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Greenpeace and iwi deliver message to oil survey ship

January 16, 2017 11:22AM

A CREW of protesters on Friday delivered a message of opposition to a seismic surveying vessel searching for oil off the East Coast. The boat …

MPI proposes cut to commercial lobster catch

January 16, 2017 11:20AM

A GOVERNMENT consultation document on Gisborne’s rock lobster fishery suggests cutting the commercial take by 23 tonnes, which could slash industry revenue by $1.7 million …

Life breathed back into 80 lifejackets

January 16, 2017 10:30AM

A 40-YEAR-old lifejacket was just one of more than 80 upgraded in Gisborne on Saturday, in a campaign to improve boating and water safety. More …

Pa Wars set bar in war on waste

January 14, 2017 10:50AM

NGATI Porou Pa Wars once again turned into an “epic” event and organisers are pleased to have further minimised the amount of waste going to …

Talk to a visitor for a perspective on surf

January 13, 2017 12:48PM

AS QUICKLY as the swells arrived last week, they just as quickly disappeared. First we had one of the most pumping starts to the New …

Dog caught after attack on couple’s pet chickens

January 13, 2017 11:53AM

A “MENACING” dog went on a rampage this week, killing three chickens and a rooster, and raising fears a child could be harmed. Two chickens …

Surge in abandoned dogs

January 10, 2017 11:37AM

DOZENS of dogs were either abandoned or found tied-up and unwanted over the Christmas and New Year period. Gisborne District Council animal control team leader …

War on weeds at Morere

January 10, 2017 8:40AM

A WAR has been going on at Morere, a war against invasive weeds attempting to destroy a precious area of native rainforest. Morere Springs Scenic …

Whatatutu gathering to support Standing Rock

January 9, 2017 11:21AM

A WHATATUTU family who visited Standing Rock to oppose the Dakota Access Pipeline hosted a gathering this week to light a symbolic ceremonial fire, with …

Planning your water tank refills

January 7, 2017 9:59AM

LOCAL water carriers are saying that if you rely on water tanks for water you will need to plan your top-up deliveries in advance. Many …

Maz Quinn calls it quits

January 6, 2017 10:30AM

GISBORNE surfing son Maz Quinn is hanging up his competitive rashy and will not be joining the Gisborne team at the national championships starting at …

New Year's resolution that keeps on giving

January 6, 2017 10:22AM

I HAVE never been one for New Year’s resolutions. Normally I make them too ambitious — give up drinking, learn a language, run a marathon …

Residents lumbered with rubbish after Rhythm and Vines

January 5, 2017 11:52AM

TIGHTER alcohol licensing restrictions on Rhythm and Vines has resulted in more rubbish dumped in areas around the festival site, leaving nearby residents having to …

Whangawehi regenerating

December 30, 2016 11:24AM

IT has been a huge year for a community group restoring the Whangawehi awa (river) in Mahia and the fruits of their labour are now …

Gizzy over Wellington any day

December 29, 2016 9:39AM

A COUPLE recently moved to Gisborne from Wellington and are doing the same jobs and living a better lifestyle, while spending half as much money …

Community fund benefits Gisborne conservation projects

December 28, 2016 10:11AM

GISBORNE projects restoring Kaiti Hill, protecting wild kiwi and matuku, and regenerating native bush at Whangara will benefit from the Department of Conservation’s community fund. …

Summer surfing, crowds and not being ‘that guy’

December 23, 2016 12:28PM

SURFING in summer can be both a dream and a nightmare. The days are hot, water is invitingly warm, and the sun lingers long enough …

Funding page set up for surfing sculpture

December 19, 2016 11:05AM

A GROUP of Gisborne surfers and art-lovers are seeking support from the wider beach-loving community for a surf sculpture on Waikanae Beach at Roberts Road. …

New manager to give surfing a boost

December 21, 2016 11:35AM

A NEW surfing development manager will instigate a range of new surf programmes to ensure Gisborne lives up to its reputation as New Zealand’s “surfing …

Planters win top NZ awards

December 20, 2016 11:23AM

PUPILS of St Mary’s School and the Women’s Native Tree Project Trust have had their contributions to plant conservation recognised with top awards from the …

Father Christmas delivers the surfing goods

December 16, 2016 10:19AM

A WEEK ago the angle of this column was the severe lack of swell. Today, as I write, I am only too aware of my …

Log yard discharge under fire at hearing

December 15, 2016 10:47AM

CONCERNS over the effects of discharges from Eastland Port’s wharfside log yard on the harbour’s marine ecosystem were raised during a resource consent hearing this …

Residents fear noise from log yard expansion

December 15, 2016 10:45AM

RESIDENTS and business owners across Turanganui River from Eastland Port’s wharfside log yard fear its expansion will increase the noise from the Port’s 24-hour activities. …

Summer’s here, where's the swell?

