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Wahoo ‘needs a lot of work’ before it can go

March 23, 2019 1:30PM

EASTLAND Port does not want a yacht that was infested with fanworm put back into the water until the issue of insurance is cleared up, …

Committee labelled ‘a joke’

March 20, 2019 1:34PM

THE Regional Transport Committee, which manages millions of dollars of spending on the district’s roads, was slammed as a “joke” by a district councillor at …

Real NZ seen in help, grief, vigils

March 18, 2019 4:35PM

New Zealand begins the week in a deeply sombre mood as the dreadful events in Christchurch and their impacts really begin to sink in, after …

Maximum community input favoured for plan

March 18, 2019 3:28PM

CONSULTATION with the public on the spatial plan project should be as widespread as possible on topics such as what future industries should look like …

Messy verges, crossings under fire

March 18, 2019 2:47PM

GRASS verges by the side of the new Wainui cycleway are not being maintained and are untidy, Gisborne district councillor Pat Seymour told the Future …

What to do with Cook Plaza?

March 15, 2019 2:48PM

FURTHER discussion is needed on how the Cook Plaza on the summit of Titirangi/Kaiti Hill should be redeveloped, Gisborne District Council’s Future Tairawhiti committee was …

Shaping our future

March 13, 2019 3:32PM

Climate change, biodiversity loss, the availability of water, infrastructure and where future development should take place will all be included in the spatial plan to …

New chief judge on women’s day

March 11, 2019 3:58PM

Michael Cullen’s wages and a unique record for football attracted attention last week, but the highlight was a change in one of the most prestigious …

Much scarier when they have nukes

March 4, 2019 3:15PM

Conflict between nuclear-armed enemies India and Pakistan kept the world on edge last week, while a much-heralded summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un ended …

Committee to look again at fees, charges

March 4, 2019 2:02PM

A schedule of fees and charges for Gisborne District Council has been sent back to committee level after comments that they were too expensive.The council …

GDC representation to be reviewed 2020

March 2, 2019 3:17PM

REPRESENTATION for Gisborne District Council (the number of councillors and wards) will be reviewed after three years despite efforts by rural councillor Graeme Thomson to …

Tokomaru Bay booze ban hearing

March 1, 2019 3:36PM

Tokomaru Bay's plea for a bylaw banning alcohol in parts of the township will be the subject of a hearing there on Wednesday night. In …

Treatment fast-track, with rates concerns

March 1, 2019 1:56PM

Despite concerns about financial implications for ratepayers and the council, plans to fast-track the $24 million disinfection stage of its wastewater treatment upgrade were adopted …

Fast-track disinfection

February 26, 2019 3:05PM

THE next stage of treatment for the city’s wastewater will be brought forward if a staff recommendation, which would reverse a previous council decision, is …

New city rising, eight years on

February 25, 2019 1:05PM

The tax working group’s recommendation of a capital gains tax somewhat overshadowed the eighth anniversary on Friday of the Christchurch earthquake that caused the deaths …

Claims about ‘unfair’ rating policy disputed

February 23, 2019 1:44PM

CLAIMS by Waiapu Ward member Bill Burdett that Gisborne District Council’s rating policy towards contiguous land under different ownership structures including Maori land was unfair …

New push for landowner input to catchment plans

February 21, 2019 2:54PM

Fresh calls have been made for landowner representation in the preparation of catchment plans for the Waiapu and Waimata rivers. But the Gisborne District Council …

Roaming stock in Te Araroa sparks call for control officer

February 18, 2019 3:15PM

Te Araroa needs a stock control officer located there, Waiapu Ward member Bill Burdett told the District Council’s environmental planning and regulations committee. But animal …

Leaders have plenty to ponder

February 18, 2019 2:14PM

A week that was heaven sent for news junkies has left the leaders of the two main political parties with plenty to ponder.Prime Minister Jacinda …

Variations in quality of air throughout city

February 14, 2019 2:58PM

A new site could be needed for the equipment that monitors air quality in Gisborne city, the district council’s environmental planning and regulations committee was …

National building towards 2020

January 29, 2019 5:28PM

The last three-day holiday of the summer has come and gone and, apart from Waitangi Day next week, it is back to work for all …

Brexit and the British tourists

January 21, 2019 3:31PM

Britain was front and centre in the news this past week as embattled Prime Minister Theresa May faced two key votes, but in this country …

Community boards likely to resurface

January 19, 2019 3:07PM

Advocates of community boards will be disappointed that the Local Government Commission did not approve the council’s proposal to establish them, but they can take …

Communities of interest matter

January 18, 2019 3:09PM

Clear differences between the needs of urban and rural communities have been seen by the Local Government Commission in its decision to retain the status …

Wards stay, council proposal is rejected

January 17, 2019 1:42PM

The risk of urban voters and candidates dominating elections has been given as one of the reasons for a decision by the Local Government Commission …

Plenty of drama on news front

January 14, 2019 3:52PM

The news week just passed has looked more like an outlandish plot for Shortland Street, with developments — some surprising and others not unexpected — …

Predictions for the year ahead

January 4, 2019 12:18PM

Many of the world’s news media are bringing out their forecasts for 2019 and, rather than be accused of cowardice, we are rising to the …

A 250th and an election . . .

December 31, 2018 11:54AM

Another year is upon us and as always it will bring with it hopes for a better future, and fears of what that future might …

GHL chairman: ‘It has been a good year’

December 17, 2018 3:56PM

Gisborne Holdings Limited is looking to build on the success of its major project, the Gisborne District Council administration building, the annual meeting was told …

Women’s safety an illusion . . .

December 17, 2018 11:39AM

The death of British backpacker Grace Millane continued to cast a grim shadow over the news scene in the past week, but as it drew …

Club could need a plan B after alcohol appeal

December 15, 2018 3:29PM

An early decision has been promised in an appeal against the decision of the District Licensing Committee to grant a licence to Gisborne Speedway Club …

Mayor’s presence ‘vital’ for wastewater debate

December 14, 2018 4:25PM

It is important that Mayor Meng Foon attends the next Gisborne District Council meeting, says wastewater committee chairman Bill Burdett. The Mayor was not at …

Climate change impacts widespread: GDC report

December 12, 2018 2:30PM

Climate change will have widespread social, environmental and economic impacts on the district. That is the warning in a report to be discussed at the …

Not looking good for Trump, Macron or May

December 10, 2018 4:41PM

A hectic and sensational week in the news cycle ended on a sad note with the body of missing British backpacker Grace Millane found and …

Cannabis battle lines being drawn

December 8, 2018 9:43AM

It will not happen for some time, but the battle lines are already being drawn for what should be the most controversial referendum ever held …

Stream clean-up won’t be easy

December 7, 2018 4:58PM

Gisborne District Council has a pressing problem in the poor ecological state of the Waikanae Stream which runs through the city.A report presented to the …

Contamination concerns

December 7, 2018 2:03PM

Two landfill sites formerly owned by the district council are creating the highest concern in relation to contamination of Waikanae Stream. The stream is in …

A window on porn viewing by teens

December 6, 2018 4:22PM

The disturbing yet unsurprising findings of the NZ Youth and Porn Report out yesterday, including a clear call from our young people to restrict their …

Decrease in pokies but increase in spending

December 5, 2018 3:39PM

A workshop on problem gambling will be held next year, Gisborne District Council’s environmental planning and regulations committee was told at its meeting The council …

GDC to up monitoring of campers

December 3, 2018 2:19PM

Gisborne District Council will be more proactive in dealing with freedom and summer campers this summer, the environmental planning and regulations committee was told. The …

Big challenges for NZ-China relations

December 3, 2018 3:51PM

While New Zealand rugby fans of both codes may have been distracted by major developments last week, these pale before signs that the Government has …

Councillors push for urgent action on roaming stock

December 1, 2018 2:04PM

Renewed calls for action on wandering stock on the East Coast have come from Gisborne District Council’s Waiapu Ward councillor Bill Burdett. Mr Burdett said …

More business/Peters friendly

November 29, 2018 6:22PM

Three key changes to the Government’s workplace reform bill represent a clear backdown by Labour. This shows both a willingness to get business more onside, …

Striking while Labour is Govt

November 26, 2018 4:21PM

Last week ended on an unusual note for a Labour-led Government with it facing strikes from teachers and District Health Board-employed midwives. But its Education …

Storm’s road bill climbs

November 26, 2018 2:25PM

The bill for the Queen’s Birthday weekend storm has reached $26.5 million, the regional transport committee was told. NZ Transport Agency regional relationships director Emma …

Urgent need for transport system study

November 24, 2018 11:52AM

A SUGGESTION that the region’s logs could be transported to Napier by rail was described as daft at a meeting of the regional transport committee …

Case for extended licence put by R&V

November 21, 2018 1:59PM

Being able to watch the sun rise on the first day of the year is one of the key attributes of the Rhythm and Vines …

Inquiry into child abuse a big deal

November 19, 2018 3:26PM

Two major announcements reflected well on the Government but there was one shadow still sitting on a further-off horizon after last week in politics.The Government …

R&V liquor bid opposed

November 19, 2018 1:52PM

A special licence for R&V Live Nation to allow 5am closing on January 1 at the annual festival, has been opposed by police and the …

Teach bridge in schools says grand master

November 15, 2018 2:47PM

Gisborne bridge player Phil Beale, who has qualified as a grand master, believes the sport would benefit young people if it was taught in schools. …

Stopping water infiltration

November 13, 2018 12:24PM

DEVELOPING a strategy to help private landowners deal with illegal connections and inadequate private infrastructure is still in its very early stages, the District Council …

Logs to an ‘inland port’

