Sophie Rishworth

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On the Block

October 7, 2018 4:01AM

Did you get the chicken? Did you go to the supermarket? The questions are back to normal in the Moore/Watts household after three months of …

Muster planned for the Waima cattle

October 12, 2018 3:25PM

There is good news for Waima residents dealing with wild cattle ruining their properties for years — the situation will be fixed next week. Last …

Upgrading the Fox Street trails

October 10, 2018 2:43PM

The $130,000 mountain bike trail upgrade at Whataupoko Reserve off Fox Street is under way. Gisborne Mountain Bike Club secretary Steferl Gordon says the upgrade …

Residents furious as cattle wreck gardens at Waima

October 5, 2018 2:52PM

Half a dozen cattle that help themselves to gardens, vegetation and fruit trees have brought a group of homeowners in Waima, Tokomaru Bay, to breaking …

Bond is raised for car rally road usage here

October 4, 2018 3:52PM

An increased bond of $50,000 will be required from organisers of the Silver Fern Rally to protect roads here from any damage they could cause. …

Block victors . . . convincingly

October 1, 2018 2:07PM

It was a “surreal” moment for Amy Moore and Stu Watts when they realised they had won a clean sweep in The Block NZ 2018 …

What a story to tell

September 30, 2018 4:01AM

A young man’s journey to Italy retraced the steps of his uncle who was killed in action during World War 2. Barry Soutar shares the …

A tireless helper

September 30, 2018 4:01AM

“Well, I think this is ridiculous,” said Barbara Fisher as she opened the door to her home for our interview. Mrs Fisher from Te Karaka. …

‘Racism is not going away’

September 28, 2018 3:49PM

There was a point of order, and loud support from the public gallery during an unscheduled speech from Tina Ngata at a Future Tairawhiti council …

Rough start for new restaurant

September 27, 2018 3:37PM

Husband and wife owners of Gisborne’s newest restaurant have had a rough time in their first few months of business here — including the shock …

111 years of Cook County guild

September 20, 2018 3:40PM

The Gisborne community has been active in the women’s suffrage movement, marking 111 years this year of the Cook County Women’s Guild. Gisborne woman Patty …

Cat killed by dog next door

September 18, 2018 3:06PM

A Mangapapa man had to listen as his family’s “much-loved” cat was killed by the next door neighbour’s dog. The family want to highlight the …

Calling young debaters to be Parliamentarians

September 18, 2018 5:10PM

Youth Parliamentarians largely come from the Auckland region but Labour List MP Kiri Allan wants to change that. She believes East Coast students offer a …

A fantastic job – with a smile

September 14, 2018 4:42PM

It is all positive feedback about the city’s recreational services team, who do their jobs “with a smile” and are fantastic at it. A report …

City loo’s days numbered

September 13, 2018 2:20PM

The Peel Street toilets will end their days in the next four years but the building will remain standing. The 97-year-old Edwardian building in the …

Landowner says four-fold rents rise unexpected

September 11, 2018 2:27PM

The practices of Te Tumu Paeroa have been called into question after annual rents on Maori-owned East Coast land escalated by more than 400 percent …

Culture on the catwalk

September 10, 2018 12:03PM

Erica Ransfield has been doing her housework in six-inch heels because in less than two weeks she flies to America to walk the runway at …

Waipiro Bay leaseholders 'blindsided' by 400 percent hike on annual fees

September 1, 2018 12:29PM

Property owners at Waipiro Bay have been left “blindsided” after annual fees on their leased land increased by about 400 percent for this year. A …

Community cupboard calls for give and take

August 30, 2018 12:23PM

by Sophie Rishworth A community pantry will work only if people take what they need, and people bring what they have in surplus. But it …

Felled tree will keep on giving for years

August 21, 2018 3:09PM

An oak tree taken down on the YMCA corner of the Childers Road and Roebuck Road intersection will keep on giving. The Holm oak was …

All on at Labour weekend

August 19, 2018 4:01AM

Tairawhiti turns it on for Labour Weekend with plenty of social events for everyone. Whether you have guests coming to stay, feel like a fun …

The face of cancer appeal

August 18, 2018 1:44PM

Nicole Bates was diagnosed with brain cancer last year at 29. She has conquered a lot of fears since then and does not want cancer …

It takes a village to raise a smile

August 16, 2018 3:02PM

Pickles, preserves and jams sold at Ryman Healthcare’s retirement village have many hands contributing to their success. Call it a team effort in a jar. …

Pouring glasses of Gisborne chardonnay in China

May 23, 2018 2:43PM

Every wine has its day . . . and today (May 23) is Chardonnay day. It could not be more fitting that Wrights Vineyard and …

Honoured for work with mental health patients

August 6, 2018 1:34PM

Instead of reading novels at night, pharmacy technician Nicole Christophers reads medical books to unwind. The Gordons Pharmacy dispensary manager received a special mention for …

Abandoned dog was heavily pregnant

July 25, 2018 2:02PM

Star was 18 months old when she was found abandoned, heavily pregnant, and handed in to Gisborne SPCA. Last week the gentle-natured black Labrador gave …

