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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…

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Have your say in the Tairāwhiti Wellbeing Survey 2023

The community is invited to participate in the second Tairāwhiti Wellbeing Survey (TWS), to help build comprehensive data about how we’re doing as a region. The survey was designed to improve our…

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New summer marketing campaign for Tairāwhiti Gisborne

The unique East Coast lifestyle, people and attractions are celebrated in a new marketing campaign for Tairāwhiti Gisborne, enticing manuhiri to visit the region and ‘come see why’. The campaign is…

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Wellbeing data dashboards now live

Interactive data dashboards are now available for the community to gain deeper insights from the first Tairāwhiti Wellbeing Survey (TWS). The survey ran over nine weeks from October 2022 and was…


New CE appointed for Trust Tairāwhiti

The board of Trust Tairāwhiti is pleased to announce the appointment of Doug Jones as the organisation’s new chief executive. Trust chair John Clarke said after an extensive recruitment process…

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September distributions 2023

Five community initiatives were supported with distributions totalling $285,735 in the latest funding round from Trust Tairāwhiti. Matawai Memorial Hall Association was the biggest recipient…

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Quarterly Economic Monitor June 2023

The Tairāwhiti economy remains subdued following the impacts of Cyclone Gabrielle, high interest rates and the cost of living, according to recent economic data. Infometrics’ Quarterly Economic…

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StardustME — Rocketed into outer space

A Gisborne business built around a surprising synergy of the technology, space and funeral sectors has rocketed from start-up into outer space. StardustME provides space memorial flights to celebrate…

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Swim for life

Last year more than 3000 kids from around the region were able to grow their competency in the water thanks to the Swim for Life Tairāwhiti (SFLT) programme.

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Huringa Pai

Huringa Pai Charitable Trust takes an inclusive, knowledge-based approach to healthy living, enabling their vision for whānau to live healthier and longer. It was founded in 2016 by Dr Willem…

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The Gisborne Boardriders Club (GBC) East Coast surfing initiative is not just about catching waves but connecting whānau to the taiao and the moana through the shared experience of surfing. Last year…

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Trust releases 2022/23 Annual Report

The Trust Tairāwhiti Annual Report 2022/23 is now available online, ahead of the organisation’s Annual General Meeting on 10 August.

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Feasibility funding and community distributions

Feasibility case funding for two significant regional economic initiatives was approved in the latest funding round from Trust Tairāwhiti.


Eastland Generation announces capital raise to fuel development pipeline

eeking a growth partner to help fund a strong pipeline of renewable generation opportunities. Alongside its existing partners Ormat Technologies and Ngāti Tūwharetoa Geothermal Assets (NTGA), work is…


Trust CEO steps down after six years at the helm

After nearly six years in the role, Trust Tairāwhiti founding CEO, Gavin Murphy, is stepping down from his role, effective July 2023, says Trust chair John Clarke.