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South bringing message east

March 23, 2017 3:23PM

ELECTRIC utopia is how Auckland-Wellington musician Lake South describes the sound he is about to bring east when he performs at the Dome Room in …

French for Rabbits is music in dreamtime

March 2, 2017 2:31PM

FRENCH For Rabbits are not French and they are not rabbits, but they do produce dark, dreamy music that has taken them touring around the …

Orchestrating the show band

February 9, 2017 3:22PM

The “flash side” of Maori music will be showcased when the Modern Maori Quartet performs for the first time with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. …

Finding whanau

February 5, 2017 9:01AM

A “MANNEQUIN challenge” video filmed in Tolaga Bay which has been viewed close to 100,000 times has a heart-warming real-life story to match it. The …

Playing level at national workshopextends locals

February 2, 2017 12:15PM

PLAYING for the country’s top youth wind ensemble was an exciting and eye-opening experience for three Gisborne students. Blaze Hubbard and Rebekah Hakiwai (Gisborne Girls’ …

Tattletale Saints tell tales of Nashville

February 2, 2017 9:50AM

LIVING in the country music capital of the world has been an interesting experience for Vanessa McGowan and Cy Winstanley of Auckland duo Tattletale Saints. …

New venue for Tolaga artists

February 2, 2017 9:39AM

TOLAGA Bay’s artists will no longer have to travel down the coast to show their work, following the opening of a new art gallery in …

Wainui shark too close for comfort

February 1, 2017 11:13AM

TWO friends had a startling encounter when a shark swam past them in shallow water at Wainui Beach at the weekend. Dutch-born Wieteke Deuss and …

The voices have it at Tiromoana

January 27, 2017 3:33PM

WHEN emerging soprano Pasquale Orchard started dancing at the age of three, neither the singer, nor her parents, could have imagined a career in opera. …

Fashion and film

January 29, 2017 9:01AM

GLITZ and glam are on the horizon for Te Ao o Hinepehinga but the Gisborne-born 21-year-old has her feet firmly on the ground. On March …

Youtube pays the bills

January 29, 2017 9:01AM

A YOUTUBE channel that started as a way for Gisborne girl Elena Carroll to practise using her first make-up set has turned into a substantial …

International vibes to East Coast

January 26, 2017 2:05PM

East Coast Vibes might be all about showing off the Gisborne lifestyle and keeping it local but they have been getting a lot of international …

Stepping into Shakespeare

January 26, 2017 1:37PM

Te Kohe Tuhaka had never finished reading a Shakespearean text, let alone acted in one of the English master’s plays before he got the call …

Vocal coach to the stars in Gisborne

January 23, 2017 11:22AM

A WOMAN who has coached some of New Zealand’s top vocalists is now bringing her own music to Gisborne, and it’s all in the name …

Seven Seas Voyager pays Gisborne a call

January 23, 2017 10:27AM

PASSENGERS from the most luxurious cruise ship to visit Gisborne were impressed by a traditional Maori greeting as they arrived at the port this morning. …

Book early to ensure visiting acts

January 19, 2017 3:46PM

Gisborne War Memorial Theatre staff are urging patrons to book early for shows to ensure visiting acts do not take Gisborne off their tour list. …

Strong actors needed for war play

January 19, 2017 3:10PM

Anzac Day is a time to remember the fallen, but what about those soldiers who survived, those who were forced to live out a life …

Reggae, reformation and revival

January 19, 2017 2:55PM

When British reggae band Black Slate came to New Zealand for the first and only time more than three decades ago, they had no idea …

Liv's chance to stand on her own

January 16, 2017 10:07AM

CHRISTMAS came early for Liv Fountain when she learned she had made it on to the waiting list for potentially life-changing surgery. “We found out …

Chance to check differences

January 12, 2017 4:21PM

Beethoven and his “sons” will come out to play at the second concert in the Tiromoana Summer Music series on Wednesday. Award-winning Christchurch-born pianist Jun …

Romance in waltz at Operatunity

January 12, 2017 4:07PM

Travellers got front row seats to an unscripted fairytale recently, when one Operatunity Travel performer proposed to another during a tour of Hawaii. Tenor Bonaventure …

Making it in Melbourne

January 12, 2017 4:02PM

Four years ago Gisborne girl Stevi Hill was finishing off her music degree in Auckland. Now she is part of a team helping international superstars …

Record audience at The Dome for Polunin doco

January 11, 2017 11:06AM

A RECORD crowd descended on The Dome Bar and Cinema on Sunday for a screening of documentary film Dancer, but many missed out. “Over the …

Jun Bouterey-Ishido to bring Beethoven and Brahms to life

January 9, 2017 11:12AM

THE works of German composers Beethoven and Brahms will come alive during a concert in Okitu this month. Award-winning Christchurch-born pianist Jun Bouterey-Ishido will perform …

YMP’s first tilt at waka nationals

January 6, 2017 11:37AM

OUR waka ama clubs will have an even greater presence at the waka ama sprint national championships this month, as YMP will compete there for …

Red carpet premier for The Catch in Gisborne

January 6, 2017 9:20AM

WHEN director Simon Mark-Brown decided to make a film about a Kiwi fishing competition, he had no idea what he would reel in. “As the …

Murder mystery on the East Coast

January 5, 2017 3:33PM

Wairoa woman Margie Sullivan, who works under the pen name Rita Ann Ryan, has been writing novels for 20 to 30 years but has only …

GROMz an act to keep an eye on

January 5, 2017 3:23PM

Each year a music-book full of talent arrives on the East Coast as musicians and artists of varying public fame descend on Rhythm and Vines. …

A full colour palette

January 5, 2017 3:11PM

Moving to Gisborne has opened up a paint box of inspiration for British-born illustrator Anieszka Banks, but not in the way you might think. “I’ve …

