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2018 NZ surfing champs return to Gisborne

July 26, 2017 10:52AM

THE country’s top surfing competition returns to Gisborne in January, with hopes for a big week of waves and sunshine. The New Zealand National Surfing …

Fundraiser gets walking shoes back on

July 25, 2017 10:44AM

LYING on a Gisborne Hospital bed with a broken ankle, Mike Butler vowed he would return to the scene of his accident to complete his …

Slip slidin' away

July 9, 2017 9:01AM

THE East Coast is world famous for its erosion issues, and nobody can explain the reasons why better than Dr Mike Marden. Any story, research …

Local Landcare Research office to close

June 28, 2017 10:57AM

LANDCARE Research’s Gisborne office will close this week after 42 years playing a crucial role in studying the region’s world-famous erosion issues. The office, established …

Give plastic-free a go this July

June 27, 2017 8:39AM

TAIRAWHITI businesses, schools, families, individuals — the entire community — are being encouraged to do their bit for the environment and give the plastic-free lifestyle …

Celebrating Tairawhiti men of the year

June 24, 2017 10:45AM

“HE aha te mea nui o te ao? He tangata, he tangata, he tangata — What is the most important thing in the world? The …

Fulbright scholarship takes scientist to the US

June 23, 2017 11:35AM

A YOUNG scientist raised in Ruatoria has been awarded one of the country’s top academic awards and hopes to inspire more Tairawhiti students to get …

Not the usual winter, but we’ll take it

June 23, 2017 11:07AM

IT HAS been a funny old winter so far. While the big, raging southerly swells have yet to really kick in, there has been an …

Iwi supports aquifer trial

June 21, 2017 11:35AM

IWI representatives have voiced support for the trial recharge of the Makauri aquifer after holding concerns over the potential cultural and environmental impacts. Rongowhakaata Iwi …

Celebration in film of women’s surfing

June 21, 2017 9:49AM

A SURF film festival next week will showcase some of the world’s most inspiring female surfers, travellers and environmentalists. Wahine Surf Film Festival, presented by …

Fundraiser for Jaymee’s young horse-riders

June 20, 2017 12:09PM

JAYMEE Watson loved horse-riding. But if there was one pursuit she loved more, it was sharing it with others, especially youth. “She just loved it,” …

Surfer’s ear warning as the mercury drops

June 16, 2017 2:11PM

A COUPLE of wintry days and solid south swells have brought with them a dramatic drop in the ocean temperature. I have no figures to …

Charting the Waimata’s many voices

June 18, 2017 9:01AM

Nearly everybody in Gisborne has a story to tell about the Waimata River, says writer, scholar and environmentalist Dame Anne Salmond. With a family home …

Myrtle rust threat a step closer

June 16, 2017 10:42AM

MYRTLE rust is edging closer to Gisborne bringing potentially significant impacts, Gisborne District Council’s environmental planning and regulations committee heard yesterday. The fungal disease, which …

Council unveils Navigations master plan

June 14, 2017 10:24AM

THE Tairawhiti Navigations master plan has been unveiled, showing Gisborne District Council’s vision and concepts for Tairawhiti and future urban development. It combines work such …

Councillor floats name change for 'stigma' streets

June 14, 2017 9:39AM

AN IDEA to re-name Ranfurly Street Te Maro Drive in a bid to recognise the suburb’s tupuna and “reduce stigma” has been put to Gisborne …

Back to natives in Tokomaru Bay

June 13, 2017 8:46AM

NATIVE bush walkways, rich with kowhai trees and abundant tui, are part of a student-led vision for Hatea-a-Rangi School in Tokomaru Bay. The primary school’s …

Studying post-pine harvest land viability

June 10, 2017 9:10AM

AN EAST Coast research project will investigate the viability of reverting pine forests post-harvest to native bush, or replanting them in manuka to support the …

Mahia project the winner

June 9, 2017 12:01PM

A COMMUNITY-led awa (stream) restoration project on Mahia Peninsula won the Government’s top environmental award at a ceremony in Wellington last night. The Whangawehi Catchment …

Call to make Kaiti Mall a ‘school-friendly’ area

June 9, 2017 11:46AM

A KAITI community trust is calling for the closure of the TAB across the road from Kaiti School in a bid to create a “school-friendly …

