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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 …

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 …

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 …