 19, 2016 10:51AM

Prime Minister John Key finds himself in a tricky diplomatic situation as he visits China this week seeking concessions from our largest trading partner.Just before …

Rugged ute from Mazda

April 19, 2016 10:33AM

MAZDA is putting the spotlight on its rugged and reliable BT-50 ute in a new campaign that includes a novel perk for the first 100 …

Solution needed for site but agreeing on it will be a challenge

April 18, 2016 11:09AM

The state of the Cook Landing Site on Kaiti Beach Road is a continuing controversy that could cast a shadow over the 2019 Te Ha …

Business community part of economic plan

April 13, 2016 9:43AM

GISBORNE District Council had gone to great lengths to make sure the economic development plan the government asked for was business friendly, said chief executive …

Waipaoa next focus

April 14, 2016 12:18PM

THE $16 million Waipaoa River Flood Control Scheme will be the major project of Gisborne District Council’s present 10-year plan, says GDC chief executive Judy …

Councillors say they do not want pay rise

April 12, 2016 12:01PM

GISBORNE district councillors are faced with a pay rise they do not want, thanks to a decision of the Remuneration Authority — but they agreed …

Wisconsin and women problems knock Trump off course a little

April 12, 2016 11:21AM

The defeat of Donald Trump in the Wisconsin Republican primary has been welcomed by many in the “Grand Old Party” and conservative US media, with …

All that Jazz

April 12, 2016 10:10AM

HONDA has some pleasant surprises for buyers of its refined, popular, highly regarded small car, the Jazz — starting with all models coming with satellite …

Slip in polls for Labour and Little a bad sign after policy releases

April 11, 2016 11:24AM

The Labour Party will be highly disappointed with the latest Colmar Brunton One News opinion poll, for more than one reason.The first poll since the …

ECT’s $5m for project

April 8, 2016 11:44AM

EASTLAND Community Trust has announced a revised $5 million contribution to the Tairawhiti Navigations Project, which will allow its three major components to proceed. The …

Fotons with space attitude

April 5, 2016 5:18PM

FOTON sees a wide market for the two large CS2 vans it is marketing in New Zealand, a minibus and a cargo van. Both have …

Time to show leadership and adopt a tax on sugary drinks

April 5, 2016 10:25AM

The voter split in our webpoll on whether a tax on sugary drinks should be introduced probably reflects the general opinion of the country in …

NZ now far from a British colony at its core, thank you

April 4, 2016 11:18AM

Prime Minister John Key may well have had his tongue firmly in his cheek last week when he pleaded with British PM David Cameron for …

Holden’s Captiva is revamped, reissued

March 29, 2016 2:15PM

HOLDEN has given its Captiva SUV a whole new look with some major changes made to keep its place secure in the company’s and the …

Strong turnout for flag vote a plus, Maori less inclined though

March 29, 2016 11:24AM

The bid to change the New Zealand flag has come to a predictable end even if the margin was closer than opinion polls suggested, with …

Attitudes to parenting and relationships have to change

March 24, 2016 10:36AM

The Kahui twins should have been celebrating their 10th birthday this week. Instead they have become the most recognisable symbol of one of this country’s …

Council gives green light to drones

March 23, 2016 11:02AM

ANY person wanting to fly a drone over Gisborne city will probably need the permission of the Civil Aviation Authority. That seems to be the …

Little will want to bounce back quickly from a bad week

March 21, 2016 11:40AM

On a week where the Government was facing some pressure Labour leader Andrew Little, to use a sporting analogy, scored a couple of own goals …

State of land and soils report an important exercise

March 19, 2016 11:03AM

The first instalment of the three-yearly state of the environment report prepared for Gisborne District Council identifies trends and problems but also recognises how fortunate …

Plans needed for vast areas of eroding land

March 19, 2016 8:51AM

GISBORNE District Council and the region faces a problem in getting landowners to plant the 40 percent of the district’s most seriously eroding land on …

GDC water-testing claims challenged

March 18, 2016 12:26PM

CLAIMS savings had been made by the creation of a new in-house environmental monitoring and hydrology team for Gisborne District Council were disputed yesterday by …

Draft process flawed, says GHL chairman

March 18, 2016 10:09AM

LEAKED information and flawed process claims were made over the draft statement of intent for Gisborne Holdings Ltd when the district council’s performance, audit and …

Chorus given more time on cable consent

March 17, 2016 12:29PM

TELECOMMUNICATIONS infrastructure company Chorus has been given more time to complete its review of the conditions for its resource consent for ultra-fast broadband cabling at …

Ford’s muscle machine

March 15, 2016 9:19AM

FOR Ford fans it was like a message from heaven. The Ford Mustang, one of the icons of the Big Blue fleet that is generally …

Measure of gloom about but let’s look on the bright side

March 14, 2016 10:48AM

As another Gisborne summer draws to an end there is a measure of gloom starting to develop on the New Zealand and world scenes that …

Debate coming to an end, time to vote for your preferred flag

March 11, 2016 10:23AM

It is finally crunch time in the heated debate as to whether or not New Zealand should change its national flag — it’s time to …