Need to protect special surf spots

June 9, 2017 11:10AM

GOOD surf spots are gifts of nature that need to be protected. They are positioned in such perfect ways and made up of just the …

Campaigners call for greater indigenous ocean rights

June 8, 2017 9:41AM

A CAMPAIGN group opposed to oil and gas exploration has travelled from Gisborne to the United Nations this week to call for greater indigenous rights …

A big 'pidamiya' for moving haka

June 3, 2017 9:08AM

THE ‘‘Haka for Standing Rock’’ in Gisborne last year so inspired the American Indian community that they have gifted a hide painting in its honour. …

Huringa Pai focuses on IronMaori

June 3, 2017 8:36AM

THERE is no stopping Kaiti community health and fitness group Huringa Pai, which has shifted its sights to another fitness challenge — the IronMaori. After …

Easterlies, southerlies spoil the surf outlook

June 2, 2017 11:13AM

ANOTHER long weekend, another pumping swell on its way. Wait, hold on. No it’s not. Oh no. It looks terrible. Easterlies. Those dreaded, cold, wet …

Stolen bulldog pups reunited with owner

June 2, 2017 10:45AM

TWO much-loved British bulldog puppies stolen from a Gisborne property have been reunited with their owner after an anonymous tip to police. The five-month-old puppies …

Greens on plastic warpath

June 1, 2017 10:28AM

GISBORNE District Council could have the power to ban single-use plastic bags if it supports a local bill promoted by the Green Party. Green Party …

Rere water quality project a finalist in Green Ribbon Awards

May 31, 2017 12:02PM

A GROUP of Rere farmers working together to improve water quality in their world-famous catchment has been named a finalist in the Ministry for the …

Food storage research study comes up with ways to save

May 30, 2017 9:10AM

BROWN avocado, soft lettuce, mouldy pumpkin halves — nobody likes wasting food but sometimes it goes off despite the best attempts to save it. New …

Kiwi research partnership in Motu

May 29, 2017 11:35AM

A NEW kiwi research partnership in Motu will provide vital information about managing the country’s national icon better in the wild. The long-term research partnership …

Sewage valves open again

May 29, 2017 11:19AM

GISBORNE District Council opened the emergency sewage valves into the city rivers this morning after the wastewater system was overloaded from heavy rain. It is …

Top dollars on line in July Gisborne surf comp

May 29, 2017 10:16AM

A GISBORNE surf competition will take place in the best waves of July and offer the most prize money ever for a locally-run event. The …

Te Mana o Te Wai Tairawhiti

May 28, 2017 9:01AM

TUATAHI ko te wai, tuarua whanau mai te tamaiti, ka puta ko te whenua — when a child is born the water comes first, then …

Hauora Tairawhiti back in the black

May 27, 2017 11:24AM

NEW Government funding for Hauora Tairawhiti will put the district health board’s books back in the black, but there are fears it will not be …

Campion surfing comp for students, run by students

May 27, 2017 11:00AM

THE surf pumped yesterday at Wainui Beach’s Stock Route surf break for Campion College’s first surfing competition — an event organised entirely by students. The …

Five orca dead, one refloated at Whangaparaoa

May 26, 2017 11:07AM

FIVE orca have died in a stranding at Whangaparaoa, near Waihau Bay. A group of residents managed to refloat one. The stranding was “really sad” …

Elements conspire to produce glorious surf

May 26, 2017 10:26AM

WELL, that was a surprisingly fun week of surf. What looked like a mediocre swell forecast turned out to be pretty freaking pumping, with one …

Huringa Pai determined to make Gisborne healthiest town in world

May 24, 2017 11:55AM

FRESH from participating in the Wings for Life World Run in Melbourne, a Kaiti health and fitness group plan to run an event here next …

Cameron backs Brock

May 24, 2017 9:26AM

GISBORNE-born boxer Shay Brock will be looking to take his undefeated professional run to 12 tomorrow night. The recently crowned New Zealand super-welterweight champion will …

First Nations visit strengthens bond with Maori

May 20, 2017 9:58AM

SHARING songs, stories and support with Maori were key parts of a cultural exchange around Aotearoa for a group of Canadian First Nations university students …