Young couple had no inkling they were about to become parents

July 21, 2018 12:06PM

Gisborne woman Rayne Joseph had a few things planned this week. Becoming a mum was not one of them. But in the early hours of …

Speaking out about glossophobia

July 20, 2018 6:38PM

Gisborne business owner Barry Foster says conquering his fear of public speaking has opened doors for him he would never have believed. When appointed to …

All gone in planned burglary

July 11, 2018 3:39PM

Two hunters in the darkness of early dawn noticed lights were on at their aunt’s house in rural Potaka at the top of East Cape. …

Warm paws over winter thanks to student carpenters

July 9, 2018 4:53PM

Gisborne dogs will have a warmer winter, thanks to the generosity of the carpentry school at EIT Tairawhiti. The carpentry students built five dog homes, …

‘One hell of a ride’

July 7, 2018 11:37AM

There is a lot of camaraderie and Gizzy-style banter coming from one of the houses on The Block NZ. The new season of the show …

‘Over the whole thing’

July 6, 2018 12:37PM

More than four months on from the company that operated A1 Homes in Gisborne collapsing, it is still a murky mess for some clients struggling …

Who is killing the cats?

July 4, 2018 1:32PM

After the death of four cats in three years, a Gisborne woman has come to the conclusion that their deaths are more than just a …

‘We do care’ say HFF owners

June 28, 2018 3:22PM

Hikurangi Forest Farms wants 30,000 tonnes less wood waste a year left behind in the forests after harvesting. “We do care,” Samling Group of Companies …

Refugees are 'everyday people - just like us'

June 27, 2018 4:14PM

Michel Alkhouri sits down in front of a group of Awapuni School students and shares a story about calling his mum on the phone. When …

Looking forward to her role as a church leader

June 26, 2018 2:30PM

Being able to have a lunchtime coffee on the beach is one of many things Mangapapa Church’s new leader loves about Gisborne. Paula Levy was …

Freedom writers flying to LA

June 24, 2018 4:01AM

A student fills a bowl with cereal, takes it to his desk, and starts writing in his journal. The song Whatever it Takes is being …

Forestry companies and GDC to meet public in Tolaga Bay

June 19, 2018 3:11PM

A Gisborne District Council-led community meeting in Tolaga Bay tomorrow will be attended by three forestry companies and Eastland Wood Council. Ernslaw One, PF Olsen …

Loggers unable to work

June 19, 2018 2:35PM

Hundreds of forestry workers and log truck drivers have been unable to work since Queen’s Birthday weekend, when heavy rain washed out roads around the …

Concerned at confusing signals

June 14, 2018 2:49PM

Residents of two cul de sac streets in Gisborne’s Lytton West subdivision were concerned their two roads were going to be joined after they saw …

Room to create

June 10, 2018 4:01AM

The Gisborne lifestyle brought the creative combination of husband and wife Katy Wallace and Paulus McKinnon to this city 10 years ago. Their half-acre section, …

Readers divided in poll on M.bovis strategy

June 9, 2018 1:01PM

This week’s web poll question was a tough one and left readers divided. Less than half (48 percent) of online voters supported the Government’s decision …

Big plan for Cook site

June 9, 2018 12:03PM

The Cook landing monument site on Kaiti Beach Road is about to get a big makeover. Plans have been released for a large- scale public …

Fresh groceries are welcomed at isolated homes

June 8, 2018 2:44PM

A helicopter loaded with fresh bread, milk and cookies really made the day for residents around Rangikohua Road yesterday, inland from Tolaga Bay. Farm managers …

The big clean-up begins

June 6, 2018 2:36PM

A multimillion dollar clean-up has begun and the educated guess at the cost is “at least $10 million”. Work has started to clear logs and …

Questions asked over huge swath of forestry slash

June 5, 2018 1:30PM

The volume of forestry slash and logs washed down rivers over the weekend has been called “unacceptable” by the East Coast community. Hikurangi Forest Farms …

Caps off to volunteers

May 25, 2018 12:56PM

The atmosphere was “buzzing” last night as Gisborne celebrated its young volunteers at the 2018 Youth Volunteer Awards. The annual event recognises young people nominated …

Rents climb with demand

May 22, 2018 1:09PM

HOUSE rents in Gisborne have increased, with a report by Trade Me Property claiming a massive 20 percent rise over the past year. But Philip …

Urupa headstones smashed

May 21, 2018 1:44PM

Desecration of a private cemetery at Raupunga will cost families tens of thousands of dollars to replace multiple headstones smashed in an attack over the …

Arguing for fair rates bill and street upkeep

May 19, 2018 1:53PM

Just like a fidget spinner, Barbara Barwick feels like she has gone round and round when it comes to asking Gisborne District Council for the …

Whatever it takes to reduce rates burden

May 16, 2018 3:01PM

Gisborne District Council needs to take a positive, entrepreneurial approach to reduce the burden on ratepayers — even if the ideas seem off the wall, …

Hawaii holiday going ahead despite volcano eruption

May 11, 2018 3:20PM

A group from Gisborne are forging ahead with their holiday plans for Hawaii despite the Big Island being hit by volcanic eruptions and evacuations. For …

