Check out our latest news and stories about the mahi and projects the Trust is involved with around the region.


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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Trust distributions – September 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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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.

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New appointments for Trust Tairāwhiti governance

Council has confirmed two new appointments to the governance board of Trust Tairāwhiti to take forward the good work of departing trustees Dr Jill Chrisp and Kristen Kohere-Soutar.

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June distributions

Over $117,000 was awarded to four community groups in the latest funding round from Trust Tairāwhiti.

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Business support grants

In the aftermath of Cyclone Gabrielle, Trust Tairāwhiti distributed $16.32 million to 730 local businesses to support their recovery and get back up and running.

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May distributions 2023

The Motu Trails Charitable Trust will receive $90,000 from Trust Tairāwhiti over three years to boost their marketing and promotions to attract more visitors to the region.

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Quarterly Economic Monitor March 2023

Cyclone Gabrielle heavily disrupted the Tairāwhiti economy over the first quarter of 2023 and while this hampered usual economic activity levels, various indicators highlight the remarkable momentum…

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April distributions

Four community groups were supported with grants totalling $178,000 in the latest distribution round from Trust Tairāwhiti.

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Warmer Kiwi Homes programme

Grants for home heating and insulation are available for eligible homeowners in the Tairāwhiti region.

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Quick-turnaround community grants

In the aftermath of Cyclone Gabrielle, 49 community groups in Tairāwhiti were supported with quick-turnaround grants to help their recovery efforts.

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Tairāwhiti Wellbeing Survey data now online

The first tranche of insights and data tables from the Tairāwhiti Wellbeing Survey (TWS) are now available online.