The autumn that keeps on giving

May 19, 2017 12:56PM

ANOTHER weekend, another solid swell on the way. I could get used to this. Saturday looks set to provide some fun waves around Gisborne with …

Funding round open for conservation projects

May 17, 2017 11:25AM

COMMUNITY conservation projects are invited to apply for support from a multimillion-dollar DoC fund. The Department of Conservation community fund set up three years ago …

GDC looks at improving swimmability of rivers

May 16, 2017 10:45AM

PLANS to extend a water quality enhancement project on the Wharekopae River, and introduce similar ones along the Motu and Waimata rivers are part of …

Wonder tree keeps on giving

May 16, 2017 10:24AM

MANUKA and kanuka are well-known for their honey and essential oil antimicrobial potential, but they could have an additional benefit — cleaning up waterways. A …

Guava moth likely here

May 15, 2017 11:56AM

ONE OF Gisborne’s most adored autumn fruits is under threat after the first reported possible find of guava moth larvae in a locally-grown feijoa. The …

Celebrating our positive male role models

May 13, 2017 11:59AM

NOMINATIONS are open for this year’s Tairawhiti Men of the Year awards, a celebration of men who have made positive contributions in the community. The …

Thrill of ‘the search’ contributes to allure

May 12, 2017 12:20PM

ONE of the most exciting aspects of surfing is exploration. It is embodied in so many amazing surf films — think Tom Curren and “The …

New tools for animal control team

May 12, 2017 11:29AM

NEW vests for Gisborne’s animal control team will protect them — not from vicious dogs, but their owners. The stab-proof vests are part of the …

Beekeeping workshop this Saturday

May 11, 2017 11:35AM

A BEEKEEPING workshop this Saturday is aimed at beginner beekeepers and anybody buzzing about bees. Gisborne hobby apiarist Mike Eriksen will host the workshop, drawing …

Counting the cost of forestry slash

May 11, 2017 11:22AM

EX-tropical Cyclone Cook left in its wake landslides on harvested slopes and woody debris from forestry operations, the worst of it in Mangatokerau Valley. Gisborne …

Motu names its 'Quirky' kiwi

May 9, 2017 10:36AM

MOTU’s newest kiwi chick “Quirky” has been named after a Gisborne conservationist whose family has generations of ties to the region. Whinray Ecological Charitable Trust …

Myrtle rust threat still being determined

May 6, 2017 9:44AM

WITH a burgeoning manuka industry and a famous pohutakawa-laden coastline, a myrtle rust incursion could be devastating for Tairawhiti. The fungal disease has so far …

Call for community to act on river health

May 5, 2017 11:28AM

IT is not enough to rely on local and central government to fix the country’s waterways, the community needs to step up as well, a …

Offshore winds give way to south swells

May 5, 2017 10:27AM

AND just like that, it has gone — the best run of waves in a long time. For days, weeks even, it was the same …

Working for water

May 4, 2017 11:59AM

SCIENTISTS and communities working together could be the answer to the nation’s freshwater woes. That was the message from day one of Te Mana o …

Climate Change to exacerbate drought and erosion

May 2, 2017 9:31AM

INCREASED erosion, droughts and demand on water supply infrastructure are some of the expected consequences of climate change for Gisborne. Environmental Scan 2017, a report …

Studying the Waiapu River

May 1, 2017 12:07PM

THE Waiapu River has buried bridges, sediment 30 metres high in one section, and further downstream it threatens the township of Ruatoria. The river, sacred …

Oil and gas exploration violates indigenous rights, Gisborne woman tells UN

May 1, 2017 11:16AM

OIL and gas exploration off the East Coast is violating indigenous rights, a Gisborne woman told a United Nations forum in New York last week. …

Epic start to autumn for Gisborne surfers

April 29, 2017 9:11AM

GISBORNE surfers have barely had a day to rest since Easter with a long run of epic waves. “We pretty much have had some epic …

Autumn brings mild weather, great waves

April 28, 2017 12:02PM

BRISK mornings and evenings? Check. Golden hues on everything? Check. Back-to-back pumping east swells with offshore winds? Check. Autumn, the most dependable surfing season in …