JP service now available at library

May 11, 2018 3:03PM

It can be a big hassle trying to organise a Justice of the Peace when official pieces of paper need to be witnessed and signed. …

Food in a box

May 13, 2018 4:01AM

SuperGrans Tairawhiti and Pak’nSave have joined forces in a new initiative called Gizzy Food Box that has been getting rave reviews. Sophie Rishworth speaks with …

Organic wine golds for Gisborne

May 3, 2018 2:19PM

Gisborne is back in the chardonnay limelight with two gold wins in the 2018 NZ Organic Wine Awards. Millton Vineyards and Winery and Wrights Vineyard …

Pit bull attacks child on beach

April 28, 2018 1:30PM

A five-year-old girl bitten by a dog on Midway Beach was lucky she was wearing a wetsuit. The girl was on holiday in Gisborne with …

Manutuke hui speaks with minister on frustrations frustration with local Government

April 26, 2018 3:54PM

Frustration with local Government was a big issue for about 70 people who attended an open conversation with Minister for Crown/Maori Relations Kelvin Davis at …

Advised to leave town

April 14, 2018 12:24PM

A Gisborne woman has been advised to leave town because police and social service agencies cannot keep her safe in this region. The 30-year-old woman …

No EIT wine course in Gisborne this year disappointing

April 11, 2018 1:05PM

SUSPENSION of Gisborne’s wine course at EIT Tairawhiti this year, after operating for nearly three decades, has been described as “disappointing” for the region. It …

Gisborne pair with Shore mates among the ‘oldies’

April 6, 2018 3:29PM

Sandra Arnold is having a fantastic time in Christchurch at the Golden Oldies Sports Celebration. The Gisborne swim instructor, 70, is there with her daughter …

GDC ‘dragging the chain’ over Wainui reticulation issue

March 31, 2018 12:47PM

The decades-long debate about reticulation for the beach suburbs took precedence at the Long Term Plan (LTP) community consultation meeting at Wainui School this week. …

Busy summer in hotel industry

March 29, 2018 2:31PM

With more national events held in Gisborne, demand for accommodation saw the city “booked out” many nights over summer. Alongside buoyant demand was other good …

Rates on children's toys, toilet cleanliness, the gardens questioned at city meeting

March 29, 2018 2:23PM

Proposed rates changes for forestry are “garbage”, the Botanical Gardens are not a pleasure to walk through any more and the “WTF” campaign is inappropriate …

Living ‘courageously’

March 19, 2018 2:34PM

Clinical psychologist David Galbraith was brought to Gisborne by St Paul’s Collegiate for a one-hour free parenting seminar last week. He spoke about unleashing children’s …

Gisborne A1 Homes client at the end of his tether

March 17, 2018 12:46PM

If all had gone to plan, Luke Marks would be moving into his new home this week. Instead, the Gisborne man is $15,000 down, has …

Looking and feeling your best

March 11, 2018 4:01AM

It’s our biggest organ, it’s the first thing people see, and it often determines how we feel about ourselves. Sophie Rishworth spoke with Juve owner …

Good news for Gisborne families in A1homes aftermath

March 8, 2018 12:55PM

Gisborne families caught up in the collapse of A1homes had to read in the national news that a “lifeline” and a “ray of hope” was …

Library has copies of sold-out Tiniroto history book

March 6, 2018 2:50PM

It has sold out but if you want to read the 125-year history of Tiniroto, there is now a copy available at the H.B. Williams …

Addressing at-risk youth issue

March 5, 2018 1:35PM

Gisborne has the country’s highest rate of at-risk youth (15-24 years). This statistic was presented by Te Ora Hou manager Julie Robinson to Gisborne district …

Pushing pedals to promote zero emissions

March 1, 2018 9:39AM

IT'S a cool way to see the North Island but Gisborne sisters Ellie and Lenka Craft have a bigger agenda than sightseeing. They are biking …

Up to 40 families caught in Fargher Construction Limited crash

February 24, 2018 11:00AM

THE financial collapse of Fargher Construction Limited has affected almost 40 families around the central North Island. Pricewaterhouse Coopers was yesterday appointed as liquidator for …

Builder's crash hits charity

February 23, 2018 11:33AM

A HABITAT for Humanity house has been caught up in the collapse of Gisborne’s A1homes. Another family came forward overnight to say they had paid …

Gisborne families caught in housing company crash

February 22, 2018 11:42AM

THREE days before a Gisborne family with three young children were due to move into their brand new home, they were told the company building …

Dogs in pound with 'P' symptoms

February 14, 2018 11:17AM

DOGS allegedly addicted to methamphetamine (P) are turning up at the Gisborne dog pound. The dogs display erratic behaviour and common withdrawal symptoms such as …

Matapuna Training Centre calls for support

February 9, 2018 11:30AM

MATAPUNA Training Centre is the education safety net for Gisborne students who have been kicked out of school, or left without the basic requirements of …

Jet damages plane in Gisborne

February 5, 2018 12:12PM

AN AIR Air New Zealand flight to Auckland was cancelled last night after jet engines of a private plane blew a ramp off the commercial …

Reaping rewards of a good work ethic

February 4, 2018 4:01AM

Harnie Jo has achieved a lot in her 28 years. The Gisborne dentist is an accomplished pianist and recently travelled to Nepal as part of …

