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Organisation

New Eastland Group board appointments

Two new directors have been appointed to the Eastland Group board.
Company shareholder Trust Tairāwhiti appointed Hamish Bell and Debbie Birch to the board of the Gisborne-based infrastructure, logistics and energy company.

“On behalf of the trustees, I’m pleased to welcome Debbie and Hamish to the Eastland Board group,” said Trust Tairāwhiti chair John Clarke.

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Organisation, Community Initiatives

Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival 2021 programme change

Through lockdown and into Delta Alert Level 2, Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival team have been working hard to deliver a vibrant celebration of the creative...

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Industry, Business & Employment

Businesses more resilient in lockdown

Local businesses are less concerned about the current lockdown compared to last year’s, according to the results of a Trust Tairāwhiti business survey.

Local businesses are less concerned about the current lockdown compared to last year’s, according to the results of a Trust Tairāwhiti business survey.

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Future Generations

Registrations open for native forest regeneration event

Recloaking the Whenua is an online event focusing on permanent native forest regeneration across Tairāwhiti.

The aim of the event is to share information about opportunities for converting land to indigenous regeneration, as well as risks to farming and forestry...

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Industry, Business & Employment

Local businesses encouraged to complete lockdown survey

Trust Tairāwhiti has launched an online survey to capture the impacts this current lockdown is having on local business owners and operators.

Accessible through the Trust website, the short survey asks questions around the areas of business affected by lockdown, types of support that would be...

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Industry, Business & Employment

COVID-19 Business Support

The Government roll out of business support is well underway for those affected by the current COVID-19 Alert Level 4 lockdown, and new information is being released regularly.

In this update you will find access to the most up-to-date business support information, as well as links to apply for the Resurgence Support Payment...

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Regional Tourism

Essential Worker Vaccinations and Financial Support

Today’s announcement of the nationwide countrywide lockdown extension is part of the ongoing COVID-19 rollercoaster. We are looking forward to the Monday announcement, where hopefully we will start to see positive news.

In the meantime, Tūranga Health has opened a vaccination centre, especially for frontline workers.

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Organisation

COVID-19 Alert Level 4

The Government's decision to move all of New Zealand into COVID-19 Alert Level 4 at midnight 17 August 2021 was rapid but not unexpected given we are facing community transmission of the Delta strain.

Alert Level 4 means:

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Community Initiatives

Funding confirmed for community facilities

Trust Tairāwhiti will fund up to $15 million towards ‘early win’ sports facility projects, including waka storage facilities at Anzac and Marina Parks and the skatepark redevelopment.

Chair John Clarke announced the funding at the Trust’s 2021 Annual General Meeting held at Gisborne Airport.

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Organisation

Annual Report 2021

Trust Tairāwhiti has released its Annual Report 2021, providing a comprehensive overview of its community investments, regional economic development, and wellbeing focus.

Over the 2020-21 financial year, the Trust distributed $2.3 million for projects benefitting the people of Tairāwhiti.

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Community Initiatives

July distributions

Sport Gisborne Tairāwhiti (SGT) was one of the major recipients in the latest Trust Tairāwhiti funding announcement, with $75,000 going towards a shared services pilot programme for up to 10 sporting codes and charitable groups in the region.

SGT is developing a shared services hub to support the not-for-profit sector in providing quality, consistent delivery into the future.

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Organisation

Trust Tairāwhiti appoints John Clarke as Chair

Trust Tairāwhiti announced today that experienced trustee and former Mayor of Gisborne John Clarke has been appointed new Chair of Trust Tairāwhiti

Having played an important part in the establishment of the Trust in 1993, Mr Clarke said he felt it a privilege to now have the...

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Industry, Business & Employment

Trust Tairāwhiti Economic Development Focus

The release of Trust Tairawhiti's strategic plan, Te Aka Rautaki Ki Te Tau 2026, will provide a strategic focus on economic development, the man leading the region's economic development agency says.

Richard Searle, the trust's general manager economic development, says that focus will be to work with Tairawhiti businesses and industry to support an innovative, inclusive,...

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Tairāwhiti Wellbeing

He Tohu Ora well received at New Zealand Impact Assessment Conference

Erina Hurihanganui and Malcolm Mersham from our Wellbeing and Impact team presented at the annual NZAIA (New Zealand Association of Impact Assessment) conference in Christchurch recently where they received excellent feedback on He Rangitapu He Tohu Ora – the wellbeing framework.

“It was great to share what we are doing at the Trust with an audience of interested parties and it affirmed the value of the...

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Regional Tourism

Bumper summer season in Tairāwhiti

Tairāwhiti had an excellent summer season as Kiwis unable to travel abroad explored their own backyard.

Tourism activity in the area was unchanged in the 2020 year, making Tairāwhiti the second-best performing region after Northland with a total spend of $94 million.

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Industry, Business & Employment

Trust Tairāwhiti backs new film and television studio Rāngai

From 3 June 2021

The finishing touches are being put on a new film and television studio Rāngai, as it prepares for its first intake of students in July.

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Community Initiatives

Trust Tairāwhiti backs new film and television studio Rāngai

The finishing touches are being put on a new film and television studio Rāngai, as it prepares for its first intake of students in July.