Gooseneck barnacles turn up on driftwood

April 28, 2017 11:33AM

DON'T be alarmed by alien-like tentacles dangling off large bits of driftwood and ship wreckage – they are not harmful. They are gooseneck barnacles, a …

Desexing cool for cats

April 26, 2017 11:24AM

CLOSE to 50 cats belonging to low-income households were desexed at the weekend, taking a Gisborne charity’s efforts in the past few years to 820. …

Hemp seed beer launched in Gisborne

April 27, 2017 12:19PM

A GROUP of Gisborne entreprenuers have produced the region’s — and potentially the country’s — first hemp beer, coinciding with a law change tomorrow on …

Paddlesurf conditions ‘pump’

April 26, 2017 12:56PM

“PUMPING” conditions greeted competitors on Saturday for the fourth annual Tairawhiti Standup Paddlesurf Championships. Overhead waves provided by a clean south swell and groomed by …

Council asked to keep Te Puia service centre

April 22, 2017 11:39AM

A unified call to retain Gisborne District Council’s Coast service centre at Te Puia Springs came at ‘cuppa’ community meetings in Waipiro Bay and Te …

Laws in way of ‘huge potential’

April 22, 2017 9:50AM

RESTRICTIVE regulations around growing hemp in New Zealand are keeping the industry from joining the global “green rush”, hemp growers say. Nelson, Auckland, Northland, Hawke’s …

A surfer's view of sewage in the river

April 21, 2017 2:24PM

I AM still pinching myself. Did that really happen? Did we really get pumping east swell and light winds on all four days of the …

Taking care of the hill’s newest plants

April 20, 2017 12:15PM

A GROUP of hearty volunteers got stuck into weeding and maintaining new plantings on Titirangi yesterday. The trees and shrubs were planted last winter on …

Waerenga-o-Kuri residents say roads not safe

April 20, 2017 12:08PM

AS a Waerenga-o-Kuri woman drove around a corner, an approaching forestry truck going too fast slid across the centre line and caused her to nearly …

Going back to roots

April 20, 2017 11:51AM

ABOUT 40 standup paddlesurfers including Kiwi expatriates coming from Australia will converge on the district this weekend for the fourth annual Tairawhiti championships. While the …

Roads and pest weed worry Tiniroto residents

April 20, 2017 11:17AM

MUD on the road, new stock road rules and a native weed that affects honey production were the key issues for Tiniroto raised at a …

New Zealand fur seal drops by Makorori

April 19, 2017 11:45AM

A NEW Zealand fur seal has been spotted taking a much-needed rest on Makorori Beach during its northward migration. Fur seals (kekeno) migrate to the …

'Huge potential' for Coast's aromatic oils

April 19, 2017 11:16AM

THE GLOBAL market potential for essential oils extracted from Coast plants, especially with the rise of vaping technology, is in the billions, an aromatherapist expert …

Community hemp forum on Thursday

April 19, 2017 10:57AM

HEMP is touted as a future growth industry in Tairawhiti and a public forum this Thursday in Gisborne will give the community an opportunity to …

Facing up to Coast’s freshwater challenges

April 18, 2017 12:54PM

MANY of New Zealand and Tairawhiti’s top freshwater scientists and advocates will be in Uawa/Tolaga Bay early next month for a public conference. Freshwater issues …

Real blokes do cry

April 16, 2017 9:01AM

KEN Clearwater was a champion amateur boxer in Canterbury, who drank beer, chased women, and got into fights out of the ring. Once he even …

GDC slammed for sewage discharges

April 10, 2017 12:37PM

WATER users have called on Gisborne District Council to clean up its act after the second sewage discharge to a city river in nine days. …

A walk on the wild side

April 9, 2017 9:01AM

FOR a geologist who cut his teeth studying the Southern Alps, has crawled around abandoned mine shafts on the South Island’s rugged West Coast and …

Tide turning for women’s surfing

April 7, 2017 10:13AM

GISBORNE Boardriders Club has introduced women’s divisions in all age categories offered to male surfers in a bid to make the sport more inclusive. “Instead …

Female surfers better off in eastern line-ups

April 7, 2017 12:34PM

I HAVE lived and surfed in Otautahi, Otepoti, Tamaki Makaurau and Tairawhiti, and from my experiences can say nowhere in Aotearoa has felt more inclusive …

