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Sherwood Club marks25 years in Gisborne

July 22, 2017 12:45PM

With the number of dementia sufferers in New Zealand steadily rising, Gisborne’s Sherwood Club is set to play an even more crucial role. The Sherwood …

Lydia's first major hair cut all for charity

July 22, 2017 11:09AM

Lydia Baxendale’s long blonde locks will soon be on their way to Freedom Wigs in Dunedin after she cut her hair to raise money for …

Mind Lab is hands-on experience

July 15, 2017 8:56AM

A GROUP of 25 young people from Turangi visited The Mind Lab Gisborne this week to collaborate with Gisborne children as part of a five-day …

Selected to join NZ's best young thespians of '17

July 15, 2017 8:40AM

LIAM Rowe's performance as Hamlet has won the Gisborne Boys’ High School student a place at the Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand’s (SGCNZ) annual National …

Anzac carving unveiled

July 11, 2017 11:21AM

ILMINSTER Intermediate unveiled the final stage in their Anzac memorial garden in a dawn ceremony last week. The garden has taken two years and completes …

Saying goodbye to teaching

July 9, 2017 9:01AM

WHEN asked to name some highlights of her long career Lesley Seymour was stumped. “It’s all a highlight. I’ve really loved teaching. I’ve really loved …

Patutahi children believe they can

July 5, 2017 10:52AM

THE leader of Gisborne’s biggest iwi gave an inspirational talk to students at Patutahi School yesterday as part of the Sir Peter Blake Trust Leadership …

July 3, 2017 12:27PM

AFTER successfully collecting bedding items to help those affected by the flooding in Edgecumbe, Central School is collecting again, this time for goodie boxes for …

Maori leadership in learning conference

July 3, 2017 10:33AM

THE theme of this year’s Maori Education Conference is 'te wero' or the challenge and refers to the challenges faced in many areas of education. …

Exciting renovation starts at Waikirikiri School

June 29, 2017 10:46AM

BUILDING is about to begin on a $300,000 high-tech renovation to Waikirkiri School, and the entire school attended an official karakia (blessing) at the site …

Happy Birthday Gizzy School Lunches

June 28, 2017 11:44AM

GIZZY School Lunches charitable trust is still going strong after two years, thanks to community support. Trustee Cherith Evans has been there since the beginning …

GisInt reaps rewards on stage

June 22, 2017 11:19AM

GISBORNE Intermediate punched above its weight and beat three high schools to come third in the Stage Challenge Competition in Napier. Specialist dance and drama …

It's a crackerjack resource for kids

June 22, 2017 10:29AM

PUPILS have made a huge improvement in fitness levels and teachers’ confidence has grown as the result of a new education initiative called Crackerjack Kids …

Future players for our 'chess capital'

June 20, 2017 2:48PM

CHESS is alive and well in the Gisborne region, judging by the excellent turn-out at the Tairawhiti primary schools chess tournament last week. Aurora Education …

Persimmon perfection

June 18, 2017 9:01AM

For such a lovely-looking fruit, bright and glossy orange, the persimmon is still a relatively unsung hero among more popular fruit varieties. With more vitamin …

Bootcamp, army style, for girls

June 17, 2017 10:58AM

EVERY Monday and Thursday morning a group of Gisborne Girls’ High School students are up before the sun doing a bootcamp style workout as part …

Suicide prevention workshop for Gisborne

June 15, 2017 9:03AM

SUICIDE services specialist Kiri Pardoe will run a Suicide Prevention Workshop this weekend, the first of its kind in Gisborne. She said she has been …

Walking to promote animal welfare

June 13, 2017 10:31AM

APART from being shot at by a farmer as he arrived in Gisborne on Sunday, highway-roaming animal welfare campaigner Stephen Brassett says his journey so …

Teenage entrepreneurs say YES to opportunity

June 9, 2017 1:07PM

STUDENTS across the region are making the most of the opportunity to create and run a real business as part of the Lion Foundation Young …

HIPPY send-off for ‘graduate’ Jenny

June 3, 2017 9:13AM

After seeing hundreds of children graduate from the Home Interaction Programme for Parents and Youngsters over the years, Jenny Marston’s team decided it was her …

Web hackers workshop creates winning design

June 2, 2017 11:17AM

MEET the digital gurus of the future — a group of 10 young people with an interest in IT, digital and social media who participated …

Many voices as one for Big Sing festival

May 27, 2017 10:01AM

GISBORNE Girls’ High School’s Manu Tangi Ata choir is practising hard for The Big Sing New Zealand secondary schools regional choral festival in Napier next …