Compassion and Care

January 28, 2018 4:01AM

Derek Goodwin has three very different fields of work. He is a fire risk management officer, a marriage celebrant, and a clown. He is also …

From scrap to Cancer Society cash

January 25, 2018 12:00PM

DARYL Gowers dedicates his life to raising money for others. Since he returned home to Gisborne last August, Mr Gowers has raised almost $7000 for …

Hoping for a return of lost wedding ring

January 18, 2018 1:25PM

FORMER Gisborne man Martyn Bowis thinks he might get a tattoo on his ring finger after losing his wedding band while on holiday here last …

A $50 hand-up to reduce stress

January 18, 2018 12:30PM

It has it’s critics but the extra $50 a week students will receive this year from the new Government will have a huge impact on …

Fire leaves Coast family homeless

January 11, 2018 11:39AM

A SECOND accident in nine years has left an East Coast family asking the community for help to find a place to live. Fire burnt …

House sellers lower price expectations

January 8, 2018 11:17AM

THE average asking price for a Gisborne house has dropped 11.9 percent over the last year from $326,626 to $287,928, according to data released by …

Spending rise in Gisborne New Zealand's second highest

December 20, 2017 10:23AM

GISBORNE people are in spend mode and they are increasingly using their plastic cards to pay instead of cash. Paymark, which manages 75 percent of …

Provider of leadership and sponsorship recognised with MNZM

January 3, 2018 10:21AM

BARRY Atkinson was brought up to think about other people and help out where help was needed. His exceptional nature to give — in time, …

Camping safety concerns at Turihaua

December 29, 2017 11:13AM

AN EAST Coast resident is strongly opposing Gisborne District Council’s decision to allow summer camping at Turihaua. Amelia Williams says it is unsafe to have …

Bad weather no deterrent to happy campers

December 28, 2017 11:45AM

SHANE and Sha Pragnell have camped with their two kids out at Turihaua for 11 years, so this unseasonal weather is not going to budge …

Gisborne's rental homes drought

December 23, 2017 10:19AM

GISBORNE residents Bex and Will Girod have until January 22 to find a new rental property for their family. But they can't find anything. They …

‘They love to give. It makes them happy’

December 22, 2017 11:21AM

THE generosity of three Gisborne children has transformed Christmas for a family who lost everything in a house fire last week. The family were “overwhelmed …

When you're not strong

December 15, 2017 2:09PM

Tomorrow’s Lean on Me concert aims to take the conversation about suicide from behind closed doors, and put it into an open air environment. It …

Woman hit by wheel off trailer

December 9, 2017 9:13AM

A 36-year-old Gisborne woman knocked unconscious by a flying wheel from a trailer, says she will never walk on the main road again. Lena Walsh …

Tiniroto Heritage Book signs off successful 125th reunion

December 8, 2017 8:51AM

IT HAS been 125 years since Tiniroto began, as a community and a school. A reunion was held in October to mark the milestone and …

Gisborne in 'severe' housing crisis

December 4, 2017 11:44AM

A 26-year-old Gisborne woman, seven months pregnant, sleeps on a couch in a three-bedroom home shared by 10 other people. Across town, a five-bedroom house …

On-licence for Kaiti Club Hotel declined

November 29, 2017 9:52AM

KA Pai Kaiti trustees are elated with the news the on-licence for the TAB in Kaiti Mall has been declined. “Don’t underestimate the will and …

Realising a dream of macadamias

November 19, 2017 8:01AM

PEOPLE are genuinely interested in growing a crop that’s good for the environment, says Vanessa Hayes, co-owner of Torere Orchard on the East Coast, who, …

Supporting your skin for spring

October 1, 2017 8:01AM

THANK goodness for that. We made it through another winter. As much as we all enjoy those cosy fires and indoor days, isn’t it fantastic …

Majority see war of words between Trump, Kim escalating

September 30, 2017 12:18PM

A disconcerting majority of Gisborne Herald online readers think tensions between North Korea and the United States will escalate to military conflict. In this week’s …

Liv Fountain hits 'Steptember' on crutches

September 5, 2017 10:44AM

HEAVY rain hit the Waikanae Beach boardwalk on Saturday just as the walk for “Steptember” started. But it did not faze 25 supporters who donned …

Accommodation filling for holiday season

August 29, 2017 9:30AM

GISBORNE and East Coast campgrounds are close to capacity four months out from the region’s busiest time of year. Bookings for the Christmas and New …

New phase for Richard Brooking

August 8, 2016 8:14AM

A COUPLE of years before Richard Brooking’s Mum passed away, the two of them came up with a set of principles; honesty, trust, respect and …

Gisborne man reunited with lost Canadian family

August 2, 2017 10:41AM

THE EMOTIONAL and heart-warming reunion of a Gisborne man who finally found part of the family he was taken from as a baby has been …

Welcome to FENZ

July 2, 2017 9:01AM

The most important thing for the people of Tairawhiti is that the service delivered by firefighters on June 30, 2017 will be exactly the same …