The studio will operate as a self-sustaining, semi commercial model and be used as a training facility for EIT students enrolled in the NZ Certificate...

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Industry, Business & Employment

Westpac Tairāwhiti Business Excellence Awards 2021 - Finalists & Presentation and Dinner

After a full and robust judging day, the judges are pleased to announce the finalists of this year’s Westpac Tairāwhiti Business Excellence Awards 2021.

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Community Initiatives

May Distributions

Ngati Porou East Coast Rugby was the winner on the day in the latest funding announcement by Trust Tairāwhiti with a decision to underwrite $50,000 towards a series of sporting events to be delivered by the Ngati Porou East Coast Rugby Union.

Ngati Porou East Coast Rugby Union (NPECRU), a constituent of the New Zealand Rugby Union, will bring three significant sporting events to te Tairāwhiti.

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Industry, Business & Employment

Game of Life

Trust Tairāwhiti was one of the key players in the successful launch of a new careers event connecting local employers with students.

Trust Tairāwhiti was one of the key players in the successful launch of a new careers event connecting local employers with students.

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Community Initiatives

Waka Kura

Trust Tairāwhiti enables the delivery of waka ama school programme.

Tairāwhiti turned on a perfect day for the interschool finals of Mareikura Waka Ama Club’s Kura Waka – a programme for rangatahi aged 8-12.

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Community Initiatives

East Coast rangatahi benefit from latest funding distribution

East Coast youth will reap the rewards of the latest funding decisions by Trust Tairāwhiti with Rua Bioscience receiving $50,000.

Trust Tairāwhiti trustee Kristen Kohere-Soutar said the Trust was pleased to approve the Rua Bioscience grant which would lead to improved employment opportunities for youth...

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Industry, Business & Employment

TORO Studios to open in Gisborne

Trust Tairawhiti is investing in the region’s digital sector backing TORO Studios which will specialise in digital production services from its Tairawhiti base.

The region’s economic development agency has approved a loan to get the venture up and running showing its commitment to growing the region’s digital and...

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Industry, Business & Employment

Focus on Employment

Trust Tairāwhiti welcomed Alex Hawea into the new role of Senior Employment Coordinator at the end of 2020.

Alex hails from Tairāwhiti and is of Te Whānau a Kai and Ngāti Oneone descent.

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Community Initiatives

Trust Tairāwhiti approves more than $600,000 in community funding

Trust Tairāwhiti has approved funding totalling $605,105 in the latest funding decisions of 2021 with distributions aligning with He Rangitapu, He Tohu Ora, the Trust’s regional wellbeing framework.

Recipients of the Tairāwhiti wellbeing investments included Te Runanga o Turanganui a Kiwa $180,000; Surf Lifesaving New Zealand Incorporated $153,852; Huringa Pai Charitable Trust $89,000;...

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Community Initiatives

Pa Wars strengthens whanaungatanga and healthy lifestyles

While the emphasis is on participation, there’s no denying the competition was fierce at Pa Wars 2021. The Ngati Porou inter-marae sports festival was bigger and better than ever this year, with 22 marae taking part in 33 events

On January 3rd, participants gathered at Ngata College in Ruatoria to take part in a range of events that tested everything from strength and speed...

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Industry, Business & Employment

Greenhouse gas emissions and wood processing

A Scion report indicates wood processing in Tairāwhiti could more than half greenhouse gas emissions.

Wood processing in Tairāwhiti instead of China could more than half greenhouse gas emissions, reveals a ground-breaking Scion report.

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Future Generations

Airport terminal opening

Gisborne’s iconic new airport terminal was officially opened on November 4, with several hundred people turning out to celebrate.

Guests included Iwi and hapū from across Tairāwhiti, the Mayor and councillors, the Hon Kiri Allan and the Hon Meka Whaitiri, Air New Zealand chief...

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Community Initiatives

SuperGrans Tairāwhiti Trust

SuperGrans Tairāwhiti is a not-for-profit organisation that is positively impacting our region.

The Trust Tairāwhiti distribution of $717,195 goes towards two community kitchens adding value to rescued kai and providing a place for people to learn how...

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Community Initiatives

Mātai

Mātai is a not-for-profit research centre based in Tairāwhiti Gisborne, focused on enhancing Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).

The research will advance our understanding of the brain, heart, and body to deliver health, social, and economic benefits regionally and globally.A core focus will...

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Community Initiatives

Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival

Trust Tairāwhiti is proud to have supported Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival 2020.

The festival ran across an epic ten days of large and small events, indoor and outdoor, free and ticketed.

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Future Generations

Eastland Group and Trust Tairāwhiti take action on climate change

In July 2019 Eastland Group and Trust Tairāwhiti joined the Climate Leaders Coalition (CLC) and now have in place a means for collecting data to measure their greenhouse gas emissions.

The Trust and Eastland Group have set a bold target to reduce emissions from all businesses and operations by 21 percent by 2025-(Eastland Generation aim...

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Industry, Business & Employment

Business support – Regional Business Partners

2020 has been a challenging time for many of our local businesses. However, Trust Tairāwhiti and the local Regional Business Partners (RBP) team are enormously proud of how small and medium businesses in Tairāwhiti have looked to adapt and innovate during this time.

