Andrew Ashton Gisborne Herald reporter

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Name change on table

February 21, 2017 11:37AM

NEARLY four years after pupils from Kaiti School petitioned for Poverty Bay to be known as Turanganui a Kiwa, local politicians might agree to act, …

Inn for people not profit

February 21, 2017 10:03AM

HISTORIC Tolaga Bay Inn is now being run on a not-for-profit basis in an effort to ensure the building is preserved and restored for the …

Qualified support for rail

February 18, 2017 9:58AM

A Gisborne consortium working to reopen the mothballed Gisborne to Wairoa railway line would be likely to receive backing from the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council …

Meeting tomorrow to discuss future of inn

February 18, 2017 8:47AM

EAST Coast residents and friends of the Tolaga Bay Inn are invited to an “urgent” hui tomorrow to discuss the future of the historic building. …

Rocket arrives for test flight

February 17, 2017 11:59AM

THE rocket that could propel New Zealand into the space race — and put Mahia at the centre of it — has been successfully delivered …

Power bills to reflect line charge increase

February 15, 2017 10:07AM

AN increase in power line charges means some people here will start getting higher power bills in April. Others are already paying more. Eastland Network, …

Log truck complaints come thick and fast

February 13, 2017 11:57AM

INCREASED logging truck movement on urban roads could lead to a change in who pays for road repairs and more public complaints over dust and …

Retailers feeling the benefits of tourism

February 8, 2017 11:15AM

Consumers spent more than $45 million in Gisborne last month and some city-centre retailers and business-owners have benefited from record takings. Latest figures from Paymark, …

Coast community nervous about road

February 11, 2017 10:02AM

RESIDENTS of a small farming community near Tikitiki are concerned that ambulances might not be able to reach them if there is a medical emergency …

Gisborne still faces risk of drought

February 10, 2017 11:24AM

GISBORNE still faces drought-like conditions and could be less than four weeks away from a 50-year drought event, and just two weeks from a “notch …

GGHS concerned at delay in building plan

February 9, 2017 12:45PM

THE Ministry of Education says it is working on creating a “master plan” for Gisborne Girls’ High School’s buildings but school representatives have expressed concern …

Two new childcare centres in planning stage

February 7, 2017 12:23PM

The wait is almost over for parents and caregivers stuck on “extensive waiting lists” for places at Gisborne’s childcare centres, with a total of 165 …

Fire destroys pines at Whakarau

February 3, 2017 11:23AM

FIREFIGHTERS battled intense heat and dense smoke late yesterday and into the night to contain a major fire in scrub and young pine trees on …

International visitors behind tourism boost

February 1, 2017 11:04AM

A $4m increase in spending by foreign tourists is a reason for 2015 being a bumper year for the region’s $135m-a-year tourism industry. The latest …

Thumbs up for food festival

January 31, 2017 11:25AM

CULINARY skills from across the globe were on display in Gisborne on Sunday, attracting thousands of people keen to sample an array of street food …

Workshop highlights need to invest in Tairawhiti’s young people

January 31, 2017 11:18AM

A SCORE of Gisborne businesses have come forward to learn more about a new project to help improve long-term job prospects for the region’s young …

Record Gisborne losses to poker machines

January 27, 2017 10:59AM

GAMBLERS here last year lost a record $10 million to poker machines, prompting at least one Gisborne venue to say enough is enough. Although there …

East Coast UFB to get $1m boost

January 27, 2017 10:09AM

RURAL homes, farms, schools, doctors and businesses in three more areas here will soon be able to benefit from faster internet speeds, following a $1 …

Rocket Lab creating more jobs for Mahia

January 26, 2017 12:39PM

ROCKET Lab is fast becoming the largest employer in Mahia, with 15 direct employees based in the area. At least one other business has already …

Scientists comb Wairoa lagoon for past tsunamis

January 26, 2017 11:21AM

A COMBINED team of United States and New Zealand scientists is trying to find out if Ohuia lagoon, near Wairoa, was once swamped by a …

Boost for youth work strategy

January 20, 2017 12:50PM

“CRUCIAL” and “transformative” efforts to help more of the region’s youth find work have been given a financial shot in the arm. Activate Tairawhiti’s Youth …

Sole parents lead fall in benefits here

January 20, 2017 12:21PM

GISBORNE has 105 fewer people relying on benefits, new government figures show. As of December 2016 there were 5501 people claiming a main benefit from …

Cycle challenge to motivate workers

January 20, 2017 10:56AM

GISBORNE businesses will next month join hundreds of others across the country in signing up to get staff motivated to cycle to work. The New …

Too many injured on job

January 19, 2017 10:27AM

GISBORNE workers are suffering on-the-job injuries at a rate equivalent to 50 people a week, at a cost of close to $4 million a year, …

Foreign investment falls short on the Coast

January 13, 2017 10:28AM

MORE than a year after a government taskforce was formed to attract direct foreign investment into regional New Zealand, about $2 billion has been invested …

‘Gutsful’ of dust fallout

January 17, 2017 11:19AM

ANGRY, dust-irritated and sleep-deprived residents on Awapuni Road are contemplating a legal bid to overturn resource consent conditions they say are allowing heavy vehicles 24/7 …

Freedom campers follow rules

January 14, 2017 9:45AM

THE threat of fines for disobeying freedom camping rules appears to have had the desired effect. Gisborne District Council reported that it had not needed …

Get-rich-quick scams hit unwary

January 14, 2017 9:42AM

THE Gisborne Budget Advisory Service is warning people to be wary of signing up to dodgy get-rich-quick-schemes, after some local people were conned into laundering …

House prices finish year well up

January 11, 2017 11:59AM

GISBORNE property values shot up last year by an average of about $45,000, new figures show. The latest monthly QV House Price Index shows regional …

Olympic Pool the rage as temperatures soar

January 12, 2017 11:03AM

WITH plans afoot to start redeveloping the Olympic Pool complex from next year, Gisborne residents and visitors have been making a beeline for the town’s …

Record Gisborne i-Site figures

January 7, 2017 11:08AM

GISBORNE’S “bloody good” summer continues to attract people to the city’s i-Site, with more than 91,000 visitors checking in for advice, information or a game …

Great year for Motu Trail cycle trails

January 7, 2017 11:11AM

LAST year was another good one for the Motu Trail cycle trails, following big increases in usage of its three trails. Official track counters taken …

Spending stats up on last year

January 6, 2017 10:50AM

CONSUMERS, tourists and music festival-goers last month spent well over $50 million on their cards in Gisborne, new data shows. Latest figures from Paymark, which …

Sponge Bay residents seek speed bumps

January 7, 2017 10:17AM

FAMILIES living in the Sponge Bay subdivision say they want help to stop people from using the main access road as a race-track. After a …

Black Caps scorer not out with arm injury

January 6, 2017 12:33PM

A Gisborne man will play a crucial part in today’s T20 international cricket match between New Zealand and Bangladesh — despite almost getting the elbow …

Gisborne house sales still on steady rise

December 16, 2016 9:55AM

GISBORNE house prices continue to rise steadily, with help from a big leap in the number of monthly sales. Latest figures from the Real Estate …

Sales lost to blackout

December 16, 2016 9:47AM

GISBORNE retailers, accommodation providers and restaurants this week missed out on at least $1 million of pre-Christmas electronic sales with a sharp drop in spending …

Rodeo organisers hit back at abuse claims

December 22, 2016 12:40PM

GISBORNE Rodeo organisers say they are looking forward to a day of clean and affordable family fun at next week’s event and say they are …

Eastland proposes electric vehicle charging network

December 17, 2016 9:45AM

EASTLAND Group says it hopes to establish a regional charging network for electric vehicles, as it announces plans to electrify three-quarters of its own vehicle …

Cost too high for second transmission source: Eastland Group

December 15, 2016 12:25PM

THE Eastland Group has said that higher domestic power bills would be required to raise $75 million if an alternative power supply into Gisborne were …

Thousands of new jobs predicted

December 8, 2016 10:32AM

A REPORT has predicted that the number of new jobs available in Gisborne will grow by 600 over the next three years. The Ministry of …

Door-knocker alert

December 9, 2016 10:50AM

BUDGETING experts in Gisborne are backing government advice on how to deal with a rising number of increasingly pushy door-to-door salespeople in the run-up to …

Making use of prime kumara land

December 5, 2016 2:45PM

THREE Whatatutu sisters and their whanau are creating a new social enterprise that will not only make use of under-used land by selling kumara seeds …

Nuhiti Q working on diversification

December 5, 2016 2:40PM

A 1000ha sheep and cattle farm on East Coast Maori land is branching out into macadamia nuts and manuka honey and oil, with the possibility …

ASB rates Gisborne economy at ‘glass-half-full’ for the quarter

December 5, 2016 12:44PM

GISBORNE’S economy is cooking with gas, with a leading bank rating the region’s “simmering” economy as one of the best in New Zealand. The latest …

Early exit for tourism chief

November 30, 2016 11:12AM

THE region’s tourism boss has stepped down from his post early because he says it was “apparent” that Gisborne District Council and the regional economic …

Chamber of Commerce seeks CEO

November 23, 2016 11:08AM

GISBORNE Chamber of Commerce is on the look-out for a high-flyer to drive its strategies aimed at addressing issues affecting local businesses and providing services …

Kaikoura quake triggers East Coast slow-slip

November 22, 2016 10:37AM

LAST week’s massive Kaikoura earthquake triggered a “silent earthquake” off the East Coast, scientists say. GNS Science geophysicist Laura Wallace said GeoNet GPS stations between …

Hughes gets Greens light to take on Tolley

November 22, 2016 10:39AM

THE Green Party has chosen Gareth Hughes to try to unseat East Coast MP Anne Tolley. And the party’s Gisborne-born candidate expects rail and oil …

KiwiSaver roadshow aims to raise awareness of scheme

November 19, 2016 10:54AM

THE Minister responsible for KiwiSaver encourages people here to start looking after “your future self” by signing up to the Government-backed retirement fund. During a …

Storms run funds dry

November 19, 2016 10:33AM

A rainy day fund intended to help clean up the mess left by adverse weather events has run dry in the wake of two heavy …

Driver caution advised after rockfalls in gorge, Te Kaha

November 17, 2016 8:52AM

MOTORISTS travelling between East Coast and Opotiki are advised to proceed with caution after rockfalls at several places in the Waioeka Gorge and near Te …

To study quake plate behaviour off our coast

November 16, 2016 11:20AM

A new research project aimed at ensuring people are better prepared for an eventual magnitude 9 “mega- thrust” earthquake off the East Coast has been …

House median price back up

November 15, 2016 3:03PM

HOUSE prices here are back on the up, the median sale price rising $35,000 in a month.The Real Estate Institute of New Zealand’s latest figures …

KiwiSaver roadshow on its way

November 11, 2016 11:51AM

GISBORNE has the second lowest take-up up of the KiwiSaver retirement fund in New Zealand but a new government roadshow is on its way to …

More tourists but are they spending less?

November 9, 2016 1:10PM

Despite Government estimates suggesting a $600,000 fall in monthly tourism spending, visitors are still coming to the region in increasing numbers, Tourism Eastland says. The …

R and V gets licence for bars at three campsites

November 9, 2016 12:06PM

GISBORNE’S annual Rhythm and Vines festival has been granted a special alcohol licence for three festival campgrounds, after promising to make every effort to prevent …

Fox: ‘Give our train back’

November 8, 2016 11:32AM

MAORI Party co-leader Marama Fox yesterday made an impassioned plea for a renewed push to convince the Government and KiwiRail to reopen the Wairoa to …

Rail consortium on cards

November 8, 2016 11:21AM

MOVES are afoot to create a local consortium to run a short-haul rail line between Gisborne and Wairoa, as the future of the 90km line …

‘Stop your tormentors . . . ’

November 8, 2016 11:01AM

NEW Zealand First leader Winston Peters says the party is seeking a “top- class” candidate to take on the East Coast electorate’s “economic tormentors” and …

Submerged landslide in study

November 4, 2016 12:23PM

THE tsunami risk posed by an ancient but ongoing landslide submerged off the Poverty Bay coast will be the centre of a new international study. …

Report forecasts many new jobs

October 29, 2016 9:56AM

A NEW report has suggested that thousands of new recruits will be needed to fill Gisborne’s growing job market over the next decade, adding as …

Air NZ improves Gisborne service

November 2, 2016 12:25PM

AIR New Zealand’s new flight schedule for its Gisborne to Auckland route is now in effect — with a slight tweak to please early-risers. Earlier …

Car searches and ‘yellow cards’ at R and V

November 2, 2016 10:35AM

RHYTHM and Vines festival organisers believe car searches and security patrols, combined with a football-style “yellow card” system would make up a “rational” approach to …

Bad credit leaves some in the dark

November 1, 2016 11:37AM

A LACK of available prepay electricity options in Gisborne means people with bad credit scores are not only finding it hard to move to a …

Tender let for a heritage trail

October 26, 2016 10:27AM

A MULTIMILLION-dollar project to showcase our navigators and redevelop Gisborne’s inner harbour is a step closer to reality. As part of the $10 million project, …

Isolated blackspots identified for service

October 29, 2016 8:15AM

A HOST of isolated East Coast communities could be in line to receive high-speed broadband, under a scheme intended to reduce the number of internet …