Fire Emergency New Zealand starts tomorrow

June 30, 2017 11:56AM

TOMORROW marks the biggest change to the New Zealand Fire Service in more than 40 years. It is the beginning of Fire Emergency New Zealand, …

Government buys motel for homeless

June 9, 2017 12:27PM

THE Government has bought a Gisborne motel complex to provide emergency housing for Gisborne. Housing New Zealand Corporation (HNZC) paid more than $2.5 million for …

Padre Wiremu Gray achieves second award in long career

June 6, 2017 10:34AM

WHEN he heard about his latest honour, Padre Wiremu Gray said he first wanted to find the biggest tree to hide behind. Mr Gray is …

Newly-worded Urewera plan up for submissions

May 20, 2017 11:56AM

BIG changes in Te Urewera’s management plan include a reduction of Crown appointees on the board, an increase of Tuhoe representatives, different terminology, and its …

Half think median price rise for houses is ‘good’

May 20, 2017 10:02AM

OVER the past year median house prices in Gisborne increased 23 percent, a trend just over half of online voters thought was a “good” thing …

Out of town investors contribute to community

May 11, 2017 10:56AM

OUT-OF-TOWN investors contribute to the community by providing rental homes and they help increase the appearance and quality of housing stock. That is the reaction …

Gisborne faces rental shortfall

May 11, 2017 10:56AM

GISBORNE is facing the biggest shortage of rental properties for more than a decade, and that means rents are going up. With not enough to …

Quick-buck investors manipulating housing market

April 24, 2017 12:24PM

SOME first-home buyers in Gisborne have found themselves bumped out of the housing market by out-of-town investors who hold up sales through extended due diligence …

Homeless in two days

April 11, 2017 11:46AM

A GISBORNE man and his 13-year-old son face an impossible situation unless they can find emergency accommodation by Thursday. George Washington Driver, 75, has to …

Loud ‘no’ to rail bikes − ‘April Fool’s joke, surely?’

April 8, 2017 10:18AM

THIS week’s website opinion poll question attracted plenty of votes and more than half were not happy about a new rail tourism venture on the …

Survey reveals health problems in Elgin

April 10, 2017 11:11AM

A “SOMEWHAT forgotten suburb” of Gisborne is the focus of a new project that plans to fast-track changes for its residents. The spotlight is on …

The journey begins now

April 9, 2017 9:01AM

“DO you know where gate nine is?” Brent Mitchell, 59, was standing at Wellington Airport waiting for his flight to Napier when a woman he …

Talk on retirement at Cosmopolitan Club

April 5, 2017 12:06PM

LIVING in a retirement village is advantageous financially as well as socially and physically, a Commission for Financial Capability seminar heard. People who sell their …

Ashley's parents’ pleas finally heard

March 26, 2017 9:01AM

FOR 13 years, Gisborne man Ashley Peacock has been kept locked up, not because he has committed any crime but because he has behavioural difficulties …

Gisborne flies colours for diversity

March 20, 2017 10:30AM

COLOUR ran through Gisborne on Sunday morning, as around 900 people came together for an entertaining event to raise awareness of a great cause: Opportunities …

Good grief, welcome to the human race

March 12, 2017 9:01AM

Who’s tired?” asked Liese Groot-Alberts. Hands around the audience went up, some tentatively, some with purpose. “I would encourage you to have a little sleep …

Tourists flash plastic in $38.7m February spend

March 7, 2017 11:21AM

SPENDING in Gisborne was up 3.7 percent last month compared with the same time last year and much of the increase was attributed to tourists. …

Cameras to help fight vandalism

March 7, 2017 11:50AM

BUSINESSES and buildings along Childers Road have experienced an increase in “malicious” vandalism over the past few months. Business Applications owner Paul Benge said he …

High number want Poverty Bay to stay

March 4, 2017 11:48AM

A WEBPOLL topic that gets a lot of Gisborne people voting is proposed name changes. This week’s Gisborne Herald online poll asked, what are your …

Library to reopen on Monday

February 28, 2017 9:53AM

HB Williams Memorial Library reopens on Monday morning in its new temporary location at the former Gilmours building on Awapuni Road. The relocation was an …

Time to give back

February 19, 2017 10:13AM

Karen Fenn most likely came to your attention smiling out at you from a campaign billboard as she ran for local council in November. Sophie …

‘Archaic’ school bus policy costing Kaiti

February 23, 2017 10:32AM

Government legislation that excludes Kaiti students from a free bus ride to school has been described as “archaic”. The Ministry of Education only provides funding …

Library moving to Awapuni Rd

February 14, 2017 11:12AM

THE enormous task of relocating more than 100,000 books starts this weekend as the HB Williams Memorial Library closes its doors for earthquake strengthening and …

Opera-singing greenie

February 5, 2017 9:01AM

GAVIN Maclean says he lives about four lives but jokes that he doesn’t do justice to any of them. This is the humble side of …

'Angry, helpless' over shot cat

January 26, 2017 11:27AM

A GISBORNE cat shot with an air rifle has received overwhelming support from the community. Last week the owner of one-year-old bob-tailed cat Bob found …

Car hits wall of restaurant

January 21, 2017 11:51AM

RESIDENTS at the river end of Childers Road were rudely awakened at 2am today when a stationwagon left the road and smashed into the wall …