RnV New Year's eve a Kiwi artist fest

January 1, 2017 11:48AM

THEY have seen American rappers, European DJs and Australian electro-pop ensembles, but it was a largely Kiwi crew that helped those attending the 14th annual …

International DJs vote Kiwi crowds best

January 1, 2017 11:44AM

THEY travel the world playing to sold-out crowds, collaborating with acclaimed artists and mixing beats, but drum and bass stars Wilkinson and NETSKY say New …

Roll on the New Year at R and V

December 31, 2016 10:47AM

IT was a time of reunion and relaxation on the second day of the Rhythm and Vines festival at the Waiohika Estate yesterday, and not …

Here for the vibes

December 30, 2016 11:11AM

AMERICAN hip hop artist Chance the Rapper wooed a capacity crowd on the first day of the 14th annual Rhythm and Vines music festival at …

Rhythm and Vines gets going

December 28, 2016 11:55AM

AS masses of people from around the country pour into the region for Rhythm and Vines music festival today, where will Gisborne people be? R&V …

Local man plays lead in Broken

December 22, 2016 10:27AM

WHALE Rider (2002), Boy (2010), The Dark Horse (2014) . . . the East Coast is no stranger to feature films. Over the last decade, …

Festival vibe all-sorts

December 22, 2016 9:01AM

WOULD you pay $25 to see a buffet-style offering of 25 bands at a bustling music venue in the heart of Gisborne this summer? Stoner …

A transtasman musical match

December 22, 2016 8:52AM

KIWI-Australian country music duo Camille Te Nahu and Stuie French have made the music lifestyle work, and with enviable success. The parents of three are …

Cans for Christmas food parcels

December 20, 2016 10:40AM

STUDENTS at two Gisborne primary schools said ‘can do’ to a nationwide fundraiser for those in need at Christmas. Children at Awapuni Primary School and …

Handbags bring joy to Gisborne women

December 17, 2016 10:06AM

AN initiative brought to Gisborne by a woman who wanted to help other women in need during the festive season, has been inundated with donations. …

More treasures return for exhibition

December 16, 2016 11:06AM

A FLAG flown by Te Kooti at the end of the last major battle of the New Zealand Wars will be one of the taonga …

Three young locals picked for NZ band

December 15, 2016 2:58PM

THE talents of three Gisborne musicians will go on national display next year as they play in the New Zealand Youth Symphonic Winds. Gisborne Concert …

Chalky words take poetry to the street

December 15, 2016 2:50PM

Have you ever seen the lines of chalk-set lyrics decorating the pavement and walls around Gisborne? If you have, you might also have sought to …

Power of Forgiving

December 15, 2016 2:15PM

A feature film shot in Gisborne brought former gang members and affiliates of opposing gangs together to work alongside each other, says Auckland-based filmmaker Tarry …

Adversity brings community together

December 14, 2016 11:21AM

WATER access problems exacerbated issues for Wainui, Okitu and rural Gisborne residents during the power outage but the effects were community-building. “It was nice watching …

Job requirement: ability to party

December 8, 2016 3:50PM

IT’S still more than three weeks out from Rhythm and Vines music festival but 23-year-old Cory Houghton is already prepping, and for good reason. The …

Classics at Tiromoana

December 8, 2016 3:37PM

CLASSICAL music is back on tap this summer with the annual Tiromoana Summer Music Series at the Okitu home of Gisborne arts patron Professor Jack …

Kiwiana revival in rock

December 8, 2016 2:52PM

Four lads play a backyard cricket match on a freshly trimmed lawn before meeting friends at the Four Square down the road and flashing their …

The Italian job for kiwifruit

December 7, 2016 9:59AM

ITALIAN kiwifruit growers have made their way across the world to meet New Zealand orchardists and learn how to grow better kiwifruit. A group of …

Contest final a battle of violins

December 3, 2016 11:52AM

A TRIO of violinists will decide the Gisborne International Music Competition title after a week of high-calibre performances at the War Memorial Theatre. This year’s …

Teen violinist’s win will ‘open new doorways’

December 5, 2016 11:27AM

IT was a life-changing weekend for the winner of the Gisborne International Music competition, 16 year-old violinist Yebin Yoo. Melbourne-based Yoo took away $9000 after …

Tales of note

December 1, 2016 3:46PM

Some people spend their day working in an office, others in a school or a hospital. Professional musicians spend their days meeting the Queen of …

Ruha’s story inspires

December 1, 2016 3:14PM

A group of students at Lytton High School were singing the praises of East Coast musician Rob Ruha after a special visit last month. It …

Anniversary concert chance to celebrate

December 1, 2016 3:00PM

OPERATUNITY’s daytime concert series will take their audience down a music-filled memory lane next week as they celebrate their 15th anniversary. The final concert of …

Wairoa re-vibed

December 1, 2016 2:32PM

An unlikely match or a match made in heaven? Either way, Wairoa-based hip hop duo Rugged and Wylde are on a united mission. “Our goal …

Local tribute to Ray Columbus

November 30, 2016 10:38AM

THE death of ’60s New Zealand music icon Ray Columbus yesterday has a personal significance for one Gisborne family. “Ray was like a father figure …

Taonga a vehicle for rebuilding relationships

November 29, 2016 11:56AM

THE fourth pohiri in a series of commemorations leading up to the Rongowhakaata Iwi Exhibition was all about coming together. “It was beautiful,” said Tairawhiti …

Hilarious romp that does ‘un-PC’ with pride

November 26, 2016 10:48AM

REAL, rude and rip-roaringly hilarious, The Motor Camp ticks all the boxes. The latest offering from Unity Theatre, which opened last night to a full …

Mixing it up with kowhai patterns

November 24, 2016 2:51PM

A YOUNG hand is bringing indigenous history and personal ancestry to life in her debut art exhibition. Emerging Gisborne artist Raegan Te Kowhai-Ward was joined …