December 9, 2016 2:20PM

THESE past two weeks summer has arrived in force. Several days have been well over 30 degrees and, with light north-west breezes, many a day …

Plans for river a step forward: iwi

December 9, 2016 11:02AM

THE Rongowhakaata Iwi Trust has called a proposal to recognise the unique values of Te Arai River a “significant step forward”. Te Arai is a …

Farmers say freshwater plan needs to be more practical

December 8, 2016 10:39AM

FARMERS have pushed for the proposed regional freshwater plan to be more “practical” and better recognise the work they already do. During this week’s hearing …

Measuring 'mauri’

December 7, 2016 12:30PM

FRESHWATER quality measurement dominated the final hearing on the proposed regional freshwater plan yesterday. Addressing a section about water quality in the Waipaoa Catchment Plan, …

Freshwater plan section 'unfair': forestry reps

December 6, 2016 10:33AM

FORESTRY representatives want a section on “protected watercourses” deleted from the proposed regional freshwater plan. They believe the measures go beyond addressing the severe erosion …

Pouawa's their summer away from home

December 6, 2016 10:22AM

SITTING in deckchairs reading in the sun, fishing from the shore and eating crayfish for dinner, the retired life ain’t bad for Dave and Shirley …

Christie finds form late in series

December 5, 2016 10:57AM

GISBORNE/Mahia surfer Ricardo Christie’s strong run has come to an end after he was knocked out in Round 4 of the Vans World Cup of …

Christie continues strong form

December 5, 2016 8:08AM

GISBORNE/Mahia surfer Ricardo Christie has continued his strong form at the Vans World Cup of Surfing by winning his Round 2 heat. The competition, held …

Solid agenda for final freshwater plan

December 3, 2016 11:13AM

THE final of four hearings on the proposed regional freshwater plan beginning on Monday is the culmination of five years of work. The hearing will …

Council confirms opposition to oil

December 3, 2016 8:14AM

GISBORNE District Council has affirmed its opposition to oil and gas exploration off the East Coast. During a full meeting of the council yesterday the …

YMCA wins award for community commitment

December 2, 2016 10:26AM

GISBORNE YMCA’s efforts to improve access to fitness in the community have been recognised with a Community Excellence Award from the New Zealand Exercise Industry. …

Whangara School completes mural

December 1, 2016 10:43AM

VISITORS to Te Tapuwae o Rongokako Marine Reserve will be greeted by a vibrant new mural promoting the taonga, history and wellbeing of the special …

Council to vote on oil, gas block offer

November 30, 2016 11:42AM

GISBORNE District Council will vote tomorrow on whether to reaffirm its opposition to oil and gas exploration off the East Coast. Councillors Josh Wharehinga and …

'Silent quakes' on the move

November 29, 2016 10:58AM

THE Kaikoura earthquake has been linked to a series of slow-slip events across the North Island, including in Gisborne-Hawke’s Bay. Over the past two weeks …

Counting the cost of climate change

November 29, 2016 10:45AM

CLIMATE change will bring both costs and opportunities to the East Coast, says a Ngati Porou lawyer who has been appointed to the Government’s climate …

Matawai School recognised for environmental focus

November 29, 2016 9:02AM

A NATIVE plant nursery, bountiful vegetable garden, worm farm and composting system are part of the everyday lives of students and staff at Matawai School. …

1080 book tackles hard questions

November 29, 2016 9:03AM

IN the age of post-truth politics and keyboard warriors, writing a book on 1080 is a brave task. Author Dave Hansford does not mess around. …

Inanga restoration project inspires future scientists

November 29, 2016 9:03AM

MURIWAI School students have been taking their out-of-class learning to the next level by investigating the health of an inanga-spawning site near their school. In …

Campaigners vow to stand against oil

November 25, 2016 9:43AM

TAIRAWHITI environmental campaigners have vowed to continue to “stand up” against oil and gas exploration in the region. During a meeting this week a 50-strong …

Tikitiki residents fed up with delays to playground upgrade

November 23, 2016 11:32AM

TIKITIKI residents are “disappointed” and “frustrated” their playground project has been stymied by a resource consent issue. After five years of delays, the community of …

Ragwort rears its purple head

November 21, 2016 11:00AM

A RETIRED botanist has described Gisborne District Council’s holly-leaved senecio - purple ragwort - control programme as “exemplary”, but not everyone is convinced. Councillors and …

Call for halt to seismic testing

November 21, 2016 10:35AM

AN East Coast group opposed to seismic surveying wants all seismic testing stopped along the eastern seaboard following last week’s magnitude 7.8 earthquake in Canterbury. …

Call for open forum on tsunami warning

November 17, 2016 11:02AM

After much community concern over tsunami warning systems, Gisborne District councillors and council staff have decided to look into the matter further. Following Monday morning’s …

Tauranga now home for final rescued dog

November 17, 2016 9:09AM

THE LAST of three starving dogs rescued from a Ruatoria property in October has been found a new home. Honey, a 10-month old heading cross, …

Gisborne waste projects could be funded

November 16, 2016 11:54AM

FUNDING of up to $10,000 is available for new, innovative community projects to reduce waste in the district. Gisborne District Council’s Waste Minimisation Fund supports …

Environment centre in new home

November 16, 2016 11:09AM

RECYCLING depots, information centres and a big green space for outdoor workshops — those are just a few of the “exciting” offerings at the new …

No Violence surfing comp a barrel of fun

November 16, 2016 10:37AM

A GROUP of Gisborne surfers braved temperate Pacific waters in speedos and bikinis on Saturday as part of a competition to raise awareness about family …

Huringa Pai are on a roll

November 14, 2016 10:51AM

KAITI-BASED community health and fitness group Huringa Pai has been on a fitness rampage, smashing the Kaiti Hill Everest Challenge and then the Gisborne Herald …

A dog's new life

November 12, 2016 10:51AM

TWO starving dogs rescued from a Ruatoria property in October have been found new homes. Three dogs were found malnourished, tied up and surrounded by …

Buzz on for another Sweet-As rally

November 11, 2016 8:27AM

A GISBORNE couple have entered a cancer research fundraising rally for the second year running and cannot wait to get started. The Shitbox Rally New …

Adopt-a-spot programme for the long-term

November 11, 2016 8:15AM

THE “adopt-a-spot” programme for restoration work on Waikanae Stream has a new supporter. Bunnings has taken over maintenance for an area by the skatepark and …