Kindergarten carpark eases safety concerns

May 27, 2017 9:02AM

AFTER years of safety concerns a $100,000 carpark is being built in front of Rutene Road Kindergarten to alleviate the danger of crossing the busy …

Protein wins BP Business Challenge

May 25, 2017 9:57AM

TRAINRIDERS is the mixed team made up of Year 10 and 11 students from all four Gisborne secondary schools who won this year’s BP Business …

Education roadshow on tour to collect families’ signatures

May 23, 2017 11:43AM

THE Better Funding, Better Learning Heartland tour visited Gisborne this week to raise awareness of underfunding in the education sector and get up to 200 …

Hundreds to showcase gymnnastics skills at Poverty Bay festival

May 22, 2017 11:30AM

STUDENTS across Gisborne will be tumbling, vaulting, balancing and swinging at the Schools Gymnastics Festival that begins tomorrow at the Electrinet Sports Centre on Aberdeen …

Tour to China stimulates commitment

May 19, 2017 10:03AM

A RECENT visit by a delegation of principals to China was a first for the region and has led to a greater interest in Chinese …

Call for urgent action

May 16, 2017 12:26PM

There is a chronic shortage of help to address the harm caused by methamphetamine use in Gisborne and an overwhelming need for a rehabilitation service …

‘Calming space’ for special needs

May 16, 2017 11:33AM

A new facility for students with special needs has been officially opened at Gisborne Intermediate. The building, two years in the planning, provides a purpose-built …

Local story brought to life

May 15, 2017 12:10PM

Makaraka School students have begun preparing for a school production of Mahakirau, one of the local stories developed by Te Runanga o Turanganui a Kiwa …

Dance taking him through grades to national level

May 13, 2017 11:41AM

Gisborne teenager Austin Rice has been nominated to compete in the National Young Performer of the Year Awards, where some of the top dancers in …

Liv's biggest surgery behind her

May 9, 2017 12:05PM

FORMER Gisborne girl Liv Fountain is out of hospital today after a successful life-changing surgery at the St Louis Children’s Hospital in Missouri, USA, last …

Tairawhiti Museum's Cosmodome brings on the night

May 2, 2017 10:46AM

GISBORNE school children will soon get to view the stars and night sky inside a cosmodome at Tairawhiti Museum. The museum bought the new education …

Rock-hunting fun wrecked by a few

April 28, 2017 11:32AM

WHAT started as a purely fun idea that involves painting rocks and hiding them is being sabotaged by a group of Gisborne youth. Keita Sides …

IDEA Services Workers Strike

April 27, 2017 12:28PM

GISBORNE IDEA Services workers walked off the job today to protest the lack of progress in bargaining for a new collective agreement. At the heart …

Huge effort behind Gisborne NCEA results

April 21, 2017 11:49AM

GISBORNE Girls’ High School has the highest pass rate among the city’s schools, according to the latest national statistics on achievement rates in NCEA. This …

Pay offer will change lives

April 21, 2017 11:07AM

THE support and services workers’ pay equity agreement has been a long time coming for Gisborne CCS Disability Action support worker Gabrielle Rutherford, who needs …

Pay deal breakthrough

April 19, 2017 11:52AM

ABOUT 500 Gisborne support services workers will be affected by the ground-breaking $2 billion settlement to increase wages across the aged care and disability sectors. …

State of Te Karaka reunion: fantastic

April 19, 2017 11:30AM

THE weather gods turned on the sun for a celebration marking 130 years of education in Te Karaka last weekend. It couldn’t have gone better, …

Centre of energy

March 19, 2017 9:01AM

SOME people roll their eyes and switch off when any mention is made of energy, chakras, prana, or chi. If you can’t see it how …

The short and sharp Cyclone Cook

April 15, 2017 11:00AM

EX-TROPICAL Cyclone Cook roared through Gisborne-East Coast in just over four hours on Thursday and, despite widespread wind damage, the district got off lightly. More …

Friends spur Ethiopian village transformation

April 13, 2017 12:03PM

IN JUNE 2009 a chance meeting between Gisborne-born philanthropist Ric Foxley and Ethiopian tour guide Amlaku Yaregal would change both of their lives forever. Mr …

Teaching students to care

April 12, 2017 10:28AM

CHILDREN at Gisborne’s Central School were told to give each other a pat on the back for their efforts in gathering three boxes of food …

Strike planned over stalled pay talks

April 12, 2017 10:23AM

SIX Gisborne IDEA support service managers are preparing to walk off the job on Saturday and Sunday to protest at a lack of progress in …

International exchange students make most of life in Gisborne

April 11, 2017 11:21AM

THREE international students who are here as part of a student exchange programme have given Gisborne a big thumbs-up. Ulrikke Gjermandsen is here from Denmark. …