New wave hits Gisborne

November 24, 2016 2:25PM

THEY’RE young, international and genre-defying and they typify a new wave of bands borne out of a limitless millennial world view. Yossarian is their name …

Gisborne gearing up for the blues

November 24, 2016 2:13PM

WHEN Auckland-based blues band The Flaming Mudcats recorded their second album, they didn’t need much inspiration to get into the blues zone. Midway through recording, …

Playing their tune

November 24, 2016 1:47PM

SHE might not always sit centre stage but Gisborne International Music Competition collaborative pianist Sarah Watkins is a star in her own right. A graduate …

Gisborne trio take Coast to the world

November 21, 2016 11:03AM

PICTURES of the East Coast will be viewed across the world thanks to a new photo-poetry book released this week. Someone’s Mana is a collaboration …

East Coast man brings home music award

November 18, 2016 12:24PM

AN East Coast singer-songwriter won a major award at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards in Auckland’s Vector Arena last night. Kapa haka exponent and …

Our entertainment wishes are granted by Aladdin pantomine

November 17, 2016 12:22PM

BOLD, bright and bursting with colour. That is Musical Theatre Gisborne’s latest creative offering, Aladdin the Pantomime. The show flew on to the War Memorial …

Women for women

November 17, 2016 11:09AM

HELPING hands or rather helping handbags will provide women in need with support this Christmas, following a new Gisborne initiative. Handbags of Joy is a …

Practice a pleasure

November 17, 2016 10:23AM

For many teenagers music practice is a chore or a necessary exercise at best. But for musical prodigy Joshua Han, it is a time to …

Drama, comedy in uncensored take on Kiwi holiday

November 17, 2016 10:11AM

Remember when summer meant an obligatory holiday with your family and endless hours of road time? Motorhome, bach, tent — whatever your family’s preference, you …

Making music history

November 17, 2016 9:54AM

Rob Ruha is many things — an award-winning musician, composer, kapa haka artist and an advocate for traditional Maori cultural practices. Now the East Coast …

Helping gifted children realise their talent

November 16, 2016 12:53PM

YOUNG leaders had the chance to rub shoulders with the nation’s top politicians at the launch of a new independent provider in accelerated learning. Deputy …

Blues festival set to ignite the highway

November 10, 2016 2:03PM

THE Poverty Bay Blues Club is one step closer to marking Gisborne on the blues highway after confirmation that the Gisborne Blues & Roots on …

Tastes of tropicana and trees

November 10, 2016 1:53PM

NATURAL BEAUTY is the inspiration behind a dual art and jewellery exhibition set to go on show at the Aviary tonight. Tropic, the latest collection …

Taonga welcomed for iwi’s exhibition

November 10, 2016 10:05AM

Emotions ran high at Te Kuri a Tuatai Marae this week as a large collection of taonga were welcomed home for the upcoming Rongowhakaata Iwi …

Life in art

November 10, 2016 8:46AM

After studying, teaching and creating art for three decades, Judy Le Maistre Smith is about to present her first solo exhibition. “I’m feeling overjoyed — …

Rewards of health promotion

November 7, 2016 9:05AM

STUDENTS at two primary schools are reaping the rewards after winning a competition to increase rheumatic fever awareness. Organised by Turanga Health, the competition asked …

Athens unravels

November 6, 2016 9:49AM

As the shadows retreated into crisp lines, my predator became clear. There beside my bed, a soup-spoon-sized, black cockroach rustled through an empty plastic bag. …

Poetic justice

November 3, 2016 10:04AM

She has written more than 400 poems, her social media poetry platform (Instagram) has 1428 followers, and she’s only 16. Now Darcy Spraggs is also …

Digital verse goes to print

November 3, 2016 9:54AM

Turanganui Poets Collective is not your normal community group. “We’re an online junction where poets from within and outside Turanganui a Kiwa, Gisborne meet,” says …

Grant will help take script to the stage

November 3, 2016 9:28AM

Gisborne author, playwright and musician Jackie Davis is one of three recipients of the Margaret King Spencer Writer’s Encouragement Trust grant. The other recipients of …

Novel evolutionary biology for the masses

November 2, 2016 11:45AM

A NOVEL theory in evolutionary biology is now just a click away with the launch of an open-access, online course by Dr William Peters The …

Education Minister to return to roots

October 31, 2016 11:11AM

MINISTER of Education Hekia Parata will move to Wainui and take up paddleboarding after she finishes her role in government next year. “I have a …

Fashion forward

October 30, 2016 9:01AM

FASHION and the army — two worlds that rarely collide, unless you’re Reremoana Sheridan, the Gisborne woman who has swung between the two for almost …

Sleepless in Athens

October 30, 2016 9:01AM

AFTER Dareios had finished explaining why Yaso was missing a leg, he plopped two triangles of white bread on a plate in front of me. …

Two new classrooms for Kaiti School

October 28, 2016 11:20AM

KAITI School will get two new classrooms following a funding allocation by the Ministry of Education. “It’s been a long time coming. We’re just very …

Tracing migrant roots

October 27, 2016 2:05PM

He might have left Gisborne more than 10 years ago but graphic designer and artist Luke Kelly is still inspired by his hometown. “Over the …

More doggy humour in the woolshed

October 27, 2016 1:55PM

It’s a term few women would like to hear sent in their direction, but comedians Emma Newborn and Amelia Dunbar are reclaiming the five-letter word, …

Blues baby hits double digits

October 27, 2016 1:43PM

We just wanted to play the blues and hear live blues music,” says Darryn Clyne, vice-president and co-founder of the Poverty Bay Blues Club. This …

Shows go on thanks to Theatre Trust

October 27, 2016 9:38AM

THE War Memorial Theatre Gisborne Trust continues to deliver, according to its annual financial report. The report covers the financial year ending June 30, 2016 …

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 …

Wedding rehearsal goes down a treat

October 22, 2016 10:27AM

MOST people have their wedding rehearsal at a restaurant, wedding venue or a church. Amanda Davis (nee Haydon) held hers at a rest home. About …