Cancer surgeries delayed by doctors’ strike

January 18, 2017 10:58AM

The nationwide strike by young doctors has had an adverse impact on patients at Gisborne Hospital with cancer surgeries delayed. Hauora Tairawhiti chief medical officer …

Doctors to strike to support colleagues

January 13, 2017 11:43AM

UP TO 300 patients could be affected by a junior doctor strike at Gisborne Hospital, scheduled for three days next week. Negotiations are taking place …

Tourists keep Gisborne buzzing

January 13, 2017 10:56AM

A SECOND wave of tourists enjoying the Gisborne summer have kept supermarkets and the i-Site visitor centre busy. A spokesperson for the i-Site centre on …

Bringing food to the people

January 8, 2017 9:01AM

Queenstown couple Adrian and Sally Januszkiewicz visited Gisborne for the first time last week with their two children Mala and Luke. While it was unseasonably …

‘Bienvenidos a Gisborne’

January 1, 2017 9:01AM

DR ALVARO Vidiella-Salaberry, 48, and Irene Lopez-Ubiria, 44, decided to leave Spain with their children six years ago today. They wanted their children to experience …

Geoff Thorpe honoured for contribution to wine industry

December 31, 2016 9:12AM

RIVERSUN director Geoff Thorpe had to have a sit down, then said nothing for five minutes as the contents of the letter he had just …

Seasonal gridlock in Gisborne

December 31, 2016 8:58AM

WITHOUT wanting to state the obvious, it has been a bit busy in town. The best time to shop if you want to beat the …

Elderly caught out by 0900 donations

December 17, 2016 9:27AM

AN ELDERLY Gisborne resident became stuck in a recurring donation nightmare when she tried to cancel a donation but ended up donating more in the …

Rush for supplies keeps tills ticking over

December 14, 2016 11:42AM

THE LACK of power sent many people in Gisborne into stockpile mode, with best-selling items being candles, water, batteries and coffee. Pak’nSave owner Ewan Atherton …

This cider house rules

December 5, 2016 2:18PM

There’s a saying around Harvest Cidery that has been there since the days of founder Brian Shanks. “It’s better to beg for forgiveness than to …

Fluffy puppies at the Poverty Bay Kennel Club's dog show

November 9, 2016 3:16PM

THE annual dog show hosted by Poverty Bay Kennel Association had a great turnout of people and pooches from around the North Island. Best In …

The great pottery comeback

November 6, 2016 9:53AM

Pottery transcends class, ability and age, says Seymour May. The well-known Gisborne potter began his working life as a dairy farmer. He chats to Sophie …

Community Patrol steps up for safety

October 31, 2016 11:34AM

COMMUNITY safety has been ramped up around Gisborne with a new vehicle and more members for Three Rivers Community Patrol. The volunteer group now has …

'P' homes demolished

October 22, 2016 8:18AM

A FOUR-bedroom home recently razed on Ranfurly Street tested so high for the illegal drug Methamphetamine it was deemed cheaper to bulldoze than have it …

Safety first fire policy denies burglary victim

October 4, 2016 10:59AM

A HOUSING New Zealand tenant, burgled twice in the space of a week, has been refused security doors and locks in his home because they …

Taking Ashley Peacock's case to the UN

September 29, 2016 11:25AM

GISBORNE couple Dave and Marlena Peacock have been invited to write to the United Nations about the sub-standard care of their son in the New …

Catwalkers wanted for Seniors pageant

September 28, 2016 8:40AM

A BEAUTY pageant not to be missed is to be staged at the Cossie Club on Friday. Dressed in either leisure, evening wear or sunsmart, …

And baby makes 3

September 18, 2016 9:01AM

HER NAME is Penina Pereira. She is six months old and her name means precious pearl in Samoan. It took her parents Kylee Potae and …

Losing taste for Meals on Wheels

August 27, 2016 9:37AM

The demand for Meals on Wheels in Gisborne has more than halved since preparation of the meals was outsourced to an Auckland catering company. After …

Thieves target elderly citizens

August 25, 2016 11:04AM

AN underbelly of crime targeting Gisborne’s elderly needs to be made public so offenders can't hide their actions behind their victim’s social isolation. Gisborne police …

Homework: a help or a hindrance?

August 15, 2016 8:05AM

ACCORDING to University of Melbourne Professor of Education John Hattie — who can safely be called an expert in this hotly-debated topic — homework in …

The primitive art of bread-making

August 14, 2016 9:01AM

SOURDOUGH is so big in Europe that there are people who will “bread-sit” your sourdough starter if you go on holiday. Then there is the …

Elder care fails in Tairawhiti

August 13, 2016 9:25AM

ELDER care in Gisborne is not just at a minimum but often below basic standards, says Age Concern Gisborne CEO Frances Toroa. She sees daily …

Insurance customer faces 670 percent premium increase

August 13, 2016 8:17AM

WHEN Gisborne man Teira Pokai was 57 he took out a life insurance policy for $30,000. That was 15 years ago and premiums were $22.70 …