Advisor for key council committee

October 28, 2016 1:46PM

THE appointment of an unelected advisor to a prominent council committee will give Gisborne District Council a better ability to ensure independent and “robust consideration” …

More need grants for food and housing

October 27, 2016 11:37AM

NEW figures show the number of people in the East Coast needing Work and Income’s hardship grants has gone up by 300, and the Green …

Poker machine losses hit $100m

October 25, 2016 11:29AM

GAMBLERS here have now lost $100 million in the district’s pokie machines in a little over a decade, new statistics show. Anti-gambling harm advocates are …

Youth employment strategy seeks to create opportunities

October 21, 2016 11:34AM

A REGIONAL strategy developed to boost youth employment has set out half a dozen goals to help employers fill up to 3000 job roles with …

Budgeting service continues under new rules

October 21, 2016 12:01PM

A GISBORNE budgeting advice service has received a vote of confidence in its value to the community but had its funding cut at the same …

Region goes on the market

October 18, 2016 11:28AM

GISBORNE residents have been given a better idea of how a new regional marketing campaign involving Air New Zealand will spend more than $1.1 million …

Footpath cell tower raises hackles

October 20, 2016 10:38AM

ANGRY Sheridan Street residents are questioning why a new cellphone tower has gone up in a residential area, and why they were not given a …

Investment sought for tourism strategy projects

October 17, 2016 11:58AM

THE hunt is on to find people able to sell $122 million-worth of possible commercial tourism ventures in Gisborne to potential investors. Following the completion …

House price fall 'not a slump'

October 14, 2016 10:03AM

THE Real Estate Institute says there are no signs of a slump in Gisborne’s housing market, despite a big drop in prices last month. Latest …

Erosion plan gets $2.4 million

October 17, 2016 11:11AM

THE Government has approved an investment of more than $2 million to help ease erosion problems on the East Coast and improve the environment. Following …

Rail ideas still brewing

October 15, 2016 11:11AM

AFTER opening the way for the return of a freight rail service between Wairoa and Napier, KiwiRail continues to field interest from people interested in …

They have poured the best pint

October 15, 2016 10:10AM

WHEN it comes to anything to do with a pint of Guinness, a pub in Gisborne has been named the No.1 place to go in …

BYO liquor ban at R and V

October 14, 2016 11:43AM

THOUSANDS of individual car searches and frequent bag searches have been suggested as a way of stopping people breaching a BYO alcohol ban at this …

Australian company to take over ultra-fast connections

October 11, 2016 12:24PM

NEW telecommunications jobs could soon be available in Gisborne, following a change in the company responsible for connecting end users to ultra fast broadband. Chorus …

Falling wages hitting hard

September 19, 2016 11:07AM

THE experience of a Gisborne budgeting service points to falling wages as the main reason why more than 400 families are finding themselves lumbered with …

Rail line reopening a 'job half-done'

October 7, 2016 11:21AM

JUST a day after plans to reopen the Napier-Wairoa rail line were revealed, politicians are calling for the link to be extended to Gisborne as …

Massey to expand Gisborne presence

October 7, 2016 10:44AM

A TOP university has agreed to set up an “innovative” regional presence here with the aim of attracting people into university education and boosting the …

First sod turned on new Motu bridge

October 7, 2016 10:20AM

A NEW $6.5 million bridge over the Motu River will be ready for use within 12 months, after work started yesterday. Braving a torrential downpour …

Gisborne-East Coast among Lonely Planet’s ‘classic’ NZ road trips

October 5, 2016 12:03PM

TOURISM’S “travel bible” is recommending a visit to Gisborne and the East Coast as one of just nine “classic” Kiwi road trips. Global travel authority …

Poverty Bay cricketers' reputation not enough

October 4, 2016 2:07PM

POVERTY Bay cricketers have been warned no one can rely on reputation alone if they want to represent the district this season — and former …

Report reveals debt mountain

October 4, 2016 11:56AM

A NEW report has revealed that Gisborne and Hawke's Bay residents owe as much as 10 percent of all private non-mortgage debt in New Zealand. …

Business NZ to up its support across regions

September 23, 2016 10:40AM

GISBORNE businesses already on a roll have been told they can expect increased support from the nation’s leading business advocacy group. Speaking to The Gisborne …

Revitalising Churchill Park

October 3, 2016 11:40AM

GISBORNE’S links to the surfing world could end up revitalising the whole of Churchill Park, with two new proposals for the area around Midway Beach …

GDC $6.6m off budget due to project delays, staff changes

October 3, 2016 10:17AM

GISBORNE District Council remains in a strong financial position despite a $6.6 million budget blowout, according to its auditor. At the final meeting of the …

‘Tsunami of tourists’

October 1, 2016 11:30AM

GISBORNE’S tourism operators have been told they now have a blueprint to help prepare the way to tap into an expected “tsunami” of Chinese visitors. …

Another ‘great month’ for tourist spending

October 1, 2016 10:12AM

TOURISTS continue to come to the region in increasing numbers as new estimates reveal a $2 million spending rise last month. The latest Monthly Regional …

Auto blast-off all down to preparation

September 28, 2016 3:26PM

FOLLOWING the official opening of the world’s first private orbital launch range at Onenui Station yesterday, Auckland-based aerospace company Rocket Lab will now keep a …

New LVRs have desired effect: bank deputy

September 27, 2016 11:55AM

THE introduction of harsher lending restrictions for investors outside the Auckland region appears to have had the desired effect, Reserve Bank of New Zealand deputy …

Dawn of the New Zealand space age

September 27, 2016 10:41AM

MAHIA Peninsula today became home to the world’s first working private orbital launch site. Following more than nine months of work, construction of Rocket Lab’s …

From jail break to surf break

September 27, 2016 10:19AM

NEW Zealand’s biggest collection of surfboards could be rehomed in a dedicated depository under new proposals to turn the old jail at Churchill Park into …

Ten-tonne test rig puts on a show at Opus NZ open day

September 26, 2016 11:17AM

INFRASTRUCTURE company Opus NZ’s impressive new $400,000 cone penetrometer test rig was on display during an open day in Gisborne. Opus operations business manager Guy …

New man at helm of Poverty Bay cricket

September 26, 2016 9:58AM

POVERTY Bay Cricket Association is aiming to provide youngsters with a “pathway” to the international game through the introduction of a new district manager and …

GDC to consider living wage

September 24, 2016 12:09PM

THE introduction of a living wage for local government employees here could be considered on a case-by-case basis. Information provided to The Gisborne Herald through …

Voting papers trickling in, October 1 is 'vote day'

September 23, 2016 11:24AM

MOST voters here are still weighing up who to vote for in next month’s local elections, with early returns lower than the 2013 election. As …

Info night for first home buyers

September 22, 2016 12:21PM

GISBORNE’S real estate and property-related professionals are teaming up to help first home buyers better understand what they need to do to reach the first …

Expert warns of local tsunami risk

September 22, 2016 11:53AM

DESPITE Gisborne being the nation’s most tsunami-prone region, a leading geotechnical engineer here believes the threat is not being taken seriously enough. Two tsunami waves …

Local input key to First Light initiative

September 21, 2016 11:54AM

FOLLOWING “frank and wide-ranging” discussions, local advertising and marketing experts have been given a sneak peak into the region’s new million-dollar joint marketing initiative. Being …

Motu Bridge work starts next month

September 20, 2016 11:49AM

A NEW two-lane bridge over the Motu River will provide a “gateway” to Gisborne and be completed by this time next year, transport officials says. …

Businesses encouraged to 'like' Hub Facebook page

September 19, 2016 11:15AM

THE region’s “one-stop-shop” for businesses is providing more services after creating a new Facebook Page where employers can recruit workers. Set up last week, the …

Gisborne's first Colour Run a blast

September 19, 2016 9:13AM

GISBORNE’S downtown riverbanks yesterday exploded in a “blast of colour” as the city’s first Colour Run attracted more than 200 people. Run by Tairawhiti Multicultural …

Rocket Lab a giant step closer to launching

September 17, 2016 8:54AM

COMMERCIAL rocket launches at Mahia are another step closer after the Government gave aerospace company Rocket Lab temporary permission to launch. Economic Development Minister Steven …

Does Gisborne face a megaquake risk?

September 15, 2016 11:43AM

SCIENTISTS will start research into the slip behaviour of the tectonic plate boundary off the East Coast, and whether giant magnitude 9 earthquakes are a …

August house price median up $35,500 on 2015

September 15, 2016 10:16AM

NEW data shows house prices in Gisborne shot up by $35,500 in just 12 months. The Real Estate Institute’s latest data shows that Gisborne’s median …

Digital strategy to build the future

September 14, 2016 10:19AM

GISBORNE'S poorest communities could have their internet bills slashed if a draft regional digital strategy comes off as hoped. Almost two years after it was …

Training voucher scheme rocks on

September 13, 2016 2:52PM

THE Regional Business Partner scheme in Gisborne still has $75,000 worth of funding available to help businesses here expand or upskill staff so they can …

Innovate or risk business failure

September 13, 2016 2:33PM

GISBORNE businesspeople have been told they do not need a crystal ball to predict the future but, like good Boy Scouts, they do need to …

Nasties lurking in Gardens duck pond

September 13, 2016 8:48AM

THE council is urging parents to keep children out of the duck pond at the Botanical Gardens because it is contaminated with bacteria. Gisborne District …

Big plans for Olympic Pool

September 8, 2016 12:32PM

A $10 million project to redevelop Gisborne’s Olympic Pool Complex could include hot pools and a new learn-to-swim facility, but children learning to swim now …

August spend $3m up on last year

September 8, 2016 11:01AM

AS many people tighten their belts across New Zealand, consumers here are flashing their plastic, spending $3 million more than usual last month. Latest Paymark …

Tourism Eastland backs First Light brand

September 6, 2016 9:53AM

DESPITE early resistance from some tourism operators, Tourism Eastland says it is fully behind a new regional marketing initiative being run in conjunction with Air …

Youth film festival a winner

September 7, 2016 12:00PM

A GROUP of Gisborne teenagers think they now have a platform to bring an annual film festival for youth to the city, following Monday night’s …

Gisborne's hazardous playgrounds

September 7, 2016 11:13AM

A NEW report reveals serious safety concerns over the state of Gisborne’s playgrounds, some of which need urgent attention. A report issued following the annual …

Quake 'observatory' planned for Gisborne coast

September 7, 2016 10:47AM

SCIENTISTS who initially struggled to unravel the complexities of last week’s magnitude 7.1 quake north-east of Te Araroa believe a plan to install undersea sensors …

Cruise ship boom

September 5, 2016 10:49AM

HAVING boosted the nation’s economic output by $3 million last year, cruise ship passengers visiting Gisborne will this summer swell the nation’s coffers by another …

Best winter in years for tourism

September 1, 2016 10:35AM

TOURISM Eastland says moteliers here have reported record winter bookings as new data suggest regional tourism is now worth nearly $150 million a year. The …

Crying foul over election signs

September 5, 2016 10:05AM

SOME of those standing in October’s local elections are questioning if the rules governing the size and look of campaign advertising hoardings are being enforced …

No rush for quake damage claims

September 3, 2016 8:51AM

AS the dust from yesterday’s magnitude 7.1 earthquake settles, residents and home owners are reminded there is still a another three months to report damage …

PM's vision for Gisborne

September 2, 2016 10:14AM

PRIME Minister John Key envisages Gisborne becoming a high-profile tourist destination with “cutting-edge” businesses providing more jobs for locals and attracting former residents back from …

Saving lives on the road spurs petition

September 1, 2016 12:03PM

A FORMER Gisborne woman hopes to force a law change to ensure other families do not have to suffer losing a child in avoidable road …

Funding blow to Citizens Advice Bureau

August 31, 2016 11:49AM

DESPITE being dropped from a $16,000 local council funding agreement, Gisborne’s Citizens Advice Bureau says it is determined to deal with the increasing number of …

Chorus profits but no cable yet

August 30, 2016 12:15PM

TELECOMMUNICATIONS company Chorus has announced a record yearly profit of $91 million but has declined to confirm if it can now afford to put a …

Trademe to publish house sales data

August 30, 2016 9:10AM

DETAILS of how much every house sold in Gisborne went for will appear on the Trade Me website from next year, even if buyers and …

Council to decide on Easter Sunday trading

August 27, 2016 12:13PM

GISBORNE business groups are giving broad support to new laws that open the door for shops to trade legally on Easter Sunday. The Shop Trading …

Mixed fortunes for Gisborne economy in latest scorecard

August 26, 2016 3:31PM

DESPITE retail sales taking a nose-dive, a new economic report shows continued booms in the construction and motoring industries are keeping Gisborne’s “mixed bag” economy …

Daring Kiwis to dream

August 26, 2016 11:03AM

A DISTINGUISHED inventor and former New Zealander of the Year says Gisborne has all the right ingredients for people here to change the world. Speaking …

Student teams bid to launch space project

August 24, 2016 12:34PM

THE existence of Rocket Lab’s new launch site at Mahia is inspiring university students in Auckland to aim sky high — even though the first …