‘Everest’ challenged and conquered

November 10, 2016 9:06AM

KAITI Hill buzzed on Tuesday evening as more than 60 people conquered it one last time in the finale to this year’s Everest challenge. Participants …

Call for Maori values to be part of FEPs

November 8, 2016 1:46PM

AN IWI group is pushing for tangata whenua values to be included in the development of farm environment plans. Rongowhakaata Iwi Trust made the suggestion …

Farmers want environment plan proposal scaled back

November 7, 2016 12:38PM

FARMERS argued against “excessive” farm environment plans (FEP) during the second day of the hearing into water quality issues in the district’s freshwater plan. While …

Haka supports Standing Rock

November 7, 2016 12:09PM

TAIRAWHITI Maori have gone global with two rousing haka in their support for those protesting a multibillion-dollar oil pipeline at Standing Rock in the US. …

Longboard comp raising awareness

November 5, 2016 12:18PM

A LOCALLY-GROWN charitable surf competition takes place next Saturday to raise funds and awareness to support the kaupapa against family violence. In its second year, …

Commissioners get first-hand view

November 5, 2016 8:28AM

COMMISSIONERS sitting on the panel for the district’s freshwater plan hearings visited some of the city’s wastewater “hotspots” yesterday. In a tour with Gisborne District …

Council under fire for discharges

November 4, 2016 11:49AM

GISBORNE District Council has been called out over its continued discharges of raw sewage to the district’s rivers, especially when there is no heavy rainfall …

Farmers say ‘intensive’ definition unfair

November 3, 2016 11:58AM

A GROUP of Matawai farmers say being included in the “intensive farming” definition in the district’s freshwater plan would be unfair and costly, and they …

Fire service has need for water during ‘real-life’ training session

November 3, 2016 12:07PM

DISCHARGES of “foam” and water takes for firefighting training were the focus of a submission from the New Zealand Fire Service during yesterday’s proposed freshwater …

Pets and fireworks don't mix

November 2, 2016 9:54AM

VETS and animal carers are preparing for the usual round of scared and disorientated pets, and bracing for any mistreatment, in preparation of Guys Fawkes …

Third freshwater plan hearing to air major issues

November 1, 2016 11:49AM

THE third hearing for the district’s proposed freshwater plan begins tomorrow, addressing water quality issues and some of the more “challenging” topics. On a range …

Maori stand with Standing Rock

November 1, 2016 11:01AM

A TAIRAWHITI family is on their way home from supporting Standing Rock in their struggle against the Dakota Access Pipeline, and already another contingent is …

On the zero-waste path

November 1, 2016 8:45AM

PLATES and bowls made out of potatoes, cups from plants, and recycling stations for everything else. “That is what we should be working towards at …

Ragwort strategy questioned

October 29, 2016 10:07AM

SEVERAL residents have expressed concern about the potential spread of the weed known as pink ragwort from Titirangi (Kaiti Hill), despite assurances from Gisborne District …

Rebuilding homes in Fiji

October 28, 2016 11:10AM

RETIRED Gisborne concrete worker Graeme Ritchie volunteered earlier this year to supervise repair and rebuild of homes in Fiji destroyed by Cyclone Winston. After being …

Study on surf rage coming to Gisborne

October 26, 2016 9:34AM

GISBORNE surfers say a study into surfing rage will likely find its causes to be based on a lack of respect to local surfers and …

Sun comes out for festival

October 25, 2016 11:17AM

AFTER a wet few days, organisers of Gisborne’s Wine and Food festival were more than pleased to have the sun come out on Sunday, drawing …

Mauri compass charts new way for water

October 23, 2016 9:01AM

ABOUT 50 years ago, Gisborne began to pump raw sewage into Turanganui-a-Kiwa (Poverty Bay) via a 1.8 kilometre pipeline. Before then for decades the sewage …

Coast truckers put safety first

October 22, 2016 9:16AM

AN EAST Coast husband and wife-owned trucking company has become only the second in the region to achieve ACC's highest safety honours. McKay Cartage Ltd, …

'Yes' to aquifer recharge trial

October 20, 2016 11:35AM

INDUSTRY representatives have pushed the business case for a managed aquifer recharge (MAR) trial in Gisborne, saying their current and future business plans would suffer …

Reaping rewards of playing by the whitebait rules

October 19, 2016 10:31AM

FOR those following the rules, this whitebait season has been a bumper. Most days Doug Rare will be down at his special spot, enjoying the …

DoC calls to protect river flows

October 18, 2016 8:40AM

THE Department of Conservation has urged district planners to take into account the natural flow of rivers when they are setting water limits, as a …

Many take advantage of e-waste collection

October 18, 2016 8:38AM

OLD TVs and computers are piling up as Gisborne residents take advantage of an e-waste recycling push. Gisborne District Council is subsidising e-waste recycling in …

Growers call for water certainty

October 17, 2016 11:28AM

GROWERS called for more certainty around water supply and flexibility on water supplies for crop survival during a hearing on the region’s freshwater plan. Gisborne …

DoC slams whitebait rule breakers

October 17, 2016 11:08AM

THE Department of Conservation has taken a hard stance on whitebaiters in a “disappointing” first two months of the season on the East Coast. DoC …

Federated Farmers lay out case for water

October 14, 2016 10:27AM

REPRESENTATIVES of Federated Farmers Gisborne and Wairoa made a comprehensive submission at the hearing on water quantity issues in the proposed Gisborne regional freshwater plan. …