A bipartisan approach to spy agency overhaul would be welcome

March 10, 2016 12:12PM

An investigation into New Zealand’s spy agencies has recommended what pundits are calling a civil union between the GCSB and SIS — and has initially …

Mural’s fate yet to be decided

March 9, 2016 11:06AM

A FINAL decision is yet to be made on the fate of the Graeme Mudge-painted mural on the exterior wall of the soon-to-be-demolished Gisborne District …

High-riding mid-size Mitsi

March 8, 2016 2:17PM

MITSUBISHI is offering its ASX SUV as the perfect vehicle for an active life, a claim the stylish and smart vehicle can more than live …

Economic action plan being finalised

March 7, 2016 12:58PM

THERE is limited time available for Gisborne District Council to come up with ideas for reducing the cost of doing business here and attract government …

Pharmac an effective model but more funding would help

March 7, 2016 10:48AM

New Zealand’s drug funding agency Pharmac finds itself under real pressure in the debate over whether it should fund the melanoma treatment drug Keytruda, but …

New scale of charges for food premises

February 29, 2016 8:32AM

THE Council is seeking feedback on a new regime of fees and charges for food premises, and those that demonstrate safe food management will not …

Wastewater overflow on Saturday contained, removed

March 4, 2016 11:56AM

AN upgrade of the Steele Road pump station responsible for a large overflow of wastewater into the Wainui Stream a year ago should be brought …

Rail line not 'decommissioned’ says action group

March 4, 2016 10:55AM

A STATEMENT that the Gisborne-Napier rail line had been decommissioned was wrong, Rail Action Group spokeswoman Mary Liza Manuel told the District Council’s Future Tairawhiti …

Super Tuesday points to a Trump-Clinton White House race

March 3, 2016 11:57AM

And then there were two . . . well that’s not quite the situation after the biggest single day in the US presidential nomination race …

A ‘Brexit’ no comparison to impact entering EU had on NZ

March 2, 2016 12:18PM

The United Kingdom faces one of its most important decisions since World War 2 in the coming referendum on whether or not to leave the …

Gisborne Holdings corrects ‘false information’ on borrowing

February 29, 2016 2:09PM

GISBORNE Holdings Ltd has not made any arrangement to borrow $18 million and has no plans drawn up to develop the Waikanae Beach Camp Holiday …

Seymour makes a claim for environmental stewardship

February 29, 2016 10:57AM

ACT leader David Seymour has shown again he is prepared to make bold moves to revitalise the party, with an impressive keynote speech at its …

Council to consider exciting new plan

February 29, 2016 10:46AM

A MAJOR redesign and new concept plan for Awapuni Road and Grey Street will be an important part of the new urban strategy that will …

United front over unkept sections

February 27, 2016 8:16AM

SPONGE Bay subdivision residents have had enough of excessively overgrown vacant sections which are providing a home for rats. Resident Heather Thompson this week presented …

Seymour rejects blame for any costs of delay

February 26, 2016 12:07PM

CLAIMS that questioning of the decision to transfer ownership of the district council’s administration building to Gisborne Holdings Ltd had cost the ratepayers and the …

Airport transfer debate divides council

February 26, 2016 8:53AM

GISBORNE Airport and the District Council’s commercial housing are part of a list of assets that are being considered for transfer to Gisborne Holdings and …

Bush exit clears field a little for Anyone But Trump nominee

February 23, 2016 11:34AM

The withdrawal of Jeb Bush from the race to be the Republican nominee for US President, after finishing a distant fourth in the South Carolina …

Nissan’s more for a little less

February 23, 2016 11:12AM

NISSAN has an eye-catching bargain on the market in its ST Pulsar, available at a special price $5000 below the RRP. Yes you read that …

High hopes rest on small-scale wetlands trial

February 22, 2016 10:57AM

Tucked away in a corner of the industrial subdivision is a small-scale trial that is on track to save the District Council, and the community, …

Big ‘day’ at the races could put pressure on for two days in future

February 20, 2016 10:44AM

The Gisborne community gets a once-in-a-year opportunity tomorrow to enjoy a day at the races, and in the process do our bit to bolster a …

Biggest race day for years expected on Sunday

February 20, 2016 8:41AM

EVERYTHING is in place this Sunday for one of the biggest race meetings held in this district for years, says Poverty Bay Turf Club president …

Committee welcomes Motu bridge replacement

February 20, 2016 8:37AM

THE Regional Transport Committee has welcomed the Government’s decision to replace the one-way Motu Bridge on the main road north. Last month the Government announced …

Projects sought for R Funds

February 20, 2016 8:31AM

EXTRA projects will be sought to avoid the Gisborne district not making full use of the R funds available to it. The Regional Transport Committee …

Plea for Kaiti’s free bus to be continued

February 19, 2016 12:31PM

AN appeal for the return of a free bus to bring school pupils from Kaiti to high schools on the other side of the city …