New principal will continue eco focus at Ngatapa School

October 22, 2016 9:38AM

ENCOURAGING environmentally-friendly learning will be the focus of Ngatapa School’s new principal Ritchie Matenga. Mr Matenga started at the green-gold environmental school at the beginning …

Hawke’s Bay beckons

October 20, 2016 4:32PM

A singer-songwriter sized hole will appear in the Gisborne music scene this summer as established musician Ariana Henare moves to Hawke’s Bay. The move is …

R&V 2016 offers pick and mix

October 20, 2016 4:26PM

Rhythm And Vines revellers who can’t commit to a full three days of festivities will not miss out this New Year. This week both the …

New kids on the block

October 20, 2016 3:57PM

With more than five venues hosting live music events outside of Gisborne Wine And Food this weekend, festival goers will not be left wanting in …

Wine and Food beyond the vine

October 20, 2016 3:46PM

Gisborne Wine And Food celebrates two decades this weekend with a host of events to mark the special anniversary. While the festival is centred around …

Inside the indigenous

October 20, 2016 1:58PM

The more images I see of Maori on screen, the more I feel they’re real — film is a very important media platform. If we …

A fine 'bromance', indeed

October 12, 2016 10:37AM

BROMANCE was in the air at the HP48Hours Gisborne City Final on Sunday as Team Indeed took best film spot with the testosterone-driven Bromancing The …

Mixing with the cream of the dance crop

October 19, 2016 10:17AM

A GROUP of Gisborne dancers were spinning at the weekend with the news they were among the top performers at a national dance competition. Dancefit …

Pupils explore cultural life across the ditch

October 19, 2016 8:42AM

TE KURA Kaupapa Maori o Mangatuna took learning overseas last term in a trans-Tasman school exchange. Travelling to New South Wales, Mangatuna pupils spent two …

Mahons’ favourites a 70-year Show fixture

October 15, 2016 10:49AM

THEIR name might be synonymous with amusement but Mahons Entertainment provide Gisborne with more than a good time. “We have 90-plus staff this year. Some …

Smashing award for Gisborne bar

October 14, 2016 11:53AM

SMASH Palace lived up to its name last night, smashing their competition at the 2016 Hospitality New Zealand Awards for Excellence in Auckland. The Gisborne …

Help! My Goldie’s missing!

October 14, 2016 9:23AM

A $2m mural goes missing in the middle of the night from a quiet visitors’ centre nestled in a national park. The break-in, which damages …

Top marks for Gisborne soprano

October 13, 2016 2:25PM

She might still be at high school but Gisborne soprano Cheyney Biddlecombe is already achieving university level music results. This month the Gisborne Girls’ High …

Exploring the notion of joy

October 13, 2016 2:04PM

You might remember her as The Gisborne Herald cover girl from two weeks ago, in a stunning sequin bodysuit on the World Of Wearable Arts …

Baring all for art

October 13, 2016 12:25PM

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to model nude in the name of art or who takes part in such exposing endeavours? A young …

Te Ha art winners named

October 11, 2016 10:21AM

THE winner of the inaugural Te Ha Art Awards was helping homeless people when he found out he had won the top prize in the …

Grants lift financial weight from CAB

October 8, 2016 8:44AM

GISBORNE’s Citizens Advice Bureau is back in the positives after some determined fundraising and several grants from local trusts. Eastland Community Trust this week awarded …

Forty-eight hours of furious film-making

October 6, 2016 3:51PM

With a handful of quirky genres and the pressure of a 48-hour deadline, HP48Hours short films never cease to entertain. Here’s a run-down on what …

UNI-FI in name and deed

October 6, 2016 3:44PM

They might be a collection of former bands but you couldn’t call local alt-rock outfit UNI-FI fragmented. “Our name is a play on hi-fi,” says …

The kaupapa of womanhood

October 6, 2016 2:57PM

A collective of female artists are adding their voices to a global conversation about indigenous women. Sarah Kane-Matete, Jo Tito and Te Rangi Roimata Kutia-Tataurangi …

Gisborne the hot spot for a summer of sounds

October 6, 2016 2:38PM

Gisborne is looking to be a hot spot over the summer music scene, with two major Rhythm And Vines campsites selling out this week, and …

Language no barrier on exchange

October 6, 2016 2:09PM

Music is often referred to as a universal language for a variety of reasons, foremost for its unifying and universally interpretable nature. Research shows that …

Call later, gone fishing

October 6, 2016 12:18PM

Madness is a relative term, but getting into the water to hand-feed 300kg bull sharks after throwing in your day job to go fishing, might …

Powerful play about family strength, ability to change

October 5, 2016 11:40AM

WE ALL have interesting family stories, but when the story is from five-times-platinum award-winning rapper Scribe (aka Malo Luafutu), and stars the artist alongside his …

Cafe workshops encourage girls to make a difference

September 30, 2016 11:57AM

AN EXCITING new programme is encouraging female students with a penchant for helping others into science, maths, technology and engineering. Hello Café uses an approach …

Dancing into theatre

September 29, 2016 3:07PM

THERE’S a Gisborne connection behind a Parisian cabaret-comedy set to tour New Zealand. Songs For The Fallen director Shane Anthony might have left Gisborne at …

Tiki Ahua takes off

September 29, 2016 2:55PM

Gisborne designer Julie Puddick debuted new label MASAMI to a sell-out crowd of more than 450 at Rotorua’s inaugural Tiki Ahua contemporary Maori fashion show …

Powerful tale of family, love and redemption

September 29, 2016 2:35PM

While The White Guitar might focus heavily on the relationship between father and son, it is a woman who is helping to bring this powerful …

Drugs, gangs and theatre

September 29, 2016 12:38PM

How many dudes you know got the skills to turn a life of drugs, gangs and violence into success in theatre and film? Probably not …