The RBP Network is funded through the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and delivered by Trust Tairāwhiti.The team’s Business Growth Advisors pictured above,...

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Community Initiatives

What Now TV Tumeke Talent Tairāwhiti!

WHAT NOW TV final was live in Tokomaru Bay!
Congratulations to the Tumeke Talent winner, Manaia Garrett!

What Now’s Tumeke Talent was the singing competition that showcased the mīharo voices of the tamariki of Tairāwhiti!It kicked off on Sunday September 13 and...

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Organisation

Ecobulb LED Lightbulbs Notice

Kia Ora whānau!

Anyone who missed out on their Ecobulbs can go to collect up to five from the Tairāwhiti Environment Centre between 9am-3pm at 386 Palmerston road while stocks last.

Some community groups will still be distributing leftover bulbs over the next few weeks, however, all of the bayonet and other more popular bulbs ran...

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Organisation

FREE Ecobulb LED Lightbulbs

Each household in Tairāwhiti could save up to $130 a year with these new Tūrama mai LED Ecobulb Lightbulbs!

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Organisation

Te Tairāwhiti Region's Economic Recovery - How can we bounce back better?

We went live to our Facebook page on June 11 to discuss Tairāwhiti region’s economic recovery and we wanted to answer the few remaining questions!

Brad Olsen from Infometrics led the discussion with panellists - Amohaere Houkamau (Rongowhakaata Iwi Trust), Paul Naske (Gisborne Chamber of Commerce) and Gavin Murphy (Trust Tairāwhiti).

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Organisation

He Tohu Ora Regional Wellbeing Update

He Tohu Ora Regional Wellbeing is at the heart of our work and we are acutely aware that the overall wellbeing of many people, whanau, communities and businesses are in variable states of flux as we start to fully realise the impacts of Covid19 for our region.

In the last half of 2019 we asked our communities a simple question - what matters to you? We received thousands of insights from a...

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Organisation

CEO Update May

Yesterday, the Prime Minster announced a move to Alert Level 2, beginning 11:59pm tomorrow (Wednesday, 13 May).

The government continues to give the message that this is about getting the economy back up and running, but we must all ‘play it safe’. The great news is we’ll be able to see friends, shop with local retailers, and have a meal out at your favorite local restaurant again!

Trust Tairāwhiti has surveyed and spoken with over 350 businesses and community groups since Level 4 restrictions commenced.

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Industry, Business & Employment

Supporting Local Businesses - Regional Business Partners

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So far, the Takihoko Business team has matched 90 businesses in our region and have allocated Regional Business Programme vouchers for advice in the areas of Cashflow, Business Continuity, Health and Wellness, HR/ER, Digital Enablement Strategy and Marketing Strategy.

84% of funding through RBP vouchers has gone to local service providers such as BDO, HPY, Dragnett, The Big White Shirt, Futureproof Sites and People Plus.

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Regional Tourism

Let's Shop Tairāwhiti Facebook Page

The Let's Shop Tairāwhiti Facebook Page that's encouraging our region to shop local!

The Let’s Shop Tairāwhiti Facebook page reached 3,000 followers on Thursday, and climbing.

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Regional Tourism

TT collaboration with the Gisborne Herald

To profile businesses for our Let's Shop Tairāwhiti "Shop Local" page, we've teamed up with the Gisborne Herald!

As of Thursday, the Let’s Shop Tairāwhiti Facebook page reached a following of over 3,000 people.

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Organisation

United efforts to help Tairāwhiti recover

Tairāwhiti community leaders are uniting in their efforts to ensure the region has the best possible chance of a strong economic recovery post COVID-19.

Leading the charge is Tairāwhiti Rau Tipu Rau Ora – the Regional Recovery Governance Group, comprising Gisborne District Council’s mayor alongside chairs from Te Runanganui...

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Organisation

May Meeting

Our regular monthly meeting will be held via Zoom on Tuesday, 5 May at 9:00am.

As always, members of the public are welcome to join. If you would like to join us, please register in advance for this meeting by...

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Organisation

May Trust Meeting

Our regular monthly meeting will be held via Zoom on Tuesday, 5 May at 9:00am.

As always, members of the public are welcome to join. If you would like to join us, please register in advance for this meeting by...

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Regional Tourism

Tourism Industry Specific Information

The following links bring together Tourism industry information relating to COVID-19, how it may affect tourism, and how you can stay up to date as new information becomes available.

https://hospitality.org.nz/coronavirus-updates

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Industry, Business & Employment

Government Information for Businesses

The following links bring together government information relating to COVID-19, how it may affect your business and how you can stay up to date as new information becomes available.

Tātau Tātau

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Organisation

COVID-19 CEO Update

During this uncertain period, Trust Tairāwhiti stands together with our communities and the organisations and people who serve them.

Our top priorities are the health and wellbeing of our team and whānau, the organisations we work with, and the communities Trust Tairāwhiti serve throughout...