Farmers opposed to definition in plan

October 13, 2016 11:31AM

A GROUP of Matawai farmers “strongly oppose” the definition of intensively-farmed stock in the proposed Gisborne regional freshwater plan, claiming it will have unfair effects …

Conquering their own Mt Everests

October 13, 2016 10:16AM

A YEAR ago Maaka Rewiri struggled to walk 50 metres. “I was obese, had high blood pressure and diabetes,” he said. Yet nearly every day …

Irrigators seek water equity

October 12, 2016 10:44AM

AN ORCHARD representative urged equity between growers and city users over water restrictions during yesterday’s hearing on water quantity in the proposed regional freshwater plan. …

Fire and defence force request water exemptions for training

October 12, 2016 10:43AM

THE New Zealand Fire Service and New Zealand Defence Force have both requested water use for training be included in the proposed Gisborne regional freshwater …

Stoltz most popular again

October 8, 2016 6:45PM

EVEN though she won the most votes for the second Gisborne District Council election in a row, Rehette Stoltz said her re-election in the Gisborne …

Looking forward to bringing fresh ideas to council table

October 8, 2016 6:39PM

NEWLY-elected Gisborne district councillor Shannon Dowsing aims to bring fresh ideas to the council, and a can-do attitude to get them done. Mr Dowsing was …

From wheelchair to conquering 'Everest'

October 8, 2016 8:26AM

THE last time Sass Mahuika climbed Titirangi (Kaiti Hill) she was in a wheelchair. That mammoth feat in 2012 was part of a fundraiser in …

‘Ngati Porou Proud’

October 8, 2016 9:50AM

PANAPA Ehau and his whanau moved back to Ruatoria from Raglan three years ago so his tamariki (children) could grow up in their turangawaewae. “I …

Inequities, but freshwater plan a 'positive step forward'

October 4, 2016 8:32AM

THE Proposed Gisborne Regional Freshwater Plan goes to its second hearing next week, which, despite many concerns, freshwater advocate Murray Palmer says is a “positive …

Wharf Bar rebuild under way

September 29, 2016 12:58PM

OPENING in time for summer is the goal for the owners of the Wharf Bar, after it was gutted by fire in January. Owners and …

Feedback sought over crayfish issue

September 29, 2016 12:14PM

THE Ministry of Primary Industries will be in Gisborne next week for a public information session on the state of the contentious CRA3 (Gisborne) rock …

Matador Mahaki shows age no barrier to bullfighting

September 28, 2016 10:52AM

A TE Araroa koro’s (elder) actions on his 81st birthday have gone viral after he squared off to a bull toying with his son’s ute. …

Helping groms make waves in the surf

September 28, 2016 8:33AM

THIRTY “frothing” groms are in Gisborne this week for a four-day national surfer development camp, and not even persistent rain and onshore gales have dampened …

Cat owner's claws out over microchipping

September 26, 2016 11:23AM

A GISBORNE woman is hot under the collar at a strategy by animal welfare and conservation groups to microchip cats. Anna Adams believes they would …

Increase to Coast area of oil/gas block offer

September 23, 2016 11:55AM

THE Government has increased the East Coast area in its oil and gas exploration block offer from last year, adding blocks from just south of …

Passing on knowledge to curious minds

September 23, 2016 10:46AM

MATAPUNA Training Centre students have been passing on their water testing skills to the younger generation this week. The NCEA Level 2 students taught 50 …

Kaka flee the snow to feed at Hexton

September 23, 2016 10:23AM

RARE kaka birds have been resident in the Hexton area for the past three weeks. Three were photographed enjoying nectar from kowhai trees and mucking …

Pontoon donation the beginning of 'floating classroom'

September 22, 2016 11:09AM

TAIRAWHITI Voyaging Trust’s dream to have an educational waka hourua (twin-hulled voyaging canoe) for the region took another major step this week. A dozen donated …

Wetlands most threatened ecosystem locally

September 20, 2016 11:16AM

LESS than two percent of the district’s wetlands remain and 85 percent of the original indigenous forest cover has been cleared. The biodiversity and biosecurity …

Jack Johnson supports Tairawhiti's Flag the Bag

September 20, 2016 11:04AM

JACK Johnson is backing Tairawhiti’s “Flag the Bag” campaign to phase out single-use plastic bags. During a whirlwind trip to Hawaii for an indigenous gathering …

Support grows for Titirangi mountainbike tracks

September 17, 2016 8:25AM

MOUNTAIN BIKE tracks on Titirangi (Kaiti Hill) were on the agenda of a hearing on the Titirangi Reserve Management Plan this week. Seven of the …

Questions put to election candidates

September 14, 2016 11:02AM

BANNING plastic bags, tackling Gisborne’s “P” epidemic and what to do about beggars were among the topics discussed during a meet the candidates event for …

Putting the ‘cool’ in IT

September 13, 2016 3:06PM

STEPPING into First Tribe Technologies’ new workspace, you could be stepping into the latest start-up in Silicon Valley. Old wooden floors have been refurbished and …

Joke campaign with a serious message

September 13, 2016 10:49AM

WHAT started as a “bit of a joke at work” has quickly turned into one of Gisborne’s hottest political movements. “Steve Kingi 4 Mayor” is …

Rising number of dog abuse incidents

September 12, 2016 10:49AM

SHOCKING images of a dog allegedly bashed in the head with a hammer were shown to councillors during a meeting of Gisborne District Council’s environmental …

Conquering their personal Everests

September 12, 2016 8:41AM

THE ANNUAL Kaiti Hill Everest Challenge begins today and for one team in particular, it will be about more than fitness. For members of Huringa …