‘Intriguing’ list of 50 musicians for Gisborne international competition

September 27, 2016 12:02PM

MUSICIANS will travel from as far away as Germany, England and the USA to take part in this year’s Gisborne International Music Competition. “Entries have …

Motor Camp all go

September 26, 2016 12:25PM

UNITY Theatre’s upcoming Kiwi comedy The Motor Camp revved into motion with the sound of roaring laughter earlier this month. “The cast and director couldn’t …

One film, two under 10s and 48 hours

September 22, 2016 3:29PM

YOU have 48 hours to produce a theatre-ready film; your near-all-female crew includes two under 10s, and you’re dealt the risque “bro or bechdel” genre. …

Setting the runway alight

September 22, 2016 3:18PM

AFTER months of sitting in the back of The Aviary, chugging away on a retro Singer sewing machine, local designer Julie Puddick is about to …

Scribe’s return

September 22, 2016 3:13PM

TEENAGE boys shedding tears at the theatre? It seems unlikely but it’s happening, and a familiar face is inciting the emotion. Malo Luafutu (aka Kiwi …

Looking For Alaska looking good

September 22, 2016 2:36PM

WHEN the Smokefree Rockquest national finals see you come up against future Grammy-award winner Kimbra, you might be forgiven for not taking out the female …

Kaiti School connects with China

September 20, 2016 10:23AM

KAITI School students are on their way to becoming global citizens following a donation to the school’s future Mandarin language programme. Delegates from Beijing-based Sino …

An emotional homecoming

September 19, 2016 12:20PM

EMOTION filled Ohako Marae on Saturday morning as two taonga were welcomed back into the region with a pohiri. “It’s a very emotional day. They …

On a musical mission

September 15, 2016 4:24PM

You might remember him as the former operations manager for Tourism Eastland, or one of the prospective Green Party candidates of 2011, but did you …

Thrilled at news of ballet visit

September 15, 2016 4:09PM

Aspiring ballet dancers and ballet enthusiasts alike will be spinning with the announcement that a Russian ballet company is to perform in Gisborne next year. …

‘Be bold, be celebratory’ advice for local artists

September 15, 2016 4:01PM

Heritage and homeland will be on the minds of local artists as the closing date for entries into the Te Ha Art Awards nears. This …

Gisborne Printmakers press on

September 15, 2016 3:51PM

From painting to pottery, the Artists’ Society at Lynsar House is home to a myriad artistic pursuits. One of the lesser known and often misunderstood …

Fifty years with The Choral Society

September 15, 2016 2:19PM

Fifty years ago, on September 27, 1966, a group of more than 70 singers and music enthusiasts gathered in Gisborne Girls’ High School assembly hall. …

First 1000 days key to a child’s success

September 15, 2016 12:32PM

ACCESS to culture and experiences in the first 1000 days of life are key to children’s success, says Nathan Wallis, a specialist in neuroscience. The …

Bandquest success music to Ilminster's ears

September 15, 2016 11:08AM

MUSIC students at Ilminster Intermediate have impressed industry officials once again, winning multiple awards in the Rockshop Bandquest competition. Three O’Clock Rush placed second overall …

Kaiti kid designing for the big guys

September 11, 2016 9:01AM

FROM Kaiti to Sydney, after working double jobs and selling car boot-style at university, former Kaiti kid Korey Skipper is designing for the big guys. …

‘Bigger than the Olympics’

September 10, 2016 8:39AM

On the back of six Olympic golds and countless world championship titles, top New Zealand rowing coach Richard “Dick” Tonks is taking on the All …

Action time for local film makers

September 8, 2016 3:08PM

The 48 Hour Film Festival is looming and local film makers are all go as they prepare for the big weekend. With specified topics and …

A grand jeté for Gisborne-born dancer

September 8, 2016 2:51PM

KIWI ballet shoes with a Gisborne sole are about to grace the Australian ballet scene as one of the nation’s upcoming dancers joins the overseas …

Post-industrial art push for change

September 8, 2016 2:44PM

TO MANY the wild pig is a pest, an animal that was brought to New Zealand through colonisation and with little value aside from game …

Sessions at the Wine Centre

September 8, 2016 2:38PM

SUNDAYS are about to get a bit livelier in the city centre with The Wine Centre’s latest offering to the entertainment calender. “It’s a beautiful …

An East Coast sultan

September 8, 2016 2:21PM

NEW Zealand acting royalty George Henare has crossed the Tasman and is donning Middle Eastern garb in his new role as the Sultan of Agrabah. …

Important findings to be shared in Toko Toru Tapu talk

September 7, 2016 9:46AM

FROM Toulouse to Gisborne, a childhood interest in the Polynesian islands and a volunteering stint in the Marshall Islands led former University of Oregon professor …

Celtic steps

September 1, 2016 4:15PM

St Patrick’s Day once a year might be enough for some, but for an Irish dancer like Serena Hendry, celebrating Ireland has become a daily …

Casting call for comic caper about camping

September 1, 2016 4:05PM

Leave your inner prude at home, is the advice from the director of Unity Theatre’s next entertainment instalment. After a few years in the audience, …

Unravelling art

September 1, 2016 3:21PM

What makes art? It’s a controversy-clad question that artists and critics alike have been attempting to answer since the first cave drawing. Although artistic movements …

Licence to laugh

September 1, 2016 2:47PM

There’s a reason they’re called The Laughing Samoans . . . “We always laugh at ourselves first. Laughing at ourselves kind of gives us a …

Time to start shooting

August 25, 2016 4:06PM

Local filmmakers have a chance to show off their storytelling flair next weekend with the HP48MINUTES festival. This is a prelude to the much-loved HP48HOURS, …

Rewriting the career script

August 25, 2016 3:55PM

When doctor and creative Renee Liang puts her pen to paper, dreaming up new plot lines, character constructions and poetry, she does not put down …