Student films coming to the big screen

August 22, 2016 12:47PM

REALISING budding film-makers here lack a way to make headway in the adult-dominated world of film festivals, a group of Gisborne teenagers decided to start …

Space coast cycleway mooted for Wairoa, Mahia

August 22, 2016 12:37PM

A SPACE Coast Cycleway could be on track for Wairoa. Wairoa District Council wants to develop a Space Coast Cycleway to tie in with international …

Netball rerun of last year’s final

August 19, 2016 12:04PM

GISBORNE’S showpiece netball final tomorrow will bring the curtain down on a thrilling season of top-grade netball with a rerun of last year’s final between …

Rocket Lab a step closer to countdown

August 20, 2016 10:43AM

THE aerospace company counting down to the world’s first private orbital rocket launch at Mahia has completed a mission of a different sort, successfully transporting …

Major banks, Labour question unemployment reduction stats

August 19, 2016 12:38PM

NEW figures claiming Gisborne’s unemployment rate has more than halved since March have been labelled “meaningless”. Official Household Labour Force statistics released this week said …

ECT pours cold water on power rebate idea

August 18, 2016 12:39PM

INVESTING in the future prosperity of Tairawhiti as a whole, rather than a cash-based rebate scheme, remains the more appropriate way to distribute Eastland Community …

Steady as she goes for learning project

August 18, 2016 11:47AM

A PROJECT aimed at improving comparatively low high school education achievement rates in Gisborne is progressing steadily, Eastland Community Trust says. Three months after ECT …

Funding lifeline for heritage buildings

August 18, 2016 11:39AM

OWNERS of 250 historic buildings across Tairawhiti have been urged to apply for new government grants that could prevent earthquake-prone buildings from having to be …

Call goes out for 1000 cyclists

August 17, 2016 11:58AM

UP to 1000 pedal-pushers are needed to help former All Black captain Ian Kirkpatrick put on a cycling “spectacle” to highlight rural-based business opportunities available …

Driver programme success story in Gisborne

August 17, 2016 11:23AM

GISBORNE’S involvement in a regional mentoring programme is making roads safer and removing barriers to work, Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss said. Since the Nga …

Benefits system is 'broken'

August 13, 2016 10:26AM

NEW figures show that East Coast residents already struggling to make ends meet on government benefits are racking up more financial woe by owing Work …

Tsunami study reveals the hits

August 12, 2016 11:53AM

SCIENTISTS say more research is needed to find out if Gisborne’s coastline could be swamped by tsunami generated from earthquakes off the coast of South …

Police focus on 'massive' domestic violence

August 12, 2016 11:52AM

SHOP owners fed up with the amount of shoplifting going on have been told that while police are making arrests, Gisborne’s “massive” domestic violence problems …

HofG considers merger with chamber

August 12, 2016 11:39AM

EXPLORATORY talks have taken place to see how two of Gisborne’s CBD-focused entities might be able to amalgamate to further interests of local businesses. Almost …

Eastland Network issues reminder about wires and trees

August 11, 2016 12:20PM

AFTER Eastland Network staff braved two days of icy weather to restore power to isolated rural properties this week, the company has reiterated the need …

Million dollar tourism campaign for Gisborne

August 9, 2016 11:53AM

EFFORTS aimed at “repositioning” the way Gisborne is viewed by the rest of the nation have received a million-dollar boost from Eastland Community Trust. With …

House sales consolidate further

August 11, 2016 12:18PM

WITH the median house price here now touching a quarter of a million dollars, the region’s “buoyant” housing market continues to go from strength to …

Gisborne spending rise among the highest

August 10, 2016 9:11AM

CONSUMER spending in Gisborne rose an extra $3.2 million last month, the second-highest percentage rise in New Zealand, new figures show. Paymark’s latest electronic transactions …

Rocket Lab sets sight on the Moon

August 9, 2016 11:43AM

A PLANNED mission to the Moon will blast off from Mahia next year, after the United States Government approved the first ever private moon landing. …

Tourists seek 'authentic' Kiwi holidays

August 6, 2016 8:58AM

A NEW report indicates foreign tourists are looking to move away from the major cities in favour of more “authentic” Kiwi holidays in provinces like …

Hui rings alarm on manuka honey prices

August 8, 2016 12:42PM

EAST Coast iwi representatives, landowners and beekeepers were yesterday warned that the rapidly increasing value of honey might not be sustainable. Speaking to about 350 …

Updating our quake risk

August 5, 2016 11:21AM

AFTER hearing that some buildings were just seconds from collapse in 2007, Gisborne property owners have now been told new earthquake building standards could mean …

More tourists visit under the radar

August 1, 2016 11:44AM

NEW figures suggest tourists spent $7.8 million here last month and the regional tourism organisation says it knows the area is attracting twice the number …

Mayors bid to keep 'local' in local government

August 4, 2016 11:45AM

FEARS are mounting that a change in legislation could strip away the need for community consultation processes and remove the ability of councils to make …

Record profit for Eastland Group

August 4, 2016 9:48AM

AFTER weathering plunging log prices early in the year Eastland Group has ended the financial year with record profits, helped along by its 2015 acquisition …

Gisborne house prices continue to rise

August 3, 2016 11:53AM

NEW lending restrictions for investors could be having an impact on home values here, with new statistics showing the average price of a house in …

ECT's equity up by $21m

August 2, 2016 11:36AM

JUST days after investing $4.7 million to bring a new wood processing facility to Gisborne, Eastland Community Trust’s latest financial figures show the trust grew …

Big birds fly south this winter

August 2, 2016 11:17AM

AFTER introducing more seat capacity for flights between Gisborne and the nation’s capital, Air New Zealand says it will closely monitor passenger demand to match …

Trucks trashing the Motu

August 1, 2016 10:26AM

A WINTER ban on logging trucks using back country roads is under consideration because of the amount of damage trucks are legally doing to the …

New wood processing plant for Gisborne

July 30, 2016 10:11AM

ABOUT 120 new jobs are expected to be created through a new multimillion-dollar wood processing plant here that could have a global impact on the …

Waiapu landfill days could be numbered

July 29, 2016 12:55PM

AN end to dumping at the Waiapu landfill could be in sight because it is running out of room to be a cost-effective way of …

Cycle option not ruling out rail proposal

July 29, 2016 11:57AM

NEWS that the Government will investigate the feasibility of creating a cycleway between Gisborne and Napier does not mean Hawke’s Bay Regional Council will stop …

Waipaoa roundabout upgraded

July 28, 2016 12:46PM

CONCERNS that a project to beautify the Waipaoa roundabout might have been abandoned have been put to bed. A complaint made to The Gisborne Herald …

Truckers putting safety first

July 28, 2016 12:19PM

GISBOsborne trucking operations ground to a halt this morning as more than 200 truckies turned out to demonstrate their commitment to safety by attending a …

Regional companies strong enough for public float

July 28, 2016 12:07PM

ONE of the lead executives at the company responsible for running the New Zealand Stock Exchange believes regional provinces like Gisborne are harbouring a “surprising …

Gisborne-Napier cycle link to be investigated

July 27, 2016 12:08PM

A GOVERNMENT initiative to improve the Hawke’s Bay economy will look at creating a Napier to Gisborne cycleway, along with an improved state highway link …

Big attendance at small business roadshow

July 27, 2016 11:47AM

A NATIONWIDE roadshow aimed at providing small businesses with face-to-face access to Government departments and information on new tax and health and safety rules, yesterday …

Sole parents getting back to work

July 23, 2016 8:45AM

NEW figures show a large reduction in the numbers of sole parents claiming benefits here appears to be the major reason behind a fall in …

Council saves on power bills

July 25, 2016 12:04PM

GISBORNE District Council’s determination to reduce overheads has resulted in a $300,000 reduction of its power bill. Information provided to The Gisborne Herald through the …

Pokie 'disaster' warning

July 25, 2016 11:32AM

GAMBLERS here have thrown away almost $5 million in just six months on pokie machines and anti-gambling harm advocates fear a predicted community disaster looms …

Cycle trails link could be Government funded

July 23, 2016 9:26AM

THE people behind the national cycle trail concept believe a new section of the Motu Trails could provide an “off-road” cycle link between Gisborne and …

Mayor under fire

July 21, 2016 12:10PM

TAIRAWHITI Residents Association is not convinced the Mayor is providing bang for his bucks, but Mayor Meng Foon says he is working 80 hours a …

Eastland Group takes a bigger stake in Flick

July 14, 2016 12:28PM

GISBORNE-based Eastland Group has boosted its investment in cut-price electricity business Flick Electric Co, raising its shareholding in one of the nation’s fastest-growing electricity retailers …

New lending rules for home buyers

July 20, 2016 11:17AM

NEW lending rules intended to cool the runaway Auckland housing market will mean investors seeking to create residential portfolios here will have to find almost …

Eastland Network launches solar research trial

July 19, 2016 11:08AM

AS the number of solar-powered homes in the Eastland Network's region has doubled in the past six months, Eastland Network has launched its own solar …

Air NZ deal could help Tairawhiti fly high

July 18, 2016 11:23AM

THE region’s economic development agency says 64 new jobs could be created and Gisborne’s economy lifted by more than $5 million through a joint marketing …

CBD parking in public spotlight at workshops

July 16, 2016 9:22AM

BUSINESS owners and residents disgruntled over city centre parking charges being used as a million-dollar “profit centre” to keep rates down have had their say …

Gisborne led rise in June spending

July 14, 2016 11:56AM

A STRING of attractions — bull sales, wrestling, Scottish dancing and dog agility events — last month seems to have done more for accommodation providers …

Visitors warm to Gisborne despite winter chill

July 11, 2016 12:41PM

GISBORNE continues to keep the winter blues away by attracting tourists outside the summer peak period, official estimates show. The Ministry of Business Innovation and …

Draft tourism plan released

July 14, 2016 11:05AM

A PORTFOLIO of nearly 60 new commercial ventures has been put together to pitch the region to investors keen on cashing in on the popularity …

Another Rocket Lab customer booked

July 13, 2016 11:40AM

EARTH-MAPPING satellites with humanitarian and disaster-relief applications will be launched into orbit from Mahia Peninsula, as another international company joins up to use Rocket Lab’s …

‘Liberating’ workers key to improving business

July 2, 2016 11:47AM

EFFORTS are under way to “liberate” shop-floor workers in Gisborne from century-old boardroom “control” techniques in favour of the ways pioneered by business giants Toyota …

Funding agreed for film festival

July 9, 2016 12:01PM

TEENAGERS running Gisborne businesses have gained more than $2000 of seed funding to develop and sell products, with half of that funding going to efforts …

Clubmates could be rivals in the playoffs

July 8, 2016 5:07PM

AFTER a season of upset results in A Grade netball this year, the odds are growing that two teams from the same club could end …

Chorus calls temporary halt on Moana Rd cable

July 8, 2016 1:24PM

RESPONDING to the anger caused by its plans to use an overhead cable to bring Ultra Fast Broadband to Okitu, telecommunications company Chorus today announced …

Parking fee up for discussion

July 8, 2016 9:31AM

PARKING spaces might be at a premium in Gisborne’s CBD but the idea of more of them has already been ruled out of an upcoming …

Line drawn in the sand

July 6, 2016 12:01PM

Furious residents of Moana Road are ready to implement a campaign of “civil disobedience” to stop Chorus erecting overhead fibre-optic cables they say will ruin …

Electricity savvy making the switch

July 6, 2016 9:29AM

New figures from the Electricity Authority show Gisborne residents are some of the most savvy consumers in New Zealand. The Authority’s annual review of the …

Forestry’s cash ‘not spent on cycleways’

July 5, 2016 11:48AM

THE forestry industry has been reassured that the $1.1 million a year it pays to repair road damage caused by log trucks is not being …

Council looking at new camping sites

July 4, 2016 12:15PM

KAITI Beach could be opened up to freedom campers under new proposals intended to help the region cope with increasing numbers of campers. Gisborne District …

Rates rise of 2 percent or less for most

July 2, 2016 8:24AM

MORE than three-quarters of property owners here will see rates rises of 2 percent or less from next month but more than 60 people will …

Asset transfer by a nose

July 1, 2016 12:01PM

An impassioned speech from Gisborne’s “utterly miffed” Mayor yesterday narrowly prevented a “full rethink” of Gisborne District Council’s plan to transfer its commercial assets. A …

More cash for upskill training

June 29, 2016 8:59AM

FOR a third year in a row the Government is boosting the amount of money it gives to help upskill Gisborne businesses. Activate Tairawhiti chief …

‘Give us a break’

July 1, 2016 12:29PM

WAIMATA Valley Road residents say the racket caused by log trucks in the area is like trying to sleep through nightly rock concerts. Speaking at …

Observatory has role in viewing Mahia rocket launches

June 30, 2016 2:47PM

ROCKETS blasting off from Mahia could spell a stay of execution for the Kaiti Hill observatory, Mayor Meng Foon believes. Auckland-based Rocket Lab is now …

‘Team effort’ key to win

June 30, 2016 12:01PM

GISBORNE Girls’ High School leapfrogged IMS High School Old Girls into third place in the Pak’nSave premier grade after a full-tilt encounter between the two …

Assets transfer will not lose $6m: GDC

June 29, 2016 11:35AM

GISBORNE District Council’s finance department has reiterated that a proposal to transfer council assets to a holding company would not lose the council $6 million …