Makauri concern at speed, drainage, roading

April 10, 2017 12:00PM

RESIDENT John Moroney began the “council cuppa” Makauri meeting by expressing his concern over the number of people who speed past the Taruheru Cemetery on …

April 10, 2017 11:44AM

FOR the first time in 15 years a woman has won the Bushmere Arms Giant Pumpkin Competition. Debbie Gregory’s giant pumpkin weighed in at 233kg, …

Reunion for 130 years of Te Karaka School

April 10, 2017 10:48AM

A school that started in an old tin shed celebrates a special anniversary this Easter, marking 130 years of education in Te Karaka. Otoko farmer …

Residents call for road signage after near-miss

April 8, 2017 12:06PM

SEVERAL school board members want immediate action to get signage put up outside Ngatapa School to slow passing traffic, especially logging trucks. They expressed their …

Schools delegation to visit World War 1 battlefield

April 7, 2017 9:42AM

STUDENTS from four East Coast schools are embarking on the trip of a lifetime, visiting France and Belgium to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the …

Students leap for National Biomechanics Day

April 7, 2017 9:22AM

GISBORNE students had a chance to learn about biomechanics earlier this week in a series of workshops that were part of New Zealand’s first National …

Book shipment headed way to cyclone-stricken Philippines

April 6, 2017 11:58AM

THOUSANDS of children’s books donated by Gisborne people are making their way by ship to the Philippines, thanks to a joint effort by the Filipino …

Penpals come face to face again

April 4, 2017 10:32AM

FROM Gisborne to Horsham in Australia, geographic distance is no barrier to a friendship that spans 70 years. Kiwi Joyce Light and Australian Edith Ladlow …

Volunteer roadshow on the way

April 3, 2017 11:23AM

A NATIONWIDE child protection roadshow aimed at volunteers, community organisations and board members is coming to Gisborne on Wednesday, April 5. Community Networks Aotearoa (CNA) …

April 1, 2017 9:21AM

ANTICIPATION is mounting as Gisborne pumpkin growers get ready to weigh in at the 2017 Bushmere Arms Giant Pumpkin Festival on April 9. Last year’s …

Confessions of a trainee green thumb

March 26, 2017 9:01AM

My move to Gisborne was four years in the planning. While battling Auckland traffic or having a particularly bad day at the office, I would …

Local educators in delegation to China

March 23, 2017 10:52AM

THE introduction of Chinese language lessons at Gisborne schools has led to a “principals’ delegation” trip to China in April. The delegation includes representatives from …

Mural tells story of Te Wharau

March 23, 2017 10:39AM

A MURAL depicting the story of Te Wharau is now on show at the school. Students spent two weeks designing the new mural, which covers …

Health and learning can go hand in hand

March 17, 2017 11:47AM

GISBORNE schools might have something to learn from the success of the Far North’s Waiharara School, at a collaborative workshop organised by the Ministry of …

New faces at Tairawhiti Museum

March 14, 2017 11:45AM

TWO new staff members have joined Tairawhiti Museum, with Madeleine Jones appointed collections manager and Iona Maxwell museum educator. It is Miss Jones’s job to …

New enrolment plan for Te Wharau School

March 15, 2017 11:15AM

TE WHARAU School wants feedback for a planned new enrolment scheme to deal with the growing school roll. A decile two school, its roll peaked …

GGHS learns about good, clean sport

March 11, 2017 11:19AM

GIRLS passionate about sports came away with lots of positive messages after the Good Clean Sport workshop at Gisborne Girls’ High School (GGHS) this week. …

Can-tastic effort boosts Sallie Army foodbanks

March 11, 2017 8:43AM

A CAMPAIGN where a can of food can be swapped for a testpot of paint has been a huge success, with over 670 cans collected …

Women 'need to be more confident, less fearful'

March 9, 2017 11:20AM

TWO Gisborne women inspired a group gathered to celebrate International Women’s Day yesterday with a lunch at the Marina restaurant. This year’s tagline “Be Bold …

Gizzy school lunches make for keen minds

March 8, 2017 9:56AM

GIZZY School Lunches is still making sure no one goes hungry, thanks to community support. From Monday to Thursday teams of volunteers can be found …

Beyond the concrete

March 4, 2017 8:44AM

Children from early childhood centres across Gisborne came together at the Eastwoodhill Arboretum yesterday for a special day in the countryside. Beyond The Concrete was …

Riding school throws open doors this Saturday

March 2, 2017 10:38AM

GISBORNE people will have the opportunity to ride special therapy horses this Saturday when the Riding School for the Disabled opens its indoor arena at …