Finding a niche for hemp oil

April 5, 2017 9:02AM

A MICHELIN three-star restaurant might not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of hemp, but it is in the sights of …

Government changes to water monitoring 'costly'

April 4, 2017 9:16AM

CHANGES to New Zealand’s freshwater monitoring would be costly to implement but likely supported by the community, Gisborne District Council staff told a meeting of …

A cleaner, brighter water future for Rere

April 2, 2017 9:01AM

LONG-time Rere farmer Mark Gemmell learned to swim in the Wharekopae River, and so did his children. Now his grandchildren are doing the same, and …

Hikurangi Enterprises secures funding for kanuka trial

April 1, 2017 9:37AM

A SUCCESSFUL trial of East Coast kanuka oil to treat acne, eczema and even reduce stress and anxiety, could lead to a multimillion-dollar industry for …

End of daylight saving brings mixed feelings

March 31, 2017 11:49AM

AFTER one of the wettest periods in a long time it has been welcome relief to see the glorious Gizzy sunshine again — and there …

New focus on stopping 'pre-loading' at festival

March 31, 2017 10:23AM

A MULTI-AGENCY approach with Rhythm and Vines will be taken to address pre-drinking, littering and loitering issues from the festival last year. Gisborne District councillors …

Aquifer refill could double returns

March 31, 2017 10:17AM

INCREASING the amount of water in the Makauri Aquifer for irrigation could more than double the economic benefits to the region compared with decreasing it, …

Manutuke marae and historic buildings at risk: fire chief

March 29, 2017 12:20PM

FIRE chief Moana Paratene told a Gisborne District Council “cuppa” community meeting last night that a lack of fire hydrants is putting Manutuke’s marae and …

Water at the forefront in Muriwai

March 29, 2017 12:10PM

MURIWAI residents raised the big issues of water supply, drainage and rates during a Gisborne District Council “cuppa” community meeting last night. “This season we …

Blockage causes sewage discharge into Taruheru River

March 27, 2017 12:03PM

A SEVEN-metre pile of rags, baby wipes and even kitchen utensils were the cause of a sewage discharge into the Taruheru River yesterday. The pile …

‘Secret’ hemp trial a success on Coast

March 25, 2017 12:04PM

A SUCCESSFUL hemp trial near Ruatoria has opened up possibilities for a new industry and employment opportunities on the Coast. Ruatoria-based charitable company Hikurangi Enterprises …

'Sheriff of Makorori' stood up for the underdog

March 25, 2017 10:30AM

WHEN Laura Hansen was at intermediate school it would take forever to get home because her father Bob would stop by the homes of his …

Bid to get stock off roads queried

March 24, 2017 1:01PM

NEW rules to prevent stock wandering on to roads could ruin the “quaint ambience” of quieter East Coast roads, the deputy mayor says. Gisborne District …

East Coast to open for oil and gas tenders

March 24, 2017 12:27PM

DESPITE opposition from Gisborne District Council and East Coast iwi and hapu, the Government has opened up an area of nearly 50,000 square kilometres off …

Sea and wind conjure up delectable waves

March 24, 2017 11:00AM

AFTER a bit of a quiet period it was nice this week to get a small pulse of swell, and it looks like it is …

Up for a 24-hour, 100km walk

March 23, 2017 10:27AM

WHEN Ramesh Krishnappa walked the Gisborne Herald Quarter Marathon last November it was the furthest he had ever walked. Not long after that he moved …

Hemp harvest this Friday

March 22, 2017 11:45AM

A RUATORIA hemp trial is ready for harvest and this Friday the community can come and smell, touch and smoke the plant, and learn what …

Protocols needed for Tokmaru Bay upgrade

March 21, 2017 10:52AM

WHILE Tokomaru Bay’s township upgrade is nearing the construction phase, a “high chance” of discovering archaeological items means a protocol with hapu needs to be …

Preparing for a recharge trial

March 18, 2017 11:13AM

THE site for the Makauri Aquifer recharge (MAR) trial was blessed with karakia and a turning of the soil by iwi, council and industry representatives …

More individuality to board design of today

March 17, 2017 10:24AM

LAST week I was lucky enough to chat to Lost Surfboards founder and revolutionary shaper Matt Biolos about the world of surfboard design. It was …