Heath Johnston Park wetlands plan approved

September 9, 2016 11:01AM

A PROPOSAL to construct wetlands at Heath Johnston Park in a bid to improve water quality in the degraded Wainui Stream has the thumbs up …

The most fun you can have with a fishing rod

September 7, 2016 10:41AM

IN a region spoilt for trout fishing options, Paul Badger cannot understand why everybody is not doing it. “Often the only impediment to enjoying fly …

Swimming the Distance Challenge

September 6, 2016 11:38AM

FOR Phil Nickerson and son Tritan, the Swim the Distance Challenge is about spending quality time together, as well as staying fit and healthy. “Tritan …

IT space a new frontier for digital collaboration

September 6, 2016 11:29AM

A NEW venture between some of Gisborne’s IT and digital technology companies is looking to combine the region’s talent to take on the “big jobs”. …

Labour vows to improve regions government has 'left out'

August 31, 2016 11:42AM

ECONOMIC growth on the East Coast is being constrained by its poor infrastructure and lack of strategy from central Government, say members of Labour’s environment …

Supreme supplier award to Gisborne's LeaderBrand

September 1, 2016 10:21AM

LEADERBRAND has continued its winning ways on the national stage by taking out two Countdown Suppliers awards including the Supreme Supplier of the Year. The …

Community problem, community solutions

September 5, 2016 10:02AM

A REVIEW of Gisborne’s social services, a “one-stop shop” for available services and a drug rehabilitation centre were among solutions presented by participants in a …

Aniwaniwa Centre demolition nearing zero hour

September 3, 2016 10:39AM

THE Department of Conservation will begin its demolition of the Aniwaniwa Visitor Centre in Te Urewera National Park next week. The news is “deeply disappointing” …

Table thief strikes again

September 3, 2016 8:49AM

IT appears somebody in Gisborne has a taste for public tables. Another picnic table has been sawn up and stolen from a public recreation site, …

Shocked by Rere Falls table theft

August 29, 2016 2:11PM

TWO picnic tables and four bench seats have been chainsawed in a “shocking” theft that has left the popular Rere Falls Reserve a sad and …

Historical highway revealed?

August 29, 2016 11:02AM

TWO powerful east swells have swept away sand from the southern end of Wainui Beach, revealing what could be the East Coast’s historical highway. Farmers …

Indigenous empowerment

August 27, 2016 10:02AM

FOUR Tairawhiti people will be sharing their kaupapa about indigenous and environmental rights at a gathering in Hawaii. E Alu Pu is a network of …

Tips on making vibrant cities

August 26, 2016 11:52AM

EMBRACE what makes your city unique. That's the message from Dr Glen Hazelton, an urban designer at Dunedin City Council, who was in Gisborne this …

Environment Centre DIY this Saturday

August 25, 2016 12:17PM

A LITTLE bit of lime juice, a large dollop of coconut oil and a few special ingredients are all it takes to make a natural …

Plea to respect heritage of Titirangi

August 20, 2016 11:39AM

SOME thrill-seekers escaped injury following a close call on Titirangi/Kaiti Hill that ended up in their ute teetering on the edge of a steep bank. …

Buzz around backyard beekeeping

August 17, 2016 11:10AM

FUTURE backyard beekeepers and anybody who gets a buzz from our furry little friends are invited along to a beekeeping workshop this Saturday at Tairawhiti …

Makauri students working for a zero-plastic world

August 17, 2016 8:36AM

“PLASTIC is bad; animals eat it and they die.” That's the short, sharp message from Room 5 at Makauri School, where the kids are on …

Community supports wetlands for Wainui Stream

August 16, 2016 11:06AM

WAINUI residents support a plan to plant more wetlands to improve water quality in the degraded Wainui Stream. During a community meeting on Saturday, 20 …

Gisborne angler's tuna nets top Hawaiian tourney prize

August 15, 2016 10:19AM

IT took his mother to convince him to enter his first Hawaiian fishing competition. Now, after landing the heaviest tuna at the contest, Gisborne fisherman …

Maori culture inspires French volunteer

August 14, 2016 9:01AM

HE wanted to go somewhere as far away from home as possible, and do something he had never done before.  After six months volunteering at …

Grant for Uawa River project

August 12, 2016 11:45AM

AN award-winning community sustainability project in Tolaga Bay has received a $500,000 government grant to continue its clean-up of Uawa River and an education programme. …

Chance for adventure and history

August 11, 2016 2:28PM

AN area of town with some lesser-known history and a monument dedicated to one of the region’s worst disasters will be the focus of two …

Call for better public education on dog ownership

August 10, 2016 12:13PM

ANIMAL control officers have stepped up enforcement and are promoting better education on being good dog owners, following a dog attack on a child here …

Port fined for discharge

August 9, 2016 12:24PM

EASTLAND Port has been fined for a discharge from its wharfside log yard that saw a brown-red pool form in the inner harbour. On July …

Butcher takes on the plastic-free challenge

August 9, 2016 8:39AM

A POPULAR Gisborne butcher is saving thousands of plastic bags a week from going to waste. As part of Plastic Free July, Fletcher Pickett, owner …

Port to combat waste

August 9, 2016 8:23AM

MANAGERS of the port’s southern log yard have instigated several initiatives to combat waste after a beach clean-up highlighted waste management issues. Volunteers discovered plastic …

GDC urged not to ignore hapu water rights

August 5, 2016 12:22PM

IN A submission before the freshwater plan hearing on Tuesday iwi representatives urged Gisborne District Council to respect their customary rights. Representatives of Te Whanau …

