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Kaiti Mall to go smoke-free

February 15, 2018 10:36AM

KAITI Mall will be smoke-free from next month, thanks to students at Kaiti School. They spoke out about the mall being dirty and somewhere they …

Ilminster welcomes Mandarin Language Assistants

February 13, 2018 10:08AM

THREE new Mandarin language assistants (MLAs) were given a warm Kiwi welcome at Ilminster Intermediate School in Gisborne yesterday. Zixia Zeng, Bingyu Shi and Meixia …

The art of shaping trees

February 4, 2018 4:01AM

Hand scissors are the tool of trade for topiarists Andrew and Kim Scott, who talked to Kim Parkinson about their thriving business. Topiary conjures up …

Schools collaborating to learn better

January 31, 2018 10:08AM

ABOUT 180 educators met yesterday at Mangapapa School to take part in the first Gisborne Community of Learning (COL) — Kahui Ako activation day. Representatives …

Rere thrill worth risk of getting ill

January 27, 2018 11:12AM

THE experience far outweighed the risk of sickness for one visitor to Rere Rockslide this week. Susan Karels, an environmental education officer from Northland, visited …

Kids spellbound by The Great Wardini

January 26, 2018 2:41PM

GISBORNE children were treated to a magic show yesterday when The Great Wardini entertained and surprised with his repertoire of tricks and tales. More than …

Mentors sought for licence programme

January 24, 2018 12:11PM

A PLEA has been made for volunteers to come forward and offer spare time to help people achieve a life-changing goal, getting their driver’s licence. …

Practice sessions for triathlons ahead

January 20, 2018 12:13PM

GISBORNE is gearing up for triathlon events in February and March, with the National Weet-Bix Tryathlon series here on Tuesday, February 20. It is the …

Interest-free loans do help

January 18, 2018 1:43PM

No-interest loans are available for those under extreme financial pressure, says Gisborne Budget Advisory Services manager Lynda Markie. They are offered through a trust called …

Passing the hurdle of NCEA’s exam results

January 17, 2018 12:16PM

ABOUT 140,000 school students received their National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) results yesterday and Paula Jeune, dux of Gisborne Girls’ High School, is one …

Helping hands with the Ruel Foundation

January 14, 2018 4:01AM

GISBORNE women Angela Paton and Julia Gould flew to the Philippines in November 2017 to volunteer at an orphanage in Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro run …

Making the most of freedom camping

January 11, 2018 1:01PM

SINCE the new freedom camping policy was introduced a year ago Gisborne District Council has issued only one infringement notice. This was for freedom camping …

Moteliers enjoy busy summer

January 11, 2018 10:21AM

MOTEL guest numbers for summer have been robust, with high occupancy across the city, East Coast Motel Association president Art Heern has said. The association …

YES student studies Brazilian street art

January 10, 2018 9:58AM

GISBORNE Girls’ High student Rebecca Collier is back from the trip of a lifetime to Sao Paulo, Brazil as part of a Young Enterprise Scheme …

Camping out in Gisborne

January 6, 2018 8:33AM

DESPITE slips in the Waioeka Gorge, thunder, lightning and deluges of rain, they just keep coming. The tourists, that is. There is very little accommodation …

Ngati Porou Pa Wars are a hit

January 5, 2018 11:36AM

THE 2018 Ngati Porou Inter Marae Sports Festival Pa Wars in Ruatoria was a big success this year with the area’s maraes competing across a …

GDC’s biosecurity advocate spreads didymo-free message

January 5, 2018 10:02AM

“CHECK, Clean and Dry” is the message from Gisborne District Council’s new biosecurity department didymo advocate Holly McIldowie. The parasitic, microscopic algae didymo uses up …

First baby of 2018

January 3, 2018 11:34AM

WHAT started as a joke about having the first baby in Gisborne in 2018 came true for Robin Te Rito, who gave birth to Liv …