November 13, 2018 12:01PM

GISBORNE man Chris Shaw is asking Gisborne District Council to support a feasibility study on a concept that would establish an “inland port” and take …

Distractions, and teachers’ strike

November 12, 2018 3:21PM

The leaders of our two largest political parties both have someone they wish would just go away still bothering them as the week starts, with …

Clock ticking on 1000yr bridge

November 9, 2018 3:28PM

The proposed 1000-year pedestrian bridge linking the Cook Landing Site to Titirangi/Kaiti Hill continues to be at risk because of uncertaintly over its cost and …

GDC keeps flood scheme budget despite costs hike

November 9, 2018 3:31PM

GISBORNE District Council is not changing its budgeted spending for the Waipaoa Flood Control Scheme upgrade, despite being faced with a big shortfall in the proposed …

Seeking longer hours that speedway clubcan operate licence

November 7, 2018 2:56PM

GISBORNE Speedway Club is seeking a renewal of its club licence that exceeds the hours in the local alcohol plan — and is different from …

Pool upgrade ‘high-risk’

November 7, 2018 1:33PM

Significant work is needed to convince potential funders to invest in the Olympic Pool redevelopment project, the District Council Future Tairawhiti committee will be told …

Council assessment deferred a year

November 6, 2018 12:25PM

Gisborne District Council has decided to not complete a CouncilMark assessment this year and will defer it until April 2020.CouncilMARK is part of Local Government …

Project needs a decision

November 6, 2018 12:06PM

A decision on the proposed Cook Landing site footbridge, known as the “1000-year bridge”, will be needed this month if the District Council is to …

A lot at stake in midterm elections

November 5, 2018 11:21AM

What could well be the decisive week of at least his first term has begun for United States President Donald Trump as the midterm elections …

Raise banks but no path

November 2, 2018 2:05PM

Resource consent for a major upgrading of the Waipaoa River stopbanks has been granted by an independent commissioner — but a further application to allow …

Pokie losses, sporting gains

October 29, 2018 4:01PM

Olympian Peter Miskimmin faced a tricky question during his session with Gisborne District Council last week, on the issue of how much funding sports bodies …

Providing a place for sport

October 29, 2018 2:07PM

Sport New Zealand was eager to work with Gisborne to provide the facilities needed, including areas where there was deprivation, chief executive Peter Miskimmin told …

Concern over downpipes being put back in gully traps

October 27, 2018 2:09PM

Some residents who have been asked by council staff to stop putting their stormwater downpipes straight into gully traps have later put them back, Gisborne …

Bias and racism within?

October 26, 2018 2:15PM

Cultural training of Gisborne District councillors will go ahead — but not without strong opposition yesterday from two of them, who expressed their anger and …

Not easy to keep fanworm out of port

October 19, 2018 2:23PM

Controlling the aquatic pest Mediterranean fanworm is likely to be a continuing struggle for Gisborne but results so far have been good, the District Council’s …

Treatment applications up — as more land slips away

October 19, 2018 3:32PM

Significant progress has been made in getting people to apply for funding for erosion control tree planting but a wet winter and spring has seen …

Wastewater committee backs urge to disinfect

October 19, 2018 2:27PM

Recommendations to bring forward the disinfection process for the city’s wastewater system and remove mortuary waste have been endorsed by the District Council’s wastewater management …

Plan ‘set in concrete’

October 19, 2018 1:53PM

Recommended changes to the District Council’s wastewater resource consent to bring forward disinfection would require changes to the 2018/28 10-year, long-term plan, which would be …

GHL’s financial growth is not relying on farms

October 17, 2018 3:03PM

Gisborne Holdings is in a good position and future growth will not depend entirely on Tauwhareparae Farms, the District Council’s finance and audit committee was …

Disinfect discharge now

October 17, 2018 1:49PM

In a blow to Gisborne District Council’s long-term plan, the group that monitors Gisborne city’s wastewater system now opposes the council’s schedule for upgrading the …

Pressure to share out the surplus

October 15, 2018 4:01PM

Followers of New Zealand and world politics had a bonus week in the past seven days and more is promised for the near future, probably …

What powers will the boards have?

October 13, 2018 1:49PM

The decision of the Local Government Commission on the representation review for Gisborne District Council is being anxiously awaited by some, and in the best …

No easy solution to petrol prices

October 12, 2018 4:47PM

Few things are as likey to get kiwi’s blood boiling than petrol prices as the present furore shows but despite the intervention of Prime Minister …

Some water under par

October 11, 2018 3:01PM

Fourteen of 81 sites tested by Gisborne District Council staff have poor water quality that falls below the national bottom line for ecosystem health, the …

NZ at wellbeing policy forefront

September 24, 2018 3:12PM

A major conference in Wellington last week that may have slipped under the radar has praised New Zealand for its commitment to including wellbeing in …

Up-to-date GDC data needed

September 22, 2018 11:45AM

A lack of information has been found as Gisborne District Council works to prepare its liveable communities asset management plan for its multi million portfolio …

Honouring an election promise

September 21, 2018 3:25PM

The announcement that New Zealand will increase its refugee quota to 1500 from July 2020 is a triumph for Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in more …

Quest for more flexible hours to sell alcohol

September 20, 2018 3:13PM

Making licensing hours too rigid will drive drinkers underground, long-standing Bushmere Arms proprietor Robin Pierson told the Gisborne District Licensing Committee. Mr Pierson was making …

Pay equality next challenge

September 20, 2018 11:43AM

A milestone lies behind New Zealand’s women with yesterday’s nationwide celebration of 125 years of suffrage but a look at some of the stats shows …

Congrats to Reid and Dixon

September 19, 2018 4:04PM

Out of a weekend of disappointment for sports fans, two new world champions, Scott Dixon and Tayler Reid, have emerged to show again how this …

Rates review a massive task

September 18, 2018 2:15PM

The situation regarding the way farm properties are charged in Gisborne District Council’s uniform annual general charge is just one rates problem for the council, …

A week of storms

September 17, 2018 5:08PM

While major storms were battering the Philippines and the Carolinas, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was moving to deal with entirely different political ones as the …

Rural rates await review

September 17, 2018 2:04PM

The complicated issue of whether contiguous rural properties should have to pay multiple uniform annual general charges will have to wait for a review of …

Divers to check for fanworm next week

September 14, 2018 3:28PM

Divers are due back in Gisborne harbour next week to check if there are any fanworm present, the District Council’s environment and planning committee was …

GDC ‘sensitive expenditure’ meets approval

September 14, 2018 4:27PM

Gisborne District Council has performed well in terms of expenses, finance and audit, says committee chairman Brian Wilson. He was speaking after the committee received …

Low debt, high rates

September 14, 2018 3:13PM

Gisborne District Council has the least debt on a per-ratepayer basis among unitary authorities in New Zealand, says the Ratepayers’ Report — the Taxpayers’ Union’s …

Acquifer trial continues

September 11, 2018 12:34PM

A resource consent has been granted for the next stage of the Makauri Aquifer recharge trial and stage two will be fully funded, the District …

A weird week in US politics

September 10, 2018 3:27PM

A television scriptwriter working two years ago could not have fashioned a more outlandish and unlikely screenplay than the week that has just played out …

KiwiBuild goals a massive challenge

September 6, 2018 11:34AM

While it was a milestone for the Government’s housing programme, the opening of the first KiwiBuild houses in Auckland at the weekend showed how difficult …

Iwi group to appeal port ruling appeal

September 5, 2018 2:35PM

An iwi collective is to appeal to the Environment Court against the decision of independent commissioners to grant resource consent for the demolition of wharves …

Wastewater plant in for scrutiny

September 4, 2018 4:32PM

Gisborne’s wastewater treatment plant is in for some intensive scrutiny as the deadline nears for renewal of its resource consent, with three separate investigations of …

Green light for harbour works

September 4, 2018 2:41PM

Benefits to the wider Gisborne community are the independent commissioners’ reason for granting a package of resource consent applications by Eastland Port. Subject to a …

Pointed eulogies won’t shift Trump

September 3, 2018 2:59PM

It was a week when two contrasting funerals captured the spotlight in the United States.While there was universal grief for the queen of soul Aretha …

Caution on EV cash incentives

August 30, 2018 4:25PM

The prospect of the Government providing cash as an incentive for people to switch to electric vehicles (EVs) is a radical one but it might …

Not unreasonable to call off inquiry

August 28, 2018 1:05PM

The curious case of the leaking of the expenses of National leader Simon Bridges seems to be developing a life of its own, but the …

Morrison a better PM partner for us

August 27, 2018 12:59PM

A week of political turmoil has left New Zealand dodging a possible bullet and US President Donald Trump facing increasing pressure. Over the Tasman, Malcolm …

Councillors left angry

August 24, 2018 2:55PM

Future discussions on race need to be held in a respectful way, several district councillors said yesterday. Angry and disappointed councillors were speaking their mind …

‘Words were twisted’

August 23, 2018 1:07PM

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

Put this to bed

August 22, 2018 12:36PM

The name of the councillor who is said to have made an offensive comment is likely to be released after a special Gisborne District Council …

Harbour tender go-ahead

August 21, 2018 1:27PM

THE go-ahead for the second and final stage of the $9 million inner harbour redevelopment has been given by Gisborne District Council which has released …

GDC to meet again over conduct issues

August 21, 2018 3:27PM

GISBORNE District Council will meet again tomorrow to discuss the code of conduct issues that arose after a councillor said she overheard a colleague say …

Council cops a backlash

August 20, 2018 2:14PM

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

Code of conduct was breached

August 17, 2018 3:51PM

Two district councillors have breached the council’s code of conduct, the council’s code of conduct board has found — but they will not be named …