Good call for oversight of government monitoring

February 17, 2016 11:34AM

The latest Salvation Army report on New Zealand life is a mixed bag, surprisingly rosy in some of the improvements seen but still with fishhooks …

Maori land reforms could help resolve rates headache

February 16, 2016 11:45AM

A problem that has dogged this district for decades, the issue of unproductive multiply-owned Maori land, is centre stage with the latest moves by the …

Suzuki Swift Plus by name and swift by nature

February 16, 2016 8:01AM

SUZUKI is bringing in some maths for its latest special offer, which comes with an unusual but extremely valuable prize for all those who pass …

Latest quake a cruel blow for people of Christchurch

February 15, 2016 11:50AM

Yesterday’s strong earthquake in Christchurch was a severe psychological blow for a long-suffering city — and a warning for the rest of the country, not …

Sweeping changes proposed to Maori land laws

February 13, 2016 10:34AM

MAYOR Meng Foon has welcomed proposed sweeping changes to the way unused or unoccupied Maori land is treated, including the ability to remove rates arrears. …

More than a race meeting

February 13, 2016 10:06AM

ONE of the biggest crowds to attend a race meeting in Gisborne for many years is expected at Makaraka Racecourse for Poverty Bay Turf Club’s …

‘Local’ issue over procurement contracts

February 12, 2016 2:32PM

THE issue of how many Gisborne District Council procurement contracts go to locals will be put on an action sheet for the council’s performance, audit …

New Hampshire voters say no to establishment candidates

February 11, 2016 1:57PM

Strong wins for Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders in the New Hampshire presidential primary suggest that American voters are angry and suspicious of the political …

CX-3 led Mazda’s charge on awards

February 9, 2016 2:52PM

IF PICKING a winner is one of the guides to buying your next vehicle then the Mazda CX-3 has all the form you could ask …

GDC balances the books

February 9, 2016 12:08PM

OPERATING revenue was slightly down and expenditure slightly higher for the first half of Gisborne District Council’s financial year, the performance audit and risk committee …

Te Tii Marae trustees might have isolated themselves

February 9, 2016 11:06AM

The events of Waitangi Day 2016 raise some interesting questions about how New Zealand’s national day should be properly celebrated, and where.After prevaricating last week, …

Wainui Stream still under study

February 4, 2016 11:34AM

THE impact of the Sponge Bay subdivision on the Wainui Stream was minimal but that could change if the whole of the catchment was developed, …

Motorcycle tourism

February 3, 2016 12:43PM

MOTORCYCLE tourism could be developed in this region, Tourism Eastland chief executive Stuart Perry told Gisborne District Council. Mr Perry said a funding application had …

Mitsi brings best features together in the new Pajero

February 2, 2016 3:13PM

MITSUBISHI has really gone for gold with the launch of the new Pajero Sport, the most advanced Mitsubishi yet — producing an SUV vehicle that …

Education pledge a bold bid to shift political landscape

February 2, 2016 11:31AM

Labour leader Andrew Little produced something of a bombshell, overshadowing rivals in the round of state of the nation addresses, when he announced at the …

GDC process defended

January 29, 2016 12:20PM

CHIEF executive Judy Campbell yesterday refuted claims that the District Council’s administration buildings were at risk of flooding. She was speaking in the course of …

Bid for review fails

January 29, 2016 11:42AM

A MOVE to have Gisborne District Council’s decision to rebuild its administration centre in Fitzherbert Street subjected to an independent review has failed after a …

Brave women have swung opinion towards euthanasia

January 28, 2016 10:44AM

The long debate on the right to assisted dying or euthanasia will reach a significant milestone next week, and the actions of two brave women …

National’s key to power commits to fighting another election

January 25, 2016 10:34AM

Prime Minister John Key has thrown down the gauntlet to the Labour Party. Back from his Christmas holiday in Hawaii, Key has confirmed his intention …

Chinese marque now has vans in its line-up

January 19, 2016 10:10AM

CHINESE manufacturer Foton has been getting good reviews for its two large vans, the CS2 Minibus van and CS2 Cargo van it introduced towards the …

Modi decision a relief for Cairns, who still faces uncertain future

January 18, 2016 10:58AM

The decision of former Indian Premier League boss Lalit Modi to drop his case against former Black Cap cricketer Chris Cairns will be welcomed by …

Rebuild of council offices a better option

January 16, 2016 9:45AM

STRENGTHENING the existing District Council buildings in Fitzherbert Street rather than a complete rebuild would not cost much less, and it would leave the council …

Council to review rebuild decision

January 13, 2016 2:11PM

MAYOR Meng Foon has announced a review of the decision to build a new $11 million administration block for Gisborne District Council on its Fitzherbert …

Sorento style and safety

January 12, 2016 3:08PM

KIA has already banked some awards for its upgraded Sorento, which is now a more sophisticated and substantial SUV. In a double win, the Sorento …

Councillor says GDC needs to rethink council building

January 12, 2016 12:10PM

WAIAPU Ward member Bill Burdett believes Gisborne District Council must review its decision to build a new administration centre in Fitzherbert Street and transfer ownership …

Economic growth and child poverty standout issues for web voters

January 12, 2016 11:23AM

There is a message for local and national politicians in the results of the latest Herald web poll, which suggested economic growth is the leading …

Obama visit would show relations fully restored

January 11, 2016 11:04AM

Reports that US President Barack Obama plans to visit New Zealand this year will not only create intense interest but is a sign that our …

Latest tensions in Middle East a worry, rare good news from Iraq

January 8, 2016 1:05PM

Rising tensions in the Middle East might seem half a world away but the New Zealand Government will be keeping a close watch on them …

Will Key and National continue to sail serenely above turmoil?

