Leighton Heikell

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KiwiBuild houses not so affordable

July 14, 2018 1:05PM

Gisborne could miss out on its share of 100,000 “affordable” KiwiBuild homes despite the district suffering from a housing shortage. A Cabinet paper released to …

Work and Income NZ attitude to young pregnant mum ‘terrible’

July 13, 2018 1:50PM

Gisborne’s Work and Income (WINZ) office has been criticised for the alleged “terrible” treatment of a young pregnant mother. On Tuesday, Ngapaki Moetara, who advocates …

We are buying online

July 11, 2018 2:10PM

Growth in spending by Gisborne online shoppers is the fastest in the country and retailers have been encouraged to adapt to reap the benefits. Gisborne …

Mr Sport on the world's biggest cruise ship

July 1, 2018 4:01AM

Tokomaru Bay man Byron Blane is in charge of sporting activities for about 6500 guests on the biggest cruise ship in the world, in its …

Artist and adventurer Nepia-Clamp shares love of the sea and culture

March 4, 2018 4:01AM

An internationally-recognised artist, carver, voyager, sailor and pioneer — Te Aturangi Nepia-Clamp has spent much of his life at sea. Leighton Heikell talks to him …

Garden reflects historic contact

February 9, 2018 10:29AM

DESIGNED to be a walk back in time, the 1769 Garden at Waikereru Ecosanctuary is near completion. The garden is based on the arrival in …

Be vigilant: theft victim speaks up

February 3, 2018 10:17AM

A WOMAN in her 70s who was burgled while mowing her front lawn and then defrauded of more than $6500 from her bank account, has …

Dog maltreated and dumped at Midway Beach

February 3, 2018 9:03AM

A LONG road to recovery is expected for a dog the SPCA has dubbed "Jimmy" after he was found malnourished and with severe head injuries, …

Maori ‘need to be heard’ on euthanasia

January 20, 2018 11:58AM

A GISBORNE priest wants Maori to look at how legalising euthanasia might impact on cultural protocols or tikanga surrounding death. Reverend Chris Huriwai is calling …

Underage at R and V

January 15, 2018 10:07AM

TEENAGERS as young as 15 attended the three-day Rhythm and Vines festival in Gisborne over the New Year, contravening liquor licensing laws. The Gisborne Herald …

Who shot our cats?

January 13, 2018 11:42AM

A GISBORNE pet owner is struggling to find any clue as to why her cat was shot less than a year after another of her …

Council spotlight on Easter Sunday trading

January 10, 2018 11:26AM

A CHANGE to the Easter trading hours could be on the horizon for Gisborne this year. Gisborne District Council is seeking feedback on a proposed …

Welcome aboard Waka Hourua ‘Tairawhiti’

January 6, 2018 11:10AM

GISBORNE people have the chance to go on board and see the district’s new floating classroom. Waka hourua Tairawhiti is now taking pride of place …

Earthquake studies converge on Gisborne 

January 5, 2018 10:34AM

GISBORNE has been a hive of activity not only for revellers over the summer break. International seismologists are here studying the Hikurangi subduction zone. Twenty …

Beached whale died of natural causes

January 3, 2018 12:13PM

BURYING a beached whale at Mahia Beach was a sombre way to bring in the New Year. Crowds gathered to farewell the 16-metre whale as …

Groping video goes viral

January 3, 2018 9:26AM

A VIDEO of woman in glitter body paint being groped at Rhythm and Vines has gone viral. The video shows 20-year-old Madeline Anello-Kitzmiller turn around …

Renovating the riverside

December 30, 2017 11:17AM

A LONG-awaited revamp of city buildings on Palmerston Road’s riverside has begun. Work has started on the former Girl Guide Association Hall, the former Hearing …

New campus for early education

December 30, 2017 9:54AM

A NEW early education campus will be developed along Palmerston Road’s riverside precinct. The Gisborne Community Early Education Centre (Te Whare Tiaki Tamariki) has bought …

Bright future for Plunket building

December 30, 2017 8:58AM

THERE was a touch of serendipity to help speed restoration of the once-derelict Plunket Building in Palmerston Road. Historic Places Tairawhiti (HPT) and Tairawhiti Heritage …