Green Party at a crossroads

August 20, 2018 11:53AM

The 28th annual conference of the Green Party at Palmerston North at the weekend found them at something of a crossroads — they are in …

Gisborne will be central to ‘tier one’ significant event

August 17, 2018 4:03PM

Gisborne will be at the heart of the Tuia Encounters 250 celebrations next year, co-chairwoman of the co-ordinating committee Dame Jenny Shipley told Gisborne District …

Overshadowed by distractions

August 13, 2018 11:51AM

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern lived up to her promise to hit the ground running, with major policy announcements in her first week back from maternity …

Wanting the complete surplus picture

August 9, 2018 3:28PM

A projected surplus for Gisborne District Council’s 2017/18 financial year does not represent a complete picture, the finance and audit committee was told. Although final …

Back to business for Jacinda Ardern

August 6, 2018 5:06PM

It is back to the hot seat for Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern as her maternity leave ends and she faces a challenge on her return.Winston …

Process for third-party assistance ‘too lengthy’

August 4, 2018 1:42PM

A process that would allow third parties such as forestry companies to contribute to the cost of upgrading roads is too long, says district councillor …

Looking for compromise

August 4, 2018 12:25PM

A commitment to work together to resolve cultural differences was made at a hearing yesterday where Gisborne District Council was seeking resource consent for the …

Not worth insuring all district bridges

August 3, 2018 2:32PM

The fact that many of Gisborne District Council’s bridges are not insured is a big concern, says councillor Graeme Thomson. But the finance and audit …

Jurassic parking

August 2, 2018 2:00PM

The prospect of having to have “dinosaur” stand-alone parking meters in the main street has angered district councillor and retailer Larry Foster — but he …

Overshadowed a tad by baby talk

July 30, 2018 3:35PM

Luck and timing play a big part in politics, and they were absent for National leader Simon Bridges when the party’s annual conference opened at …

Pokie-free Kaiti Mall

July 27, 2018 1:48PM

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

Champions of the rugby world

July 25, 2018 4:35PM

Rugby really was the winner at the weekend with the men’s and women’s sevens teams producing a double victory for the ages as both made …

Peters knows his people

July 23, 2018 4:37PM

Donald Trump yet again dominated headlines in the week just past but from New Zealand’s more staid political scene one of the most interesting things …

Raising the stopbanks

July 23, 2018 2:25PM

The stopbanks on the Waipaoa River will have to be raised by twice the height first planned, which could double the cost of the Waipaoa …

Beehive to Manutuke

July 22, 2018 4:01AM

Amohaere Houkamau talks to John Jones about her new role as project manager for the Rongowhakaata Iwi Trust. From the ninth floor of the Beehive …

Titirangi Summit Redevelopment Project will level large area of summit

July 20, 2018 1:47PM

A large area of the summit of Kaiti Hill will be levelled as part of the Titirangi Summit Redevelopment Project. Plans call for the removal …

Author of his own party’s misfortune

July 16, 2018 4:03PM

The demise of Gareth Morgan’s TOP party is more proof that vanity parties have a short lifetime in New Zealand politics and that image is …

A lot rests on KiwiBuild . . .

July 9, 2018 5:04PM

A week dominated by the dramatic effort to rescue 12 trapped Thai boys and their coach, and the start of Donald Trump’s dreaded trade war, …

Councillors challenged to go plastic-free

July 2, 2018 2:49PM

Some kind of national standards to reduce the waste stream are needed in a world starting to drown in rubbish, Gisborne District Council was told. …

Part of forest retired to protect pipeline

July 2, 2018 2:39PM

An area of about 50 hectares in the Pamoa Forest will be retired from harvesting to protect the main water pipeline supplying Gisborne City. Gisborne …

Govt will hope to avert more strikes

July 2, 2018 11:45AM

The coalition Government looks to be facing something of a winter of discontent with the possibility of three strikes, two from groups that are among …

Council looks forward to a new relationship

June 30, 2018 1:50PM

A memorandum of understanding between Gisborne District Council and Eastland Community Trust offered exciting opportunities for the district, the council was told. The draft memorandum …

A long-term plan to be proud of: CEO

June 29, 2018 3:27PM

The 2018-28 long-term plan adopted by Gisborne District Council yesterday was one of which the council could be proud, says chief executive Nedine Thatcher Swann. …

Bid for city liquor store declined — another withdrawn

June 28, 2018 3:32PM

A strongly opposed application by Gisborne Liquormart for an off-licence liquor premises in Gladstone Road has been declined by the Gisborne District Licensing Committee. Another …

Birth brought cheer to nation

June 25, 2018 2:55PM

No question what dominated the news cycle of the past week — the birth of a girl to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and partner Clarke …

Better method now to locate menacing dogs

June 18, 2018 3:31PM

Having menacing dogs registered for just $1 allows Gisborne District Council to know where they are and better control them, the environmental planning and regulation …

More than half-million in GDC rates for writing off

June 18, 2018 2:23PM

Gisborne District Council is facing a $507,000 rates write-off for this financial year and should consider not writing off any rates that relate to debt …

GHL increases its council dividend

June 16, 2018 4:13PM

AN increase in the minimum dividend from Gisborne Holdings Ltd has been welcomed by District Council finance and audit committee chairman Brian Wilson. He sees …

Urgent need for review of community housing

June 8, 2018 3:04PM

Community housing is being heavily subsidised by Gisborne District Council and an urgent review is needed, the Future Tairawhiti committee has been told. Present rentals …

Key to restoring water quality

June 7, 2018 2:27PM

The “mauri compass” would be the ideal basis for dealing with remediation of the former Paokahu landfill site and other issues relating to water quality, …

Copping a beating from state of forestry roads

June 6, 2018 3:01PM

Logging trucks are being “beaten to death” by the poor state of Gisborne’s forestry roads, the regional transport committee was told. In a presentation to …

Wet end to busy week in politics

June 5, 2018 12:18PM

A wet Queen’s Birthday holiday firmly announced the arrival of winter and brought a tumultuous week in New Zealand politics to a close. It also …

Hoping eradicate decision pays off

May 29, 2018 2:15PM

Cabinet’s decision to opt for eradication of Mycoplasma bovis from New Zealand is a bold one and probably the right one, but will involve a …

Looking over his shoulder?

May 28, 2018 12:25PM

A week of surprises and turmoil in politics ended on an unpleasant note for National leader Simon Bridges, showing that he has failed to make …

Couple played part to perfection

May 21, 2018 3:51PM

A triumph for the Brits’ ability to stage major spectacles, and a significant and historic day for the Royal Family. That would be the main …

Iwi says ‘treat us as full partners’

May 21, 2018 2:21PM

Rongowhakaata want to be treated as full partners with Gisborne District Council, not just stakeholders. Speaking at the hearings of submissions on the council’s 2018-28 …

No change to format

May 18, 2018 1:57PM

After a sometimes stormy debate, the sweeping new format for local government in this region goes through to the next stage after Gisborne District Council …

‘Strong case’ for reopening Gisborne to Napier line

May 15, 2018 12:17PM

New not-for-profit organisation Tairawhiti Rail will try to reopen the Gisborne to Napier railway line, which it sees as financially viable. The existence of Tairawhiti …

No change to rates rise

May 17, 2018 1:53PM

After an exhaustive three days of submission hearings and line-by-line review by councillors, the rates increase facing Gisborne ratepayers next year does not change. This …

Wood council says fuel tax fairer to fund rural roading

May 16, 2018 3:11PM

A regional fuel tax would be a fairer way of paying for forestry roads than the differential system used by Gisborne District Council, Eastland Wood …

Chamber concerned about the GDC blowing its budget

May 16, 2018 3:01PM

Gisborne District Council must ensure it has measures in place to make sure its budget does not blow out because of the increase in debt …

Councillors criticised for ‘top-down’ review

May 14, 2018 2:51PM

Tawhiti/Uawa Ward member Pat Seymour should be recused from consideration of the council representation review because of a conflict of interest, submitter John Kape told …

Proposal a town ‘onslaught’ says Coast councillor

May 12, 2018 12:14PM

A disaster for rural people and the East Coast in particular. That is how Waiapu ward member Bill Burdett is describing this week’s Gisborne District …

Residents association mooted the new format

May 11, 2018 2:52PM

The establishment of community boards would improve the calibre of elected councillors, Gisborne District Council was told by Tairawhiti Residents Association spokesman Rick Thorpe. He …

Councillor cull

May 11, 2018 2:09PM

The number of district councillors will be slashed and there will no longer be wards — that is the prospect after Gisborne District Council yesterday …

Fewer councillors, community boards on council agenda

May 9, 2018 3:48PM

SUBMISSIONS calling for the number of district councillors and wards to be reduced, and the establishment of community boards, will be among those considered at …

It's time to get tough

May 9, 2018 12:08PM

THE council will need to come up with an enforcement strategy to get planting done on the remaining areas of the district’s most erosion-prone land, …

Fuel prices in the spotlight

May 7, 2018 4:45PM

The price of petrol moved to the top of the news cycle in the past week in two significant ways.First there was the BP debacle …

Councillors assured expenditure scheduled this year will happen

May 7, 2018 2:36PM

Most of the remaining projects in the 2017/18 financial year will be spent, Gisborne District Council’s finance and audit committee was told. Pat Seymour had …

Half-million-dollar bid for Waingake bush upkeep to protect district's catchment

May 5, 2018 11:26AM

A commitment of $550,000 over 10 years to restore the Waingake bush catchment, which protects the city water supply, has been recommended to Gisborne District …

Council told to strive to stay within budget

May 4, 2018 2:30PM

Proposed changes to its debt cap meant Gisborne District Council would have to work hard to stay within its operating budget, the finance and audit …

Allow campers or not?