When trusted tenants turn bad

August 2, 2016 11:46AM

LANDLORD Phillip Freeman is out of pocket and patience with tenants who leave a huge mess behind at rental properties. Mr Freeman said it was …

Treat new skills as a gift, says music tutor

July 26, 2016 11:20AM

AFTER only two mornings in a school holiday music programme, a “motley bunch” of kids making lots of noise were transformed into a picture of …

Preserving the Mudge murals

July 20, 2016 11:13AM

OPTIONS on how Gisborne District Council (GDC) can preserve murals painted by the late Gisborne artist Graeme Mudge will be presented to council over the …

No place like Wainui ‘home’ for Ashram

July 6, 2016 8:49AM

This is a tale about a determined cat who walked more than five kilometres across suburbs and a state highway, to get back to his …

Sauerkraut

July 3, 2016 11:44AM

When it comes to sauerkraut, the hardest part is spelling it. Making it is easy. Sauerkraut is a two-ingredient dish — a cabbage and some …

Riversun rides into future

June 7, 2016 11:26AM

ABOUT 20 years ago, Riversun managing director Geoff Thorpe had an epiphany. He was on honeymoon with his wife Anna in a little German wine …

Keyboard warriors

May 29, 2016 9:01AM

SHE was asked to breastfeed in the restroom.” “The portions were not big enough.” “Thoroughly bad from start to finish, if I could blot that …

Houses tested for meth

May 17, 2016 12:31PM

TESTING for methamphetamine contamination in Gisborne properties is on the rise. Real estate agents and landlords are taking the matter seriously, with properties tested often …

Have a great day and be kind to yourself

May 8, 2016 9:31AM

When I asked around for ideas about what to write for a Mother’s Day column I got the following. “You could make it a piece …

The man behind the mace

April 24, 2016 9:31AM

BRYSON Watt remembers a particular moment during his long history as drum major leading the Gisborne Highland Pipe Band. It was at a Blossom Festival …

Whose responsibility to move roadside wrecks?

April 23, 2016 9:34AM

HEXTON residents says it is a ridiculous situation that no one is taking responsibility for a van that crashed outside their properties a week ago. …

Official ceremonies this week for honours listers

April 13, 2016 10:25AM

DOUG Callahan QSM, Alan Mackintosh QSM and Iris Thomas, QSM . . . it’s official this week. The first half of six Gisborne people acknowledged …

Brighter than ever and ready to help

April 9, 2016 9:14AM

THEY often get asked who they are and what they do. Bromlyn Gibson and Phillip Paniani certainly stand out. As members of Three Rivers Community …

Teen abuses passenger on city bus

April 6, 2016 8:53AM

A 67-year-old Gisborne grandmother says she was abused and threatened on a Gisborne bus after her granddaughter’s pram accidentally rolled into another passenger’s leg. She …

Supermarket flouted law to meet needs of customers

April 5, 2016 11:15AM

Customers were “very appreciative” Pak’n Save was open on Easter Sunday but the supermarket broke the law by opening its doors. There are 3½ days …

Lucky found a niche and many friends around city

March 31, 2016 8:25AM

Lucky the cat crossed roads, took naps in car parks and wandered Gisborne’s streets for many years . . . and in the end it …

‘Gross’ task welcomes staff back after break

March 30, 2016 8:36AM

It is the kind of welcome back to work no one wants. Dick Smith employees returned to work yesterday after the Easter break to find …

Best place to retire?

March 27, 2016 9:15AM

Why are more people choosing to retire in Gisborne? Favourable lifestyle factors to enjoy retirement have seen business boom with out-of-town interest high at the …

Move sparks more interest in toy library

March 17, 2016 8:24AM

GISBORNE Toy Library has moved to its new location in the old Army Hall at 16 Fitzherbert Street. The not-for-profit group has noticed more people …

Gisborne man remembered for his role in WWI

March 13, 2016 9:31AM

THIS is more than a war story. It is a story of desert exploration, overcoming the odds and Kiwi ingenuity in the middle of Egypt’s …

In person or at the click of a mouse?

March 7, 2016 2:25PM

BUSINESS owner Jude Halley cradles one of her month-old baby grand-twins behind the counter of her new shop, Tiny Style. The babies’ presence brings a …

Art in motion at the Event Centre

March 6, 2016 9:31AM

IT'S hard to imagine Gisborne without the event centre at Showgrounds Park on the Main Road at Makaraka. It has become a staple venue during …

Making walkways safe for everyone

March 3, 2016 8:46AM

GISBORNE woman Kate Nelson has watched progress on the cycleways and walkways around Gisborne with great interest. She is a staunch advocate for safety and …

Funeral code breached

February 29, 2016 11:21AM

WAIROA funeral director Allan Pickering has been ordered to refund a family 75 percent of his service fee and is under 12 months supervision by …

Miria's travel plight

February 18, 2016 11:02AM

MIRIA Peachey is frustrated because she can't leave Gisborne on her own. InterCity will not sell her a ticket for the bus, Air New Zealand …

Waitangi Day heads weekend events

February 4, 2016 9:16AM

A FREE public event in Gisborne this Waitangi Day is one of many things to do over the long weekend. This is the first year …