'Practice run' for civic band at St Andrew's

August 25, 2016 3:25PM

A group of local brass musicians hope their instruments won’t be the only objects shining next weekend as they take part in a regional brass …

Aladdin The Pantomime

August 25, 2016 3:04PM

Only three weeks after the curtain came down on their successful production of Hairspray The Musical, Musical Theatre Gisborne are preparing their next big project. …

Disparate characters in dark comedy

August 25, 2016 2:51PM

What do a disillusioned artist, a bear hunter and a model have in common? Probably very little, apart from the fact that they are the …

Playing through the pain

August 25, 2016 2:34PM

To establish your name in a genre that derives its sound, its very origins out of a culture of oppression, struggle and hardship, the soul …

Direct from New York

August 18, 2016 3:44PM

Australians go to America and Kiwis go to Australia and then maybe America if they’re lucky.That’s generally the way it goes for Australasian musicians hoping …

Picking up the pieces

August 18, 2016 3:28PM

A finished piece of artwork can stir a range of emotions in the viewer, from disgust to delight, and everything in between. However, it rarely …

Expecting to pull out all the stops

August 18, 2016 3:11PM

Grand, mysterious and churchly — these are the words that resonate in the psyche when one considers the pipe organ. With such role models as …

Heavy metal endures . . .

August 18, 2016 2:46PM

In 1988 New York Times popular music critic Jon Pareles wrote, “In the taxonomy of popular music, heavy metal is a major subspecies of hard-rock”. …

Reggae sons

August 18, 2016 2:22PM

The music that we’re making now is us just making stuff we like and expressing ourselves,” says Rio Panapa, the lead singer of reggae-fusion band …

Whangara to meet YMP in grand final

August 18, 2016 12:54PM

HISTORY repeated itself in the semifinal of the Pak’nSave premier netball competition at the YMCA last night. Whangara Old Girls beat IMS High School Old …

Te Hapara qualify for New Zealand Rippa Rugby

August 18, 2016 12:30PM

TE Hapara will represent the Poverty Bay region at the New Zealand Rippa Rugby Championship this weekend in Wellingon. It will be the third time …

Deeper issues explored in meeting house guidebook

August 13, 2016 9:59AM

“IT can be tricky territory being a Pakeha scholar looking at Maori art,” said Damian Skinner, the author of a book discussing Maori meeting houses …

First lineup out for R&V

August 11, 2016 2:17PM

CHANCE The Rapper, ZHU and RUFUS will headline Rhythm and Vines 2016 music festival, with the first lineup released this morning. It will be a …

Going mad, with laughter

August 11, 2016 12:36PM

LYNDA Milligan has acted in more than 80 productions, but she has never done Menopause the Musical. “Menopause is a very awkward age for women. …

From IT to classical guitar

August 11, 2016 12:33PM

THE loss of his private guitar teacher and a change of tune saw Joel Baldwin shift from a career in software engineering to a career …

Time to hustle

August 11, 2016 12:30PM

FORTY years ago, across the airwaves, something was going down — it was a toe-tapping four-on-the-floor beat, a series of dance-inducing synthesizer licks, and a …

Matawai School fishes for funds

August 9, 2016 11:13AM

ONE of the East Coast’s most inland schools is heading to the beach this month in an attempt to raise funds for its senior student …

High School Old Girls make semis

August 8, 2016 12:38PM

A SEMIFINAL place was the prize for a 63-55 victory by IMS High School Old Girls over Farmlands Ngatapa in Pak’nSave premier netball at the …

Show goes on, power or no power

August 8, 2016 12:03PM

THE weekend’s power cut could not mute the melody during the 2016 National Concert Band Festival at the War Memorial Theatre on Saturday. The concert …

Unity’s Stages a triumph — on a lonely stage

August 6, 2016 2:19PM

Playful, poignant and packed with potential, Unity Theatre’s latest offering considers a pertinent theme through three unique perspectives. The three one-act plays that make up …

Gisborne demand makes for a second NZSO concert

August 5, 2016 11:30AM

THE NEW Zealand Symphony Orchestra has announced a second free concert in Gisborne, after the first event booked out in less than 24 hours. “We’ve …

Honours for hobby photographer

August 5, 2016 11:25AM

PICKING up a hobby after more than two decades of inactivity, Louise Savage has been named Sigma/D-Photo Magazine 2016 Monochrome Amateur Photographer of the Year. …

Honouring their nannies

August 4, 2016 4:36PM

Local matriarchs and other female figures will be honoured over the next month as more than 30 visual and performance artists exhibit at the Taku …

Artistic expose

August 4, 2016 4:22PM

Jacqui Kay is baring all as she puts some of her most intimate artwork on display this month at Verve Cafe. Bared Soles, which launches …

‘Funny and poignant’

August 4, 2016 4:05PM

Shine your shoes and lay out the Sunday best, the navy is coming to town under the orders of acclaimed actor, comedian and director Mark …

Playing to the thousands

August 4, 2016 3:41PM

At first, Laura Brown thought the clarinet wasn’t cool. But after some parental encouragement and a change of heart, the Gisborne musician now plays the …

Language of leather

August 4, 2016 3:17PM

FROM tagging sharks on Stewart Island and working behind the scenes on The Hobbit, to writing plays in Canada and assisting in the gardens of …

Gisborne soprano steps up for concert series

July 28, 2016 2:59PM

EXPRESSING emotions in music can be hard at the best of times so doing that while singing in three languages she doesn’t speak will make …

HSOG close in on playoffs, Waikohu confirmed

August 4, 2016 2:36PM

IMS HSOG have all but secured a place in the top four playoffs after beating second-placed Whangara Old Girls 1 47-45 in a premier grade …

Plunket nurse retires after 25 years

August 4, 2016 9:52AM

HELPING families develop newborns into healthy, thriving toddlers has been the job of Linda Trass for more than two decades. After 25 years with Plunket, …