Gisborne surfers excited at Olympic opportunity

August 5, 2016 11:41AM

SURFING'S inclusion in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics could provide exciting opportunities for top Gisborne surfers such as Ricardo Christie and Jasmine Smith. Speaking from her …

Industry view of water plan

August 4, 2016 12:12PM

MORE flexible measures on water quality and quantity were the key themes in submissions from commercial interests at the freshwater plan hearing this week. In …

Rare falcon sighting in Ormond Rd

August 4, 2016 11:17AM

DAVE and Eileen Hamilton were in for a treat on Tuesday afternoon when a rare New Zealand falcon/karearea dropped into their garden in Ormond Road …

Log tags adding to plastic problem

August 3, 2016 12:18PM

DURING a clean-up at Kaiti Beach on Sunday, volunteers collected three-quarters of a sack full of plastic tags previously attached to logs. One of the …

Orca sighting off Kaiti a bonus for beach-cleaners

August 1, 2016 12:52PM

TWO orcas gave a team of volunteers an exciting reward for their hard work cleaning up Kaiti Beach on Sunday afternoon. Bree Skinner, her family …

A 1200km 'holiday' walk for cancer

August 1, 2016 12:11PM

MANY people escape to the tropics for their winter holidays, but not Mike Butler. With his dogs Toby and Idol he has embarked on a …

Cleaning up Kaiti Beach

July 30, 2016 8:22AM

AFTER two-and-a-half years her kaupapa about reducing plastic waste and caring for the environment has made national news. Now the “Non-Plastic Maori”, aka Tina Ngata, …

No silver bullet to improving water quality

July 30, 2016 8:25AM

A $50,000 fine for a sewage discharge into Wainui Stream last year would provide no “silver bullet” to improving water quality in one of the …

Swim the Distance families up for the challenge

July 29, 2016 12:39PM

LAST winter Danielle Takoko water-jogged to Mahia and back three times, a distance of 270 kilometres.  Rather than in the chilly Pacific, she completed 5400 …

Tairawhiti Environment Centre one of the best

July 29, 2016 10:52AM

IN ITS 26th year of existence Tairawhiti Environment Centre has continued to shine, being named one of the top three environment centres in the country. …

Gisborne has higher rate of single and Maori families

July 28, 2016 10:34AM

FAMILIES in Gisborne are more likely to be composed of solo parents with dependent children and include Maori members than anywhere else in New Zealand, …

Christie eyeing big points in California

July 26, 2016 12:52PM

GISBORNE’S Ricardo Christie will be looking to boost his Qualifying Series campaign with a big result at the US Open Surfing, which has started at …

Conservation project success a joint effort

July 26, 2016 12:15PM

CONSERVATION work done by the Whinray Eco Trust and the Motu community are wonderful examples of partnership arrangements, says the new chair of an East …

Kiwis tagged in Motu monitoring programme

July 26, 2016 10:12AM

MOTU'S kiwi population will be under close watch for another year after the team at Whinray Trust recently attached new transmitters. Trustee Steve Sawyer says …

Giant Willow Aphid attacks

July 26, 2016 10:10AM

WINTER is upon us, yet nobody has told one of Gisborne’s newest invasive pests, the Giant Willow Aphid. In the district since 2014, the aphid …

Families feel winter pinch

July 20, 2016 12:47PM

HIGHER power bills from heating and extra doctor visits are just some of the winter costs that can tip those on tight budgets into financial …

Underwater world a paradise ‘right here’

July 20, 2016 11:45AM

HARLEM Ratapu loves freediving and spearfishing on the East Coast so much he is sharing it with the world. His online video clips showing pristine, …

Gisborne community projects in for share of lottery grants

July 19, 2016 12:11PM

MORE than $3 million in lottery funding has been allocated for community projects in Gisborne and Bay of Plenty this financial year. The funds come …

Parsnips 'to die for' the pick of national awards

July 19, 2016 11:37AM

GISBORNE produce continues to shine as growers take out the best citrus, produce and nut product sections at the Farmers Markets New Zealand 2016 Winter …

GDC investigating log yard discharge

July 16, 2016 8:57AM

DISCHARGES from Eastland Port’s upper and wharfside log yards are being investigated for potential breaches of its resource consent and of the coastal management plan. …

Council apologises for timing of playground planting

July 14, 2016 11:02AM

GISBORNE District Council has apologised to children affected by the Botanical Gardens playground closure on Tuesday, the second day of the school holidays. The council …

Streets left in darkness too long, residents say

July 13, 2016 12:07PM

KAITI residents are furious that they went for several nights with pitch black streets but one of the agencies responsible says residents need to report …

Turanga FM voted best Maori station

July 13, 2016 12:02PM

GISBORNE’S Turanga FM won three of the top honours, including station of the year, at the Maori Radio Awards in Rotorua. Station manager Fred Maynard …

Kids get stuck in to plant Titirangi

July 13, 2016 11:09AM

NATIVE planting on Kaiti Hill’s port side began this week with those on a school holiday programme the first to get their hands dirty. The …

Exciting archaeological find in Muriwai estuary

July 12, 2016 11:32AM

A COLLECTION of tightly woven lengths of manuka that a Muriwai resident stumbled across in the mud at Muriwai estuary could prove a very important …

From old T-shirt to shopping bag

July 11, 2016 12:47PM

Members of Plastic Bag Free Tairawhiti will demonstrate how to transform old T-shirts into reusable bags in an open workshop at H.B. Williams Memorial Library …