KiwiRail works on slips and culverts that threaten line

June 29, 2016 10:26AM

A combination of slips, blocked culverts, heavy rain and forestry slash resulted in a lake forming at the Wharekakaho Stream at the northern end of …

Theatre fix-up to cost twice its first estimate

June 28, 2016 12:14PM

A $1.1 million project to earthquake-strengthen the Lawson Field Theatre will cost more than twice as much as first thought. Gisborne District Council had allocated …

Fossil search in Urewera

June 28, 2016 9:06AM

A two-year hunt for dinosaur remains in Urewera National Park has been given the go-ahead. The project will be led by Ngai Tuhoe, with input …

Declaring war on incivility

June 26, 2016 9:01AM

AN UNCIVIL war being fought across the nation’s workplaces is costing millions of dollars in lost productivity but is now being tackled head on in …

Truckers ignore closure

June 24, 2016 12:46PM

POLICE will be brought in to stop unidentified logging trucks from defying a road closure and carrying cut logs under the cover of darkness. The …

New Zealand closer to Chile after 'silent' earthquake

June 24, 2016 12:28PM

GISBORNE has again defied the might of the Pacific Ocean and moved about 10cm closer to Chile, against the tide. For the second time in two …

Farmers’ fears ease but rain creates gorge hazard

June 23, 2016 11:52AM

ACCURATELY forecast heavy rain dumped up to 200mm in the ranges between Gisborne and the Bay of Plenty, brought down more rock in the Waioeka …

Emerald Hotel has new owners

June 21, 2016 11:43AM

THE new owners of one of Gisborne’s most recognisable hotels are planning to increase staff and possibly invest up to $2 million to turn it …

Selling the region at Fieldays

June 21, 2016 11:15AM

FARMERS from around New Zealand have been urged to get on their bikes and take a hike, and boost Gisborne’s tourism industry in the process. …

‘Disconnect’ holds back Gisborne youth and business

June 20, 2016 11:55AM

EFFORTS to create a regional youth employment strategy to boost job prospects for young people here have identified the need to overcome a “complete generational …

Girls' High defeat last year's finalists

June 20, 2016 2:25PM

FINAL-round play in the Pak’nSave Gisborne Premier Netball Competition could be among the most competitive in recent times, if Saturday’s results are any indication. Round …

'Compelling' case for drug rehab centre put to minister

June 20, 2016 11:26AM

AFTER hearing “compelling” calls to make an East Coast drug rehab centre part of any economic development strategy for Maori, a leading Government Minister says …

YMP look to go unbeaten again

June 17, 2016 2:44PM

WITH the round-robin stage of the Pak’nSave Premier Netball Competition at the halfway mark, reigning champions YMP (1) are looking like they could make history …

Huge spin-offs tipped from rocket site

June 16, 2016 11:43AM

A NEW report says building a rocket launchpad at Mahia will create a new rocket-launch industry that could pump up to $1.1 billion into the …

Gisborne tourism shows best increase in NZ

June 17, 2016 2:15PM

INTERNATIONAL tourists are increasingly spending money here, as latest figures estimate the region to have experienced New Zealand’s largest monthly increase in visitor spending. New …

Need to ride momentum of Motu Trails popularity

June 17, 2016 12:20PM

THE chance to create a bay-to-bay cycle link between Gisborne and Opotiki should be put forward for Government funding, the Motu Trails Charitable Trust says. …

KiwiRail dismisses concerns on rail line

June 17, 2016 11:45AM

KIWIRAIL has been doing remedial work and dismisses concerns that a build-up of silt could result in another track blowout on the Gisborne-Napier railway line. …

Gisborne i-Site invests in safety beacons

June 16, 2016 11:58AM

TRAMPERS, boaties and tourists will all now have access to potentially life-saving equipment from the Gisborne i-Site. Inspired by events last year, where two tourists …

Food festival salvaged

June 16, 2016 11:31AM

GISBORNE’S international street food festival has been given the go-ahead to take place at Alfred Cox Skate Park, after the district health board agreed to …

Raising awareness of elder abuse

June 15, 2016 12:57PM

AGE Concern Tairawhiti has fielded more than half a dozen cases of suspected abuse to the region’s elderly every week but the organisation hopes an …

Gorge opens after slip, expect delays

June 15, 2016 12:12PM

DRIVERS are warned to expect long delays in the Waioeka Gorge after a slip midway through it last night. State Highway 2 reopened this morning …

Rates payments now due but no double-dip on direct credit

June 14, 2016 12:01PM

GISBORNE residents paying rates by direct debit have been reassured they are not being charged twice when the latest, delayed, instalments are collected. The May …

'Disgraceful driving' putting kids at risk

June 14, 2016 11:04AM

“Disgraceful” driving habits around a busy Gisborne intersection have come under fire for putting school children and sportspeople at risk. Speaking to the Gisborne District …

Who pays for rail crossing repair?

June 13, 2016 12:22PM

GISBORNE ratepayers are likely to end up footing the bill to repair a railway crossing that one councillor believes should be funded by money from …

Gisborne Food Festival in doubt

June 11, 2016 10:42AM

ORGANISERS behind a Gisborne winter community attraction yesterday hit out at “unfair” licensing processes that could prevent it from going ahead. A district licensing hearing …

Rally NZ gets go ahead to use Gisborne roads

June 10, 2016 12:26PM

THE New Zealand Rally will return to Gisborne roads next month, at a possible cost of about $50,000 to Gisborne District Council. An application for …

Tourism Industry Aotearoa focuses on the regions

June 10, 2016 12:24PM

THE tourism industry’s national body is focussing on growing tourism in the regions but says it needs more members in Gisborne so it can start …

Eastland Network rebound follows three bad years

June 9, 2016 11:37AM

AFTER it was shown to be one of New Zealand’s worst-performing lines companies up to last year, Gisborne-based Eastland Network has this year bounced back …

'Keep Gisborne rail link in deal'

June 8, 2016 12:31PM

HAWKE'S Bay Regional Council has been asked to ensure that any deal to restore a rail link between Napier and Wairoa retains the long-term goal …

Rigorous process behind group’s investment strategy

June 7, 2016 2:57PM

GISBORNE-based Eastland Group invests millions of dollars in its assets and in new business opportunities each year, but the leadership team of the region’s biggest …

Register to avoid trademark issues

June 7, 2016 2:52PM

GISBORNE-based wine and food exporters have been urged to register their brand names in China — or risk the possibility of having their brands and …

Pleased to help businesses grow

June 7, 2016 2:46PM

THE regional representative of a government-backed incubator firm says the region’s business landscape is growing but urges firms not to expect too much too soon. …

Co.Starters going well

June 7, 2016 1:00PM

TWENTY-three business owners and entrepreneurs with fledgling business ideas have gone through the internationally-recognised Co.Starters programme in Gisborne. A second group of local entrepreneurs celebrated …

Eastland Group makes record profit

June 7, 2016 12:44PM

COMMUNITY-OWNED specialist infrastructure company Eastland Group is back on record-breaking form, and plans to invest more than $120 million into infrastructure across the region, over …

More funding available for business training

June 7, 2016 11:36AM

WHILE it is not known yet if the Budget announcement to provide an $8 million boost to the Regional Business Partner programme will further Gisborne’s …

Gisborne’s economy still growing, upside evident

June 3, 2016 12:36PM

GISBORNE has received more good news about the region’s booming economy, after a new economic report from a leading bank says Gisborne’s economy has the …

Commercial building boom in Gisborne

June 3, 2016 11:30AM

GISBORNE’S building industry is booming, with business owners spending on new buildings and renovating existing premises, but one commercial property owner fears issues with earthquake-prone …

Cashing in on tourism in Gisborne

May 28, 2016 9:46AM

RESEARCHERS have identified $64 million-worth of new tourism opportunities that the region could cash in on — including a tree-top canopy walkway on Kaiti Hill …

Privacy Commissioner goes public in Gisborne

June 3, 2016 10:54AM

GISBORNE’S Whanau Ora groups and aged-care organisations were this week among those to quiz the privacy commissioner on how best to balance patient needs with …

Contrasting fortunes for YMP, Ngatapa

June 3, 2016 9:46AM

GISBORNE premier netball heads into the Queen’s Birthday holiday break with reigning champions YMP (1) still undefeated and Farmlands Ngatapa still looking for a win. …

Strong support for submission on GHL

June 2, 2016 12:18PM

THE Tairawhiti Residents Association says its crowd-sourced submission on Gisborne District Council’s “retrospective” consultation for the transfer of commercial assets has public support. TRA chairman …

One high school, four campuses?

June 2, 2016 12:10PM

A REPORT aimed at strengthening education in Gisborne suggests revisiting the possible merging of the city’s four secondary schools, but has panned the idea that …

Sharing a future view of education

June 1, 2016 10:51AM

A LONG-term project to change the face of education in Gisborne now knows what a future high-school graduate needs to look like to find employment, …

Whangara back on winning track

May 30, 2016 2:29PM

WHANGARA Old Girls bounced back from an inconsistent start to round 2 of the Pak’nSave Gisborne premier competition in style with a win over IMS …

Improvers go head to head

May 27, 2016 2:54PM

Claydens Waikohu take on arch-rivals Horouta Gold in a game that could go either way. …

CEO rejects consultation 'mockery' claim

May 27, 2016 12:12PM

GISBORNE District Council chief executive has rejected claims that it is making a mockery of a so-called public consultation over the proposed transfer of its …

Drink-drive story makes huge impact

May 27, 2016 12:04PM

GISBORNE police are hoping an emotional social media video, featuring a Gisborne woman who ended up in a wheelchair after driving drunk, will stop others …

Minister Joyce says businesses will benefit from Budget

May 27, 2016 12:01PM

ECONOMIC Development Minister Steven Joyce says Gisborne businesses will benefit from yesterday’s Budget, but it is too early to say by how much. The Government’s …

Anti drink-driving laws bite

May 26, 2016 12:12PM

A HUGE fall in the number of alcohol-related crashes in Gisborne is being attributed to better attitudes to drink-driving from the region’s youth and new …

International spotlight on Gisborne quake study

May 24, 2016 12:03PM

SCIENTIFIC research conducted off the Poverty Bay coast that found “slow-motion” earthquakes off the coast could help predict large tsunami continues to gain worldwide attention. …

HSOG, YMP yet to be beaten

May 23, 2016 12:47PM

IMS High School Old Girls and YMP (1) both remain undefeated two games into Round 2 of the Pak’nSave Gisborne Premier Netball Competition. After beating …

Criticism of delay in digital strategy

May 23, 2016 11:40AM

A YEAR-and-a-half after suggesting the region needs a digital plan to increase socio-economic development here, Gisborne District Council has rejected suggestions that staff incompetence is …

Air New Zealand's plans for Gisborne

May 18, 2016 10:27AM

NEW Zealand’s national carrier is this year increasing the seating capacity on its two Gisborne routes by more than can fit into Auckland’s Mount Smart …

Waihi Dam owner and another charged

May 20, 2016 12:33PM

HAWKE'S Bay Regional Council has confirmed it has laid charges against two parties in relation to the works carried out on the Waihi Dam and …

YMP out to keep up winning streak

May 20, 2016 2:33PM

REIGNING premier netball champions YMP (1) will look to continue their winning ways and make it two from two in Round 2 of the Pak’nSave …

Rocket test launch closer following engine success

May 20, 2016 11:57AM

AUCKLAND-based company Rocket Lab has moved significantly closer to launching a rocket into space from its Mahia launch pad, after successful tests of the rocket’s …

Public given a say on our tourism ‘road map’

May 19, 2016 2:03PM

EFFORTS to create a “road map” for the future of tourism here are moving into a public consultation phase. Australian-based consultants the Stafford Group were …

Power saving up to $79

May 19, 2016 1:39PM

THE national energy regulator says household power bills here could fall by as much as $79 next year, if proposed changes to transmission charges are …

Comeback win to golden girls

May 16, 2016 10:32AM

REIGNING champions YMP 1 flexed their muscle and Horouta Gold stormed home in the final quarter in premier netball at the YMCA on Saturday. YMP, …

Gisborne to be pilot for Crown entity

May 14, 2016 8:35AM

A pilot programme aimed to help Gisborne businesses get new products to market faster, could be used as a blueprint for national business success if …

Champions up next for improving Ngatapa

May 13, 2016 11:50AM

AFTER a dramatic mid-week loss, Farmlands Ngatapa face another tough encounter against reigning Pak’nSave Gisborne premier champions YMP 1 at the YMCA tomorrow (9am start). …

Free eye tests and specs for kids

May 11, 2016 11:34AM

MORE than 1000 children in Gisborne will receive free eye tests this week with the help of an Australian charity. Through its involvement with the …

Cruise ships to return

May 10, 2016 10:52AM

TOURISM Eastland believes Gisborne’s economy is in line to build on last summer’s “standout” cruise ship season, after confirming another 13 visits are already lined …

No changes to hunting from health and safety laws

April 29, 2016 11:51AM

FISH and Game are reiterating recent assurances made by Workplace Safety Minister Michael Woodhouse that the hunting season will not be affected by new health …