Waikohu on the cusp of top four

August 1, 2016 2:53PM

CLAYDENS Waikohu are on the verge of making premier-grade netball’s top four after a 62-35 win against Gisborne Girls’ High School Senior A on Saturday. …

Taking a stand on suicide

August 1, 2016 11:52AM

YELLOW, the colour of the suicide awareness ribbon, filled Alfred Cox Skate Park on Saturday as 100 people marched for suicide awareness. Surrounded by whanau …

Gisborne Wine and Food Festival turns 20

July 30, 2016 10:55AM

TWENTY years ago local winemakers opened their cellars for the first Gisborne Wine and Food Festival. Annie and James Millton, who own Millton Vineyard, started …

It’s ‘kia ora’ to Tracey, ‘gidday mate’ to Steve

July 29, 2016 11:13AM

AUSTRALIAN principal Tracey Davis was welcomed as Te Wharau Primary School’s new acting principal with a powhiri on Monday. “It was incredibly inspiring. I felt …

Whangara end YMP’s streak: 57-53

July 28, 2016 2:40PM

WHANGARA Old Girls 1 ended YMP 1’s two-season points competition unbeaten run 57-53 in a gripping Gisborne Pak’nSave premier netball game last night. A valiant …

Gisborne tunes up for National Concert Band Festival

July 27, 2016 11:03AM

GISBORNE will swell by more than 1000 people next week as musicians and supporters come to town for the 2016 National Concert Band Festival. The …

Madame President of lawn bowls

July 24, 2016 9:01AM

HISTORICALLY reserved for kings and aristocracy, lawn bowls has spent the last decade lowering the final drawbridge in removing gender separation from the sport. During …

A life not following the script

July 15, 2016 11:45AM

SHE no longer has a Mohawk and only wears her punk rock T-shirts “every now and again”, but Gisborne-born Vanessa Rare says she can relate …

Outrage at funding cut to safe sleeping

July 19, 2016 11:41AM

THE Maori Women’s Welfare League is outraged over a stop to funding for safe sleeping devices designed to reduce sudden unexpected death in infancy (SUDI). …

'Crazy' new place for kids to unleash

July 19, 2016 11:27AM

THE establishment of Gisborne’s only indoor playground-cafe space means kids will be able to unleash pent-up winter “craziness” without destroying the house. “I just wanted …

Weaving futures for Gisborne newborns

July 15, 2016 12:47PM

HELPING to protect newborns while mentoring female offenders has seen one Gisborne woman recognised. Retired public health nurse Catharine White was this week honoured by …

Giving a little, getting a lot

July 13, 2016 11:03AM

“MY aim is to help all kids go to school with food,” says Campion College year 7 student Zara Potter. This simple goal will see …

YMP pushed all the way by Waikohu

July 11, 2016 11:51AM

UNDERDOGS Claydens Waikohu fought heroically against reigning champions YMP (1) before losing 54-46 in the only Pak’nSave Gisborne premier netball game at the YMCA on …

Big boys do cry

July 10, 2016 11:18AM

I was standing to go into a test match in 2005 and a young professional came up to me and said, ‘JK, I would just …

July 3, 2016 11:56AM

Bubble vision As you amble down the streets of Barcelona, in that just-arrived tourist haze, the first sight that will have you frozen on the …

Raven to represent New Zealand at World Junior Ultimate Champs

July 9, 2016 11:57AM

OVERCOMING adversity seems to be the forte of Gisborne-born Raven Stevens, who will represent New Zealand at the World Junior Ultimate (frisbee) Championships in Poland …

Variety is the spice of art

July 8, 2016 12:09PM

WHERE in Gisborne can you design an authentic kimono, create a flower, construct a sculpture . . . and use little more than the waste …

Learning, how the neighbours do it

July 7, 2016 8:20AM

A GISBORNE principal will go from teacher to student as he takes part in the first transtasman principal exchange. Steve Berezowski, principal of Te Wharau …

Bilingual students leaders in te reo Maori

July 7, 2016 7:55AM

RANGATIRA (leadership) is an important word for students at Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Mangatuna who are leading the way in bilingualism. “Maori is from …

Strong win for YMP

July 4, 2016 3:44PM

A CLINICAL YMP overcame a messy start to put away Gisborne Girls’ High Senior A 66-39 in the only Pak’nSave Gisborne premier netball game on …

The talking walls of Wyllie Cottage

June 19, 2016 9:01AM

THERE is a tale to every historic home but being a former rental, Gisborne’s oldest European-style abode has many. Wyllie Cottage, built in 1872 by …

Cabaret performance to mark 95th

July 1, 2016 8:56AM

A BUNCH of community-minded “dames” took the stage at the 95th annual New Zealand Federation of Women’s Institutes conference in Wellington last week. The Poverty …

Exhibit showcases an eclectic mix of local art

June 30, 2016 4:25PM

VIEWERS can travel from the plains of Africa to the cliff-tops of Greece with a critical eye and a little imagination at this year’s Gisborne …

United we stand to ‘save our children’

June 28, 2016 11:53AM

“We are sick of turning on the news to see another baby has died. I’m sick of it,” MC Te Hamua Nikora said at yesterday’s …

Waikohu shooters on fire in one-goal win

June 27, 2016 4:10PM

A YMP whitewash and a one-goal thriller made for a contrasting two games of Pakn’Save premier netball at the YMCA on Saturday. Reigning champions YMP …

Workshop to help charity groups get business savvy

June 27, 2016 3:39PM

GENEROSITY might be the bread and butter of charity organisations, but supply won’t last long without business strategy, say consultants Dr Judith McMorland and Hazel …

Moko killers get 17 years

June 27, 2016 12:19PM

MARCHERS took to the streets as a case that horrified the country today came to an end when the couple who tortured and abused Taupo …