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Industry, Business & Employment

Supporting Businesses during COVID-19

The Takihoko Business team have increased resource available to support local businesses, and will continue to work closely with government partners, as the impact of COVID-19 is increasingly felt in our region.

Our staff are here to discuss your business and the challenges COVID-19 presents. Support and resources available include, but are not limited to the following:

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Organisation

Warmer Kiwi Homes on pause - But people should apply online now!

Due to the Prime Minister announcing that New Zealand has moved to Level 4 in its response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Warmer Kiwi Homes programme has pressed pause on renovations.

The Warmer Kiwi Homes programme involves the installation of heaters and insulation in homes around Tairāwhiti.

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Industry, Business & Employment

$12.1M PGF Loan to WET Gisborne Ltd.

The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is ramping up support for Tairāwhiti’s wood processing sector to bolster the region’s economy at a time of heightened uncertainty,...

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Community Initiatives

The most up to date information on COVID-19

Together we can slow the spread.

This website has everything you need to know about COVID-19 in one place.

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Industry, Business & Employment

Government Business Continuity Plan – What does this mean for Tairāwhiti?

The Government has released an economic response package to help cushion the impact of COVID-19 and support the economy during the COVID-19 crisis.

Over $5 billion has been made available for wage subsidies and the COVID-19 leave payment scheme will also provide support (through employers/to sole traders and...

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Organisation

Support is available from Inland Revenue!

Check out what assistance you can receive!

Tax relief and income assistance is available to people affected by the downturn in business due to the Coronavirus COVID-19. These include:

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Organisation

Need-to-know info for Forest Industry and Whānau Support

Release from Eastland Wood Council

In NZ we now have 4 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

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Future Generations

Manaaki Tairāwhiti and Trust Tairāwhiti present the Gisborne Housing Strategy to Council

From 27 February 2020

Manaaki Tairāwhiti and Trust Tairāwhiti presented the Gisborne Housing Strategy report at a public deputation to the Gisborne District Council today.

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Industry, Business & Employment

Licence to Work 2020!

The Licence to Work Youth Employability Programme 2020 is up and running and there's more excitement than ever!

LTW is a cross sector, business-led initiative designed to respond to business and industry concerns that young people may not be developing the employability skills...

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Organisation

CEO Update February

After a good summer break our region is now facing some potentially severe challenges in the economy and for our whanau as the impacts of COVID-19 is felt in our largest trading market of China.

The team at Trust Tairāwhiti are supporting a regional leadership group which is coordinating a regional response with government, local agencies, industry and community support groups.

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Regional Tourism

The Huringa Pai Maunga to Moana Adventure Race 2020!

Ruatoria was a bit busier than usual on March 6th and 7th, with an extra 105 competitors and over 70 volunteers having took part in the Huringa Pai Maunga to Moana Adventure Race 2020.

Encouraging wellbeing, whanau working together and reconnecting to the whenua, the Maunga to Moana event was a mixture of sweat, smiles, great views and mystery...

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Regional Tourism

The Huringa Pai Maunga to Moana Adventure Race!

We're excited to be supporting the Huringa Pai Maunga to Moana Adventure Race this weekend!

Kicking off with the NATI Food Fest tomorrow at noon, participants of the M2M race can fill up on a hearty kai before they take...

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Industry, Business & Employment

Forestry and Farming band together!

Eastland Wood and our region's farming community have joined together to find contractor's some more work for their employees during this difficult time due to the COVID-19 coronavirus.

If you are a contractor who has crew/s who are on reduced days/hours and are wanting some extra work, the opportunity is here.

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Community Initiatives

Little Sprouts Charitable Trust

Little Sprouts is a nationwide organisation set out to aid and improve the lives of families with new-borns. It has been running for ten years and has received multiple awards recognising its contribution to supporting families and helping build strong communities.

Little Sprouts Gisborne aims to ensure all babies get the best start in life by giving away free baby packs with “everything a new-born baby...

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Community Initiatives

Women's Native Trees

The Women’s Native Tree Project (WNTP) donated 3,800 native plants to 29 different community groups in the 2019 planting season.

Seven Tairāwhiti primary schools were among the groups that received trees, two of which are creating rongoa gardens (gardens for growing native plants and trees...

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Community Initiatives

Gizzy Kai Rescue

From ambitious beginnings in 2016, Gizzy Kai Rescue (GKR) now has evolved into a booming food rescue organisation that has redirected over 57 tonnes of food and are set to conquer even more with its new manager on board.

GKR are a not-for-profit food rescue organisation that operate as a connection between food growers, producers, vendors and local community groups who redistribute the rescued...

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Industry, Business & Employment

Fenglin

Fenglin Wood Industry group from Guangxi, China remain keen to bring their business to Gisborne.

CFO, Bill Wang visited Trust Tairāwhiti Richard Searle and Dr. Mark Smith in January to begin developing the project management process.Mr Wang aimed to identify...

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Community Initiatives

Kaiti School playground

Kaiti School opened their new playground for senior students on January 28.
Here’s what principal Billie-Jean Potaka-Ayton had to say about the day.

“Kaiti School opened their playground today to start the school year and there were smiles all around from our senior students.