Social housing need rises in Gisborne

April 26, 2016 12:15PM

THE Government’s new “targeted approach” to meeting housing needs appears to have missed its target in Gisborne, with new figures revealing the number of people …

Benefit numbers up

April 26, 2016 11:26AM

A RISE in the number of job seekers is contributing to a rise in the number of people claiming benefits in the Gisborne region, despite …

Cruise ship revelation

April 22, 2016 11:08AM

CRUISE-ship passengers are regularly saying cruise operators are telling passengers not to come ashore when ships anchor in Poverty Bay. Gisborne Chamber of Commerce members …

Making waves in high-spec waters

April 22, 2016 10:58AM

A GISBORNE boat builder will soon be at the sharp end of high-tech policing efforts to protect one of the nation’s most pristine stretches of …

Plans to dock two log ships at once

April 22, 2016 9:51AM

EASTLAND Port’s owner hopes a satisfactory solution can be found over its proximity to the historic Cook Landing Site as it plans layout changes to …

Farms not liable

April 20, 2016 11:50AM

EAST Coast farm owners will not end up in court if people have accidents while recreating on farmland, despite what some have been told by …

Stay inside parking lines or be penalised

April 14, 2016 9:19AM

GISBORNE drivers have been reminded they face parking fines if they stray on to car park marking lines. After being hit with a $60 fine …

‘Road mapping’ our tourism future

April 13, 2016 11:01AM

GISBORNE, Opotiki and Wairoa could all attract more tourists over the next decade if Tourism Eastland’s new “road map” to tourism success works as planned. …

Packing healthy checks ’n helping save lives

April 12, 2016 12:10PM

AN AUCKLAND doctor believes that for some people here, a trip to the supermarket could have been a life-saving experience. Tom Mulholland is halfway through …

Gisborne tipped for slowest growth rate in new jobs

April 1, 2016 11:02AM

GISBORNE will experience the nation’s slowest growth in new jobs over the next three years as more jobs go to regions less reliant on the …

Three netball teams still undefeated

April 11, 2016 2:32PM

JUST three teams remain unbeaten following the second week of play in the Pak’nSave Gisborne Premier Netball Competition. Reigning champions YMP (1), IMS High School …

Roading sale will have 'no impact’ on local contract

April 9, 2016 10:01AM

A MILLION-dollar deal to sell three quarters of an Australian roading company to a new shareholder is expected to result in better maintenance on 880km …

Waikohu reaping rewards

April 8, 2016 4:04PM

PRESEASON planning and three months of hard work in the build-up to the start of the new netball season appear to be paying off as …

New funding would help to address all requests

April 8, 2016 12:52PM

WAIMATA residents concerned about the state of local roads have been told they will be just one area that could benefit if the Government agrees …

Action plan draft to be released next week

April 8, 2016 12:38PM

A DRAFT version of an action plan intended to boost economic development in Gisborne is being reviewed and is expected to be released to the …

Delahunty urges legal action over Waihi dam

April 7, 2016 11:48AM

THE Minister for the Environment has been asked to step in and ensure Gisborne-based Eastland Group is “at the very least” prosecuted over the “serious …

$250k boost to bike park

April 6, 2016 11:52AM

A “LIFE-SAVING” junior bike park could be up and running here in time for next summer after the project received a quarter-of-a-million-dollar funding boost. Eastland …

Counting the cost of rudeness

April 6, 2016 11:26AM

AFTER hearing their accounts of sexism and rudeness in the workplace, a former adviser to the Australian Government last night urged some of Gisborne’s top …

The Mind Lab a year later

April 6, 2016 8:17AM

JUST one year after a state-of-the-art education facility opened in Gisborne, scores of teachers and more than 5000 students have been given access to world-leading …

No targeted tariff increase here for solar power users

April 5, 2016 9:15AM

Solar power users in Gisborne and Wairoa will get a better deal for the time being than their Hawke’s Bay counterparts, who now have to …

Opening day of netball

April 4, 2016 11:06AM

THE Pak’n Save Gisborne Premier Netball Competition got underway on Saturday with the opening day of grading starting with wins for both IMS High School …

Hindu Holi day was a colourful affair

April 4, 2016 10:50AM

Tairawhiti Multicultural Council’s annual Holi festival celebrations yesterday stepped up a notch, with organisers ensuring participants did not run out of the multicoloured ammunition central …

Big changes in premier grade

April 1, 2016 2:26PM

WHOLESALE changes to the make-up of teams competing in the Pak’nSave Gisborne Premier Netball competition this year mean the title could be anyone’s for the …

NZTA bosses hear roading issues

April 1, 2016 11:57AM

AFTER getting a first-hand look of Gisborne’s roading needs, the New Zealand Transport Agency’s top brass, including New Zealand’s next Governor General, were yesterday urged …

Excited about role developing game

March 31, 2016 10:38AM

THE new netball season is just two days away from starting, and for Gisborne Netball Centre’s new netball development officer Cristal Kemp, it cannot start …

MP asks why Eastland Group not prosecuted

March 31, 2016 10:13AM

THE Hawke’s Bay Regional Council says an investigation to decide if anyone should be prosecuted over the Waihi dam leak will continue to run its …

Research ship exploring coast

March 31, 2016 9:05AM

The brand-new flagship of the German research fleet has started a month-long voyage off the Poverty Bay and Hawke’s Bay coasts investigating links between underwater …

Hurry the plan: Minister

March 26, 2016 9:45AM

GISBORNE business leaders and politicians have been given the hurry-up from a high-ranking Cabinet minister for taking “too long” to agree on a plan to …

Golden Safety Rules launched

March 29, 2016 8:32AM

EMPLOYEES at Juken New Zealand’s Gisborne wood-processing mill will now be expected to stop work if they think it is too dangerous, following the release …

Forestry cries foul over copping cost of bridges

March 24, 2016 11:32AM

HARVESTING businesses just beginning decade-long efforts to chop down the East Coast’s ‘‘wall of wood’’ say it is “unfair” they are facing extra costs because …

Call for $50 mill funding pool for regional tourism

March 24, 2016 9:45AM

TOURISM bosses here are “wholeheartedly” backing calls for the Government to establish a $50 million funding pool to deliver better tourism infrastructure for regional New …

Robot versus drone

March 23, 2016 8:44AM

A Gisborne man has thrown down the gauntlet to an international pizza chain, challenging the company to a drone-versus-robot “duel”. After the Domino’s pizza chain …

Business with social purpose at its heart

March 22, 2016 11:30AM

A Gisborne community trust has teamed with a national charity with the aim of boosting economic activity and improving the region’s socioeconomic well-being. The Akina …

Undefeated YMP1 win tournament

March 21, 2016 12:25PM

Reigning premier netball champions YMP1 continued where they left off at the end of last season, maintaining their year-long undefeated record with six wins on …

Log truck queues at port a ‘nightmare’

March 19, 2016 9:14AM

FEARS have been raised that it is only a matter of time before the “nightmare” mix of tourists, local motorists and the dozens of logging …

Chance to test combinations

March 18, 2016 10:46AM

SUMMER is officially over, which means netball is back in the spotlight when Gisborne’s traditional pre-season competition returns tomorrow. This year, not only will the …

Overhead UFB roll-out continues

March 16, 2016 12:45PM

ALTHOUGH the use of controversial overhead fibre optic cables at Wainui is still under review, telecommunications company Chorus is continuing its aerial deployment of Ultra-fast …

HFF’s lack of support for Prime questioned

March 16, 2016 11:23AM

LOCAL stakeholders in Gisborne’s forestry industry have accused Hikurangi Forest Farms of boycotting a planned sawmill and wood processing centre of excellence, and want the …

Emerald up for sale

March 15, 2016 12:08PM

A 4½-STAR-rated hotel located in the heart of Gisborne is to go under the hammer and a foreign buyer for the multimillion dollar property is …

Bid unsuccessful for regional research institute

March 15, 2016 11:42AM

A PROPOSAL to establish a multimillion-dollar research facility intent on creating a “truly sustainable” Tairawhiti has failed to attract the government support needed to get …

Trivago ranks Gisborne third in value

March 9, 2016 8:37AM

THE world’s largest online hotel search site ranks Gisborne as the nation’s third-best value holiday spot. In its latest best value destinations rankings, travel site …

Encouraging a move to eucalypt forests

March 15, 2016 11:05AM

GISBORNE’S forest growers and farm-foresters are being given the chance to come up with a “cohesive” plan to put the region at the tip of …

Bay to Bay trail to include arboretum

March 12, 2016 8:30AM

A NEW agreement between New Zealand’s national arboretum and the Motu Trails Charitable Trust has been heralded as another step in creating a viable option …

Chilli and feast for Fiji

March 10, 2016 9:47AM

GISBORNE’S efforts to help Fijians put their lives back together in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Winston are about to get decidedly heated this weekend. …

Foreign tourists spending up

March 10, 2016 8:44AM

A TRIO of cruise ships visits combined with an anecdotal rise in the number of European tourists coming to Gisborne are seen as reasons behind …

A big YES to student enterprise

March 8, 2016 8:46AM

ORGANISERS behind the Gisborne launch of a nationwide scheme that encourages high-school pupils to run their own businesses say they are delighted with the enthusiasm …

Flying drones a growth business

March 7, 2016 1:57PM

THE commercial use of unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) to capture high-resolution images from the air appears to be taking off in Gisborne, as more businesspeople …

‘Most improved’ economy

March 5, 2016 11:26AM

A NEW report says Gisborne’s economy was the nation’s most improved at the start of the year and points to the region’s booming housing market …

Gisborne turns tide on migration

February 29, 2016 9:34AM

GISBORNE has witnessed the nation’s biggest fall in the number of people emigrating from New Zealand and the region’s economic development agency says that is …

Cyclone appeal raises nearly $2000 for Fiji

March 4, 2016 12:40PM

NEARLY $2000 has been sent to Fiji to help relatives of Gisborne’s Fijian community recover from the damage caused by Tropical Cyclone Winston. The $1847 …

Gisborne bids for regional institute

March 4, 2016 10:24AM

A MAJOR government department is two weeks away from deciding if Gisborne will continue to be considered as a possible location for a new scientific …

Watchdog prosecutes Flexi Buy

March 3, 2016 8:31AM

MOBILE trader Flexi Buy Limited, which primarily sold electronic goods in areas of the North Island including Gisborne, has become the first door-to-door trader to …

Skilled team working hard on dam repair

March 2, 2016 8:55AM

A SKILLED team is working seven days a week to repair broken sluice gates at the Waihi dam, as the dam’s owner says it is …

NZ award to Gisborne ‘nettie’

March 1, 2016 10:32AM

A GISBORNE netball stalwart was left almost in tears after her 25-year long commitment to the game here received recognition from the sport’s national governing …

Harrier club run backs Fiji appeal

March 1, 2016 10:04AM

GISBORNE residents have raised nearly $700 to help Fijians recover from the damage caused by Tropical Cyclone Winston. A givealittlle web page set up last …

Gisborne no zombie town says economist

February 26, 2016 12:48PM

A TOP economist says Gisborne’s economy is making progress, dismissing any notion the city is at risk of becoming a “zombie town”. Speaking to The …

Tairawhiti Residents Association creates new local voice

February 24, 2016 10:10AM

HIGH levels of disillusionment with politics in Gisborne has led to the creation of a group who intend to hold local politicians to account while …

Gisborne UFB uptake rises

February 24, 2016 3:02PM

HUNDREDS more end-users here have connected to Ultra Fast Broadband (UFB) over the past nine months, and numbers are expected rise faster once new legislation …

Another customer signs up for Mahia launches

February 16, 2016 12:06PM

INTERNATIONAL efforts to combat maritime piracy and illegal fishing will receive a boost later this year when satellites are fired into orbit from a new …

Waihi Dam a ‘catastrophe’

February 23, 2016 12:12PM

GISBORNE-based company Eastland Group will be asked to stump up tens of thousands of dollars to keep the drinking water supply fit for human consumption …

YES to success

February 22, 2016 10:33AM

ENTREPRENEURIAL high school students in Gisborne are being given the chance to run their own businesses and make tax-free money by following in the footsteps …

Seeking solutions to inequality

February 19, 2016 2:01PM

A WORKING party established to address issues raised in a damming Salvation Army report into inequality and deprivation now has about 200 supporters as it …

Gisborne enjoys record low number of deaths

February 19, 2016 8:16AM

THE number of people who died in Gisborne last year was the lowest since records began, new statistics show. Figures released by Statistics New Zealand …

HBRC investigating Waihi dam spill

February 18, 2016 11:20AM

WORK to stop sediment discharge into the Waiau River by permanently fixing a broken sluice gate at the Waihi Dam was due to start this …

Power bills will go up with line charge hike

February 16, 2016 12:14PM

RESIDENTS across the region can expect to pay about $70 a year more for power from next month. Eastland Network, which provides electricity to 19,207 …

Gisborne enjoys phenomenal tourist season

February 15, 2016 10:40AM

ECONOMIC confidence combined with summer events and increasing numbers of people visiting Gisborne is making it harder for people to find accommodation. Latest statistics show …

Urgent remedial work at Waihi Dam

February 10, 2016 12:21PM

POLLUTION flowing into the Waiau River from the Waihi Dam is expected to decrease, after the dam’s owner installed a temporary solution while continuing “urgent” …