Justice march not only for Moko

June 24, 2016 11:09AM

GETTING justice for toddler Moko Rangitoheriri is much bigger than changing the law, say three Gisborne women. Three-year-old Moko died last year after what has …

Seeing Riverdale kindy's world in a grain of sand

June 23, 2016 12:07PM

GISBORNE beaches are considered to be priceless, but one local kindergarten has managed to put a tag on the coastal playground. Riverdale Kindergarten is auctioning …

On-trend for winter

June 19, 2016 9:01AM

WHILE winter is officially upon us, she’s throwing a right old wobbly. From frosty, one-degree-mornings to no-cardigan midday highs, wayward winter temps leave us dazed …

For the record, GDC is going digital

June 18, 2016 8:39AM

GETTING into the records will be faster, easier and more accurate with the digitising of the Gisborne District Council archives. During a 12 to 24-month …

Hungry, tired and cold for Syria

June 17, 2016 12:51PM

WAR-TORN Syria isn’t the place many people would volunteer to spend their time, but the youth of Mangapapa Church did almost that on Saturday. Fundraising …

A day to make a bird breeder whistle

June 14, 2016 11:53AM

BIRD enthusiasts were occupied with shining beaks, grooming feathers and checking whistles at the 84th Poverty Bay Bird Club show last Saturday. More than 400 …

Student wins Top Outdoor Spot photography competition

June 14, 2016 11:46AM

A GISBORNE Intermediate School student took top place in a national photography competition last week for her picture of a classic sunrise scene. “I was …

Creating Dreamspace

June 12, 2016 9:01AM

HAILING from Northland, Peter Harris aka “The Wizard of Eutopia” arrived in Gisborne early last year with wife Raewyn, wizard staff and “designer mongrels” in …

Refugee taste to 40 Hour Famine

June 11, 2016 11:11AM

RUMBLING stomachs are not enough for Mangapapa Church. It is planning to take the 40 Hour Famine to the next level. As people across New …

Kirwan tackles mental health head-on

June 9, 2016 12:22PM

RUGBY great Sir John Kirwan told a group of students yesterday at a seminar on mental health awareness that depression is an illness, not a …

Young chefs into tv show semis

June 9, 2016 11:18AM

LIGHTS, camera, cook. Olivia Robertson-Reiri and Taya Evans were in front of the cameras and in the kitchen on Tuesday but they were not feeling …

Eyes set on university in Auckland

June 8, 2016 12:40PM

NOTICING a shortage of permanent general practitioners in Gisborne has a Campion College student hoping to bring her medical degree home. Mary Spring is the …

Where to for DVD rental stores?

June 7, 2016 11:15AM

A QUICK download here, a nifty Netflix subscription there — in today’s saturated movie sales market, is the film reel burning out for DVD rental …

Golden day for citrus-growing couple

June 4, 2016 10:01AM

GOLDEN fruits seems to be the produce of one Wairangahika farming couple who are will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary today. Mr and Mrs Paulson …

Former town girl leading the way in beef farming

June 4, 2016 8:45AM

THE tale of a town girl turned farmer is Gisborne’s latest agriculture success story. Emma Pollitt, who was named Future Beef Allflex Senior Beef Ambassador …

Lighting tech has big plans for a spacey action story

June 2, 2016 3:05PM

FLASHING lights are the forte of Centre Stage’s sound and lighting technician Duncan Chisholm, who made a quick exit from a Mother’s Day show to …

Pianists tuning up

June 2, 2016 2:40PM

TWENTY-two hands, two pianos — do the math and you have the 6th Piano Extravaganza of the St Andrew’s Lunchtime Concert Series. The 50th lunchtime …

Small Potaka school dreams big

June 1, 2016 11:45AM

THE sky is the limit for Potaka School students following a special trip to the National Young Leader’s Day. Potaka is a primary and intermediate …

Central School celebrates wonder women

May 28, 2016 9:59AM

A GISBORNE school was brimming with heroes yesterday as wonder women swept on to the grounds. The fourth year of Women’s Day at Central School …

‘Absolutely magic’ time at Poverty Bay gymnastics festival

May 26, 2016 11:50AM

STUDENTS from across the region have spent the last two days balancing on beams, bouncing on trampolines, somersaulting and cartwheeling at the annual Poverty Bay …

Going the distance

May 27, 2016 2:28PM

CHASING the Olympic dream has a young Gisborne man swimming the length of 900 rugby fields each week in a bid to make it to …

Gisborne March for Moko

May 21, 2016 9:08AM

GISBORNE people will join a nationwide demonstration of solidarity as they march in memory of toddler Moko Rangitoheriri. Moko’s death, the abuse he suffered and …

Top nursing award to former Gisborne woman

May 19, 2016 10:10AM

A FORMER Gisborne woman has won a top award at Waikato District Health Board’s 2016 International Nurse’s Day celebration. Ellyn Proffit, who attended Elgin School, …

Beach clean-up with a focus

May 20, 2016 11:10AM

TAKING care of their school, community and environment is the focus of Gisborne Intermediate students who yesterday descended on city beaches for a beach clean-up. …

Showcasing young gymnasts' talent

May 17, 2016 11:23AM

More than 1000 school students will converge on the Electrinet Sports Centre next week for the annual Poverty Bay Schools Gymnastics Festival. The festival will …

Activating young Maori mothers

May 17, 2016 11:20AM

KNOWLEDGE, confidence and support are empowering young Maori mothers into work at local initiative Wahine Activate. Women stood proudly beside their business counters at the …

Rio on a bicycle built for two

May 14, 2016 9:08AM

She used to avoid physical education and viewed cyclists as “snobs”. Now former Gisborne woman Amanda Cameron will represent New Zealand in para-cycling at the …

Off to see the Wizard of Oz

May 14, 2016 8:38AM

DOROTHY and friends danced the halls of Kiri Te Kanawa Retirement Village as part of the home’s “Oz month”. The theme has been adopted across …