January 5, 2016 11:59AM

New Zealand’s political parties find themselves in vastly different positions as they go into the 2016 political year, the middle one of the three-year cycle …

GDC asset and governance moves set scene for the future

December 31, 2015 10:54AM

The year of the refugee or the year of ISIS, either would fit for 2015 on the world scene — while in Gisborne one of …

Keep yourself, family and friends safe this summer

December 29, 2015 11:15AM

Drownings and road deaths have cast a pall on New Zealand’s Christmas holiday and reinforced the need for caution as another busy four-day holiday approaches. …

Christmas a time when the best and worst of behaviour is seen

December 24, 2015 10:25AM

The most anticipated holiday of the year, Christmas, is with us again bringing its annual contrasts and unfortunate side-effects but as always transcending the doubters …

Riversun seeks paved road

December 24, 2015 8:41AM

GEOFF Thorpe, the managing director of major vine nursery Riversun, has made an appeal to Gisborne District Council to have a short piece of road …

Last chance for beleaguered rail line, but time’s running out

December 23, 2015 11:51AM

News that the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council proposal to reopen the Napier to Gisborne rail line could be in with a chance probably represents the …

New building plans before council

December 16, 2015 11:46AM

CONCEPT plans for two major building projects, the new administration block for Gisborne District Council in Fitzherbert Street, and an upgrade and extension of the …

Nairobi package good for farmers as TPP opposition debates continue

December 22, 2015 12:12PM

The World Trade Organisation agreement eliminating export subsidies for agricultural exports reached in Nairobi at the weekend is a quiet success story that may become …

GDC opts for quick commercial operations transfer

December 21, 2015 2:47PM

GISBORNE District Council has opted for a shorter timeframe to proceed with the transfer of its commercial operations to its fully-owned subsidiary Gisborne Holdings Ltd, …

The week that was: Hager and Collins win; Key joke loses

December 21, 2015 11:16AM

A judgement against the New Zealand Police, another false step by Prime Minister John Key and a deepening tragedy for the family of Jonah Lomu …

Money well spent on Papawhariki to benefit Kaiti and wider region

December 21, 2015 8:13AM

The Papawhariki Society’s plans for Waikirikiri Reserve have the potential to transform the Kaiti area and a $1 million contribution from Gisborne District Council will …

Aquifer trial – why delay?

December 19, 2015 9:26AM

THE Makauri aquifer recharge pilot trial needs to start immediately, Gisborne District Council was told yesterday — but it is not likely to go ahead …

New council building design questioned

December 18, 2015 11:42AM

CONCERNS about what is seen as wasted space led two district councillors to vote against approving concept designs presented for the new council administration building. …

Tuns more technology from Foton

July 22, 2015 12:51PM

FOTON has made a major move forward for its Tunland ute range with the addition of a number of safety improvements to make the vehicle …

Taking a bow at the red line

December 15, 2015 11:46AM

HOLDEN has paid a kind of tribute to more than three decades of excellence with its VF11 Commodore, the last to be produced in Australia. …

Pick of Cedenco peas

December 14, 2015 2:29PM

CEDENCO has harvested about 80 percent of its annual pea crop. “It’s a good quality crop with slightly above average yields. The fine weather has …

Apologies clear poisonous air accumulating in Parliament

December 14, 2015 11:45AM

A parliamentary apology from the Prime Minister and the preliminary result of the first flag referendum were the highlights of a political week that set …

Foton in van, minibus mode

December 9, 2015 4:03PM

FOTON is aiming to extend the good reputation it has established with its trucks by extending its vehicle range with the introduction of two large …

Return of Collins in Govt reshuffle could prove a master stroke

December 9, 2015 10:43AM

Restoring former minister Judith Collins to Cabinet after a year in the wilderness could turn out to be a master stroke for Prime Minister John …

Potential to create NZ-first surfing park

December 8, 2015 2:31PM

THE district’s richness in coastal beauty and sand dunes could create an environment for projects such as a surfing park at Makorori where there are …

Tragic for cricket and one of its greatest ever all-rounders

December 8, 2015 9:30AM

The situation faced by former Black Caps cricketer Chris Cairns is nothing short of a tragedy, both for him and his family and the game …

Technicalities ground council's drone decision

December 7, 2015 11:39AM

THE council has put a decision that would have allowed drones blanket approval to fly over District Council-owned land on hold temporarily because of a …

