Meri Kirihimete & Happy New Year

Meri Kirihimete & Happy New Year ✨

2021 has been another challenging year but with the support of our community, we’ve managed to also make it an epic one.

Our office is closed from 5pm Friday 17 December and we’re back Wednesday 5 January.

We hope you enjoy the summer, spending time with your whānau and resetting for 2022.

Noho ora mai
The team at Sport Gisborne Tairāwhiti.

Summer Whanau Challenge

Embrace your inner Maui and be creative, active and innovative with the Summer Whānau Challenge!

The Summer Whānau Challenge is an initiative to give children the space, time, and freedom to play this summer.

After a challenging year, it’s vital tamariki and whānau have friendship, fun and freedom this summer. Sport Gisborne Tairāwhiti and Healthy Families East Cape have collaborated with other Regional Sports Trusts around Aotearoa and come up with the Summer Whānau Challenge. It’s 30 simple play ideas for tamariki and their whānau to get outside, have fun and improve hinengaro (mental health) and tinana (physical health).

The Summer Play Challenge ideas have been collated into a scoreboard to tick off over the summer. Designed to be printed out, displayed on the fridge, or somewhere around the home and used as a reminder for whānau to go outside daily and play together.

Play allows our tamariki and rangatahi the space to practice, learn, and develop the life skills they need to be active for life including fundamental movement skills, self-directed creativity and innovation, social and emotional connections, resilience, independence, leadership and informed risk taking.

“Tamariki are experts in play and can play almost anywhere and with anything when they are given the freedom and permission to do so” said Regional Play Systems Lead Anna Tolich. “Everyone has a role in making play possible and every setting counts: the backyard, parks, beach, playgrounds, public space and more.”

So, this summer say Yes to Play and take the Summer Whānau Challenge.


Power of Play Report

Ko te ahurei o te tamaiti arahia ō tātou māhi – Let the uniqueness of the child guide our work.

Sport Gisborne Tairāwhiti have been collaborating with Sport New Zealand, Healthy Families East Cape and Innovation Unit to explore, with the community, why play is becoming an increasing priority across Aotearoa.

Play in Tairāwhiti is similar to that experienced across Aotearoa but we have some differences and influences that are unique to our region.

  • We have three unique play catchments in the region- town, rural and coastal that each offer different play opportunities and experiences.
  • Play in Tairāwhiti has historically centered around survival especially gathering kai and this continues today especially hunting, fishing, eeling, shellfish harvesting and gardening.
  • Play ‘back in the day was outdoors’, in nature, about taking risks with little adult supervision. Play today is more structured, influenced by technology, more supervised and with less time for families to play together.
  • Our play is strongly centered around our communities’ strong connections to te taiao and Te Ao Māori with easy access to low-cost nature play, play through mahi and a strong sense of local pride.
  • Looking forward the community hope that play in Tairāwhiti will be child-led, nature based, freely available, for the whole whānau, balanced between safety and risk, part of holistic wellbeing and embedded in Tairāwhiti Te Ao Māori.

You can view the Power of Play Report here.

We would like to thank the stakeholders, whānau and tamariki who shared their play memories with us and helped shape this mahi.

Ka Pai Kai for Makarika School and Te Waha O Rerekohu Area School Tamariki

Nutritious kai and kōrero proved to be ka pai with tamariki from some of the region’s most remote schools.

As part of the region’s Manawakura approach to the Healthy Active Learning initiative, funded by Sport New Zealand, Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education, Sport Gisborne Tairāwhiti are making their way around the coast delivering the kai workshops to support tamariki to grow up with positive eating attitudes and behaviours.

Last week Sport Gisborne Tairāwhiti kaimahi (staff) travelled to the top of the East Coast to join up with Onepoto Bay based Manawakura Advisor, Shyla Taiapa, to visit schools and kura to deliver Ka Pai Kai workshops.

A Lunch Box Session delivered by Sport Gisborne Tairāwhiti to Tolaga Bay Area School is what prompted the Ka Pai Kai workshop kaupapa. Since then, it has been delivered as far as Potaka School and Tikitiki School.

At Makarika school (located 14km south of Ruatoria) tamariki got creative in the kitchen and listened to kōrero (talk) about the Te Whare Tapa Wha model and how it related to kai and their growth.

Makarika School kaiako Cali Morice said “It was a great opportunity for our tamariki to put manaakitanga in action and explore new healthy kai options that were easy to make. To the point where we had round two of this kai the following day made independently by our own tamariki.”

Three kai sessions took place at Te Waha O Rerekohu Area School in Te Araroa, ranging in ages from Year 1 –8. Tamariki and rangatahi learnt about vitamins, minerals and nutritious kai, and how they support learning and development.

Rerekohu School kaiako Lisa Rudland said “We’re so lucky to have Koka Shyla, Koka Kate and Koka Tracey from Sport Gisborne Tairāwhiti come along and share their knowledge about nutritional eating and how to look after our bodies and mind. We’ve got some future budding Master Chefs!”