Professor at the top of his game

December 31, 2017 4:01AM

Gisborne’s Professor Jack Richards has been named one of the 50 most influential language teaching specialists in the world — and the only Kiwi. Reporter …

Keeping the festival safe

December 28, 2017 11:12AM

ALCOHOL will be the most damaging, intoxicating drug at Gisborne’s annual music festival Rhythm and Vines, says senior Gisborne Hospital emergency department doctor Andrew Botting. …

Budget service ready to help

December 18, 2017 10:50AM

FIVE new trainees to help manage increased demand for budgeting services in the lead-up to Christmas are a welcome relief for Gisborne Budget Advisory Service. …

Ormond school creates fence post memories

December 18, 2017 10:18AM

THE Year 6 students at Ormond School have spent five weeks working on a special art project — self-portrait gateposts to celebrate each of this …

Our teams mix it with the best at YES awards

December 14, 2017 12:35PM

GISBORNE'S young entrepreneurial talent did the city proud last week when teams from Campion College and Gisborne Girls’ High School represented the region at the …

Glad to be rid of National Standards — Berezowski

December 14, 2017 12:07PM

The ditching of National Standards this week means teachers can teach more and assess less, says Steve Berezowski, principal at Gisborne’s Te Wharau School and …

Spud in a bucket records tumble

December 12, 2017 11:55AM

IT'S BEEN a record-breaking year for the annual Alzheimers Gisborne Spud in a Bucket competition. New records have been set across the board, with Dave …

Kids’ Carnival chaos

December 11, 2017 12:18PM

GREED, theft, mess and terrible treatment of hard-working volunteers was a sad reality of the day, said Heart of Gisborne manager Lana Davy about the …

From midwife to monk

December 10, 2017 4:01AM

MARIE-ann Quin has found her calling in life, but she hit rock bottom before getting there. A modern-day monk whose Sanskrit name is Sattwa Devi, …

Gisborne songwriters win national awards

December 9, 2017 10:02AM

FOUR young songwriters from Gisborne Girls High School have picked up two of the top prizes at the National songwriting competition Play It Strange. Year …

New look for Mangapapa uniforms

December 4, 2017 9:13AM

IT TOOK a massive fundraising effort by the Mangapapa School community to design and buy a new Mangapapa Kid (MKid) shirt and principal Paul Sadler …

Taking their music to the community

December 1, 2017 11:37AM

A FULLY interactive performance by a group of musicians here for the Gisborne International Music Competition (GIMC) went down a treat yesterday at Makauri School. …

Life-changing meditation course in Gisborne

November 24, 2017 12:33PM

FROM teaching in Waikeria prison to running courses throughout the country, former Gisborne woman Marie-ann Quin is in town to teach a Ishaya meditation course, …

System failure for NCEA Level 1 maths exam

November 23, 2017 12:28PM

THE NCEA Level 1 maths exam, which has brought mass criticism from New Zealand schools due to the level of difficulty and content, was made …

Educating for a tech future

November 23, 2017 10:20AM

WITH the goal of breaking down stereotypes and making science fun, Dr Michelle Dickinson or Nanogirl inspired Gisborne people this week with her infectious enthusiasm …

A school in good heart

November 19, 2017 8:01AM

A career first as a science teacher then as principal of Gisborne Boys’ High School has never felt like a job for Greg Mackle because …

Impact project reaches out to Vanuatu

November 18, 2017 8:48AM

A SMALL island off the north coast of Vanuatu has benefited from a Campion College pupil’s impact project. Imogen McGuinness personally delivered goods to Pele …

Ngai Tahu group visits Silicon Valley

November 13, 2017 11:47AM

GISBORNE Boys’ High School student Olly Cranefield has just returned from the trip of a lifetime to Silicon Valley in San Francisco, where he was …

Celebrating Gisborne's Mandarin Language Assistants

November 9, 2017 10:26AM

STUDENTS from Ilminster Intermediate and Waikirikiri schools celebrated the contribution of the Mandarin Language Assistants (MLAs) to Gisborne with a special China Day event last …