Govt shows pragmatism in RMA reforms and stance at Paris

December 7, 2015 10:59AM

THE environment might be weighing a little more heavily on the mind of Prime Minister John Key than usual after his attendance at the Paris …

Council powerless over beehives

December 5, 2015 11:42AM

NOTHING can be done about the problem of people putting beehives on East Coast land that is excused from paying rates, the District Council’s performance …

Gisborne in ‘high seismicity’ category

December 5, 2015 9:32AM

GISBORNE has been placed in the high seismicity zone in new earthquake legislation but the decision means that owners of earthquake-prone buildings here have five …

Comfort, security and quality

December 1, 2015 3:02PM

CONSISTENCY and quality are the two features that have kept the Suzuki Grand Vitara well placed in the rat race that is the SUV market, …

Two Coast road repairs in February

December 1, 2015 2:09PM

WORK on two major repair projects on State Highway 35, at Takapau and Puketiti, is scheduled to start in February, the regional transport committee was …

Significant progress made in wetlands trial

December 1, 2015 10:42AM

GOOD progress is being made with Gisborne District Council’s wetlands trial and a recommendation should be back before the council by the middle of next …

Motu Bridge replacement saga drags on

November 30, 2015 2:09PM

REPLACEMENT of the Motu Bridge on the mainn road north cannot be funded from the remaining R funds but is part of a separate Crown …

NZ won’t be joining up with Australia any time soon

November 30, 2015 11:19AM

Another disappointment for the Pike River families provided the low point of a busy week in the New Zealand political and news scene. The High …

No change to bus fares

November 28, 2015 8:06AM

FARES for buses in Gisborne are to remain the same — at least until a full review of the regional transport plan is held next …

Limiting our water use

August 26, 2015 4:51PM

LIMITS on the amount of water that can be extracted from rivers and aquifers are included for the first time in the Gisborne Regional Freshwater …

Mixed reaction to pokies proposal

November 27, 2015 8:56AM

PROPOSED changes to Gisborne District Council’s gambling policy that would allow premises with electronic gambling machines to relocate drew conflicting views from the hearings committee. …

Odds heavily favour current flag, now let’s find best contender

November 26, 2015 10:50AM

THE phoney war is over, it is time for the first meaningful vote on the future of the New Zealand flag and indeed whether a …

Dunstan Road land not on asset transfer list

November 25, 2015 3:17PM

A LARGE area of land in Dunstan Road has been excluded from the transfer of assets from Gisborne District Council to its fully-owned subsidiary Gisborne …

Time to target fizzy culprit of child obesity and tooth decay

November 25, 2015 12:27PM

A Hauora Tairawhiti presentation to Gisborne District Council on the district’s child obesity and shocking dental decay statistics has raised the prospect of what the …

Cap on council money committed to Tokomaru wharf

November 25, 2015 11:19AM

ANY contribution to the restoration of Tokomaru Bay wharf will be limited to $100,000 and oversight, and it will not become a council project, Gisborne …

Naming the Tairawhiti Navigations Project

November 24, 2015 11:08AM

THE public will have a chance to suggest names for the inner harbour part of the Tairawhiti Navigations Project. Gisborne District Council considered a staff …

No progress on amalgamation, GDC to step in

November 23, 2015 12:11PM

AMALGAMATION of the administration of the three organisations involved in economic development — Activate Tairawhiti, Tourism Eastland and Heart of Gisborne — is not going …

Support for Key and National still way ahead of opponents

November 23, 2015 10:25AM

John Key has done it again. The latest 3 News Reid Research poll shows support for him and his party barely dented, despite the uproar …

Painful history yet be addressed

November 19, 2015 10:43AM

A SAD chapter in the history of this region and the country is being rightfully brought to attention with the present commemorations of the siege …

Big choice, hardly outlandish

November 17, 2015 2:53PM

MITSUBISHI has, in gambling terms, covered the field with its Outlander fleet — offering a wide range of five and seven-seater variants. If the crossover …

Oversight of supermarkets could be on agenda again

November 17, 2015 12:26PM

CONSUMER NZ’s latest survey of New Zealand supermarkets makes some interesting reading and raises questions about whether the industry is adequately regulated in this country. …

Rhythm and Vines granted special liquor licenses

November 17, 2015 12:11PM

THE special licences sought by Rhythm and Vines for its 2015 festival have been granted in a reserved decision by the district licensing committee, subject …

Nothing much to warm the heart so far this November

November 13, 2015 11:19AM

THE furore in Parliament and some other major national and international issues should not be allowed to disguise the great question of the moment: who …

Removal of BYO hits festival ticket sales

November 11, 2015 2:40PM

EVERY effort will be made to make this year’s Rhythm and Vines festival a safe and enjoyable event, company chief executive Kieran Spillane told a …

Redefining the big small car

November 10, 2015 2:17PM

HOLDEN has performed something of a magician’s trick with its Cruze Equipe sedan. Instead of pulling rabbits from a hat, the company is putting drivers …