Dividend increase for ECT is expected

February 10, 2016 10:31AM

SAVVY investments made on behalf of the community here appear to be combining with good performances from the community-owned Eastland Group to put Eastland Community …

Eftpos transactions rise with more tourist dollars

February 9, 2016 11:29AM

GISBORNE appears to be benefiting from higher tourism spending, following a $3.6 million year-on-year increase in electronic spending last month. Figures released by Paymark, which …

Concerns raised at roading contracts

February 6, 2016 10:36AM

A GROWING perception that road maintenance work is being put off in an effort to save money has raised concerns that Gisborne District Council and …

Cellphone coverage comes to Waihau Bay

February 6, 2016 9:57AM

RESIDENTS and businesses at a remote East Coast township now have access to mobile services for the first time and can expect even better mobile …

Gisborne loses big on pokies

February 6, 2016 8:43AM

A GISBORNE gambling harm group fears the financial and social cost of a $300,000 rise in money lost on poker machines here last year will …

Slight fall in unemployment

February 4, 2016 12:08PM

NEW figures indicate Gisborne still has the highest unemployment rate in New Zealand, despite a slight fall in the jobless rate here. The latest Household …

Educating for work skills

February 4, 2016 11:20AM

A “GROUND-breaking” shake-up of high school education in Gisborne would see students leaving school with a skill-set defined by the local community, rather than by …

School controls speed limit

February 4, 2016 10:47AM

DRIVERS passing Waerenga o Kuri School at busy times will now have to reduce their speed to 70kmh as a safety precaution as children get …

Call for rethink of beach intersection

February 3, 2016 11:18AM

A GISBORNE business owner is calling for a redesign of road priorities outside his restaurant, after seeing at least 10 car accidents at a busy …

Gisborne economy on right track

January 14, 2016 11:03AM

A $30 million increase in the region’s earnings over a 12-month period is welcomed by the economic development agency as a positive step forward for …

ECT's $50,000 for economic development

February 2, 2016 10:58AM

Eastland Community Trust has approved a $50,000 grant to Activate Tairawhiti to help local businesses grow. The grant will enable Activate Tairawhiti to support worthy …

More website accolades for Gisborne’s Oasis Motel

January 29, 2016 10:40AM

A GISBORNE motel has been named as one of New Zealand’s top five hotels by people booking cost-effective holidays on a popular internet website, just …

Ending 20 years of custom creations

January 29, 2016 10:17AM

JUST a few months shy of his 90th birthday, Gisborne man Albert Olsen is finally ready to retire for the second time. It brings to …

Funding for whizz kid scientists

January 28, 2016 8:28AM

TECH-savvy youngsters here, already developing mobile apps while still at school, have been encouraged to put their names forward for thousands of dollars in government …

Thousands switch seeking cheaper electricity

January 27, 2016 9:35AM

THOUSANDS of people here are joining record numbers of people switching electricity retailers in favour of cheaper deals. Last year the highest number of people …

Keeping eye on kids at busy pools

January 26, 2016 9:33AM

PARENTS and caregivers of young children have been reminded not to treat lifeguards at Gisborne’s busy Olympic Pools as babysitters. The pools are now hitting …

Boost for small businesses

January 25, 2016 9:16AM

FOLLOWING a review of the Government’s Regional Business Partners (RBP) Programme, joint-funders New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) and Callaghan Innovation will lift their investment …

More looking for work in Gisborne

January 23, 2016 11:21AM

THE number of people looking for work in Gisborne continues to rise — contrasting with numbers falling across the rest of the nation. Details released …

Rockslide a summertime hit

January 23, 2016 10:53AM

SCORCHING temperatures, a viral internet video and the approaching start of the school term are combining to attract new visitors to one of Gisborne’s most …

Scottie McSloy signs off the airwaves

January 22, 2016 8:35AM

AFTER graduating from a vinyl-spinning teenage disc-jockey to award-winning businessman, Gisborne’s Scott McSloy is ready to leave the airwaves and sign off from a 26-year …

Cheaps flights overseas hurt local tourism

January 21, 2016 12:01PM

GISBORNE has been left out of the potential travel plans of three-quarters of a million Aucklanders because they have access to cheap flights to Australia …

No quick fix for Waihi silt

January 13, 2016 12:43PM

A WEEK after the sluice gate to the Waihi dam was ordered closed, residents and farms affected by the resulting silt discharge have today been …

Waihi Dam owners ordered to terminate silt flow

January 9, 2016 10:11AM

EXPERTS have rejected the reasons Eastland Generation has put forward to justify four months of “unabated” silt discharge from the Waihi Dam into the Waiau …

International interest in job at Activate Tairawhiti

January 9, 2016 9:18AM

A NEW government-funded role to advance Gisborne’s economic prospects has drawn international attention from people wanting to provide direct support to local businesses. Last month …

Inner harbour swimmers risk their lives

January 7, 2016 3:07PM

BOAT owners fear it is only a matter of time before someone dies if children continue to risk their safety by ignoring warning signs not …

Gisborne gets ready for tourist influx

January 7, 2016 11:41AM

FOLLOWING a “very healthy” start to summer, tourism officials and accommodation providers are now gearing up for the peak season rush. “Visitor numbers have been …

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 …

Gisborne man puts pedal to the metal across India

January 2, 2016 10:08AM

GISBORNE man Phil Wilson spent New Year’s Day in first gear, as he began a huge but slow journey across India in a rickshaw. While …

Thousands of selfies expected

December 31, 2015 1:05PM

TELECOMMUNICATIONS company Spark says it expects to deal with quadruple the amount of cell phone data tonight but with a recent upgrade to its mobile …

Silt released into rivers from Waihi Dam

December 30, 2015 9:51AM

HAWKE'S Bay Regional Council chairman Fenton Wilson says he wants to know how tonnes of silt were released into the Waiaua River from the Waihi …

Council says all options considered

December 24, 2015 9:31AM

GISBORNE District Council says all options, including strengthening its earthquake-prone 1950s-built Fitzherbert Street structure, were considered before councillors decided to approve an $11 million rebuild …

Targets of alleged fraud sought

December 24, 2015 9:03AM

AT least one person in Gisborne could have been victim of an alleged door-to-door sales fraud, but the Commerce Commission thinks there could be more. …

i-Site touchscreen gives Gisborne to the world

December 16, 2015 8:52AM

JUST two weeks into summer and Gisborne’s i-Site is prepared to help new visitors find their bearings 24 hours a day, seven days a week, …

Council rebuild plan 'flawed'

December 23, 2015 10:49AM

GISBORNE District Council is being asked to reveal why it has not produced documentation to show that it sought the cheapest solution to the earthquake-strengthening …

Rocket Lab to bring fast internet to Mahia

December 22, 2015 10:33AM

CONSTRUCTION of a new rocket launchpad at Mahia is expected to be complete by the end of March and rural residents in the area can …

Cash pledged to development

December 18, 2015 2:04PM

THE government-appointed official tasked with reporting this region’s economic development needs directly to the Cabinet yesterday pledged $125,000 of government money to the region’s economic …

Council confirms a review is ordered on Moana Road UFB

December 18, 2015 12:18PM

“INACCURACIES” have been found in documents that allowed Chorus to hang controversial fibre-optic cables across power poles at Wainui, meaning a resource consent review on …

Public consultation on Papawhariki project

December 17, 2015 11:38AM

RESIDENTS will be asked if they think a proposal to build $5 million community and sports hub in Kaiti should get a $1 million kick-start …

Mentor programme could double

December 17, 2015 9:36AM

BETWEEN 30 and 40 businesses a year could receive one-to-one support from expert mentors under a new government commitment to improve the Gisborne business landscape. …

Eastland Group buys into Flick

December 16, 2015 12:21PM

GISBORNE residents can expect more options to reduce power bills after Eastland Group invested $2.2 million in a new cut-price electricity retailer. Eastland Group today …

Dispute settled but Eastland Port ‘NZ’s dearest’

December 10, 2015 10:59AM

A GROUP of Eastland Port forestry customers say they agreed to drop their dispute over the port’s wharfage and storage prices so all parties could …

Sport Gisborne Tairawhiti calls for regional approach

December 16, 2015 8:38AM

A SMALL cut in Sport New Zealand funding for Sport Gisborne Tairawhiti, already the country’s lowest funded regional sports trust, could provide a push for …

Man on a mission rebuilds earthquake-stricken village

December 12, 2015 10:40AM

A GISBORNE roofer has returned home from a seven-month humanitarian mission to earthquake-hit Nepal, having rebuilt an entire village in the foothills of the Himalayas. …

Air Gisborne exasperated with Air NZ callers

December 11, 2015 9:34AM

IRATE Air New Zealand customers in Gisborne should direct complaints and flight inquiries to the national carrier’s website, not Air Gisborne, the local charter, training …

Forestry industry predicts boom ahead

December 8, 2015 12:29PM

PROFESSIONALS in the forestry industry believe the start of a 30-year uplift in economic development is just around the corner for this region, with harvesting …

Intern and cadetships a win-win

December 7, 2015 4:46PM

GISBORNE District Council, Wairoa District Council and Eastland Group all make use of either interns or student cadets, and all agree those programmes provide a …

Rates hike expected to fix water problems

December 7, 2015 12:22PM

A NEW study predicts rates rises will be needed to pay for a multimillion-dollar upgrade to Gisborne’s waste and stormwater discharge systems — and some …

SSE plans to upskill road workforce

December 5, 2015 11:20AM

SHOCKED to find a low level of skill in parts of the region’s roading industry, Services South East (NZ) believes it is on the way …

Managing risk from poachers

December 4, 2015 8:12AM

FISH and Game’s Eastern region officers have been found to be at risk of violent confrontation and issued stab-proof-vests as a routine precaution when dealing …

Improving hazard information

December 3, 2015 12:42PM

A NEW national umbrella group aiming to prepare east coast residents to better deal with associated risks from earthquakes and tsunami in the region has …

Pokie operator scrapped

December 3, 2015 11:36AM

A national gaming society that declined half a dozen grant applications from community and sports groups here, then left Gisborne out of its latest grants …

East Coast Lighthouse opens up for freedom campers

December 3, 2015 8:07AM

FREEDOM campers will again be able to access East Cape, one of the region’s most popular tourist spots, after a portable bridge was brought in …

Crunch time for R&V operation

November 30, 2015 11:41AM

AS the countdown to Gisborne’s biggest summer attraction continues the group behind the Rhythm and Vines festival is approaching a crucial time in its business …

Wheels in motion for more bus routes

November 30, 2015 9:07AM

RESIDENTS and visitors to Gisborne are set to benefit from an increase in bus services between here and Napier after bus company InMotion announced it …

Moon no limit for Mahia launch pad

November 26, 2015 3:55PM

A ROCKET company planning to launch NASA payloads into orbit from a new site at Mahia will start preparing the site next week and could …

Tourism Eastland wary of amalgamation 'shotgun wedding'

November 26, 2015 4:21PM

THE region’s main tourism body has raised “serious concerns” that it could be forced into a “shotgun wedding” if its “sensible” approach to discussions aimed …

More frustration at amalgamation

November 28, 2015 8:24AM

CALLS have been made for a neutral observer to be brought in to deal with the mounting uncertainty surrounding to amalgamation proposals for Heart of …

Hike in Gisborne tourism spend as NZ figures rise

November 26, 2015 3:16PM

THE amount of money spent by tourists in Gisborne last summer was $2.5 million more than the previous season, new figures show. But the regional …

Port levies complaint resolved without full inquiry

November 26, 2015 4:11PM

THE Commerce Commission has welcomed a new agreement between Eastland Port and its forestry customers that removes the need for the commission to conduct a …

Freedom campers find Gisborne friendly

November 16, 2015 10:05AM

GISBORNE can expect significant economic benefits from an increase in tourists, after a national body awarded the town “motor home-friendly” status. The New Zealand Motor …

Fibre-optic cable removed ahead of review

November 26, 2015 9:28AM

CONTROVERSIAL overhead fibre-optic cable that sparked objection from Moana Road residents will come down, at least for now. Gisborne District Council started to examine the …

Looking at ways to fund Kaiti Hill as a project of significance

November 25, 2015 2:25PM

EFFORTS to “restore” Kaiti Hill could be in line for funding from the Lotteries Commission if the project to redevelop Titirangi is successful in gaining …

Log truck drivers to identify danger spots

November 25, 2015 11:04AM

FEEDBACK from log truck drivers entering Eastland Port is expected to cast further light on danger spots for truck roll-overs in this district, with a …

Rocket Lab chooses Mahia for space launches

November 24, 2015 11:37AM

A DECISION by Rocket Lab to make Mahia its priority launch pad site is “fantastic news” and an “amazing opportunity”, community leaders in the Gisborne-Wairoa …

Tairawhiti has worst childhood obesity in New Zealand

November 23, 2015 11:27AM

THE region’s district health board has revealed this district’s childhood obesity problems are the worst in New Zealand, with more than 100 children a year …

ECT's Tairawhiti the Learning Region sets education alight

November 23, 2015 9:23AM

HALFWAY through a six-month project hoping to improve the lives of thousands of at risk children here with “world-class education”, Eastland Community Trust now has …

Frequent flyers will read a lot about Gisborne

November 21, 2015 11:33AM

INTERNATIONAL and domestic travellers flying with Air New Zealand will get a bird’s eye view of Gisborne. The region features in the airline’s Kia Ora …

Second opinion on cable

November 20, 2015 12:14PM

AN “inaccurate” assessment of the impact on sea views from a controversial scheme to hang overhead fibre-optic cables on power poles along Moana Road at …

Millions gambled away

November 19, 2015 9:20AM

GISBORNE gamblers have lost almost $23 million in less than three years and a local problem gambling service says with the district’s gambling policy up …

Council to unleash new dog rules?