In 2022 the Ka Pai Kai workshops will continue along the coast and will include a more whānau based approach by including whānau vs. tamariki in a Master Chef challenge initiative.

2021 Summer School Holiday Programme


Oscar School Holiday Programme
Week 1: Monday 20 Dec – Friday 24 Dec
Then from Wednesday 5 Jan – Friday 28 Jan
9am – 3.45pm
$45 per child, per day
Ages 5 – 13
More information and register here.

comet swimming

Learn to Swim
Monday – Friday 30-minute lessons
$50 per week
Email: [email protected]

gisborne gymnastics club

Open Gym, Circus School, Gym Skill, Tumbling for beginners, intermediate and advanced.
To check out the full timetable, cost and dates, head over here.

Cheerleading Summer Experience
6- sessions Cheerleading Course with Michael, Level 4 Cheerleading National Competitor
$60 per person (minimum 10 participants, max 15)
Beginners and advanced classes available
Email: [email protected]


Poverty Bay Bowling Club

School Holiday Flip Flop Bowls
Monday 17 and Friday 21 January
9.30am – 12pm
$2 per day
11 – 16 years
111 Ormond Road
Bring your water, sunhat and sunblock. Morning tea provided. Wear flat soled shoes or jandals. Bowls provided.
Register by text to Norma 027 900 9622 by 5.00 pm day before. Limited to first 36 registrations.

Central Football

Wednesday 26 January – Friday 28 January
9am – 3pm
Childers Road Reserve
6 – 13 years
Register via MyComet or contact Lee Smith [email protected]

Waikanae Surf Life Saving Club

Nippers Holiday Programme

Tuesday 21 Dec, Friday 24 Dec, Tuesday 28 Dec, Thursday 30 Dec, Tuesday 4 Jan, Friday 7 Jan, Tuesday 11 Jan and Friday 14 Jan

10am – 12noon

6 – 13 years

Sessions are run by qualified lifeguards and are held either on Waikanae Beach or in the Clubhouse

Free to all Waikanae Nippers members

No need to book, just go along and sign in on any or all of the above dates


Learn to Swim

Lessons will run from 1pm for the following weeks:

Monday 20 – Friday 24 December

Monday 27 – Friday 31 December

Monday 3 – Friday 7 January

4 years old plus

Boys High School Pool

$10 for Waikanae Nippers members or $12 for non members

Bookings are essential, book with Liz on [email protected] or 021 114 9347


Poverty Bay Kayak Club

Learn to Paddle

Each weekday starting Tuesday 21 till end of January

Time to be confirmed, but likely 9am and 10am

10 – 13 years but older paddlers can be accomodated

$6 per one hour session

All equipment provided

Contact Liz Thompson on 021 114 9347 or [email protected] or instructor Gus Baker on 022 502 612

Red Setting for Sport & Recreation

Following on from the Prime Ministers announcement today, all of New Zealand will transition into the Red Setting under the COVID-19 Protection Framework (CPF) as of 11.59pm Sunday 23 January.

Red is designed to protect at-risk people and the health system from an unsustainable number of hospitalisations.

So what does Red look like?
🌳All outdoor parks, fields and playgrounds can open for use. You can use playground equipment and benches in public spaces.
🏋️‍♀️Gyms can open if vaccine passes are checked.
1️⃣0️⃣0️⃣At gatherings where Vaccine Passes are used, there can be up to 100 people.
2️⃣5️⃣At gatherings where Vaccine Passes are not used, there can be up to 25 people.
🏊‍♀️Public facilities like council-owned swimming pools can open subject to capacity limits.
⚽️Sports and recreational facilities can open but will need to consider specific additional rules that may apply for the commercial premises (eg. cafes).
↔️If a business, event or organisation does not wish to request proof of vaccination, they will usually have to operate within more strict limits on capacity and space requirements.
📱Record keeping and scanning of the COVID-19 Tracer App is required
😷Face coverings are mandatory on flights, public transport, in taxis, retail, some education settings, and public venues. Face coverings are encouraged whenever you leave the house.
🥵You should stay home if you are unwell and call your doctor or Healthline on 0800 358 5433 for advice about getting tested.
🔴The Red Setting does effect some of our upcoming events, we will send out specific communications around each event shortly.

Sport New Zealand have developed resources to help guide the sport and recreation sector.

For more information on gathering limits, checking vaccine passes and events at Red, click here.

Settings guidance and more detail about each setting can be found here.

You can find the Unite Against COVID-19 general framework here.

If you’re needing guidance or more understanding on how this effects you in the sporting and recreation sector, please connect with us so we can try our best to help.

We will share any resources and updates as they come through.



11.03.22 – From 13 March you will no longer need to wear facemasks at outdoors Gatherings. You still need to wear them at indoors Gatherings (unless you have exclusive use of the defined space and venue) and at Events (both indoors and outdoors) as it is harder to trace who you may have interacted with.