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Community Initiatives

Pa Wars

The long-awaited Pa Wars was held on January 3, kick-starting 2020 with an inter-marae sports festival that encourages whanaungatanga, healthy lifestyle practices and more.

The 24th year of the festival looked to encourage participation more than competition and was held at the Ngata Memorial College in Ruatoria with the...

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Organisation

New Eastland Group board appointments

Two new directors have been appointed to the Eastland Group board.
Company shareholder Trust Tairāwhiti appointed Hamish Bell and Debbie Birch to the board of the Gisborne-based infrastructure, logistics and energy company.

“On behalf of the trustees, I’m pleased to welcome Debbie and Hamish to the Eastland Board group,” said Trust Tairāwhiti chair John Clarke.

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Organisation

COVID-19 Alert Level 4

The Government's decision to move all of New Zealand into COVID-19 Alert Level 4 at midnight 17 August 2021 was rapid but not unexpected given we are facing community transmission of the Delta strain.

Alert Level 4 means:

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Organisation

Annual Report 2021

Trust Tairāwhiti has released its Annual Report 2021, providing a comprehensive overview of its community investments, regional economic development, and wellbeing focus.

Over the 2020-21 financial year, the Trust distributed $2.3 million for projects benefitting the people of Tairāwhiti.

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Organisation

Trust Tairāwhiti appoints John Clarke as Chair

Trust Tairāwhiti announced today that experienced trustee and former Mayor of Gisborne John Clarke has been appointed new Chair of Trust Tairāwhiti

Having played an important part in the establishment of the Trust in 1993, Mr Clarke said he felt it a privilege to now have the...

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Organisation

Ecobulb LED Lightbulbs Notice

Kia Ora whānau!

Anyone who missed out on their Ecobulbs can go to collect up to five from the Tairāwhiti Environment Centre between 9am-3pm at 386 Palmerston road while stocks last.

Some community groups will still be distributing leftover bulbs over the next few weeks, however, all of the bayonet and other more popular bulbs ran...

Read More
Organisation

FREE Ecobulb LED Lightbulbs

Each household in Tairāwhiti could save up to $130 a year with these new Tūrama mai LED Ecobulb Lightbulbs!

Read More
Organisation

Te Tairāwhiti Region's Economic Recovery - How can we bounce back better?

We went live to our Facebook page on June 11 to discuss Tairāwhiti region’s economic recovery and we wanted to answer the few remaining questions!

Brad Olsen from Infometrics led the discussion with panellists - Amohaere Houkamau (Rongowhakaata Iwi Trust), Paul Naske (Gisborne Chamber of Commerce) and Gavin Murphy (Trust Tairāwhiti).

Read More
Organisation

He Tohu Ora Regional Wellbeing Update

He Tohu Ora Regional Wellbeing is at the heart of our work and we are acutely aware that the overall wellbeing of many people, whanau, communities and businesses are in variable states of flux as we start to fully realise the impacts of Covid19 for our region.

In the last half of 2019 we asked our communities a simple question - what matters to you? We received thousands of insights from a...

Read More
Organisation

CEO Update May

Yesterday, the Prime Minster announced a move to Alert Level 2, beginning 11:59pm tomorrow (Wednesday, 13 May).

The government continues to give the message that this is about getting the economy back up and running, but we must all ‘play it safe’. The great news is we’ll be able to see friends, shop with local retailers, and have a meal out at your favorite local restaurant again!

Trust Tairāwhiti has surveyed and spoken with over 350 businesses and community groups since Level 4 restrictions commenced.

Read More
Organisation

United efforts to help Tairāwhiti recover

Tairāwhiti community leaders are uniting in their efforts to ensure the region has the best possible chance of a strong economic recovery post COVID-19.

Leading the charge is Tairāwhiti Rau Tipu Rau Ora – the Regional Recovery Governance Group, comprising Gisborne District Council’s mayor alongside chairs from Te Runanganui...

Read More
Organisation

May Meeting

Our regular monthly meeting will be held via Zoom on Tuesday, 5 May at 9:00am.

As always, members of the public are welcome to join. If you would like to join us, please register in advance for this meeting by...

Read More
Organisation

May Trust Meeting

Our regular monthly meeting will be held via Zoom on Tuesday, 5 May at 9:00am.

As always, members of the public are welcome to join. If you would like to join us, please register in advance for this meeting by...

Read More
Organisation

COVID-19 CEO Update

During this uncertain period, Trust Tairāwhiti stands together with our communities and the organisations and people who serve them.

Our top priorities are the health and wellbeing of our team and whānau, the organisations we work with, and the communities Trust Tairāwhiti serve throughout...

Read More
Organisation

Warmer Kiwi Homes on pause - But people should apply online now!

Due to the Prime Minister announcing that New Zealand has moved to Level 4 in its response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Warmer Kiwi Homes programme has pressed pause on renovations.

The Warmer Kiwi Homes programme involves the installation of heaters and insulation in homes around Tairāwhiti.

Read More
Organisation

Support is available from Inland Revenue!

Check out what assistance you can receive!