Budding young scientists enjoy ‘hands-on, feet-wet’ experience

November 4, 2017 11:29AM

A portable science laboratory in a shipping container has been in Gisborne this week teaching students science skills for seashore studies and inspiring them to …

Winning moves by Nuhaka’s young chess guns

November 2, 2017 11:43AM

NUHAKA School principal Nick Chapman credits a chess culture for the outstanding results of its team at a Hawke’s Bay tournament. The Hawke’s Bay years …

Keeping Up With The Kaimanawas author in town

November 1, 2017 9:57AM

BEST-selling author Kelly Wilson of Keeping Up With The Kaimanawas television fame will be in Gisborne on Friday to sign copies of her two latest …

Girls get upper hand with self defence

October 28, 2017 8:48AM

AS WOMEN and girls around the world speak out about sexual abuse through the MeToo campaign, a self defence programme has become an important fixture …

Mock interview ‘level playing field’ alternative to costly workshops

October 27, 2017 11:47AM

Gizzy School Lunches will soon become a beneficiary of a Gisborne medical student’s project. Second-year medical student Michaela Rektorysova is organising a mock interview process …

Ilminster students up with the best at maths

October 27, 2017 10:37AM

A TEAM of Year 7 students from Gisborne’s Ilminster Intermediate School has come second overall in the Bay Maths Mathematics Competition against teams from schools …

Veggie heroes as students hit kitchen for Chefs Day

October 26, 2017 9:39AM

STUDENTS from Gisborne Intermediate and Makauri schools traded pencils for utensils to celebrate International Chefs Day. Gisborne Intermediate ran a special workshop that focused on …

Young, entrepreneurial and successful in Gisborne

October 25, 2017 10:37AM

TWO teams of Gisborne secondary school students have won top awards in the Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) programme. Campion College team Torrac won the Gisborne …

TJ makes the right moves at Aurora tournament

October 25, 2017 10:00AM

A GROUP of talented young Gisborne players put their skills to the test at the Aurora Boys’ Chess Tournament at Manutuke School last Friday. Ormond …

Inspiring innovation in a changing world

October 18, 2017 11:15AM

A full house turned out at the Succeed in a Changing World event hosted by Callaghan Innovation and Activate Tairawhiti and designed to inspire innovation. …

Bring on 2018 after record swim challenge

October 11, 2017 12:12PM

THE Swim The Distance Challenge has broken all the records this year with 226 registered participants. Sport Gisborne Tairawhiti was delighted with this year’s event, …

Reaching new heights with Tourettes

October 11, 2017 8:26AM

TE KARAKA boy Zarneo Baker has just returned from a life-changing experience at Camp Twitch, a special camp for children with Tourette’s Syndrome. Tourette’s is …

Promoting gender equality in work force ‘a win-win’

October 9, 2017 11:11AM

VICKY Mee was first made aware of gender pay inequality when she began her career as a geologist in an Australian mine. Now she is …

Keen to bring skills back to region

October 7, 2017 8:40AM

A NEW group of scholarship winners have the late Walter William McLean to thank for helping them financially when they embark on tertiary study next …

Warning on toxic rhus tree

October 5, 2017 9:55AM

GISBORNE man Jonathan Samson wants to warn people of the harmful effects of the rhus tree after suffering a painful allergic reaction from pruning the …

Celebrating 125 years of education at Tiniroto

September 28, 2017 3:46PM

A SPECIAL reunion is taking place this Labour Weekend to mark the 125-year anniversary of Tiniroto School, the first school in this district recognised by …

Gisborne's good class of assets for accountants

September 26, 2017 9:06AM

PLACES like Gisborne can offer accountants a fulfilling career and lifestyle advantages, says Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand president Cassandra Crowley, who was in …

Gisborne woman's family safe but long road ahead

September 23, 2017 8:38AM

GISBORNE resident Eunice Fuchs is hugely relieved that her family came through unscathed when Hurricane Maria pummelled her Puerto Rican homeland on Wednesday. She has …