Cobham School playground attacked again

March 17, 2017 11:58AM

VANDALS set a plastic tunnel in Cobham School’s community-funded playground on fire last night in another “heartbreaking” incident of vandalism. It is the fourth time …

Rally calls for cleaner water

March 15, 2017 11:54AM

EROSION problems, over-allocated waterways and river pollution in the Gisborne district were all put under the microscope yesterday during a rally for clean water. About …

Rere water quality showcase

March 15, 2017 11:03AM

THE Rere farming community’s hard work to improve water quality in the Wharekopae River will be on display in a public field day next Tuesday. …

Jonathon Porritt sees 'positive steps' in Tairawhiti

March 15, 2017 10:45AM

GISBORNE is on the “cutting edge” towards a sustainable future, global sustainability leader Sir Jonathon Porritt told a packed audience on Saturday afternoon at Waikanae …

Matt Biolos shares top surfboard designs

March 13, 2017 11:43AM

ONE of the world’s best surfboard shapers, Matt Biolos, has been a part of Gisborne surfing for nearly 20 years and this month made a …

New Rethink waste centre to improve enviro hub

March 13, 2017 9:39AM

THE finishing touches have been applied to the new Rethink Waste Education Centre, which is about to open with a week of events to celebrate. …

Wednesday activities for volunteers in conservation

March 13, 2017 9:38AM

A NEW Gisborne conservation collaboration will give people the chance to volunteer weekly at the district’s various conservation projects. Tairawhiti Environment Centre, the Department of …

Port’s claim it didn’t blacken harbour ‘a stretch’: GDC

March 10, 2017 11:38AM

GISBORNE District Council has disputed Eastland Port's claim that its activities were unrelated to the harbour turning black after heavy rain last month. Investigations into …

Rally to raise freshwater awareness

March 10, 2017 10:57AM

A DRIVE for people to be more aware about freshwater issues is behind a rally taking place next week outside Gisborne District Council’s main office. …

Jonathon Porritt to speak in Gisborne

March 10, 2017 10:52AM

HOW environmental and economic prosperity can go hand-in-hand to benefit regions like Tairawhiti will be the focus of a presentation tomorrow by global sustainability leader …

On the trail of radical board design pioneers

March 10, 2017 10:13AM

SURFERS and shapers — often one and the same — have long been in pursuit of “the perfect board” — a board that can help …

World-leading surfboard shaper to visit Gisborne

March 8, 2017 11:00AM

ONE of the world’s leading surfboard shapers is making a special visit to Gisborne this week. Matt Biolos, founder of Lost Surfboards, shapes for some …

Community day exploring marine reserve

March 8, 2017 1:04PM

ON SATURDAY there is a unique opportunity to explore life under the sea at Te Tapuwae o Rongokako Marine Reserve. In two free guided sessions, …

Buzzing after a 'sweet as' rally

March 7, 2017 10:46AM

THEY suffered three flat tyres in one day and battled some rocky South Island roads but a Gisborne couple are beaming after another “incredible” Shitbox …

Iwi leaders say new freshwater standards are money over mana

March 7, 2017 9:20AM

IWI leaders have called out the Government over its new fresh water standards, saying they allow regional councils to put economics over improving water quality. …

Developing a Tairawhiti Maori economy

March 2, 2017 11:43AM

DEVELOPING a “cutting edge” manuka honey industry, enhancing IT and entrepreneurship opportunities, and promoting cultural tourism, are all key opportunities for a “booming” Tairawhiti Maori …

Green light for log yard expansion

March 6, 2017 11:00AM

EASTLAND Port has been granted a consent to develop its wharfside log yard, but with conditions requiring it to improve stormwater quality entering the harbour …

Shaped NZ surfing

March 4, 2017 11:04AM

WHEN Bob Davie arrived in Gisborne in 1964 there were only a handful or so of surfers, many riding mere “planks of wood”. By the …

Davie helped develop Gisborne surf culture

March 3, 2017 2:36PM

WHEN surfing pioneer Bob Davie arrived in Gisborne from Sydney in 1964, surfing was in its infancy. He was here only three years but helped …