May 3, 2018 2:10PM

The Makorori carpark should be closed to freedom camping says District Councillor Larry Foster — but the council’s environmental and planning committee was told it …

Council seeks further $5m hike to debt cap

May 2, 2018 2:46PM

Gisborne District Council’s debt cap will be lifted $30 million to $85m, with a further rise to a maximum of $105m in year four of …

Nobel Peace Prize for Trump? Not quite yet

April 30, 2018 1:26PM

Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize — that is the claim America’s self-aggrandising president could well be making, and his supporters certainly are, as …

Government can be satisfied . . .

April 27, 2018 12:03PM

With its first six months in office just completed, the Labour-led Government would be excused for thinking things have gone well — despite some self-inflicted …

Mazda says thanks

April 26, 2018 8:05AM

GISBORNE Motors has achieved national recognition at the Mazda Dealer Awards in Fiji. The company was one of six that were finalists in the Mazda …

Fun comes in twos

April 26, 2018 7:57AM

MAZDA prides itself on making driving fun and one of the best chances you have to get into the Japanese car maker’s long list of …

Ardern ‘changing the game’

April 23, 2018 4:10PM

Getting away from New Zealand has proved rewarding for Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, whose first major foray overseas as PM has been a big success.Starting …

Railway bridge area to get furniture, drinking fountain, exit platform

April 21, 2018 1:21PM

A “sensible decision” on bridge jumping, which will save Gisborne District Council spending thousands of dollars, won the unanimous support of councillors at the Future …

Brink of actual confrontation

April 16, 2018 12:10PM

A tumultuous week has ended with two extremely contrasting situations for New Zealand, joy on the sporting front and concern at the world political scene.New …

Pay hike for ECT’s trustees reduced

April 6, 2018 3:44PM

A requested pay rise for trustees of Eastland Community Trust (ECT) has been trimmed by $33,000 by Gisborne District Council. Instead of the $283,000 total …

How to fund aquifer plan

April 7, 2018 11:30AM

MAYOR Meng Foon is urging Gisborne District Council to move cautiously before introducing a funding system for the managed aquifer recharge (MAR) of the Makauri …

Rugged Triton has a softer side

April 4, 2018 11:57AM

Mitsubishi has an honest performer in its fleet in the form of the Triton, a hard- working performer that can go anywhere into the rough …

Honeymoon over for the PM?

April 3, 2018 11:02AM

Easter would have provided a welcome break for Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern after a string of mishaps, none of them of her own making but …

Gisborne Holdings reports a strong financial position

March 23, 2018 2:56PM

Gisborne Holdings could pay a higher dividend to Gisborne District Council than in the statement of intent, the board’s past chairman Bob Proudfoot told the …

Plea for more effort on wandering stock

March 27, 2018 2:54PM

MORE money for stock control on the East Coast is needed because there is a major problem of wandering stock causing deaths and serious accidents, …

Sponsors ended up in the rough

March 26, 2018 2:38PM

A visit from former US President Barack Obama dominated the news cycle in the past week but there are doubts the big sums Air New …

No ‘smart’ meters yet

March 26, 2018 12:17PM

A key part of proposed new parking policy, new parking meters that take credit cards, will not be available for several years. The District Council …

‘Whirlwind’ first year for council chief

March 22, 2018 4:47PM

Gisborne District Council is at “a watershed moment”, says chief executive officer Nedine Thatcher Swann a year into the job. Ms Thatcher Swann is proud …

Landfill aftercare programme gets trust’s support

March 22, 2018 3:12PM

Paokahu trustees will support a remedial programme for the former landfill that would see $500,000 spent over the next two years to deal with the …

Politics as usual not for Greens

March 20, 2018 10:52AM

The decision by the Greens to give most of their Parliamentary Question Time to National will be seen as a sign the party is determined …

Tough week for Ardern, May

March 19, 2018 3:59PM

Last week was a bad one for two women prime ministers, but the problems of Jacinda Ardern pale beside the challenges faced by Britain’s Theresa …

Controlling council’s bills

March 19, 2018 11:38AM

Staff salaries are likely to be $1 million over budget, but District Council chief executive Nedine Thatcher Swann believes there will not be as substantive …

No to new erosion control revetment at Wainui Beach

March 17, 2018 2:10PM

AN erosion control application by Gisborne District Council to replace an existing revetment adjacent to Tuahine Crescent at Wainui Beach has been refused by an …

Too many liquor licences?

March 14, 2018 3:39PM

Claims of a proliferation of bars in Peel Street, made at a District Licensing Committee hearing, were not supported by police at an application for …

Larger rate rises ahead

March 12, 2018 1:19PM

GISBORNE City residents face an average rates increase of just under 7 percent, while forestry interests will incur a 29 percent rise, figures in the …

Commodore . . . but not as you knew it

March 13, 2018 2:43PM

HOLDEN fans’ wait is over and they will not be disappointed — the new Commodore range is everything they could have wanted. Commodore has been …

‘Ocean is not a dump’

March 10, 2018 12:19PM

Pathogens are still getting into the bay from Gisborne’s wastewater treatment plant, councillor Amber Dunn told the wastewater management committee. She told the committee the …

Feedback likely to be plentiful

March 12, 2018 11:44AM

It is road show time for the District Council as it starts its long-term plan consultation process this week — once ex-Cyclone Hola allows it …

Maori consultation anger

March 9, 2018 12:12PM

A decision by Gisborne District Council to not adopt a recommendation from the wastewater management committee for public consultation has seriously affected the council’s relationship …

Engaging with Australia

March 5, 2018 3:13PM

The weekend expedition of New Zealand politicians and business leaders across the Tasman served to emphasise differences between the new and relatively-new leaders of our …

Campaign invites people to share their identities

March 1, 2018 2:20PM

An interesting and very relevant social media campaign, #myidentity, will be launched today by Governor General Dame Patsy Reddy.The campaign is the brainchild of high-profile …

Mayor concerned at rising compliance costs

March 1, 2018 12:46PM

GISBORNE District Council needs to be careful that new charges for regional compliance monitoring and science do not affect small businesses, Mayor Meng Foon has …

Mitsi’s family seven-seater

February 27, 2018 4:01AM

A genuine seven-seater with a strong safety package and a high level of technology, Mitsubishi has a quality family vehicle in its Outlander SUV. The …

New National leader tomorrow — and for 2020?

February 26, 2018 1:59PM

The winner of tomorrow’s National Party leadership vote could be handed a poisoned chalice if history is anything to go by.After falling out of power …

Flashpoint for freedom camping

February 26, 2018 10:55AM

GISBORNE District Council faces a growing problem with freedom camping and a review of the bylaw covering it is urgent, the council’s monthly meeting was …

Trust gives $100,000 to buy new books

February 23, 2018 10:48AM

THE HB Williams Memorial Library Trust has made a grant of $100,000 to buy books for Gisborne’s new library. Trust chairwoman Pat Seymour said the …

GDC looks into transport smart cards

February 23, 2018 9:39AM

GISBORNE District Council is considering introducing electronic smart cards as it seeks ways to increase patronage on city bus services. The regional transport committee has …

Council energies focus on long-term plan

February 21, 2018 9:48AM

GISBORNE District Council chief executive Nedine Thatcher Swann has said the new year cour the council is all about getting back to basics while still …

Plenty aboard to back up the new Swift’s improved looks

February 20, 2018 8:27AM

SUZUKI has made a whole lot of subtle and sweeping changes to its 2018 Swift Sport and in the process has launched a high-tech, high-performance …

Mueller’s work continues . . .

February 19, 2018 1:04PM

The announcement by special counsel Robert Mueller that 13 Russians have been indicted for interfering with the 2016 US presidential election would have been welcomed …

Big day at the races

February 19, 2018 10:48AM

POVERTY Bay Turf Club hosted a festival of horse racing and trackside entertainment yesterday at Makaraka Racecourse. With temperatures reaching 30 degrees, Gisborne people came …

GDC flags pull-back on roading

February 17, 2018 9:56AM

TAIRAWHITI Roads general manager Dave Hadfield has told the regional transport committee that work on roads will have to be prioritised to essential maintenance for …

Big day at the races

February 17, 2018 8:49AM

STRONG fields including horses chasing glamour races, the prospect of a good track and a fine day combined with a family-friendly programme all add up …

Race to replace English under way

February 14, 2018 11:57AM

Bill English’s bombshell announcement that he is standing down as leader of the Opposition and leaving Parliament in a fortnight ends one of the most …

New features to enhance the Qashqai

February 13, 2018 8:43AM

NISSAN has its 2018 year off to a great start with the launch this month of the latest Qashqai, a sleek and stylish two-wheel-drive SUV …

Sports-led thaw in freezing Korea

February 12, 2018 2:07PM

A Winter Olympics complete with a diplomatic breakthrough for the host in the over-heating Korean cold war, a stock market dip, and an escalating war …

Enterprise's canine cause

February 10, 2018 11:06AM

ENTERPRISE Motor Group has committed to donating $600,000 over the next five years as the major sponsor of the Fred Lewis Enterprise Foundation for a …

Wainui residents oppose beach erosion works

February 9, 2018 10:51AM

WAINUI residents yesterday expressed strong opposition to a resource consent application by Gisborne District Council for erosion control works on the beach. The council is …

Landowners can work with GDC on pest plan

February 8, 2018 12:33PM

LANDOWNERS will be able to work on site plans with Gisborne District Council for a regional pest management operational plan adopted by the council’s environmental …

Momentum with new PM after positive five days at Waitangi

February 7, 2018 12:50PM

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern took her historic Waitangi Day speech a step further, putting down what will be seen as a blueprint for her Government …