Reluctant netballer shooting for the top

December 23, 2017 9:34AM

MANAIA Hutana didn’t like netball at first. “I used to think it was such a girlie sport and I didn’t want to wear a dress. …

Bringing Sidewalk Karaoke home to Gisborne

December 20, 2017 11:19AM

BRINGING Maori Television’s number one entertainment show home is an exciting event for Sidewalk Karaoke creator Bailey Mackey and host Te Hamua Nikora. The show …

Coast man wins The Way of the Horse challenge

December 16, 2017 9:12AM

THEY call him the horse whisperer, but Tui Teka says he is just your average bloke from Tokomaru Bay who knows how to work with …

St Lukes sounds like a church again

December 13, 2017 12:42PM

THE chimes of an historic bell at St Luke’s Anglican Church can be heard once again thanks to a past parishioner. Restoration of the 105-year-old …

Megathrust earthquake possibility for Gisborne

December 12, 2017 11:42AM

THE danger of a magnitude 9.0 megathrust earthquake striking the East Coast is a reality residents have to be aware of, Tairawhiti Civil Defence emergency …

Students put stamp on research

December 7, 2017 11:13AM

TWO deep-sea earthquake observatories to be installed off the coast of Gisborne will carry the name Te Matakite. This comes after a competition for high …

Tolaga student to advise Education Minister

December 1, 2017 9:59AM

A FUTURE in politics could be a reality for a 16-year-old Tolaga Bay student. Costa Blackman has been selected to provide Education Minister Chris Hipkins …

Labour inspectors check in on Gisborne

November 30, 2017 11:56AM

SOME Gisborne businesses came under the spotlight with a visit from eight labour inspectors this week. The inspectors from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and …

Civil Defence test alerts some

November 27, 2017 2:33PM

Yesterday’s nationwide emergency phone alert test has been hailed a success — even though two-thirds of phones did not get the message. Tairawhiti Civil Defence …

Fighters give all in life-changing journey to ring

November 25, 2017 11:03AM

THE journey was long and tough for the 20 locals who faced off in the ring last night at the annual Fight for Life Ed …

Oil spill team up to test

November 25, 2017 9:54AM

GISBORNE marine oil spill responders were put to the test yesterday in a simulation exercise on the rivers near Marina Park. A team of 20 …

White ribbon riders promote respect

November 24, 2017 11:00AM

THE roar of motorbikes might have caught some attention but Kaiti School students were more captivated by the stories that came with them. Fifteen family …

Emergency alert coming to a phone near you

November 23, 2017 12:05PM

EXPECT an emergency alert on your cellphone this Sunday but don’t be alarmed, is the message from the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management …

Lights come on for club savings

October 26, 2017 10:40AM

SIX Gisborne sports clubs have become champions of the environment. Gisborne Pirates RFC, OBM RFC, Gisborne Park Golf Club, Poverty Bay Rugby Referees Association, Poverty …

Gifted youngsters get the write stuff

September 15, 2017 9:01AM

A NUMBER of Gisborne’s young gifted writers advanced their skills under the watchful eye of an award-winning author this week. Author and associate director of …

New dark horse in Gisborne's chess ranks

September 6, 2017 9:25AM

A NEW dark horse has emerged from Whatatutu. Aubrey Brown, a year 6 student at Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Whatatutu, has shown he has …

Campion's new education era

August 30, 2017 11:13AM

CAMPION College has opened the doors to its first completed building in a multimillion dollar rebuild project. The rebuild coincides with a major overhaul in …

'Cut down this tree'

June 7, 2017 11:31AM

RENEWED calls to remove a potentially-dangerous horse-chestnut tree outside the Blind Foundation’s Grey Street building have been ignored by the District Council, says the Gisborne …

‘Immense privilege’ to work with NZ’s history

June 3, 2017 10:08AM

FORMER Gisborne woman Vicki-Anne Heikell has had her hands on history. For months the field conservator at the Alexander Turnbull Library in Wellington worked on …

Let the feijoa wars begin

May 20, 2017 8:47AM

GISBORNE'S biggest feijoa for 2017 might have been found. Makaraka feijoa growers Michael and Lilia Mills are leading the pack with a massive 360 gram …