NZ is becoming increasingly diverse, against wishes of some

November 10, 2015 10:51AM

CONTROVERSIAL NZ First MP Ron Mark touched off a firestorm of criticism with his comment about National MP Melissa Lee going back to Asia. In …

Big challenge to attract horses here

November 9, 2015 11:35AM

THE placing of the Citrus Grove development into receivership will have no effect at all on the Poverty Bay Turf Club, which is continuing to …

Little provides the boost and new image Labour needs

November 9, 2015 11:06AM

ANDREW Little nailed it. That has to be the reaction to his leader’s speech at the party conference, where he put the core values that …

Tunland's single-cab turn

November 3, 2015 4:03PM

FOTON has made an addition to its vehicle fleet with the recent addition of a single-cab wellside model. The Foton Tunland single cab has been …

Cup victory a perfect end to six stellar All Black careers

November 2, 2015 3:30PM

A GLORIOUS end to the careers of some of our greatest sportsmen and one of the great days of New Zealand sport, Sunday morning’s Rugby …

New Zealand’s turn to be transtasman world-beater

October 31, 2015 10:40AM

A WEEK of steadily mounting tension reaches its zenith at 5am tomorrow when New Zealand meets Australia in the final of the 2015 Rugby World …

Council buildings in ownership transfer

October 30, 2015 3:20PM

LAST week’s District Council decision to transfer ownership of the municipal buildings to its wholly owned subsidiary Gisborne Holdings Ltd involves more than just the …

Changes to pool rules could endanger children

October 30, 2015 11:00AM

GISBORNE District Council’s chief building inspector Ian Petty has told the environmental planning and regulations committee that changes to regulations on fencing of swimming pools …

Finding a solution for mortuary water

October 30, 2015 10:21AM

GISBORNE District Council has started work on the culturally sensitive problem of disposing of mortuary water, and is exploring a land-based system as a possible …

Illegal beehives cost council thousands

October 29, 2015 9:49AM

BEEHIVES illegally left on Whenua Rahui land, on which no rates are paid, are costing Gisborne District Council and landowners many thousands of dollars says …

The heart of the soul

October 27, 2015 4:25PM

KIA has created something of an icon with its popular compact crossover SUV the Soul, which really does deserve the description “something different”. The almost …

Summer weather arrived on cue after nail-biting All Blacks win

October 27, 2015 12:43PM

The All Blacks’ narrow win and a fine second day for the Weekend of Wine and Food rescued what was starting to look like a …

Rebuild decision based on evidence: GDC chief executive

October 23, 2015 3:03PM

A STAFF recommendation to replace the municipal buildings was based on evidence and a number of inspections by experts, said chief executive Judy Campbell. She …

Runanga board's successful 14

October 21, 2015 3:17PM

THE election results announced yesterday have placed Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou in a position to move forward and progress, says runanganui chairman Selwyn Parata.  The …

Opponents cannot see worth of GHL proposal

October 21, 2015 2:08PM

GISBORNE Chamber of Commerce is one of six submitters opposing the proposal for the transfer of Gisborne District Council’s municipal buildings to Gisborne Holdings Ltd, …

Six-month ‘unpaid’ rates saga

October 21, 2015 11:49AM

AN ORMOND couple is angry over an error by Gisborne District Council staff that resulted in their bank incorrectly advised that they were in arrears …

Exporters see $259m of tariffs removed, or markets lost

October 17, 2015 12:01PM

A contributor yesterday wondered how the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal would help our farmers, and whether there were mechanisms to stop spurious border controls. Another …

All Blacks send ‘bogey team’ packing with clinical display

October 19, 2015 1:59PM

A sigh of relief was heaved across the country and in Cardiff as the All Blacks removed a huge monkey from their backs by beating …

Getting inside Cook’s head

October 19, 2015 11:09AM

THE essential difference between a novel and a factual historical account is that a novelist can get inside the mind of the character and what …

Forty years since Indonesian forces murdered the Balibo Five

October 16, 2015 12:52PM

TODAY marks a sad anniversary for five families, for journalism and for both the New Zealand and Australian governments — the 40th anniversary of the …

Turnbull unlikely to offer much on treatment of New Zealanders

October 15, 2015 12:06PM

There are likely to be meetings of the mind when two prime ministers of similar backgrounds get together this weekend, but John Key has some …

Freshwater plan ‘an outstanding effort’

October 14, 2015 3:03PM

COMPLETION of the proposed Gisborne regional freshwater plan was an outstanding collaborative effort, Gisborne District Council was told. Environmental planning and regulations committee chairwoman Pat …

Council will control holding company

October 12, 2015 3:08PM

LEADING constitutional lawyer Mai Chen has told Gisborne District Council that it would have full control over Gisborne Holdings Ltd under a new constitution, including …

Nod for joint agreement

October 9, 2015 12:49PM

THE historic joint management agreement for the Waiapu River catchment between Gisborne District Council and Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou won clear support when it …

Jacinda Ardern a natural fit as next Labour deputy

October 5, 2015 4:28PM

It is a sign that the cycle of politics never stands still. Just as former Labour leader Helen Clark returned to the headlines last week, …