Tax relief and income assistance is available to people affected by the downturn in business due to the Coronavirus COVID-19. These include:

Read More
Organisation

Need-to-know info for Forest Industry and Whānau Support

Release from Eastland Wood Council

In NZ we now have 4 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Read More
Organisation

CEO Update February

After a good summer break our region is now facing some potentially severe challenges in the economy and for our whanau as the impacts of COVID-19 is felt in our largest trading market of China.

The team at Trust Tairāwhiti are supporting a regional leadership group which is coordinating a regional response with government, local agencies, industry and community support groups.

Read More
Community Initiatives

Funding confirmed for community facilities

Trust Tairāwhiti will fund up to $15 million towards ‘early win’ sports facility projects, including waka storage facilities at Anzac and Marina Parks and the skatepark redevelopment.

Chair John Clarke announced the funding at the Trust’s 2021 Annual General Meeting held at Gisborne Airport.

Read More
Community Initiatives

July distributions

Sport Gisborne Tairāwhiti (SGT) was one of the major recipients in the latest Trust Tairāwhiti funding announcement, with $75,000 going towards a shared services pilot programme for up to 10 sporting codes and charitable groups in the region.

SGT is developing a shared services hub to support the not-for-profit sector in providing quality, consistent delivery into the future.

Read More
Community Initiatives

Trust Tairāwhiti backs new film and television studio Rāngai

The finishing touches are being put on a new film and television studio Rāngai, as it prepares for its first intake of students in July.

The studio will operate as a self-sustaining, semi commercial model and be used as a training facility for EIT students enrolled in the NZ Certificate...

Read More
Community Initiatives

May Distributions

Ngati Porou East Coast Rugby was the winner on the day in the latest funding announcement by Trust Tairāwhiti with a decision to underwrite $50,000 towards a series of sporting events to be delivered by the Ngati Porou East Coast Rugby Union.

Ngati Porou East Coast Rugby Union (NPECRU), a constituent of the New Zealand Rugby Union, will bring three significant sporting events to te Tairāwhiti.

Read More
Community Initiatives

Waka Kura

Trust Tairāwhiti enables the delivery of waka ama school programme.

Tairāwhiti turned on a perfect day for the interschool finals of Mareikura Waka Ama Club’s Kura Waka – a programme for rangatahi aged 8-12.

Read More
Community Initiatives

East Coast rangatahi benefit from latest funding distribution

East Coast youth will reap the rewards of the latest funding decisions by Trust Tairāwhiti with Rua Bioscience receiving $50,000.

Trust Tairāwhiti trustee Kristen Kohere-Soutar said the Trust was pleased to approve the Rua Bioscience grant which would lead to improved employment opportunities for youth...

Read More
Community Initiatives

Trust Tairāwhiti approves more than $600,000 in community funding

Trust Tairāwhiti has approved funding totalling $605,105 in the latest funding decisions of 2021 with distributions aligning with He Rangitapu, He Tohu Ora, the Trust’s regional wellbeing framework.

Recipients of the Tairāwhiti wellbeing investments included Te Runanga o Turanganui a Kiwa $180,000; Surf Lifesaving New Zealand Incorporated $153,852; Huringa Pai Charitable Trust $89,000;...

Read More
Community Initiatives

Pa Wars strengthens whanaungatanga and healthy lifestyles

While the emphasis is on participation, there’s no denying the competition was fierce at Pa Wars 2021. The Ngati Porou inter-marae sports festival was bigger and better than ever this year, with 22 marae taking part in 33 events

On January 3rd, participants gathered at Ngata College in Ruatoria to take part in a range of events that tested everything from strength and speed...

Read More
Community Initiatives

SuperGrans Tairāwhiti Trust

SuperGrans Tairāwhiti is a not-for-profit organisation that is positively impacting our region.

The Trust Tairāwhiti distribution of $717,195 goes towards two community kitchens adding value to rescued kai and providing a place for people to learn how...

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Community Initiatives

Mātai

Mātai is a not-for-profit research centre based in Tairāwhiti Gisborne, focused on enhancing Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).

The research will advance our understanding of the brain, heart, and body to deliver health, social, and economic benefits regionally and globally.A core focus will...

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Community Initiatives

Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival

Trust Tairāwhiti is proud to have supported Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival 2020.

The festival ran across an epic ten days of large and small events, indoor and outdoor, free and ticketed.

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Community Initiatives

What Now TV Tumeke Talent Tairāwhiti!

WHAT NOW TV final was live in Tokomaru Bay!
Congratulations to the Tumeke Talent winner, Manaia Garrett!

What Now’s Tumeke Talent was the singing competition that showcased the mīharo voices of the tamariki of Tairāwhiti!It kicked off on Sunday September 13 and...

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Community Initiatives

The most up to date information on COVID-19

Together we can slow the spread.

This website has everything you need to know about COVID-19 in one place.

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Community Initiatives

Little Sprouts Charitable Trust

Little Sprouts is a nationwide organisation set out to aid and improve the lives of families with new-borns. It has been running for ten years and has received multiple awards recognising its contribution to supporting families and helping build strong communities.

Little Sprouts Gisborne aims to ensure all babies get the best start in life by giving away free baby packs with “everything a new-born baby...

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Community Initiatives

Women's Native Trees

The Women’s Native Tree Project (WNTP) donated 3,800 native plants to 29 different community groups in the 2019 planting season.