A three with extras

February 6, 2018 4:31AM

MAZDA have started 2018 firmly on the front foot with the release this month of a special edition SP 20 hatch. Based on the Mazda …

Labour sits well at Waitangi Day

February 5, 2018 11:01AM

Jacinda Ardern and the Labour Party, as well as Maori in general, will go into tomorrow’s Waitangi Day holiday in good heart.Ardern’s decision to spend …

GDC put pools to top of list

February 3, 2018 8:35AM

A WATER sports hub for Anzac Park, a three-court indoor facility at Childers Road and the Olympic Pool upgrade are all on a comprehensive community …

GDC supports wood-first policy

January 31, 2018 11:02AM

GISBORNE District Council is supporting a “wood first” policy adopted by Rotorua Lakes Council after a recommendation from Mayor Meng Foon. The policy was presented …

Leaders to set political scene

January 30, 2018 2:19PM

A long wait now begins in earnest for Bill English, starting with his first “state of the nation” address tomorrow as leader of the Opposition, …

Foton for farmers

January 30, 2018 9:27AM

Enterprise Foton has something specially geared to people of the land in its farm pack utility, offered to drivers who need to get into the …

Councillors clash over seaweed removal

January 27, 2018 1:08PM

COUNCILLORS clashed at this week’s Gisborne District Council meeting over the issue of removing seaweed from beaches, as they sought a way around requiring a …

Bigger rates hike for city

January 26, 2018 1:51PM

GISBORNE city ratepayers face a higher rates increase than others in the district in draft estimates approved for the 2018-28 long-term plan. Acting GDC chief …

New Mitzy passes over the Sun

January 23, 2018 9:30AM

MITSUBISHI has expanded its horizons with the launch of a completely new model, the Eclipse Cross — a stylish and striking mid-range SUV that provides …

Onwards and upwards with Equinox SUV

January 16, 2018 4:01AM

HOLDEN has got 2018 off to a brilliant start with the launch of its Equinox sport utility vehicle (SUV), a high quality vehicle packed with …

GDC opens impressive new HQ to the public

January 15, 2018 2:21PM

It’s a new era for Gisborne District Council as it opens its $11m administrative headquarters, Awarua, to the public today. The impressive building is designed …

Beautiful beast

January 9, 2018 10:19AM

FORD Ranger is sitting firmly at the top of the auto pile but Big Blue is still prepared to offer something extra in the form …

Holiday feeling fades as most back to work

January 8, 2018 10:41AM

The real working year begins in earnest for most of us today.While the Christmas/New Year holiday period officially ended on Wednesday morning, many took the …

Big calls for the council to make

January 4, 2018 11:17AM

Mayor Meng Foon and the whole of Gisborne District Council could be excused if they are approaching 2018 with an air of apprehension.The council has …

New year begins with optimism

January 3, 2018 10:41AM

The year 2018 starts with many New Zealanders in an optimistic mood thanks to expectations a new, young Prime Minister will bring a greater level …

Year of extreme terrorism draws to a close

December 29, 2017 2:09PM

The year drawing to a close is not one that will be remembered fondly by millions, marked as it was by acts of extreme violence …

Holiday park a hidden gem that will benefit region

December 28, 2017 12:42PM

Waikanae Beach Top 10 Holiday Park is steadily being built into a district asset by Gisborne Holdings Ltd (GHL) and one that will continue to …

Another Gisborne Christmas fit for a Prime Minister

December 27, 2017 11:18AM

Rain may have brought to an end a Gisborne Christmas fit for a Prime Minister but there is plenty to look forward to as the …

Can the council wait 10 years for GHL to grow?

December 20, 2017 11:00AM

A call from outgoing Gisborne Holdings Ltd chairman Bob Proudfoot for the council to allow GHL to grow its asset base could be contrary to …

New chairman and director for Gisborne Holdings Ltd

December 18, 2017 1:36PM

GISBORNE Holdings Ltd will begin its new year with a new chairman and director. Chairman Bob Proudfoot told the annual meeting he would be standing …

GHL needs 'time to grow'

December 18, 2017 11:47AM

OUTGOING GHL chairman Bob Proudfoot has made a plea to Gisborne District Council to allow its fully-owned subsidiary, Gisborne Holdings Ltd, 10 years to grow …

Foton goes auto

December 19, 2017 4:01AM

FOTON has announced an eagerly-awaited development with the arrival of the Foton Tunland automatic models that feature the highly-regarded ZF six-speed transmission. Available now for …

No conviction for jilted husband who lashed out

December 18, 2017 11:58AM

The controversial actions of a Queenstown judge were one of the standouts of a busy news week that saw the Government press on with its …

Nod to 5 percent rate increase

December 15, 2017 11:31AM

MAXIMUM rate increases of 5 percent for the first three years of the Long-Term Plan (LTP) and a set limit on debt of $80 million …

O’Sullivan would bring new life to the Maori Party

December 14, 2017 11:26AM

Developments in the Maori Party give hope for a revival at the next election, with the possibility of the much-admired Dr Lance O’Sullivan as its …

Add a touch of Prestige to your life

December 12, 2017 7:31AM

SUZUKI knew what it was doing when it added the word Prestige to its top-of- the-range S-Cross model which stands out, even from a company …

Ardern preferred as PM but Nats favoured party

December 11, 2017 11:06AM

Donald Trump again dominated headlines in the week just passed but there were some interesting developments here, not the least of them the first major …

GDC investigates selling carbon credits

December 6, 2017 8:37AM

GISBORNE District Council will investigate selling some of its carbon credits which have a current total value of $2 million. The decision came after the …

Council must 'live within its means'

December 5, 2017 10:43AM

A REVIEW of Gisborne District Council’s finances showed the need for the council to plan its capital works programme better and live within its budget, …

Council eyes potential $1m of carbon credits

December 5, 2017 10:29AM

Gisborne District Council is looking to sell some of its carbon credits at a time when they are at their highest level for years.The council …

Honda’s HR-V range

December 5, 2017 8:27AM

HONDA has a real contender in the crowded compact SUV sector, with six models in its HR-V range — six vehicles that fill an important …

Lauer case will leave Peters with a wry smile

December 2, 2017 11:51AM

News that US television host Matt Lauer has been sacked by NBC could provide a challenge for the Overseas Investment Office (OIO)and indirectly the new …

Seeking solutions to Awapuni flood flow

December 1, 2017 11:53AM

OWNERS of the Te Awapuni Moana block are getting other people’s excess water unfairly and it is harming their farming operation, Gisborne District Council’s environmental …

A battle won in Kaiti, war on pokies continues

December 1, 2017 11:06AM

Ka Pai Kaiti has won a victory, even if it is only temporary, with a favourable decision against the renewal of a liquor licence in …

Nissan’s ute with extras

November 28, 2017 8:01AM

NISSAN has some good news for admirers of its tough Navara ute, a special edition Navara 450 with some extras for the discerning buyer is …

Stardust not faded yet for young leader

November 27, 2017 12:20PM

One month in office and there are no signs that Jacindamania is fading. The new Prime Minister continues to attract crowds of admirers, possibly even …

Call for Eastland Network to lower charges

November 18, 2017 10:54AM

HIGH local power prices are the result of “fake economics” in which power consumers pay for utility services they actually own, Tairawhiti Residents Association president …

Committee plugs for two of the wetland options

November 25, 2017 10:21AM

The Wastewater Management Committee has sent the council something of a curveball by deciding to forward two options for new wastewater treatment facilities for the …

Council to decide on wastewater upgrade

November 24, 2017 11:36AM

THE Wastewater Management Committee yesterday failed to agree on a preferred option for the multimillion-dollar upgrade of Gisborne City’s wastewater system, so it will forward …

Water testng shows poor quality in rivers, the Cut

November 24, 2017 9:13AM

THE council's senior project manager Wolfgang Kanz has told the Wastewater Management Committee that water quality in the Cut and the tidal rivers is poor …

Pike River role part of Little’s rejuvenation

November 23, 2017 4:25PM

The formation of the Pike River Recovery Agency marks the honouring of a commitment by the new Government and is another sign of the restoration …

Decision time on wastewater option

November 22, 2017 12:15PM

GISBORNE District Council’s wastewater management committee faces a crucial decision tomorrow: which of the five options for the multimillion-dollar upgrade of the city’s wastewater system …

Council works on lower rate rises

November 21, 2017 12:15PM

MAYOR Meng Foon has told a public-excluded workshop of district councillors that District Council staff are working on a plan to keep rates increases between …

No denying Govt is ambitious on housing issues

November 21, 2017 10:59AM

New Minister Phil Twyford has made a bold start to the crucial housing portfolio with his announcement at the weekend that he might double the …

Everest 2WD . . . the new black

November 21, 2017 8:01AM

FORD is offering something different with its special edition Ford Everest FX2, a 2WD version. While the Everest range has gained much respect for its …

Consultant urges farming investment

November 20, 2017 9:35AM

FARM consultant Peter Andrew has told the the council’s Future Tairawhiti committee that farming would be the best place for the government’s $1 billion regional …

Taking control of our future

November 17, 2017 11:15AM

GISBORNE District Council wants to see more local oversight of the Tairawhiti Economic Action Plan. The council received a report updating progress with the plan, …

New PM’s first foray on global stage a success

November 16, 2017 11:24AM

News that New Zealand has been invited to join in a mysterious regional initiative at the request of the United States casts a fascinating closing …

Progress on social issues key test for Labour

November 14, 2017 10:30AM

The attention of the new Labour-led Government is expected to turn to major social issues in the near future, subjects that present both opportunities and …

Refinements inside and out

November 14, 2017 8:06AM

FOTON has a winner in its third generation Tunland 4WD double cab, marketed as the T3, which it launched earlier this year. The T3 is …