On your bike from Makorori to Nick's Head

October 1, 2015 3:28PM

A cycle/walkway running all the way from north Makorori to Young Nicks Head could be created at little cost says Gisborne man John Hawksworth. He …

A ute for the conditions . . . just add water

September 30, 2015 4:32PM

FOTON Tunland owners are smiling through the current spell of wet weather. The sturdy and reliable Chinese utes were made for these conditions and there …

GDC looking for a stopgap home

September 29, 2015 3:53PM

GISBORNE District Council will have to find a temporary home for its council meetings during the 18 months the administration centre in Fitzherbert Street is …

The future of Gisborne's CBD

September 28, 2015 3:09PM

AN emporium along Lowe Street towards the river to showcase the Gisborne region’s wines, cheeses, fruit, meat and other fine produce was one of several …

So much to admire about golf sensation Lydia Ko

September 16, 2015 2:32PM

Teenage golfer Lydia Ko brightened the start of another working week by capturing her first major as a professional, in France on Monday morning our …

GDC defends hikes for rebuild, directors’ fees

September 16, 2015 2:00PM

REBUILDING of the District Council’s administration buildings will be kept within the $12.5 million package agreed by the council, even if that means changing the …

Top of its range and market pet

September 16, 2015 11:56AM

FORD obviously likes having its Ranger as New Zealand’s top selling light commercial vehicle. But with an eye over its shoulder, it is moving again …

Concerns over Lloyd George infrastructure

September 15, 2015 2:35PM

THE ad-hoc nature of development in the area around Lloyd George Road has raised Gisborne District Council concerns about infrastructure capacity. It might eventually lead …

UK's Labour to test electability of a party that jumps to the left

September 14, 2015 12:01PM

Labour leader Andrew Little will be looking with some interest at the rise of Jeremy Corbyn in the United Kingdom and how a man who …

The face of forestry

September 14, 2015 12:36PM

The forest industry is going through hard times says Sheldon Drummond, the man who launched Gisborne’s log export industry and built the Juken NZ Mill …

Juken ‘in good shape’

September 11, 2015 2:34PM

RUMOURS that Juken New Zealand’s Matawhero mill is to be mothballed or closed are incorrect, says the company’s outgoing general manager forests, Sheldon Drummond. But …

Little interest in extended opening hours for RWC

September 10, 2015 2:36PM

LOCAL bars and clubs have shown little interest so far in opening early in the morning for the Rugby World Cup matches but that might …

New Zealand should be taking in a lot more refugees

September 7, 2015 12:01PM

THE Government’s response at last to the humanitarian crisis in Syria, on the back of Europe’s refugee woes, will be welcomed. It will hopefully also …

Monarch’s milestone this week cements admirable legacy

September 8, 2015 12:27PM

THE achievement of Queen Elizabeth in becoming the longest serving British monarch in history this week is an almost unbelievable one. That she has done …

Bus fares might need to go up

September 7, 2015 3:02PM

GISBORNE bus users could face a fare increase when the level of fares is reviewed, the Regional Transport Committee has been told. The Government’s farebox …

Faith in Gisborne's future

September 7, 2015 11:29AM

Not a man to sit on his hands, Trevor Helson was looking for a community in which he could get fully involved when he retired …

Farm crop survey could threaten co-operation

September 3, 2015 11:28AM

A CROP survey being carried out by Gisborne District Council could threaten farmers’ co-operation with the freshwater plan, says councillor Roger Haisman. He said he …

Finances look good for past fiscal year

September 3, 2015 10:17AM

INDICATIONS are that the 2014-15 financial year that ended on June 30 has been a very good one for Gisborne District Council, chief executive Judy …

Aquifer trial under scrutiny

September 2, 2015 3:02PM

THE application by Gisborne District Council for the trial of a managed aquifer recharge for the Makauri aquifer will be publicly notified. The council has …

Easter trading decisions a hospital pass to local authorities

August 31, 2015 2:45PM

Attending the announcement of the All Blacks team for the Rugby World Cup last night might have prompted John Key to ponder the performance of …

Giving iwi a shared role

August 28, 2015 2:13PM

A unanimous vote by Gisborne District Council has given the go-ahead for a joint management agreement between the council and Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou …

Ko and Carrington stars of sport and great role models as well

August 25, 2015 2:31PM

TWO brilliant young Kiwi sportswomen, Lisa Carrington and Lydia Ko, have done this country proud in the past few days — both with their major …

Great to see Motu general store reopened as a café

August 24, 2015 12:01PM

The launch of the Motu-vation Cafe is good news and a sign that one of the district’s most historic townships may be on the rise …

Agreement would involve iwi in planning process

August 24, 2015 4:46PM

AN HISTORIC agreement that would give Ngati Porou the power to become involved in the management of the Waiapu catchment — a first for Maori …

NZ’s shocking workplace safety record no laughing matter

August 21, 2015 11:29AM

The Government finds itself thoroughly on the back foot over its Health and Safety Reform Bill — facing ridicule in fact, which is a great …