Driving home the recycling message

July 11, 2016 12:03PM

A CAMPAIGN to boost Gisborne’s recycling efforts includes new trucks fitted out with graphics of local scenery and catchy reminders about looking after the environment. …

Poster campaign champions dads in their kids' lives

July 11, 2016 11:23AM

A POSTER series featuring Gisborne dads with their kids seeks to emphasise the importance of dads in their children’s lives. Tauawhi Men’s Centre has launched …

Question session on aquifer recharge

July 11, 2016 11:22AM

A “DROP-IN” information session this week will provide the public the opportunity to ask questions about the proposed Makauri Aquifer recharge (MAR) trial. The session …

Time for Pakeha to take politics out of te reo Maori

July 10, 2016 11:30AM

"Why would you want to learn it if you are not even Maori?” “You know it’s a dying language?” “Why don’t you learn another more …

International recognition in print awards Gisborne newspaper

July 8, 2016 1:02PM

Hard work and thinking outside the box have paid off for several employees at The Gisborne Herald, with two finalists in this year’s international Pacific …

Plant poaching “mongrels” continue dirty work at Turanga

July 6, 2016 11:06AM

THOUSANDS of volunteer hours over a 16-year period have gone into Turanga Garden on Hospital Hill, yet it continues to be a target for vandalism …

Era ends as a place of Anglican worship

July 6, 2016 9:25AM

CHANGING demographics and a corresponding decline in the number of worshippers have brought an end to an era for one of Gisborne’s oldest Anglican church …

On their bike to promote men’s health

July 4, 2016 10:48AM

A GROUP of men using cycling to raise awareness about health issues in Pacific Island and Maori communities are planning a trip around the East …

Boost for East Coast’s freshwater monitoring

July 1, 2016 3:28PM

A COLLECTIVE of East Coast hapu has an “exciting” opportunity to expand their freshwater monitoring capability. Hikurangi Takiwa Trust will host Dr Joanne Clapcott, from …

Excited to get planting at Te Wherowhero

June 28, 2016 2:22PM

WINTER planting as part of restoration work at Te Wherowhero lagoon is set to get started this Sunday. The first community planting day was due …

Environment reports prove mixed bag

June 28, 2016 10:19AM

DECLINING rainfall and erosion continue to be some of the big issues for the Gisborne region while air quality looks to be improving. The latest …

How to be plastic free

June 28, 2016 9:16AM

WITH Plastic-Free July kicking off in less than a week, Tina Ngata, who runs the blog “The Non-Plastic Maori”, says a few words about how …

A night of laughter and smiles at Men of Year awards

June 25, 2016 11:19AM

IN a night full of waiata, laughter, tears and a declaration to make Aotearoa a “family violence-free zone”, it was the moving words of the …

Waste in the beach dunes is ‘disgusting’

June 27, 2016 10:09AM

FROM food containers to broken household appliances, and even rotting animal carcases, rubbish dumped in the sand dunes between Midway Beach and the Waipaoa River …

NZ heading back to the black

June 25, 2016 12:26PM

A STABLE and sustainable economy aimed at “getting back in the black” was the message from Finance Minister Bill English yesterday during a post-Budget hui …

More public involvement needed for environmental protection

June 23, 2016 12:40PM

AN expert in regulation has called for greater public involvement in environmental protection, saying the public is a “key voice for the community and for …

Push to have taonga returned

June 21, 2016 11:35AM

TAONGA believed to have been traded with The Endeavour crew in some of the first exchanges are the focus of “reconnecting” talks, aimed at a …

Plastic-free July is coming to Gisborne

June 18, 2016 11:10AM

GISBORNE could become a country leader if a campaign to rid the region of single-use plastic shopping bags is successful. Plastic Bag Free Tairawhiti, supported …

‘It’s OK to talk about suicide’

June 17, 2016 12:16PM

“WE NEED to listen to our rangatahi on suicide” was the message yesterday at a funding presentation at Ka Pai Kaiti attended by Maori Development …

Planting trees for healthy bees

June 14, 2016 8:52AM

WHILE there has been a boom in the number of beehives in New Zealand, largely targeting the lucrative manuka honey, there is still a lack …

The buzz around Tairawhiti

June 14, 2016 8:26AM

BEES are of enormous value to the Gisborne and wider New Zealand economy. Angus McPherson of Trees for Bees said nationwide honey exports are expected …

Powerful message played out in the ring

June 13, 2016 11:44AM

IT BEGAN with a message and ended with a roar. We Wrestle, Gisborne’s homegrown American-style, family-friendly wrestling event, erupted in front of a 1600 strong …

Century milestone for Hackfalls founder

June 11, 2016 8:24AM

A FARMER whose fascination with trees led him to become an award-winning dendrologist and establish Hackfalls Arboretum turns 100 today. Robert James Berry, known as …

Wrestling with the message

June 9, 2016 11:23AM

WRESTLING mania will take hold of the Showgrounds Event Centre on Saturday night with the return of “We Wrestle”. The spectacular American-style wrestling event has …

Couple escape flames in nick of time

June 8, 2016 12:11PM

DAVID and Shona Tuapawa were forced to flee their Te Karaka home with only the clothes on their backs last night as fire swept through …

Wrestling alligators for education

June 8, 2016 10:36AM

WHILE most students have a job or two to help fund their way through university, wrestling alligators might be a step too far. Yet for …

Tina Porou honoured for services to Maori and the environment

June 7, 2016 11:55AM

A PASSION for protecting the natural environment and giving Maori a strong voice has driven Tina Porou through much of her career. Ms Porou, whose …