Seven Tairāwhiti primary schools were among the groups that received trees, two of which are creating rongoa gardens (gardens for growing native plants and trees...

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Community Initiatives

Gizzy Kai Rescue

From ambitious beginnings in 2016, Gizzy Kai Rescue (GKR) now has evolved into a booming food rescue organisation that has redirected over 57 tonnes of food and are set to conquer even more with its new manager on board.

GKR are a not-for-profit food rescue organisation that operate as a connection between food growers, producers, vendors and local community groups who redistribute the rescued...

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Community Initiatives

Kaiti School playground

Kaiti School opened their new playground for senior students on January 28.
Here’s what principal Billie-Jean Potaka-Ayton had to say about the day.

“Kaiti School opened their playground today to start the school year and there were smiles all around from our senior students.

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Community Initiatives

Pa Wars

The long-awaited Pa Wars was held on January 3, kick-starting 2020 with an inter-marae sports festival that encourages whanaungatanga, healthy lifestyle practices and more.

The 24th year of the festival looked to encourage participation more than competition and was held at the Ngata Memorial College in Ruatoria with the...

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Future Generations

Registrations open for native forest regeneration event

Recloaking the Whenua is an online event focusing on permanent native forest regeneration across Tairāwhiti.

The aim of the event is to share information about opportunities for converting land to indigenous regeneration, as well as risks to farming and forestry...

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Future Generations

Airport terminal opening

Gisborne’s iconic new airport terminal was officially opened on November 4, with several hundred people turning out to celebrate.

Guests included Iwi and hapū from across Tairāwhiti, the Mayor and councillors, the Hon Kiri Allan and the Hon Meka Whaitiri, Air New Zealand chief...

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Future Generations

Eastland Group and Trust Tairāwhiti take action on climate change

In July 2019 Eastland Group and Trust Tairāwhiti joined the Climate Leaders Coalition (CLC) and now have in place a means for collecting data to measure their greenhouse gas emissions.

The Trust and Eastland Group have set a bold target to reduce emissions from all businesses and operations by 21 percent by 2025-(Eastland Generation aim...

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Future Generations

Manaaki Tairāwhiti and Trust Tairāwhiti present the Gisborne Housing Strategy to Council

From 27 February 2020

Manaaki Tairāwhiti and Trust Tairāwhiti presented the Gisborne Housing Strategy report at a public deputation to the Gisborne District Council today.

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Industry, Business & Employment

Businesses more resilient in lockdown

Local businesses are less concerned about the current lockdown compared to last year’s, according to the results of a Trust Tairāwhiti business survey.

Local businesses are less concerned about the current lockdown compared to last year’s, according to the results of a Trust Tairāwhiti business survey.

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Industry, Business & Employment

Local businesses encouraged to complete lockdown survey

Trust Tairāwhiti has launched an online survey to capture the impacts this current lockdown is having on local business owners and operators.

Accessible through the Trust website, the short survey asks questions around the areas of business affected by lockdown, types of support that would be...

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Industry, Business & Employment

COVID-19 Business Support

The Government roll out of business support is well underway for those affected by the current COVID-19 Alert Level 4 lockdown, and new information is being released regularly.

In this update you will find access to the most up-to-date business support information, as well as links to apply for the Resurgence Support Payment...

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Industry, Business & Employment

Trust Tairāwhiti Economic Development Focus

The release of Trust Tairawhiti's strategic plan, Te Aka Rautaki Ki Te Tau 2026, will provide a strategic focus on economic development, the man leading the region's economic development agency says.

Richard Searle, the trust's general manager economic development, says that focus will be to work with Tairawhiti businesses and industry to support an innovative, inclusive,...

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Industry, Business & Employment

Trust Tairāwhiti backs new film and television studio Rāngai

From 3 June 2021

The finishing touches are being put on a new film and television studio Rāngai, as it prepares for its first intake of students in July.

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Industry, Business & Employment

Westpac Tairāwhiti Business Excellence Awards 2021 - Finalists & Presentation and Dinner

After a full and robust judging day, the judges are pleased to announce the finalists of this year’s Westpac Tairāwhiti Business Excellence Awards 2021.

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Industry, Business & Employment

Game of Life

Trust Tairāwhiti was one of the key players in the successful launch of a new careers event connecting local employers with students.

Trust Tairāwhiti was one of the key players in the successful launch of a new careers event connecting local employers with students.

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Industry, Business & Employment

TORO Studios to open in Gisborne

Trust Tairawhiti is investing in the region’s digital sector backing TORO Studios which will specialise in digital production services from its Tairawhiti base.

The region’s economic development agency has approved a loan to get the venture up and running showing its commitment to growing the region’s digital and...

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Industry, Business & Employment

Focus on Employment

Trust Tairāwhiti welcomed Alex Hawea into the new role of Senior Employment Coordinator at the end of 2020.

Alex hails from Tairāwhiti and is of Te Whānau a Kai and Ngāti Oneone descent.

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Industry, Business & Employment

Greenhouse gas emissions and wood processing

A Scion report indicates wood processing in Tairāwhiti could more than half greenhouse gas emissions.