Sporty medium-size Kia SUV

August 19, 2015 9:48AM

LONG established among the most popular models in the Kia fleet, the medium-sized Sportage has been given a freshen-up to go along with a limited …

Wedded to the coast

August 1, 2015 12:01PM

Peter Higgs started his career in Gisborne in the 1970s with the once-powerful Ministry of Works, and returned in 2007 as the council’s engineering and …

Gisborne flag designs among finalists

August 11, 2015 11:41AM

Forty preferred designs for a possible replacement New Zealand flag are out and the controversy will move one stage closer to the final denouement next …

Family violence the real scandal New Zealand has to deal with

August 10, 2015 5:07PM

THE different fortunes of Ministers Murray McCully and Amy Adams could not have been wider last week over their responses to issues of national interest. …

Harvesting erosion threat

August 10, 2015 4:06PM

PROPOSED national environment standards for plantation forestry will create a risk to vulnerable erosion-prone land in this district, the District Council’s environmental planning and regulations …

Nothing boring about securing a healthy future for te reo

August 3, 2015 4:45PM

WRAPPING up Maori language week by saying an extension of it to a month would be boring is a rare slip by the Prime Minister. …

Granting consents more quickly

October 3, 2014 12:01PM

Gisborne District Council has made it easier to get some building consents . . . John Jones talks to council consents manager Ian Petty about …

District’s two Ministers ranked among Govt’s top performers

July 28, 2015 12:13PM

The district’s two Cabinet Ministers Hekia Parata and Anne Tolley would have enjoyed the ratings assigned to them by the New Zealand Herald’s political editor, …

New skilled migrant rules an opportunity for regions

July 27, 2015 2:24PM

The Government’s measures to encourage skilled migrants to settle outside Auckland will be welcomed in the regions, where there have been calls for this type …

McCaw one of the inspirational men featured on Movember Radio

July 24, 2015 4:33PM

The global charity Movember Foundation is to be commended for its podcast radio series on what it takes to be a man — an issue …

Council D-Day looms

July 24, 2015 2:53PM

A DEADLINE is approaching for Gisborne District Council to make decisions on a multimillion-dollar programme to replace its earthquake-damaged buildings in Fitzherbert Street. It is …

Big move to light and lower-alcohol beers since new drink-driving law

July 22, 2015 12:35PM

Light beer appears be the big surprise beneficiary of the country’s new drink-driving limit. Legislation brought in last year to reduce New Zealand’s road carnage …

Little’s first policy announcement a pointer to his refresh effort

July 21, 2015 11:54AM

The choice by Labour leader Andrew Little of the way businesses pay tax as the subject of his first new policy announcement since the election …

GDC to part-fund plan change

July 20, 2015 4:55PM

THE cost of a plan change for the area near Gisborne Airport and the racecourse will be shared by Gisborne District Council and Makaraka developer …

Council staff advise no free parking trial

July 15, 2015 4:54PM

THE trial is one of several items on the agenda for tomorrow’s meeting of the Future Tairawhiti committee of which all councillors are members. Also …

Years of service to local government

July 14, 2015 3:35PM

HE was 93. A practical man throughout his long career in local government, even in retirement he spent much of his time doing woodwork which …

You could call it Outlandish

May 26, 2015 2:25PM

IT IS something of a case of where to start with the changes and improvements. Mitsubishi says there is a total of 89 from the …

Friends of Makaraka Cemetery want headstones unearthed

May 19, 2015 3:31PM

HE was speaking during the hearing of submissions on the council’s long-term 10-year plan in support of the Friends of the Makaraka Cemetery, who want …

Cycleways hottest topic

May 18, 2015 12:06PM

THERE have been 234 submissions on cycle and walkways, with the vast number in support or stating a preference for a particular cycle route and …

Clampdown on dogs but horses can poo freely

May 7, 2015 2:58PM

The committee was told that signs to be erected at Wainui Beach advising dog owners of their responsibilities, were nearly completed and due to be …

Proposal to extend deadline for tree planting works

May 12, 2015 11:16AM

The council’s district plan requires that all properties with more than five hectares of overlay 3A marked areas — the most erosion-prone land in the …

GDC faces $6 million budget deficit

May 8, 2015 2:38PM

HEAVIER than expected spending of $4.5 million on roadworks and $1.1m on parks and reserves has left the council facing the potential deficit. Chief finance …

Aquifer drops as water allocations rise

May 1, 2015 3:35PM

IN a presentation on progress on preparing a freshwater plan, Ms Easton said the aim was to ensure a high level of reliability for water …

Wensleydale and the Seymours

April 9, 2015 2:51PM

COMPILING the record, which is an anthology of his experiences since he first rode over the station as a young man with Robbie Cooper — …

Tangata Whenua authors speak in Gisborne

April 15, 2015 4:06PM

TWO of the authors responsible for a major history on Maori — Tangata Whenua: An Illustrated History — will speak at a free public lecture …