SuperGrans goes free for all

September 21, 2017 11:13AM

A FREE-For-All Day at SuperGrans Tairawhiti is a win-win, allowing whanau to stock up on things they need for free and clearing out an overflow …

Cat shot in Kaiti

September 20, 2017 10:10AM

BELOVED cat Pipi is lucky to be alive after she was shot on the front porch of her Kaiti home. Owner Mihi-Leigh Castelle Tahuri Walters …

Campion College students make positive impact

September 20, 2017 10:03AM

GISBORNE'S Women’s Refuge will soon receive 50 care packages after a group of Campion College students noticed they were in need of more supplies. “We …

New support group to help meth users

September 16, 2017 8:48AM

ANTI P campaigner Tricia Walsh is starting a new support group for people affected by methamphetamine. She is part of a dedicated group of volunteers …

Nothing stopping schools offering te reo: Parata

September 15, 2017 12:10PM

FORMER Minister of Education Hekia Parata is passionate about te reo Maori, so much so that she and her family moved back to Ruatoria so …

Partnership school planned for Gisborne in 2019

September 13, 2017 11:05AM

A PARTNERSHIP school for Gisborne has been announced and the school, Turanga Tangata Rite, will be ready to open in 2019. Turanga Ararau human resources …

Sharing books and values with Rarotonga

September 12, 2017 9:08AM

THE FARMYARD for Early Learners in Gisborne has given a donation of books and art resources to Apii Rutaki School in Rarotonga. The Steiner-inspired early …

Principals on compulsory te reo in schools

September 9, 2017 11:52AM

A NUMBER of Gisborne school principals are open to the idea of having Maori language made a compulsory subject in New Zealand schools. With Maori …

Fundraising earns a big thank you

September 9, 2017 11:01AM

After years of fundraising for World Vision, a Gisborne church youth group has been given special recognition for their effort. Three representatives from the Mangapapa …

Gisborne to host 2017 Brass Band Competitions

September 7, 2017 9:08AM

GISBORNE will come alive with the sound of music when brass band players descend on the city for the Waikato-Bay of Plenty Regional Brass Band …

Gisborne man on United States Leadership Tour

September 7, 2017 9:03AM

GISBORNE'S Te Wai Coulston has been chosen to be part of The United States Leadership Tour where he will meet the biggest players in foreign …

Steiner primary school planned

September 6, 2017 9:45AM

GISBORNE could soon have a new Steiner Forest primary school after The Farmyard for Early Learners was granted approval from the Ministry of Education and …

Mystery flight for two of Gisborne's finest

September 4, 2017 10:18AM

GISBORNE girl Nikita Schwass took to the sky at the weekend on a special Koru Care mystery flight, thanks to Air New Zealand. She joined …

Mediterranean magic

September 3, 2017 9:01AM

WHO doesn’t love a fresh Greek salad with feta and olives, tomatoes and cucumbers or mussels in a garlic, white wine and coriander broth? When …

606 Kiwis took own lives in year to June 2017

September 2, 2017 10:40AM

SUICIDE has been the hardest thing for a Gisborne woman and her family to endure. Jasmine Taare has lost four close family members to suicide. …

Everyone's a winner in Gotcha campaign

September 2, 2017 10:00AM

WINNERS were announced in Gisborne’s first Gotcha campaign at an assembly at Te Wharau school yesterday. The campaign to promote safe travel to and from …

Ardern meets with Qmunity Youth Group

August 31, 2017 10:26AM

IT WAS a time of reflection and revelation when Gisborne’s Qmunity Youth Group met with Labour leader Jacinda Ardern and Annette King in Gibsorne on …

Buckets and buckets of spuds for Alzheimers

August 28, 2017 11:46AM

AFTER five good years and one record holding 1.2kg potato haul, Alzheimers Society committee member and volunteer Dan Staley is stepping down from his role …