New funding for youth strategy

March 3, 2017 11:37AM

NEW GOVERNMENT funding will support the Tairawhiti Youth Employment Strategy (YES) and its bid to turn around the hundreds 15-to-24-year-olds in Tairawhiti not in employment, …

Grant for kiwi and tuatara

March 3, 2017 11:17AM

A UNIQUE tuatara and kiwi visitor experience developed at Whinray Reserve has received a boost with a $33,000 grant from Eastland Community Trust. Whinray Ecological …

Whangara Mai Tawhiti win kapa haka title

February 27, 2017 11:40AM

WHANGARA Mai Tawhiti have done the district proud by claiming their second Te Matatini kapa haka title yesterday in Hastings. The kapa hapa group from …

‘No say’ for civil society in oil, gas development

February 27, 2017 10:38AM

A NEW book takes a close look at the push for more oil and gas exploration in New Zealand, with a special focus on the …

Te Matatini — the Kapa Haka Olympics

February 19, 2017 10:11AM

With 47 teams from all over Aotearoa made up of 1800 competitors, and an expected crowd of 35,000 people, Te Matatini National Kapa Haka Festival …

Looked the goods but not getting the breaks

February 24, 2017 10:56AM

THIS week East Coast surfing powerhouse Ricardo Christie got his World Surf League Qualifying Series (QS) campaign under way at the Newcastle Surfest. With 6000 …

Ready for Te Matatini

February 22, 2017 11:44AM

THE FIVE teams representing Te Tairawhiti at Te Matatini this week range from veterans to first-timers, but are all ready and excited to do their …

Pygmy whale rescued on Mahia Beach

February 22, 2017 11:03AM

A PYGMY sperm whale stranded itself at Mahia Beach yesterday and was rescued by holiday-makers who were able to push it out to sea.The two-to-three …

Gisborne pest management plan due soon

February 21, 2017 8:43AM

A NEW plan to deal with pests in Gisborne is nearing completion after several years in the making. The proposed Regional Pest Management Plan (RPMP) …

Historic Te Araroa pa is excavated and mapped

February 20, 2017 12:34PM

A PROJECT to excavate and map a historic Ngati Porou pa near Te Araroa that was the site of a major battle in the 1860s …

Labour pledges $20m to a prefab factory

February 17, 2017 11:52AM

THE LABOUR Party has pledged up to $20 million to help develop a factory for prefabricated building materials and associated infrastructure in Gisborne, if elected …

Labour launches Coast campaign

February 17, 2017 11:44AM

THE LABOUR Party’s State of Gisborne “party” last night proved a popular affair with close to 100 people packed into the already tightly-spaced Verve Cafe …

Feast of good waves after long lean spell

February 17, 2017 9:18AM

WHAT a weekend that was. I could say I told you so, but then really it was not a secret, was it? Saturday delivered a …

Kaiti pupil’s story published in journal

February 16, 2017 9:01AM

A KAITI School student is well on her way to her dream of being a writer after having her story published in a widely-recognised New …

Re-designing the culture around kai

February 16, 2017 8:57AM

A GROUP of Kaiti residents have been getting their hands dirty, harvesting their own food and preparing delicious — and healthy — meals from it. …

Harbour water discolours again

February 13, 2017 12:11PM

THE INNER harbour turned black following the recent heavy rain, with the colouring even making its way out into Poverty Bay. A regular fisherman at …

Wainui Stream wetlands scheduled for next summer

February 13, 2017 10:29AM

A PROPOSAL to construct wetlands at Heath Johnston Park in a bid to improve water quality in the degraded Wainui Stream is progressing with planting …

Protecting our waterways

February 11, 2017 12:11PM

EFFORTS from the Rere farming community to improve the water quality of Wharekopae River have attracted attention from the Ministry for the Environment (MFE). All …

Raising the bar for young surfers

February 10, 2017 10:34AM

A NEW surf programme for children is designed to raise the bar of surfing in the region while increasing water safety in a fun environment. …

February 10, 2017 10:06AM

I AM getting excited. Yes, it is Friday, which means weekend adventure time is near, but this weekend will include something that has been missing …

Teen Jordan first winner of Race Without a Distance

February 9, 2017 11:32AM

IT WAS an all-ages affair at the inaugural Race Without a Distance on Waitangi Day, with grandparents competing alongside children and a 14-year-old the overall …