Wood processing in Tairāwhiti instead of China could more than half greenhouse gas emissions, reveals a ground-breaking Scion report.

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Industry, Business & Employment

Business support – Regional Business Partners

2020 has been a challenging time for many of our local businesses. However, Trust Tairāwhiti and the local Regional Business Partners (RBP) team are enormously proud of how small and medium businesses in Tairāwhiti have looked to adapt and innovate during this time.

The RBP Network is funded through the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and delivered by Trust Tairāwhiti.The team’s Business Growth Advisors pictured above,...

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Industry, Business & Employment

Supporting Local Businesses - Regional Business Partners

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So far, the Takihoko Business team has matched 90 businesses in our region and have allocated Regional Business Programme vouchers for advice in the areas of Cashflow, Business Continuity, Health and Wellness, HR/ER, Digital Enablement Strategy and Marketing Strategy.

84% of funding through RBP vouchers has gone to local service providers such as BDO, HPY, Dragnett, The Big White Shirt, Futureproof Sites and People Plus.

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Industry, Business & Employment

Government Information for Businesses

The following links bring together government information relating to COVID-19, how it may affect your business and how you can stay up to date as new information becomes available.

Tātau Tātau

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Industry, Business & Employment

Supporting Businesses during COVID-19

The Takihoko Business team have increased resource available to support local businesses, and will continue to work closely with government partners, as the impact of COVID-19 is increasingly felt in our region.

Our staff are here to discuss your business and the challenges COVID-19 presents. Support and resources available include, but are not limited to the following:

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Industry, Business & Employment

$12.1M PGF Loan to WET Gisborne Ltd.

The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is ramping up support for Tairāwhiti’s wood processing sector to bolster the region’s economy at a time of heightened uncertainty,...

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Industry, Business & Employment

Government Business Continuity Plan – What does this mean for Tairāwhiti?

The Government has released an economic response package to help cushion the impact of COVID-19 and support the economy during the COVID-19 crisis.

Over $5 billion has been made available for wage subsidies and the COVID-19 leave payment scheme will also provide support (through employers/to sole traders and...

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Industry, Business & Employment

Licence to Work 2020!

The Licence to Work Youth Employability Programme 2020 is up and running and there's more excitement than ever!

LTW is a cross sector, business-led initiative designed to respond to business and industry concerns that young people may not be developing the employability skills...

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Industry, Business & Employment

Forestry and Farming band together!

Eastland Wood and our region's farming community have joined together to find contractor's some more work for their employees during this difficult time due to the COVID-19 coronavirus.

If you are a contractor who has crew/s who are on reduced days/hours and are wanting some extra work, the opportunity is here.

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Industry, Business & Employment

Fenglin

Fenglin Wood Industry group from Guangxi, China remain keen to bring their business to Gisborne.

CFO, Bill Wang visited Trust Tairāwhiti Richard Searle and Dr. Mark Smith in January to begin developing the project management process.Mr Wang aimed to identify...

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Regional Tourism

Essential Worker Vaccinations and Financial Support

Today’s announcement of the nationwide countrywide lockdown extension is part of the ongoing COVID-19 rollercoaster. We are looking forward to the Monday announcement, where hopefully we will start to see positive news.

In the meantime, Tūranga Health has opened a vaccination centre, especially for frontline workers.

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Regional Tourism

Bumper summer season in Tairāwhiti

Tairāwhiti had an excellent summer season as Kiwis unable to travel abroad explored their own backyard.

Tourism activity in the area was unchanged in the 2020 year, making Tairāwhiti the second-best performing region after Northland with a total spend of $94 million.

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Regional Tourism

Let's Shop Tairāwhiti Facebook Page

The Let's Shop Tairāwhiti Facebook Page that's encouraging our region to shop local!

The Let’s Shop Tairāwhiti Facebook page reached 3,000 followers on Thursday, and climbing.

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Regional Tourism

TT collaboration with the Gisborne Herald

To profile businesses for our Let's Shop Tairāwhiti "Shop Local" page, we've teamed up with the Gisborne Herald!

As of Thursday, the Let’s Shop Tairāwhiti Facebook page reached a following of over 3,000 people.

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Regional Tourism

Tourism Industry Specific Information

The following links bring together Tourism industry information relating to COVID-19, how it may affect tourism, and how you can stay up to date as new information becomes available.

https://hospitality.org.nz/coronavirus-updates

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Regional Tourism

The Huringa Pai Maunga to Moana Adventure Race 2020!

Ruatoria was a bit busier than usual on March 6th and 7th, with an extra 105 competitors and over 70 volunteers having took part in the Huringa Pai Maunga to Moana Adventure Race 2020.

Encouraging wellbeing, whanau working together and reconnecting to the whenua, the Maunga to Moana event was a mixture of sweat, smiles, great views and mystery...

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Regional Tourism

The Huringa Pai Maunga to Moana Adventure Race!

We're excited to be supporting the Huringa Pai Maunga to Moana Adventure Race this weekend!

Kicking off with the NATI Food Fest tomorrow at noon, participants of the M2M race can fill up on a hearty kai before they take...

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