Working for a better world

August 27, 2017 9:01AM

ANNE-Marie Brook spent her formative years in Gisborne, arriving in 1978 when her dad took a job as the director of the Gisborne Senior Technical …

Webpoll: "Do nothing" should have been an option

August 26, 2017 10:58AM

A 52 percent majority of webpoll respondents this week said that a ‘do nothing’ option, as suggested by Mayor Meng Foon at a recent council …

Scholarship for promising Maori student

August 22, 2017 10:09AM

FORMER Gisborne Boys’ High School student Ryland Hutana was the first recipient of the McDonald’s AUT Te Tai Tokerau Scholarship after it was extended to …

Campion receives positive ERO report

August 18, 2017 11:35AM

CAMPION College has received a positive ERO report, which describes it as well placed to sustain and improve its performance. Principal Paul McGuinness says the …

Artist gives advice back to youth

August 17, 2017 1:56PM

“DO the mahi — get the treats” was the message from acclaimed street artist Graham Hoete, known as Mr G, when he spoke to a …

Grant a boost to Coast school’s plans

August 17, 2017 9:56AM

A TOLAGA Bay school has had a $10,000 financial boost from CORE Maori education grants, enabling it to host a week of summer activities at …

Promoting better relationship education

August 15, 2017 12:03PM

A WORKSHOP promoting healthy relationships at Gisborne Girls’ High School was timely, after a petition was handed to Parliament calling for better, more consistent sex …

Twice the mobility on this scooter

August 9, 2017 9:22AM

A DOUBLE mobility scooter has been an answer to the prayers of Walter Mathieson and Karen Downs. They can now get out and about with …

Hinepau in te reo comes to Gisborne

August 9, 2017 9:11AM

A TOURING production of Hinepau, a play based on a mythical story about respecting your environment and staying true to yourself came to Te Wharau …

Ilminster Intermediate wins Heart Schools Award

August 4, 2017 9:02AM

ILMINSTER Intermediate has won the Heart Foundation Heart Schools Award for the postive changes the school has made to promote health and fitness for its …

Army training week returns to Ruatoria

August 3, 2017 11:18AM

GISBORNE man Corporal Keelan Poi will host a unit from the New Zealand Army later this month for a week of training in Ruatoria, where …

Artist gives Parker painting to Ruatoria

August 2, 2017 10:23AM

AN EAST Coast gym has been given a boost from a well known New Zealand artist after he saw a story about it on TV …

New classroom block for Kaiti School

August 1, 2017 10:14AM

A SPECIALLY-designed new classroom block called Te Whare a Maui for Maori immersion students has just opened at Kaiti school. Principal Billie-Jean Potaka-Ayton said the …

Pilates is the real thing

July 30, 2017 9:01AM

A SHIPMENT of pilates equipment arrived from Brazil recently and is now installed in Bright Street’s Authentic Pilates studio, making it the only fully-equipped Authentic …

Teachers learn creativity in Palm Desert

July 28, 2017 11:06AM

TWO teachers have just had the experience of a lifetime after being selected to visit Gisborne’s Sister City, Palm Desert, in California as part of …

Gisborne nurse’s contribution recognised

July 26, 2017 3:33PM

GISBORNE nurse and Open for Leadership Award winner Rachel Malone is proud to represent her area of mental health services. Miss Malone was one of …

First scholarships awarded for trainee nurses

July 26, 2017 9:49AM

ARIANA Kairau and Lydia Taare are the first recipients in Gisborne to be awarded Hauora Maori Scholarships for 2017. They are first year nursing trainee …

Cat loses leg in animal trap

July 25, 2017 11:16AM

A MUCH-loved Gisborne pet has had its leg amputated after it went missing and returned six days later limping, freezing, thin and starving. Owner Deanne …

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 …

Gifts for Edgecumbe

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 …

Women have pumpkin power

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) …

Whopper pumpkin season again

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 …