Bees swarm to museum tree

January 28, 2016 2:30PM

A SWARM of wild bees hanging out in a tree at Tairawhiti Museum are being coaxed from their spot by a couple of apiarists. Beekeepers …

Brewing up a cold one

January 24, 2016 9:01AM

Aaah beer! The hot summer months are here when a crisp cold one really hits the spot. Boutique beers are everywhere at the shops, often …

Gisborne, the gonorrhoea capital

January 22, 2016 9:40AM

Gisborne has the highest rate of gonorrhoea in the country, four-and-a-half times over the estimated national figures, and young women aged between 15 and 19 …

Summer pests are moving in

January 20, 2016 8:34AM

THE mild winter, and a hot summer with patchy rain, has created the perfect environment for pests to breed. So if you are sick of …

How prices compare

January 16, 2016 11:14AM

ELEVEN common grocery items priced at Gisborne’s two main supermarkets have shown a cost increase of around 20 percent since 2012. A smaller sample size …

Tell Santa not to come

January 10, 2016 9:40AM

It was the carrots that did it. Up until then I had created the fun-filled and imaginary story of Santa for my two-and-a-half-year-old. I told …

Borrowers warned about huge interest rates

January 8, 2016 9:57AM

A NEW lady is in town to help with finances and her name is Pretty Penny. An advertising flyer depicting a cartoon lady with a …

Visitors boost Gisborne's fortunes

January 5, 2016 2:20PM

THE influx of visitors to the region gave businesses a big boost with a cool $50 million spent in the final month of 2015. Data …

QSM for a life serving the church

December 31, 2015 11:10AM

IT DID not matter what happened to Archbishop William Brown Turei in his life — it seemed his path was predestined. He describes it as …

Kiwibank closes Gisborne business banking

December 11, 2015 9:57AM

CLOSURE of the business banking section at Kiwibank in Gisborne will have minimal impact on its business customers, says Kiwibank communications manager Bruce Thompson. From …

Call for public to flush out loo vandals

December 29, 2015 12:01PM

THE community is being asked to keep an eye out for vandals after multiple public toilets were defaced over the Christmas break. Graffiti was sprayed …

No need to go hungry at Christmas

December 22, 2015 2:57PM

JUST turn up and bring the whole family is the invitation from Ka Pai Kaiti for its free Christmas dinner. Organiser Kaylee Ngarimu says they …

Boats return to Waikareiti

December 17, 2015 10:21AM

THE dinghies are back at Lake Waikareiti, but a personal locater beacon has become compulsory. It has been more than a year since boat hire …

City-wide events to celebrate festive season

December 15, 2015 2:19PM

Brush off your song sheets. Christmas festivities kick off tomorrow with plenty of carols on the cards and fun activities for the whole family. There …

Spreading Christmas cheer to kids in need

December 11, 2015 2:06PM

PEOPLE who donate presents to go under The Gisborne Herald Christmas tree this year will be giving to children who have parents in jail or …

Civic awards honour volunteers

December 9, 2015 8:55AM

A COMMUNITY can die without the efforts of volunteers, Frederick Smith told the audience as he accepted his Civic Award at the Lawson Field Theatre …

Gisborne's botanical playground opens on Friday

December 8, 2015 12:20PM

KIDS of all sizes will love the new $400,000 playground at the Botanical Gardens. To celebrate at the official opening on Friday at 4pm, More …

Get It Done Mum podcast hits No.1

December 7, 2015 4:01PM

A GISBORNE woman and her business partner have reached an online milestone after they launched free podcasts to help time-strapped mums build profitable businesses alongside …

AgriSea leaves Gisborne after dairy downturn

December 7, 2015 3:29PM

AGRISEA’s Gisborne plant has shut down after the company decided to move all of its operations back to Paeroa. The family-owned business turns seaweed into …

Can't beat property prices and Gisborne lifestyle

December 7, 2015 3:24PM

KRIS Taylor had never even visited Gisborne before he decided to move here from Auckland with his wife, baby daughter and parents. That was six …

Gisborne bank staff foil internet scammers

November 28, 2015 9:23AM

A HIGHLY unusual number of internet scams have been intercepted by a Gisborne bank. Over seven days the ASB branch on Gladstone Road prevented three …

St Mary's students reflect on vandal attack

November 25, 2015 9:27AM

A group of young students have described their shock after they arrived at school last week to find windows smashed and property stolen. The Year …

Living dream filming for young explorers

September 10, 2015 3:20PM

WHEN Steve Hathaway was 10, he was a self-confessed “scaredy cat” when snorkelling with his Dad. Today he is an underwater cameraman who has filmed …

New head at Tainui investments

September 7, 2015 3:39PM

Chris Joblin’s advice is to embrace change and never be afraid to try new things. Personally it has taken him around the world and professionally, …

Twenty vintage bulldozers steam into a shed

August 18, 2015 3:35PM

SOME people collect stamps, some people collect coins. Gisborne men Sheldon and Danny Drummond collect bulldozers. The father and son between them have more than …

Good news for the main street

June 9, 2015 1:51PM

CHANGES to Gisborne’s CBD continue with a new cafe opening and buildings being prepared for out-of-town tenants. Bayleys commercial real estate agent Colin McNab said …