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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…

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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…