November 18, 2015 10:48AM

A GISBORNE dog-owner’s written objections to proposed changes to dog-control rules appear to have been over ridden by 154 people who clicked “like” on Facebook. …

Amalgamation ultimatum from the council?

November 18, 2015 10:26AM

THREE organisations, all competing for local funds to boost this region’s economic status, are facing an ultimatum to sort out a plan on how they …

R&D business funding possible for Gisborne high tech

November 16, 2015 10:59AM

UP to half a dozen high-tech businesses in Gisborne could be put forward to received Government funding for research and development. Following a half-day Icehouse …

French expats appreciate support in wake of terror

November 16, 2015 12:23PM

FRENCH expats living in Gisborne have thanked local residents and the rest of New Zealand for showing support following the weekend’s brutal terror attack in …

Targeted help to get off benefit

November 14, 2015 8:16AM

AN increasing trend of sole parents in Gisborne getting off benefits and back into work or education is expected to further improve, after the Government …

Supergrans helping mums back to work

November 14, 2015 8:06AM

A FOUR-week course being run by a Gisborne community group is being credited with not only getting solo mums back to work but also restoring …

Millions flow from Rhythm and Vines

November 11, 2015 11:33AM

GISBORNE’S tourism, business and regional economic development heads all agree that even a slimmed-down Rhythm and Vines festival could create between $12 million and $40 …

Hui tomorrow on Maori digital future

November 12, 2015 10:14AM

A HUI tomorrow at 10.15am at The Mind Lab is an excellent opportunity for local Maori to help shape the future of digital and information …

Chorus apologises for line placement

November 11, 2015 8:38AM

CHORUS representatives yesterday came to Gisborne to say “sorry” to Moana Road residents for hanging overhead fibre-optic cables in the wrong place. Residents on the …

Garden ramble raises $3000

November 10, 2015 2:24PM

A GISBORNE family say they are thrilled to bits after raising more than $3000 for New Zealand’s national arboretum by opening their own garden to …

Rise in pokie proceeds from Gisborne machines

November 9, 2015 12:24PM

GISBORNE’S 14 approved gaming venues have raked in more than $2.3 million over the past three months following a rise in gaming machine revenue here. …

Residents want full review of cable consent

November 6, 2015 12:15PM

TELECOMMUNICATIONS company Chorus will take down some of its newly-installed aerial fibre-optic cables on Moana Road and put them underground, but residents are now pushing …

Gisborne among the shakiest places in NZ

November 6, 2015 11:34AM

GISBORNE and the East Coast has witnessed a surprisingly consistent number of earthquakes every year for the past five years, with more than 9000 quakes …

Need for new sports facilities ‘desperate’

November 5, 2015 12:03PM

EASTLAND Community Trust is laying Gisborne’s “desperate need” for new sporting facilities squarely at the feet of local government as it contemplates becoming more “ruthless” …

Gisborne leads unemployment statistics

November 5, 2015 9:48AM

NEW statistics show Gisborne’s workforce is growing, despite having New Zealand’s highest unemployment rate, with 1100 more unemployed people here than at the same time …

Spin offs for Gisborne in chambers' agreement

October 29, 2015 10:13AM

BUSINESSES here can expect more support from some of New Zealand’s larger chambers of commerce, following a new agreement to share resources between all 30 …

Funding boosts Motu Trails trust

October 29, 2015 3:50PM

MORE positive news has been confirmed for the Motu Trails Charitable Trust, with new funding support from both the Department of Conservation and long-time supporter …

National group focused on quake, tsunami risk

October 29, 2015 1:16PM

A NEW national multi-agency group is being set up to co-ordinate research into the East Coast’s earthquake and tsunami threats and prepare residents for an …

Business course starts this month

October 12, 2015 4:29PM

A NEW internationally-recognised business development programme gets under way later this month with the aim of getting new businesses up and running and improving established …

Fish and Game council lands three from Gisborne-Wairoa

October 28, 2015 3:56PM

THE new Fish and Game council for the Eastern region will have to deal with “significant issues” surrounding the environment and access to the outdoors, …

Out East App now on Android

October 28, 2015 12:43PM

WITH a bumper tourist season expected this summer, the region’s attractions are now able to reach tens of thousands of potential visitors through the second …

A winning speech will make her the toast of the town

October 27, 2015 2:45PM

GISBORNE woman Helen Hunt hopes to be the toast of New Zealand next month, by making a room of 350 people split their sides laughing. …

Residents up in arms over cables

October 28, 2015 11:41AM

MOANA Road residents are angry and shocked after waking up yesterday to find telecommunications company Chorus hanging overhead broadband cables right across their sea views. …

New hand takes the tourism rudder

October 23, 2015 4:21PM

THE new man chosen to steer the region’s flagship tourism body through one of its biggest cruise seasons to date, says he is inheriting a …

New publication will follow snub

October 23, 2015 3:23PM

THE regional tourism organisation here says the NZ Herald newspaper has apologised following its “insulting” snub to the region in a recent tourism publication. Tourism …

Flood cost to council assets hits $500,000

October 23, 2015 2:11PM

THE clean-up bill for last month’s floods, which affected a large part of the district, now stands at half a million dollars. Speaking to the …

Gisborne attracts migrants

October 23, 2015 1:48PM

FOR the first time in more than a decade the numbers of people arriving in Gisborne outweigh the numbers of people leaving the region to …

Dealing with New Zealand’s changing cultural landscape

October 23, 2015 11:29AM

NEW Zealand needs to put and end to “casual racism”, the New Zealand Race Commissioner says. However, Dame Susan Devoy believes Gisborne could put itself …

Mayor on warpath over public toilets

October 21, 2015 4:01PM

GISBORNE Mayor Meng Foon is running out of patience with “dirty, grubby people leaving inappropriately-placed bowel movements at the district’s public conveniences”. After receiving pictures …

Downer sheds 13 jobs

October 21, 2015 1:01PM

ROADING company Downer has confirmed it will “disestablish” 13 positions, after it was awarded the contract to look after State highways and local roads in …

Our region last in economic rankings

October 19, 2015 12:26PM

A new economic report shows Gisborne has the worst regional economy in New Zealand, with the nation’s poorest population to boot — but the Government …

Teachers enjoying postgraduate course

October 16, 2015 2:40PM

A FULLY-subsidised postgraduate teaching course aimed at furthering collaborative and digital learning techniques is lauded by schools here, who say it is already raising the …

Unemployment on the rise

October 16, 2015 1:02PM

UNEMPLOYMENT in Gisborne has risen by 200 people over the past three months — and could rise further next week as Downer is expected to …

Reward for tourism dedication

October 13, 2015 12:21PM

WHILE other neighbouring regional tourism organisations have come and gone, former Tourism Eastland president Penny Shaw has remained involved with this region’s tourism body in …

Parents owe ‘overly punitive’ system $23m

October 8, 2015 3:43PM

A NEW bill intended to write off accumulated penalty-debt from unpaid child support could reduce the amount Gisborne parents owe the taxman by almost $18 …

Support grows for sports alcohol and smoking bans

October 8, 2015 2:32PM

GISBORNE’S sports clubs are expected to be given more support to enforce alcohol and smoking bans so they can follow the example of a championship-winning …

Harbour party to celebrate club's 50th

October 7, 2015 2:41PM

A PARTY “like nothing Gisborne has seen before” is planned for the town’s inner harbour area to celebrate the 50th Jubilee of Gisborne Tatapouri Sports …

MP backs restored rail link

October 5, 2015 2:31PM

FEARS have been expressed that a plan to create a $7.4 million wood processing “cluster” to boost economic development here could be stifled if the …

Starting at the top

April 1, 2015 12:01PM

ONE day 18-year-old Shandee Wharehinga was cleaning rooms at the Gisborne Motel — three days later, she was running the place. Shandee returned to her …

Event to match local employers and students

September 7, 2015 4:22PM

WITH more and more unskilled jobs being filled by robots and computers, digital expertise is becoming increasingly important for both job-seekers and the companies looking …

Jolly reopened as community hub

September 7, 2015 3:55PM

WHILE lower drink-drive limits are being blamed for the death of traditional country pubs around New Zealand, one 65-year-old Gisborne pub is bucking the trend …

Eastland Group booms

August 13, 2015 2:31PM

GISBORNE-based logistics, infrastructure and energy generation company Eastland Group is now three-times the size is was 12 years ago, new financial records show. Details released …

Keen to foster digital partnership

August 24, 2015 4:52PM

A NEW Zealand Business Hall of Famer says more schools here should be embracing digital learning platforms to ensure future generations can get ahead in …

Whitebait flying into nets

September 1, 2015 4:31PM

JUST two weeks into the new whitebait season the Department of Conservation says whitebaiters in Wairoa are already scooping up regular hauls of 10kg, in …

How the fish and game elections affect you

August 18, 2015 4:04PM

PASSIONATE anglers and hunters are being urged to “step up” and to have a say on how freshwater fishing and game bird hunting are managed …

Whangara come storming back

August 17, 2015 4:34PM

WHANGARA Old Girls went from 10 goals down to one goal ahead in the last quarter of their premier netball playoff against Ngatapa at the …

Guts and talent on show in playoff

August 17, 2015 4:24PM

YMP (1) remain on track to become Pak’nSave Gisborne Premier Netball champions without losing a game, but they were forced to show they have guts …

Apartments in receivership

August 13, 2015 2:23PM

HOME-HUNTERS looking for a high-rise apartment in Gisborne could soon have more options to chose from now that a company owned by one of the …

Bringing about workplace change

August 5, 2015 3:33PM

GISBORNE has become the first city outside Wellington and Auckland to take a lead role in implementing a United Nations-led initiative to further equal workplace …

Teacher jobs in ‘crisis’

August 3, 2015 3:56PM

UNIVERSITY students hoping to return home to Gisborne to help educate the district’s youngsters could be forced out of town to work, due to a …

Benefits to North Island ports in quake probe

August 10, 2015 4:36PM

SCIENTISTS behind plans to drill into the earth’s crust and set up a long-term underwater observatory off the East Coast say it would boost the …

Old wharves closed for summer

August 6, 2015 12:07PM

TWO historic East Coast wharves are likely to remain off-limits to tourists this summer because of damage caused by former tropical cyclone Pam. Both the …

Beneficiaries in debt

July 31, 2015 2:41PM

BENEFICIARIES in Gisborne were last week shown to be some of the most likely to be in debt in New Zealand and concern is mounting …

‘Real wine and food experience’

August 4, 2015 3:45PM

THE people behind a new Labour Day Weekend event for Gisborne expect it to increase visitor numbers to Gisborne and provide more exposure for the …

Roads contract sign-on

August 4, 2015 3:27PM

A controversial roading contract could be officially awarded to an Australian road and infrastructure company later this week — saving millions of dollars but putting …

Community pride in new facility

August 3, 2015 4:10PM

THE new $1.4 million Oneroa walkway, linking Waikanae and Midway Beaches, has been hailed as a “wonderful conduit” for unity within the Tairawhiti community. An …

Fight for Life . . . friends for life

July 31, 2015 2:16PM

THE Gisborne Fight for Life Ed event is looking for people willing to step into the ring and take a blow or two in support …

Midweek twists and turns for premier teams

July 31, 2015 11:24AM

THERE were more twists and turns in the Pak’nSave Gisborne premier netball competition on Wednesday night as Whangara snatched second place from IMS High School …

Gisborne switched on to power saves

July 30, 2015 3:57PM

THOUSANDS here had lower power bills last year and the Electricity Authority says that is because Gisborne households are twice as likely to shift to …

Gisborne couple welcomes immigration news

July 28, 2015 1:06PM

CHANGES to immigration laws intended to encourage more skilled workers and more overseas entrepreneurs to set up shop in places like Gisborne could also mean …

Apply now for summer community project funding

July 28, 2015 3:53PM

GROUPS and individuals needing funding for community projects in time for summer should put forward plans now or risk missing out, says Eastland Community Trust. …

Co.starters here already biggest franchise in NZ

July 28, 2015 3:44PM

GISBORNE business owners are collaborating to help the region’s next generation of entrepreneurs by creating an “entrepreneurial ecosystem” here. Just a month after it was …

Tough playoff fight for NHEW, Ngatapa

July 28, 2015 11:59AM

AFTER their second straight defeat on Saturday — a 54-29 loss to YMP (1) — defending Pak’nSave Gisborne premier netball champions Nga Hau e Wha …

Who won the million?