Bringing back the ’60s with style

February 8, 2017 11:48AM

SURF, sand and sunshine were on the menu at the 22nd annual Makorori First Light Longboard Surfing Classic on Sunday. Sixties music churned out from …

Petrels making a comeback at Longbush

February 7, 2017 9:00AM

RESTORATION of historic petrel (titi) colonies in Tairawhiti has received a boost through further hard work by volunteers at Longbush Eco-Sanctuary over the Christmas break. …

Moments of golden surf, but not enough

February 3, 2017 12:00PM

BEING a nation of two skinny islands at the bottom of the South Pacific above the world’s most volatile ocean means our conditions are as …

Coast kapa haka group to perform nationally

February 4, 2017 9:43AM

A RUATORIA kapa haka group will be the first Coast group north of Tokomaru Bay to compete at Te Matatini National Kapa Haka Festival later …

Skate jam ‘goes big’

February 2, 2017 10:54AM

A FORMER national skateboarding champion from Gisborne “went big” at the East Coast Skate Jam but it was the next generation who ruled, with a …

Kaiti boy's business plan inspires PM

February 3, 2017 10:59AM

A FIVE-year-old Kaiti boy’s business plan for selling toffee apples has inspired the nation’s leader. Prime Minister Bill English visited Kaiti School in November for …

Donations contribute to special nature of preschool

February 2, 2017 11:37AM

SAND cookies and cupcakes are on the menu at a Gisborne preschool, freshly baked in a newly-donated play kitchen made from recycled pallet crates. Te …

Chase is on at Waitangi Day race

February 1, 2017 11:40AM

A RACE with a different finish line for each competitor but the same goal of promoting healthy lifestyles will make its debut in Gisborne this …

Illegal cray take a 'disaster'

February 1, 2017 11:08AM

GISBORNE crayfishermen support proposed cuts to the commercial rock lobster catch but are more concerned about the 89 tonnes estimated to be caught illegally each …

Weekend of rescues

January 31, 2017 11:33AM

TWO girls in serious trouble caught in a rip yesterday were among several rescues by Gisborne lifeguards during a busy and windy long weekend. Although …

Beating his eating demons

January 28, 2017 8:55AM

NEARLY two years ago Paul Smith weighed 181 kilograms, had type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. He was in and out of hospital with …

Skate Jam will be Gisborne's best yet

January 25, 2017 8:21AM

GISBORNE skateboarding fans are in for a treat this Saturday. The East Coast Skate Jam at Alfred Cox Skate Park will attract some of the …

Bioblitz makes citizens into scientists

January 24, 2017 9:53AM

AROUND 30 Gisborne children are equipped to be citizen scientists after a holiday bioblitz programme at Kaiti Beach this month. The students split into four …

End of an era for Maz

January 22, 2017 10:21AM

After a New Zealand competitive surfing career of 26 years, Gisborne surfing's poster boy Maz Quinn is hanging up his competitive rashie. From his first …

Bring on the big stuff

January 21, 2017 10:55AM

TWO Gisborne girls who grew up surfing together have returned to their hometown this week as national champions. Saffi Vette completed a double — the …

Newbie’s story reminder of the beauty of surfing

January 20, 2017 9:08AM

SURFING is a beautiful sport, or lifestyle, pursuit, hobby — whichever you prefer to call it. But that very ambiguity over how to define it …

Longboards thriving in our waters

January 20, 2017 8:53AM

IT is 22 years since the first Makorori First Light Longboard Surfing Classic and the competition shows no signs of slowing down. Co-founder and organiser …

Project a first-hand look at bush conservation

January 19, 2017 9:03AM

A DEMONSTRATION this weekend will give people an insight into weed and predator control at one of Gisborne’s most popular areas of remnant native bush. …

Lived to fly another day

January 19, 2017 8:43AM

A HAWKE’S Bay family visiting Gisborne this month rescued an injured juvenile kereru at Gray’s Bush Scenic Reserve, saving its life in the process. The …

GDC to address holiday rubbish problem

January 17, 2017 11:24AM

THE first step towards any new measures to combat Rhythm and Vines waste and include recycling at campsites will be a full debrief, Gisborne District …

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 …