Big weekend on the sporting and political front

November 13, 2017 10:49AM

Politics and sport battled for the limelight in a hectic end to the news week, and as usual in New Zealand it is the big …

Workshop on all aspects of 10-year plan

November 11, 2017 11:22AM

COUNCILLORS and council staff at a District Council workshop this week discussed opportunities to benefit from the new government’s $1 billion regional development fund. Acting …

Omens look good for Ardern’s first meeting with global leaders

November 10, 2017 11:47AM

Everything seems to happen in a rush for new Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who is now on her first major overseas mission. The luck that …

Pora properly compensated now — no closure yet for Burdett family

November 9, 2017 2:15PM

The announcement yesterday that Teina Pora is to receive nearly $1 million more in compensation, to allow for inflation since a guideline of $100,000 a …

Police raise Rhythm and Vines security concerns

November 8, 2017 11:13AM

POLICE raised security concerns at a district licensing committee hearing where Rhythm and Vines applied for a special licence to sell alcohol at its 2017 …

Rise in crop land value

November 6, 2017 11:32AM

HORTICULTURAL land has been the big mover in the three years between revaluations, rising 36 percent between 2014 and the 2017 revaluation just completed. Opteon, …

Ardern and English settle into their new roles

November 6, 2017 11:22AM

The leaders of the two largest parties in Parliament begin their very different roles in earnest this week.For Jacinda Ardern it is the start of …

Public satisfied with GDC services: annual report

November 2, 2017 12:07PM

SATISFACTION levels with the services provided by Gisborne District Council remain high according to information contained in the 2016/17 annual report. The council was told …

How close will investigation get to Trump?

November 2, 2017 11:20AM

It has been a bad week for US President Donald Trump but it is too early to tell if a new Watergate is about to …

More beast for your buck

October 31, 2017 8:01AM

PROVEN is the word that covers Mitsubishi’s Triton, a real ute that somehow manages to be both rugged and refined at the same time. A …

Successful year for Gisborne Holdings

October 25, 2017 10:34AM

BOB Proudfoot, chairman of the council's fully-owned subsidiary Gisborne Holdings, will report on a successful year to Gisborne District Council tomorrow. Gisborne Holdings' distribution will …

Forestry, fisheries and agriculture get own ministries

October 30, 2017 11:07AM

As the new Labour-led Government launches into a hectic “first 100 days” programme there will be a lot of interest here in one of its …

Good year for ‘commercial arm’ of GDC

October 28, 2017 11:21AM

WITH an asset base of nearly $100 million, Gisborne Holdings can now rightfully assume the mantle of being the commercial arm of Gisborne District Council, …

Several factors behind GDC's $5.1 million deficit

October 28, 2017 11:19AM

A “perfect storm” lies behind Gisborne District Council having a $5.1 million deficit in its 2016/17 annual report, says Mayor Meng Foon. The council adopted …

Rhythm and Vines alcohol ban extended

October 28, 2017 10:07AM

THE temporary alcohol ban around the Rhythm and Vines concert area will be extended this year at the request of police, who say people outside …

Dowsing calls for progress on DrainWise

October 28, 2017 8:32AM

DISTRICT councillor Shannon Dowsing has called for faster progress on the $22 million DrainWise project to stop wastewater discharges into city rivers. He was commenting …

Two new directors for GDC

October 26, 2017 10:11AM

GISBORNE District Council’s two new directors recognise their big challenge as managing future growth while preserving the essential character of the Gisborne region. Both say …

Ten years of 4.5 to 6 percent rate rises unacceptable

October 24, 2017 12:47PM

Gisborne District Council’s $5.1 million deficit for the year to the end of June is a shock to both the local authority and the wider …

Roads require $365m over 10 years

October 24, 2017 11:59AM

A draft local roads programme has indicated that local roads will require a $365 million investment over the next 10 years.   Asset planning manager Susan …

GDC faces deficit of $5.1m

October 24, 2017 11:45AM

RATE increases of between 4.5 and 6 percent could lie ahead for ratepayers after Gisborne District Council ended its financial year in June with a …

Hybrid has plenty of grunt

October 24, 2017 9:21AM

NISSAN has taken a great leap into the future with its Note e-Power, a brilliant combination of electric technology and petrol power. The Note e-Power …

After historic night, the hard work begins for Jacinda Ardern

October 20, 2017 12:53PM

After the most meteoric leadership rise in New Zealand’s political history, Jacinda Ardern woke up this morning to start the hard work of making her …

The wait goes on, but it seems the end game is at hand

October 18, 2017 11:32AM

As the talks on forming a new government continue, there are signs they are entering the final stage where the real deals will be made …

Plenty of room on the school bus

October 17, 2017 1:48PM

FORD has always had a motoring legend on its hands with the legendary Transit, a rugged customer that is loved by all sorts of businesses …

Labour could have edge in NZ First calculations . . .

October 16, 2017 11:19AM

After three weeks of waiting, the country could find out later today the shape of the next government. With the negotiations being held behind closed …

GDC to reduce water allocation permits

October 14, 2017 11:35AM

GISBORNE District Council is hoping that it will be able to solve the problem of the heavily over-allocated water supply on the Poverty Bay Flats …

SLS Gisborne facing funding challenge

October 14, 2017 9:13AM

SURF Life Saving NZ has been advised to approach Eastland Community Trust to replace a $100,000 sponsorship it has lost from the JN Williams Memorial …

Rising road toll shows need for drivers to take more care

October 12, 2017 11:19AM

Carnage, that is the only word to describe New Zealand’s weekend road toll. And to make it worse, it’s part of a steadily increasing trend. …

In home straight, with final pitches being made to the ‘kingmaker’

October 11, 2017 9:20AM

It is day four of the Winston Peters show, with just 24 hours remaining on his schedule for an October 12 announcement of the deal …

‘Six o’clock swill’ left cruel legacy in NZ drinking culture

October 10, 2017 9:52AM

Yesterday marked the 50th anniversary of the end of the six o’clock swill, one of the most disastrous social initiatives in New Zealand history and …

See the Foton at this year’s A&P Show

October 10, 2017 9:24AM

It’s show time and the popular Foton Tunland utes will be proudly on display at the A&P Show this weekend. This gives the public a …

Seats confirmed, race to reach a deal by Thursday is under way

October 9, 2017 10:58AM

After Saturday’s final election count, which panned out as expected with a major boost for the left’s chances of forming the government, there is now …

Help for private property drainage upgrades a curly one for council

October 7, 2017 9:03AM

Gisborne District Council has a challenge to find a fair and equitable way of ensuring upgrades needed on private property, to address the problem of …

Referendum will come, should be decision for Maori

October 4, 2017 8:42AM

The demise of the Maori Party at the 2017 election seems to have removed a game-breaker in the coalition negotiations now finally under way, but …

Half of Kaiti properties lack stormwater connection

October 3, 2017 11:08AM

THE multimillion-dollar DrainWise project should focus on private properties in Kaiti where half of all properties have no stormwater connection, the district council’s Future Tairawhiti …

Carnival time with Kia’s Rio

October 3, 2017 8:01AM

KIA is continuing its steady progress with its 2017 Rio which takes the Korean carmaker to new levels of style, comfort and performance. This is …

Calls for free parking

October 2, 2017 10:52AM

THE District Council’s Future Tairawhiti committee approved a draft parking policy for consultation this month as some councillors again called for free parking. Larry Foster …

Governing arrangements on hold while Peters ponders

October 2, 2017 10:02AM

New Zealand politics enters something of a phony war this week as the country waits for coalition horse trading between the four parties in the …

Funding issues for council need to be bridged

September 30, 2017 12:09PM

There was a dark undertone of warning for ratepayers in the two main debates at this week’s District Council Future Tairawhiti committee meeting, where stormy …

Backing $3m theatre upgrade 'irresponsible'

September 30, 2017 12:06PM

CLAIMS that Gisborne District Council would be irresponsible to underwrite the cost of earthquake strengthening and upgrading the Lawson Field Theatre failed to sway a …

The right and some wrongs take centre stage

September 29, 2017 8:28AM

The focus on the election and the continuing speculation over who will win Winston Peters’ nod to form the next government should not overshadow the …

Best to get proposed ‘bridge to the past’ right

September 28, 2017 8:51AM

The sweeping curved Turanganui River Bridge, the concept for which comes up for approval by Gisborne District Council today, will become a visual centrepiece for …

MMP voting system comes of age

September 27, 2017 9:28AM

MMP reached its 21st birthday with the 2017 election but there are signs some New Zealanders have either not got to grips with this proportional …

Fifth win the toughest yet

September 25, 2017 11:50AM

AFTER her most difficult campaign so far, MP Anne Tolley was delighted to retain the East Coast electorate seat for National. Speaking at the Emerald …

Mitsubishi SUV has good looks, comfort

September 26, 2017 8:01AM

POISE could be the best adjective for Mitsubishi’s ASX XLS, an SUV with good looks and comfort that inspires confidence from the driver. The test …

Strong showing from National but Winston Peters holds main card

September 25, 2017 10:58AM

The smoke of battle is fading after one of the most unusual elections in many years and now the end game, the hard work of …

Turning off Bay outfall pipe ‘not negotiable’: Turanga iwi

September 23, 2017 10:24AM

TURANGA iwi representative Ian Ruru told the wastewater management committee this week that the iwi are adamant that turning off the wastewater outfall pipe into …

Feelings run high in world hotspots

September 23, 2017 9:58AM

New Zealanders who have been distracted by the twists and turns of a strange national election will have found little to comfort themselves on the …