Perfect end to a golden summer of visits

March 25, 2017 11:22AM

Cruise ship Golden Princess said “arrivederci Gisborne” for the final time this summer late yesterday afternoon at the end of another extremely successful day at …

Campion re-build under way

February 18, 2017 8:58AM

A massive shift in education is getting closer for Campion College students with a multimillion-dollar re-build under way. Construction has begun on new innovative learning …

Hipstamatics take inspiration from 70s soul

December 29, 2016 8:59AM

BY DEFINITION, the Hipstamatics perform music through an old school lens. The 11-strong band “borrowed” their name, reflective of the flower-power era, from a photo …

Caroline cares for youth

December 18, 2016 10:56AM

GISBORNE'S Youth Council chairwoman Caroline Simmonds knows the limitations of poverty and uses that as a tool to help others. Growing up, she experienced poverty …

Turkish delights

November 20, 2016 9:57AM

Leighton Heikell shares his eight-day tour of Turkey, explains why he fell in love with the country and why it is a must-see. It’s not …

Teenage firefighter one of our 19 local heroes

November 16, 2016 11:43AM

Bryce Simpson saves lives - The Gisborne/Te Karaka 17-year-old is a Kiwibank Local Hero and will be rewarded for his volunteer work for the New …

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 …

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 …

Kiwi treats for kids in India

September 21, 2016 10:22AM

SOME Indian preschoolers will soon be experiencing a kiwi-style playtime with some traditional poi and flax baskets heading their way. Students from Te Whare Whai …

Wonders of nature through children's eyes

August 15, 2016 11:30AM

CHILDREN from three Gisborne kindergartens are now exhibited artists after creating pieces inspired by the wonders of nature to celebrate Matariki. The artworks of senior …

Youth mentoring programme could change course of a life

August 6, 2016 9:17AM

A NEW mentorship programme which connects youth with at-risk youth has received $10,000 in funding from the Government. The Gisborne initiative, called Tuakana Teina, pairs …

Firsthand fears for Istanbul

June 29, 2016 9:40AM

Campion College student Leighton Heikell flew out of Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen Airport yesterday, one of Istanbul’s two main airports, just hours before two unnamed men …

Who is to blame?

June 27, 2016 9:35AM

Today Moko Rangitoheriri’s abusers, 26-year-old Tania Shailer and 43-year-old David William Haerewa will be sentenced. Marches demanding justice for Moko and calling for an end …

Learning with dirt between their fingers

May 16, 2016 10:24AM

PRESCHOOLERS’ got their hands dirty at a fun, free and forward thinking gardening event run by Barnardos at the Botanical Gardens last week. Barnardos’ Nicole …

The girl behind the lens

May 15, 2016 9:31AM

ZARA Staples hopes her journey so far is just the tip of a very large iceberg. The Gisborne-based photographer has recently received high praise from …

Earthquake civil defence message loud and clear

May 2, 2016 9:58AM

LONG, strong, be gone. Four simple words that contain an important message when dealing with an earthquake. It is one of the messages sign written on …

End of a ‘challenging’ grape season: Millton

April 16, 2016 12:07PM

SOME of the last grapes in the district came off the vines at Manutuke yesterday, marking the end of a challenging season for Millton Vineyards …

Planter boxes a team effort

April 11, 2016 8:19AM

GISBORNE Intermediate students were all working together to fill planter boxes outside the cooking room, designed and built by 12 woodwork students with the help …

Supermarket trip gives students food for thought

April 2, 2016 8:56AM

Food for thought was on the menu for Central School students who visited Pak’nSave supermarket yesterday. The Year 5 and 6 students compared nutritional value …

From having nothing to seeing the world

March 22, 2016 10:11AM

Young people need to “get out there” and realise there is more to life than Gisborne, says Chief Petty Officer Rangi Ehu. Formerly of Gisborne, …

Worldly adventures for kindergarten teacher

March 10, 2016 9:19AM

GISBORNE woman Meredith Stewart is excited about fulfilling a life-long dream of visiting India. A teacher at Pickering Street Kindergarten, she will spend time volunteering …

Compost workshop next week

March 5, 2016 8:39AM

MORE than 1600 large compost bins have been handed out to Gisborne residents over the past four years. They are given to participants who attend …