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Grants for recovery, culture and regional programs

More than $181,990 in community grants were approved in the Trust Tairāwhiti June funding round. These grants will support recovery initiatives, preserve cultural heritage and advance regional…

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Destination insights report March 2024

The latest tourism industry insights and international travel statistics in our March 2024 Destination Insights report. Find out about Gisborne's tourism recovery, international visitor trends, and…

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New direction for regional infrastructure operations

Eastland Group and its shareholder Trust Tairāwhiti have jointly announced the group head office will be reshaped and transition to a new operational and governance model as a holding company. Over…

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February 2024 Destination Insights

The Tairāwhiti tourism industry is beginning to turn over a new leaf, with the latest data showing a significant increase in guest nights in the accommodation sector. In February 2024, there was a 93…


RTNZ Director discusses sustainable tourism practices

Regional Tourism New Zealand (RTNZ) Director of Destination Management Kiri Goulter was in Gisborne this month to meet with regional leaders and present to the Destination Tairāwhiti Advisory Group…

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Cultural, sporting and tech initiatives receive Trust funding

Over $170,000 in community grants have been approved by Trust Tairāwhiti in its latest funding round. Cultural, sporting and tech initiatives across Gisborne and the East Coast feature on the list of…

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Tairāwhiti Wellbeing Survey 2023 results released

Economic and environmental concerns grow Sense of community connection remains strong The results of the second Tairāwhiti Wellbeing Survey are now online at To better understand…

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Quarterly Economic Monitor December 2023

In the last three months of 2023, the Tairāwhiti economy saw little change from the previous two quarters. The subdued economy reflects the lingering impacts of Cyclone Gabrielle, household spending…

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Cruise is big news for Tairāwhiti

One of the biggest ever cruise seasons has ended on a high in Tairāwhiti, with a final visit from the towering Noordam.
Carrying up to 1,900 passengers and 800 crew, the Noordam anchored in the bay…

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Funding announcement: Te Uranga o Te Ra

Trust Tairāwhiti announces funding for major waka ama competition One of the region’s biggest ever sporting competitions is happening this October, with the Tūranganui-a-Kiwa clubs of Te Uranga o Te…

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Positive community impacts for Rua programme

More local rangatahi will gain tertiary scholarships and bring their expertise back to the region, as Rua Bioscience expands its highly successful Impact Programme in 2024.

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Trust supports school pool heating and energy resilience project

Trust Tairāwhiti has approved $3.5 million in funding for a significant project that combines pool heating and renewable solar energy generation alongside battery storage at four schools on the East…

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Anniversary of Cyclone Gabrielle

Trust Tairāwhiti, along with funding partners Te Whatu Ora and Eastern and Central Community Trust, has provided $242,696.75 in funding for community-led commemoration events and initiatives to mark…

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December distributions 2023

Over $897,000 in community grants were approved in the final funding round of the year from Trust Tairāwhiti. The biggest recipient was Gisborne Speedway Club, which will receive up to $267,000…

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New chair appointed to Trust Tairāwhiti

David Battin has been unanimously appointed as the new board chair for Trust Tairāwhiti. The chair position was previously held by John Clarke, who will remain a trustee and support Mr Battin as…

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Quarterly Economic Monitor September 2023

Economic activity in Tairāwhiti has shown signs of decline over the year and is tracking below the national average for several indicators, according to the latest Infometrics Quarterly Economic…

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Cruise season is here

Next week Gisborne will host the National Geographic Orion, the first cruise ship visit for the 2023/23 summer season. It is scheduled to arrive at 8am on 13 November, bringing about 106 passengers…

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October distributions 2023

Community grants totalling just over $196,000 were approved in the latest funding round from Trust Tairāwhiti. The biggest recipients were Toitu Tairāwhiti and Te Runanganui o Ngāti Porou, which each…