Councillor slams cheapest wastewater option

September 22, 2017 12:04PM

DISTRICT councillor Larry Foster yesterday attacked the inclusion of a “cheapest” option for Gisborne city’s wastewater upgrade project. Iwi representatives were also disappointed at three …

Small parties to play huge role in deciding outcome

September 22, 2017 11:45AM

As the extremely difficult to predict 2017 election draws to its conclusion there is a growing feeling it is not really the drag race it …

Leaders debate looked like an interview but it drew the viewers

September 21, 2017 10:56AM

Last night’s final leaders debate was something of a damp squib with neither Jacinda Ardern nor the Prime Minister really able to score a major …

Unfair to blame govt but rupture adds fuel to fire

September 20, 2017 11:43AM

A continuing and deepening fuel crisis has been an unwelcome development for the government, coming as it has just days before the closest election for …

Water tax protest portends growing rural-urban divide

September 19, 2017 10:48AM

Events in Morrinsville yesterday were on the surface about protesting Labour’s possible water tax on dairy farmers but they could also be seen as a …

An echo of our motoring history

September 19, 2017 10:15AM

HOLDEN has a really special once-in-a-lifetime offer for buyers with the release of its Best of the Best, three new limited edition Commodores, but the …

Tense week ahead for players in unpredictable, exciting election

September 18, 2017 2:17PM

A tense week lies ahead for the leaders of all the main parties involved in next Saturday’s elections, although the challenges are different for the …

Consulting the community on water

September 15, 2017 1:06PM

FINDING a solution to disposing of Gisborne’s wastewater creates some unusual challenges, says Gisborne District Council Community Lifelines Senior Project Manager Wolfgang Kanz. The council …

Roads and timing drive debt levels

September 16, 2017 9:58AM

EXTRA roading costs of $5 million and the timing of cash flows are the reasons behind Gisborne District Council having higher than scheduled external debt, …

Gisborne's dog problem by numbers

September 15, 2017 9:05AM

JUST over 500 dogs were euthanised in the past year, Gisborne District Council’s environment and planning committee was told. The committee adopted the annual report …

Swing voters likely to decide this election

September 13, 2017 11:48AM

Yet another shock poll result has really just confirmed the 2017 general election is a two horse-race that is too close to call.There are anecdotal …

Overdue pardon for Tuhoe prophet Rua Kenana

September 12, 2017 12:28PM

The signing by the Crown of an agreement to grant the Tuhoe prophet Rua Kenana a statutory pardon is a long overdue response to one …

Tale of the Tunland continues

September 12, 2017 8:34AM

FOTON Tunlands just keep rolling out the door from the Chinese carmaker’s Gisborne yard, with the range of buyers expanding. The third generation Foton Tunland …

Taxation issues the weak spot for resurgent Labour

September 11, 2017 11:44AM

With the poll that really matters starting today, Labour goes into the final two weeks of the election in pole position and with only one …

Revisiting the torture of Moko, and trying to stop this nightmare

September 9, 2017 9:19AM

The inquest into the death of young Moko Rangitoheriri in August 2015 at Taupo, from injuries received during prolonged abuse and torture, has reopened a …

Lively leaders’ debate with a few surprise commitments

September 5, 2017 12:04PM

A feistier contest but still no knockout blows — that seems the general reaction to last night’s second leaders’ debate between National leader Bill English …

Mazda’s mid-range SUV is packing more tech toys

September 5, 2017 8:01AM

MAZDA has brought in a whole new world of advanced technology in its CX-5 GSX AWD SUV and the result is a much safer driving …

Big week ahead for major parties in ‘drag race’ to election day

September 4, 2017 12:01PM

The drag race between National and Labour to lead the next government moves into an important stage this week.With 20 days till the election, the …

All options in mix for Gisborne's heavy traffic routes

September 4, 2017 10:29AM

GISBORNE District Council community lifelines director David Wilson has told the regional transport committee that no routes are favoured for heavy traffic entering the urban …

Teina Pora will never truly be compensated for imprisonment

September 2, 2017 10:22AM

The amazing case of Teina Pora, unprecedented in New Zealand legal history, has taken yet another twist with a High Court decision this week indicating …

Business cases needed for crucial roads funding

September 2, 2017 10:05AM

THE Regional Transport Committee has been told that strong business cases were needed for this region to get funding for crucial roading projects. The committee …

Road plan will not include rail

September 2, 2017 10:03AM

STRONG pleas from rail advocates failed to sway the Regional Transport Committee, which has opted to leave unchanged a draft 2018-21 local roads national land …

Momentum now with Labour — and the pressure is on National

September 1, 2017 12:17PM

Labour finds itself in the ascendancy for the first time in more than a decade after last night’s TVNZ leaders debate, thanks to a poll …

Honda’s fifth gen CR-V

August 29, 2017 8:11AM

HONDA has something new for the motoring world with the launch of its fifth generation CR-V SUV — its most powerful CR-V, packed with comfort …

Stardust yet to settle, so Nats start talking down Labour’s leader

August 28, 2017 12:06PM

The fight back began for National at its campaign launch yesterday, in which a major policy announcement on education was overshadowed by the continuing personality …

Construction consented, designs under way

August 26, 2017 11:28AM

A resource consent for the first stage of the inner harbour upgrade is a major step forward for the Tairawhiti Navigations Project, says Gisborne District …

Satisfaction with GDC up

August 25, 2017 10:48AM

THE annual residents’ satisfaction survey has given Gisborne District Council a slightly more favourable satisfaction report from residents this year, but the roading network and …

A touch of the Continent Down Under

August 22, 2017 8:31AM

HOLDEN is offering New Zealand drivers a touch of European styling and quality with its popular Astra, bringing the sophistication of the old continent to …

Question now is what appeals might come on freshwater plan

August 21, 2017 10:54AM

The freshwater plan adopted by Gisborne District Council last week will bring huge change to the agricultural, forestry and horticultural sectors. Creating the plan was …

Chance for public to have say on community facilities strategy

August 19, 2017 11:13AM

AS Gisborne District Council approved the release of a draft communities facilities strategy for public consultation this week, it heard that other sources of funding …

Wastewater scheme could increase rates

August 18, 2017 11:58AM

FACED with a potential rate increase of up to 25 percent to upgrade the city’s wastewater system, Mayor Meng Foon has called on Gisborne District …

Revitalisation projects on council agenda

August 16, 2017 11:57AM

REDEVELOPMENT of the Olympic Pool complex, a water sports hub at Anzac Park and developing a multipurpose stadium with indoor courts are included as options …

Added Kia funk

August 15, 2017 8:36AM

KIA has produced a vehicle that is hard to categorise in its 2017 Soul Redtrack — but it is one that grows on you the …

Ugly scenes in Charlottesville, USA culminate in tragedy

August 14, 2017 11:32AM

Events in the North Carolina city of Charlottesville have cast a dark cloud over the start of a week that was already made uncomfortable by …

Passing on crisis skills

August 13, 2017 9:01AM

JOHN Dyer does not go looking for disasters and conflict, but he has just spent over a decade in the world’s hotspots. He has been …

New Zealand has a new sporting hero in Tom Walsh

August 11, 2017 12:10PM

Tom Walsh’s achievement in winning the shot put at the world athletics championships earlier this week should not be underestimated.The burly builder by trade went …

Turei should be considering her future as Green Party co-leader

August 8, 2017 12:22PM

The dramatic defection of two Green MPs has cast the party into disarray and will harm its chances in the coming election, just when the …

Election 2017 - game on

August 7, 2017 11:04AM

With a week of turmoil for the country’s two largest parties on the left ended yesterday, the battle lines have been cleared for the coming …

Council can't bite off more than it can chew

August 5, 2017 11:00AM

THE list of potential projects to be included in the coming long-term district plan is too long and a number will have to be taken …

Policy parked up to July 2018

August 5, 2017 10:16AM

A DRAFT parking policy including any changes in the charge for parking meters will not take effect until July 1, 2018 the District Council’s environmental …

Footpath cyclists 'dangerous as hell': councillor

August 3, 2017 10:43AM

COUNCILLOR Malcolm MacLean has told the district council’s environmental planning and regulations committee that cyclists riding on the footpath at speed were as “dangerous as …

Changing leader a big gamble to try to re-energise Labour campaign

August 2, 2017 11:33AM

A desperate gamble but one they had to take ... that's the outcome of a dramatic day in New Zealand politics in which Labour replaced …

White House in turmoil as Korea threat increases

August 1, 2017 10:28AM

A focus on the New Zealand political scene, Labour’s poll slide and Super Rugby semi-finals may have taken attention away from some worrying developments in …

Two doors, 2WD – still a Ranger

August 1, 2017 10:17AM

FORD has something of a hidden gem among its mighty Ranger fleet, in the form of the single-cab two- wheel-drive option. As the Ranger moved …

Labour needs wider revamp than simply changing leader

July 31, 2017 10:07AM

The Labour Party is reeling from its latest poll disaster but there is no room for complacency on the part of National as the run-up …

Calls for reticulation at Wainui

July 27, 2017 11:16AM

SEVERAL committee members at Gisborne District Council’s Future Tairawhiti committee meeting have called for the council to bring forward an investigation into water and sewerage …

Report identifies areas for wastewater wetlands

July 27, 2017 11:00AM

GISBORNE District Council has identified possible sites for small "polishing" wetlands close to Gisborne City, but spokesmen stress the council has no firm intention to …

Council to investigate water metering

July 28, 2017 10:42AM

GISBORNE District Council will investigate water metering as part of long-term measures to reduce demand on the city’s water supply. This is one of several …

An observatory to remain on Kaiti Hill

July 28, 2017 9:24AM

THERE will be an astronomical observatory on Kaiti Hill after major developments planned by the District Council in association with co-management partner Ngati Oneone are …