Gisborne's voyaging waka build to start

June 4, 2016 10:30AM

A WAKA hourua named Tairawhiti is on its way. Tairawhiti Voyaging Trust (formerly Turanganui a Kiwa Voyaging Trust) has been campaigning for a regional educational …

A Kiwi story about a board and a surfer

June 4, 2016 9:09AM

WAY Back When tells the story of legendary New Zealand surf pioneer Peter Way, the country’s first surfing champion, and the influence he has had …

Kaiaponi Farm preferred option for aquifer recharge trial

June 2, 2016 11:53AM

A TRIAL to increase the water supply from the largest aquifer under the Poverty Bay Flats will likely take place on Kaiaponi Farm. Gisborne District …

Marae-based youth courts win accolade

May 31, 2016 12:08PM

THE Rangatahi and Pasifika Youth Courts, first developed in Gisborne under Judge Heemi Taumaunu, have gained international recognition for their innovative community-based approach to justice. …

Wrestling with a success story

May 30, 2016 12:43PM

AN all-Gisborne family-focused wrestling event has gone from a simple holiday youth group get-together to be the biggest wrestling event in the country. We Wrestle, …

Solar power a 'step in the right direction'

May 26, 2016 12:24PM

HOLY Trinity Parish Hall was buzzing last night as more than 70 residents packed in to discuss the region’s solar power potential. The Gisborne arm …

Nominations open for men of the year

May 25, 2016 12:08PM

THE Tairawhiti Men of the Year Awards are coming up and the call is going out for nominations for inspiring male role models in the …

DoC's Community Fund open for applications

May 23, 2016 11:54AM

A MULTI-million dollar fund to support community-led conservation projects has opened for a third round of applications. The Department of Conservation (DoC) Community Fund is …

ECT grant supports waka project

May 23, 2016 11:10AM

A PROJECT to build an educational waka has been given an extra boost with a $380,000 grant from Eastland Community Trust (ECT). ECT general manager …

Gisborne reaction divided on catch ‘misreporting’

May 18, 2016 2:15PM

A REPORT released this week that shows misreporting and dumping of fish to be rife in New Zealand waters is not surprising to some of …

Sunshine Brewery pours black gold

May 21, 2016 9:31AM

SUNSHINE Brewery has continued its winning ways with a gold medal for its “Czar Bomb” in the Best Stout category at the Australian International Beer …

Workshop at Tolaga Bay among World Fish Migration Day events

May 20, 2016 11:24AM

TOMORROW is World Fish Migration Day and an event in Tolaga Bay will teach participants about healthy freshwater systems and protecting New Zealand’s aquatic life. …

Clark’s indigenous rights record challenged at UN

May 19, 2016 1:59PM

WHILE Helen Clark has Government support in her bid for the top job at the United Nations (UN), there are concerns here about her record …

Composting workshops a hit

May 17, 2016 9:25AM

COMPOSTING workshops run at the Tairawhiti Environment Centre are becoming increasingly popular, with at least 30 people attending each session, says workshop coordinator Kauri Forno. …

More species found at Whinray Reserve

May 17, 2016 8:24AM

A WILDLIFE survey in Whinray Scenic Reserve has uncovered three new species, including a forest gecko, grey gecko and a koaro, a member of the …

Wharf bar rises from the ashes

May 14, 2016 10:28AM

AFTER a nearly four-month tussle with insurers the owners of the Wharf Bar are getting ready for a new refit. “It will be bigger and …

The great feijoa hunt goes viral

May 13, 2016 12:35PM

A MONSTER 411 gram feijoa plucked in Morrinsville appears to have taken the lead in the hunt for the biggest feijoa in New Zealand. It …

Waka keeping traditional navigation skills alive

May 7, 2016 9:11AM

AN EDUCATIONAL waka travelling down the East Coast has made its final stop in Gisborne before setting sail for the Chatham Islands. Students from six …

Gisborne a hotspot for slow-slip study

May 6, 2016 11:45AM

IN A world first, scientists have accurately mapped slow-motion earthquakes on the sea floor off the coast of Gisborne, with important implications for understanding tsunami …

Gisborne boat flip video goes viral

May 5, 2016 12:50PM

A VIDEO of a boat being rolled by a solid set of waves off Tuamotu Island has gone viral, gaining several million views over the …

Positivity in their garden

May 5, 2016 12:15PM

A GROUP of women from one of Gisborne’s toughest neighbourhoods are making a positive impact in their community, by getting out in the garden. Scary …

Sallies brace for upswing in assistance

May 3, 2016 11:26AM

THE Salvation Army is bracing for an increase in people seeking food and financial assistance as the end of seasonal work approaches. The organisation has …

Advanced compost workshop a first

May 3, 2016 9:53AM

IF YOU are thinking about doing a big garden clean-up soon you might want to head down to the Tairawhiti Environment Centre this Saturday for …

Bring on the mighty Motu

June 26, 2015 2:54PM

RALLY NZ coordinator Blair Read says the Motu stage has attracted strong interest locally and overseas. The notoriously difficult Motu road winds its way from …

Maori theatre promotes schools’ te reo

June 24, 2015 3:35PM

THE all-local cast performed at Lytton High School, Manutuke School and the Eastern Institute of Technology. The objective of the shows is to encourage te …

Happy to be home after his southern discomfort

June 26, 2015 2:32PM

THIS is the first year he and co-driver Tim Eddington (Nelson) have competed in the full championship. They finished second in their class in Otago …

Fun video shakes a yogurt windfall

June 24, 2015 4:51PM

LARA Gillies was at home watching videos online with her two kids, when she decided to make the clip. She put the radio on and …