July 27, 2015 2:38PM

A LUCKY Gisborne resident could be unaware he or she is a millionaire after taking a share of Saturday’s Lotto first division jackpot — the …

Gisborne builds $1m in Sunrise Foundation endowment funding

July 24, 2015 4:27PM

LESS than a year after it was set up, a Gisborne community foundation has built up an endowment fund of more than $1 million thanks …

Dog-loving Facebookers dig deep

July 24, 2015 3:04PM

FACEBOOK users took just hours to donate more than $400 to pay for treatment for a stray dog run over and left on the road.However, …

Holding back the ocean

July 22, 2015 2:27PM

THE new $1.4 million walkway and cycleway along the city beachfront will not be threatened by eroding dunes but is instead expected to help halt …

Business leaders to mentor

July 10, 2015 3:04PM

THE CO.STARTERS programme has been credited with creating the entrepreneurial landscape of the US city that inspired Chorus’ Gigatown competition. Following Gisborne’s participation in the …

Business hub already expanding

July 22, 2015 4:21PM

A TRIO of Gisborne’s leading business organisations have teamed-up to create the region’s first “Tairawhiti Business Hub” to create a one-stop-shop for business services. Activate …

No drop in Gisborne jobless

July 21, 2015 3:51PM

AS the rest of New Zealand records a fall in unemployment figures, unemployment here has risen by more than 130 people over the past year …

The case for coverage

July 20, 2015 3:45PM

PLANS to extend broadband and mobile coverage here mean Makaraka residents could soon have access to ultra-fast broadband (UFB) and tourists to the East Cape …

Local tourism needs more winter events

July 15, 2015 4:02PM

STATISTICS New Zealand figures released this week show the number of guest nights in Gisborne fell by 3.7 percent. Hawke’s Bay saw a massive 20.4 …

Workshop could be facility launchpad

July 14, 2015 2:15PM

PROFESSOR Gabriel Teo from the Southern College of Art and Design in Hong Kong said 26 people attended a three-day visual effects workshop in Gisborne …

Ruatoria bank to close

July 14, 2015 12:44PM

A MONTH after Westpac revealed proposals to close its Ruatoria branch, the bank has confirmed it will shut the branch on September 4. “After considering …

Aim is for $69m boost

July 13, 2015 3:34PM

ACTIVATE Tairawhiti has now approved an economic work plan and chief executive Steve Breen says it includes implementing nine projects to develop the economy over …

Drilling our sea floor

July 8, 2015 2:50PM

FOLLOWING five years of planning, the International Ocean Discovery Programme will drill three holes along the Hikurangi subduction zone 40kms east of Gisborne as part …

Fulton Hogan likely to lose roading contract

July 7, 2015 1:43PM

FOLLOWING the formation of Tairawhiti Roads, a joint-venture between Gisborne District Council and the New Zealand Transport Agency, the combined organisation was tasked with tendering …

$120m for Gisborne region's roads

July 1, 2015 2:16PM

THE three-year funding package forms part of a $13.9 billion National Land Transport Programme announced yesterday, and will provide $96m to improve the district’s roads …

Corner change ‘accident in waiting’

July 1, 2015 3:20PM

EARLIER this year the Tucker Road-King Road intersection was realigned and top signs on Tucker Road moved to King Road as part of a $200,000 …

Overseas exposure for the Motu Trails

June 30, 2015 2:08PM

THE United States’ biggest outdoor magazine has featured two pictures of the three-pronged trail in its latest edition, labelling it part of “the world’s most …

Praise for event that recognises good male role models

July 2, 2015 4:05PM

THE annual celebration, now in its fifth year, saw awards presented to 12 men considered role models in the region. Organiser Tim Marshall said last …

Thousands of quakes

June 30, 2015 4:27PM

SCIENTISTS from the United States, Japan and New Zealand have conducted a two-week operation to recover 34 seabed monitors positioned off the East Coast and …

Cycleway gets $1.3m boost

June 26, 2015 2:19PM

THE existing $800,000 cycleway section opened in December. Now stage two of the three-year project has been awarded $1.3 million from the Government’s urban cycleways …

Holiday programme to stimulate young minds

June 25, 2015 11:24AM

SCHOOL holiday camps provided through The Mind Lab by Unitec facility at the inner harbour begin on July 6. The facility’s lab manager Moana Kerr …

Ngatapa clinch last-second win

June 22, 2015 3:51PM

WHANGARA, assured of third place ahead of reseeding in Round 2, tried several attacking combinations but kept missing chances as Ngatapa — in fifth place …

Gisborne not in Jetstar’s initial plans

June 23, 2015 3:15PM

JETSTAR announced last week that from December it will fly to at least four regional centres, with Hamilton, Rotorua, New Plymouth, Napier, Palmerston North, Nelson …

GDC books set to be close to budget despite parks blowout

June 23, 2015 2:50PM

A FINANCIAL report presented to the council’s performance, audit and risk committee last week said most of the “unfavourable variance” was due to overspending on …

Addressing child injuries

June 22, 2015 4:21PM

STATISTICS released by Safekids Aotearoa show 626 children under 15 were hospitalised with serious injury in the Tairawhiti District Health region between 2008 and 2012, …

Superloo proposal flushed out

June 18, 2015 3:33PM

A REPORT considered by Gisborne District Council’s community planning and development committee yesterday highlighted the key issues surrounding public toilets and proposed the committee agree …

Unlocking quake secrets

June 19, 2015 2:18PM

THEY say it could reveal “exciting” information about the earthquake and tsunami potential of the Hikurangi subduction zone to the east of Gisborne. Last year …

Coast bank backlash

June 9, 2015 4:14PM

MORE than 150 at a public meeting at the Uepohatu Hall last night added their voices to another 2000 people who have already signed a …

Erosion-planting grants boon for the bees

June 11, 2015 4:39PM

ABOUT 25 percent of land on the East Coast is susceptible to erosion, compared to just 8 percent nationally, but changes to the East Coast …

Positive outlook among district’s entrepreneurs

June 9, 2015 2:20PM

THE Icehouse is supported by a range of groups, including New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE), and following a recent visit to Gisborne regional manager …

Understanding Gisborne's underground

June 9, 2015 11:39AM

Andrew Ashton meets up with LDE managers Georg Winkler and Bruce Walters to discover what makes this key business for the district tick. Geotechnical and …

Gisborne to host Oceania

June 3, 2015 4:19PM

TMS SPORT Promotions Ltd director Terry Sheldrake said the event would be on March 19 next year, and would also provide a possible “wild card” …

Chinese sister city partnership formed

May 25, 2015 12:38PM

GISBORNE District Council this week agreed Mayor Meng Foon could sign an MOU with Qiqihar in China’s Heiilongjiang province. The proposed MOU would include an …

Gisborne economy booms

April 20, 2015 4:26PM

THE Review of the Gisborne Regional Council Economy for 2014 report shows Gisborne firing on all cylinders. Commissioned by Activate Tairawhiti and compiled by economist …

New Buddhist lama for Gisborne

May 20, 2015 12:50PM

FOLLOWING requests from the Buddhist community in Gisborne, Lama Mepham arrived here from India at the start of the month and has already established a …

Cedenco says water charges rising too fast

May 21, 2015 11:19AM

VOLUMETRIC charges in Gisborne are due to rise 9 percent to $1.21/m3 from July. Speaking at Gisborne District Council’s long-term plan hearings yesterday, Cedenco’s Tim …

‘Inception day’ holiday mooted

May 20, 2015 2:26PM

SPEAKING at Gisborne District Council’s long-term plan hearings yesterday, Te Ha Sestercentennial Trust’s Bronwen Holdsworth said it was the trust’s task to create awareness of …

New sawmill for Gisborne?

May 19, 2015 12:13PM

SPEAKING to Gisborne District Council’s long-term plan submission hearing yesterday, Activate Tairawhiti interim chairman John Rae said conditional offers were now being examined to restart …

Whangara have edge

May 19, 2015 10:52AM

IN a thrilling day of netball at the Gisborne YMCA, Whangara Old Girls edged out Horouta Gold 55-50 in an end-to-end encounter while YMP (1) …

Tak and tools reach Nepal

May 14, 2015 4:53PM

MR Gurung, originally from Gorkha, has raised about $8000 after setting up a Givealittle fund-raising website about two weeks ago so he could use his …

Sealed road to Lake Waikaremoana

May 15, 2015 5:18PM

After years of lobbying for the road to the lake to be sealed, a new agreement between Wairoa District Council and the New Zealand Transport …

NHEW off to winning start

May 15, 2015 11:29AM

Scorers were kept busy as NHEW beat Gisborne Girls’ High School Hydraulink 50-32 and IMS HSOG defeated Claydens Waikohu 68-47. Following the challenge (promotion-relegation) round …

Gisborne gets bad deal

May 12, 2015 12:59PM

A REPORT from the Salvation Army’s social policy and parliamentary unit, released yesterday, points out “widespread inequality” between various regions after it measured progress in …

No ‘premier’ games annoys female footballers

May 7, 2015 3:34PM

GISBORNE District councillor Amber Dunn yesterday voiced the concerns of the city’s female footballers, who say Central Football had refused them the chance to play …

Sallies criticised for report's 'grim picture'

May 13, 2015 2:16PM

THE report fails to recognise the good work by many people to make Gisborne a great place to live, says Tairawhiti Area Commander Inspector Sam …

Tourists boost local economy

April 30, 2015 3:56PM

A study conducted by Angus and Associates on behalf of the Holiday Parks Association of New Zealand estimated that based on spending patterns between the …

More trees to be removed from Kaiti Hill

May 7, 2015 12:05PM

SPEAKING to Gisborne District Council’s community development and services committee yesterday, acting planning and development group manager Geoff Canham said there had been some “quite …

Methane flares off Gisborne coast

May 4, 2015 2:31PM

RESEARCH last year found “glaciers” of frozen methane and the most dense collection of underwater gas vents ever found in New Zealand over a 50-square-kilometre …

Poker machine revenue down

May 1, 2015 4:46PM

NEW Department of Internal Affairs figures show gaming machine proceeds, the amount collected from machines by operators, fell from $2,259,473 at the end of the …

Chamber to unlock ‘war chest’ of funds

May 1, 2015 11:41AM

SPEAKING at the chamber’s annual meeting on Wednesday, vice-president Gavin Murphy said the chamber’s management of its regional business partner role was due to end …

Gisborne maize headed to Asia

September 8, 2014 12:01PM

CORSON started out as a one-man grain and seed broker in Napier, established by Thomas Corson in the 1890s. Operations were moved to Gisborne in …

Spark committed to this region

April 30, 2015 2:26PM

ALTHOUGH Spark’s 4-G mobile network was released in Gisborne in July at a cost of $1 million, he said it was unlikely Gisborne would have …

Gisborne's runway work completed

April 23, 2015 3:11PM

THE three-week project was carried out by a specialist Tauranga-based crew from contractor Downer. Airport manager Murray Bell said the $2.5 million reseal was required …

Black Sticks defeated in Gisborne hockey international

April 10, 2015 11:10AM

ARGENTINA dished up a six-goal drubbing to the New Zealand Black Sticks hockey team in Gisborne on Wednesday. After winning their historic first test match …

Scientists study coast for global warming

April 17, 2015 3:21PM

SCIENTISTS will next week investigate if huge underwater methane gas vents off the Gisborne coast are contributing to global warming. Research conducted last year found …

Meeting the online retail challenge

April 13, 2015 4:41PM

Heart of Gisborne city manager Ken Huberts will step down from his position after six-and-a-half years of advocating for Gisborne retailers. His tenure has coincided …

Steve Breen a coup for Gisborne’s economic development

April 10, 2015 10:11AM

Gisborne’s economic development agency, Activate Tairawhiti, has recently appointed Hawke’s Bay economic development “whiz” Steve Breen as permanent chief executive. Charged with leading Tairawhiti’s economic …

thumped!

April 9, 2015 12:18PM

AFTER making a winning impression in their historic first test match in Gisborne on Wednesday, the Black Sticks’ lasting memory will probably be a post-match …

Rare seagulls return to nest

January 27, 2015 4:29PM

by Andrew Ashton A colony of the world’s rarest species of seagull has returned to nest in at Nick’s Head Station, near Muriwai for a …

Our wages scraping the bottom

January 16, 2015 2:56PM

GISBORNE job seekers are settling for wages $18,000 lower than the national average and the second-lowest in the country, new data shows. The average Kiwi …

Selected to represent NZ in a delegation to Japan

January 16, 2015 2:56PM

A GISBORNE man has been named by the Government to follow in the shoes of former Prime Minister and current head of the United Nations …

Marae joins the ranks of alcohol-free pbl

January 16, 2015 2:56PM

ISSUES with people getting drunk and post-rugby game booze-ups getting out of hand have led a Hicks Bay marae to impose a total alcohol ban …

Calendar to raise restoration funds

January 16, 2015 2:56PM

THE group behind the planned restoration of the Tokomaru Bay wharf hope they can close in on their initial $2.7 million target by tracking down …

Region’s new tourism app launched

January 16, 2015 2:56PM

TOURISTS to Gisborne and the East Coast are now able to locate some of the region’s high-profile attractions from their smart phones, even without mobile …

Rise in job vacancies here, regions perform

January 16, 2015 2:56PM

GISBORNE has experienced the second-highest rise in new job vacancies in New Zealand, statistics show. Trade Me says the number of job vacancies advertised on …