Civic hatch is all loaded up

July 25, 2017 8:13AM

HONDA has added a new sporty and athletic feel to its latest Civic hatch range, managing to move up to another level for a vehicle …

Parties busy laying out their offers to the voting public

July 24, 2017 11:36AM

With two months to go until the election, the parties have become engaged in a kind of high-stakes poker as they lay out their offers …

Society want observatory to stay

July 22, 2017 11:26AM

GISBORNE Astronomical Society would be devastated if the James Cook Observatory on Kaiti Hill was demolished with no replacement, says society president John Drummond. It …

Star park proposed on top of Kaiti Hill

July 22, 2017 10:57AM

THE summit of Kaiti Hill could be the site of a star park that could be a major tourist attraction but the James Cook Observatory …

Log levy still in the mix

July 21, 2017 11:28AM

CLAIMS that a levy on all logs brought to the port of Gisborne would not work failed to convince the District Council’s Future Tairawhiti Committee …

Forestry roading levy mooted to aid upkeep

July 19, 2017 2:23PM

A FORESTRY levy that will help meet the $25 million cost of keeping roading up to standard for the industry is recommended for investigation to …

Cash comes off the Qashqai

July 18, 2017 2:24PM

NISSAN continues to enjoy a golden run with its medium-size SUV the Qashqai, something of a trend-setter when it was launched and a vehicle with …

Picanto is style for the city

July 11, 2017 2:17PM

KIA has produced another ultimate city car with the launch of the latest version of its perky and personable Picanto, a vehicle that exemplifies the …

A huge rugby test tonight, but it's only a game

July 8, 2017 9:14AM

Tonight’s eagerly awaited third and series-deciding rugby test between the Lions and the All Blacks will tell us a lot about the state of the …

July 7, 2017 8:17AM

1950s were a golden era for Waikanae and its beach camp

July 4, 2017 10:19AM

Gisborne Holdings Ltd has made its first major announcement as the owner of businesses transferred to it last year by the council — an $8 …

Getting checked out

July 4, 2017 9:34AM

WITH a successful Fieldays behind them, Foton is looking onwards and upwards for its powerful and rugged Tunland utes. The Chinese manufacturer attracted a lot …

All on in Auckland with Team NZ returning and Lions tour decider

July 3, 2017 12:41PM

A rare loss for the All Blacks failed to put a damper on one of the great weeks for New Zealand sport, setting up as …

Small increase in rates for majority

June 30, 2017 2:25PM

MORE than 90 percent of Gisborne ratepayers face an increase of 3 percent or less in the 2017/18 financial year after Gisborne District Council yesterday …

Council takes hard line on funding requests

June 30, 2017 11:38AM

GISBORNE District Council has cut back or refused requests for financial assistance from two major community events, the A and P Show and the Gisborne …

Escape to a road less travelled with Ford’s new mid-size SUV

June 27, 2017 9:51AM

FORD has packed its new Escape with technology and comfort features almost too numerous to list as it seeks to gain further momentum in the …

Closed landfills pose medium risk to towns

June 16, 2017 11:38AM

NINE closed landfills near rural towns have only a medium level of risk of contamination, Gisborne District Council’s environmental planning and regulations committee was told. …

More teeth needed to control freedom campers

June 16, 2017 11:45AM

A BYLAW change will enable Gisborne District Council to take stronger action against summer campers whose behaviour has led to complaints, particularly at the Marina …

Mayor urges council to invest in infrastructure

June 9, 2017 9:56AM

GISBORNE is about to experience an economic explosion that will put pressure on existing infrastructure, Mayor Meng Foon has said. He believes the area east …

Apology and settlement for Parihaka sacking momentous

June 12, 2017 11:32AM

In the middle of a huge news week, one of the most significant events in New Zealand’s recent history, the apology by the Crown for …

Mixed views on former PM’s knighthood, not so ‘Iceman’

June 7, 2017 10:52AM

It was a case of knighthoods in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for two men who many would feel are classic Kiwis of their particular type, …

Terror attacks test British resilience and spirit

June 6, 2017 12:59PM

The latest terrorist attacks have placed the UK and its capital city under mental pressure and stress not really seen since the Irish Republican Army …

Improved Cerato

June 6, 2017 9:38AM

KIA continues to make new friends and keep its existing ones with its popular Cerato, a well-priced, comfortable, stylish and — best of all — …

Urgent need to invest in protecting native bird species

June 2, 2017 10:23AM

Tourists will come to the rescue of New Zealand’s endangered bird species if a recommendation from the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment is adopted . …

Are Kiwis ready to reward and encourage great service?

June 1, 2017 10:07AM

Will New Zealanders have to give up an ingrained attitude and start tipping to help the country’s biggest industry, tourism?That is a possibility after the …

Ute’s interesting bloodlines

May 30, 2017 9:56AM

FAVOURABLE reviews for its Tunland ute have continued to boost the Chinese carmaker Foton as it continues to make progress in New Zealand. The latest …

Sporting interest — of adults at least — will turn to Lions tour

May 29, 2017 10:27AM

With the Budget behind them in a week that terrorism dominated the headlines, the attention of many New Zealanders now turns to the arrival of …

New Zealanders rate honesty, consistency and integrity

May 25, 2017 11:18AM

There is an old saying that your choice of friends shows who you are and that is reflected to an extent in the Readers Digest …

Iwi seeks submissions on trust deed

May 25, 2017 10:40AM

THE Ngati Porou iwi is engaged in one of its most important activities since establishing its governing and management organisation, Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou, …

Manchester attack another horrific test for people of Europe

May 24, 2017 10:59AM

The murder of children and young people at a concert in Manchester is an atrocity with extra horror that casts a further dark shadow over …

Mazda’s CX-5 . . . with extras

May 23, 2017 2:02PM

MAZDA has added a whole new level of refinement to its CX-5 SUV, following the maxim of if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. The …

More work now to address inflow issues from private properties

May 23, 2017 10:20AM

Gisborne District Council finds itself in something of a quandary as it seeks to move forward faster on the DrainWise project which is the key …

The cost of clean rivers

May 22, 2017 10:47AM

FACED with needing a further $13.2 million to solve private property flooding, Gisborne District Council faces some hard choices. Stormwater intrusion is the major issue …

With Pippa married, focus shifts to Budget on Thursday

May 22, 2017 10:19AM

Prime Minister Bill English has returned from his first Asian foray to find himself overshadowed at week’s end by an English society wedding and a …

Review time for Ngati Porou

May 21, 2017 9:01AM

ASK TE Runanganui o Ngati Porou chief executive Herewini Te Koha what is the main attribute he looks for in himself and others and he …

City toilet in line for $400,000 makeover

May 20, 2017 9:40AM

THE “disgusting” Peel Street toilets are a step closer to a $400,000 refurbishment after a debate at yesterday’s meeting of Gisborne District Council, where councillors …

Council support for cycle rail trail feasibility study

May 19, 2017 12:15PM

APART from one strong dissenting voice, Gisborne District Council supports a feasibility study into the possibility of a rail cycle trail between Gisborne and Napier. …

New focus, investment and action required on mental health

May 19, 2017 11:42AM

The thorny problem of what is being called a mental health crisis in New Zealand has come to the forefront amidst growing concerns about how …

Mitsi’s smaller SUV

May 16, 2017 2:18PM

MITSUBISHI has a really desirable small SUV in its ASX, with the two-wheel-drive petrol model offering an attractive blend of comfort, economy and style. The …

North Korea testing Trump, South Korea’s new president

May 16, 2017 11:22AM

A new missile launch by North Korea on Sunday brought a final note to a disastrous week for US President Donald Trump. Trump’s dramatic firing …

Keen to get things done

May 14, 2017 9:35AM

Part of the intake of three new councillors after last year's election, experienced businessman, sports referee and administrator Malcolm Maclean talks with John Jones about …

Little needs traction and housing issues could provide it

May 15, 2017 10:57AM

Andrew Little could be on to a potential winner with his focus on housing at Labour’s congress, but will it give him the boost the …

Footage from inside mine puts Pike re-entry on agenda again

May 9, 2017 11:46AM

Six-and-a-half years on from the coal-mining disaster that cost 29 lives and led to an overhaul of the country’s health and safety regulations, Pike River …

New Pathfinder well stocked with the latest in road toys

May 9, 2017 9:38AM

NISSAN has really ramped up features on the 2017 Pathfinder to an amazing level, as one of the country’s most popular and successful SUVs gets …

French opt for hope and reform over negativity

May 8, 2017 12:40PM

After one of the most absorbing elections for a generation, Emmanuel Macron has been elected France’s youngest ever head of state. The challenge he faces …

Consent needed for emergency Wainui Beach works

May 8, 2017 11:32AM

A RESOURCE consent application will be lodged soon for emergency works needed at Wainui Beach and the remaining works in the Wainui Beach management strategy. …

Pokie ban could only be done at national level

May 4, 2017 11:04AM

It is a seemingly intractable problem. Gambling harm workers and others fed up with the community financial losses, and individual and family tragedies, are calling …

New feature-packed Rio

May 2, 2017 1:52PM

KIA is holding nothing back with the launch of its 2017 Rio model, a bigger and more powerful vehicle packed with comfort features, including some …

‘A big, fat failing grade’ — the media, or Trump?

May 2, 2017 10:32AM

Reaching the end of their first 100 days is seen as a benchmark for United States presidents, and Donald Trump has found himself looking at …

Cabinet shuffled with eye on election and what comes next

May 1, 2017 2:24PM

Prime Minister Bill English will be hoping last week’s Cabinet changes strengthen the party’s hand for a September election that is becoming steadily more fraught …

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 …