2022 Winter School Holiday Programme

Central Football

Monday 11 July – Thursday 14 July

9am – 3pm

Childers Road Reserve

$85 for 4 days

6 – 12 years

Register via MyComet or [email protected]



Oscar School Holiday Programme

Monday 11 July – Friday 22 July

9am – 3.45pm

$45 per child per day

5 – 13 years

Register here.


Comet Swimming

Week 1: 11th – 14th July

Week 2: 18th – 21st July

$48 per week

4x 30-minute lessons per week

The holiday programme is a way to boost your childs swimming ability or introduce new swimmers to Learn to Swim at Elgin School pool.

Please contact Rochelle on [email protected]


Gymnastics Club

Week 1: Monday 11 July – Friday 15 July

Week 2: Monday 18 July – Thursday 21 July

$15 per child

Each day is a different activity; colouring in, cookie making, games, dress ups, face painting and more. Check out the schedule here.

For more information, email [email protected]


Poverty Bay Hockey

Tuesday 19 July – Year 3 and 4

Wednesday 20 July – Year 5 and 6

9am – 2.45pm

$40 per person per day

Registrations close Friday 8 July. Register here.


Gisborne Netball Centre

Wednesday 13 and Thursday 14 July – Year 7 and 8 Programme

Tuesday 19 and Wednesday 20 July – Year 5 and 6 Programme

$20 per day

10am – 2pm

Register here.

He Oranga Poutama expanded into four new regions including Te Tairawhiti

Te Rūnanganui o Ngāti Porou and Sport Gisborne Tairāwhiti are excited by the Government’s announcement to boost Māori leadership and participation in sport and traditional physical recreation through the expansion of the He Oranga Poutama programme into new areas of Te Tairāwhiti – mai Potikirua ki te Toka a Taiau.

Taking a kaupapa Māori approach will ensure that the programme resonates with our communities, contributes to the revitalisation of traditional activities, and further strengthens Māori well-being.

Te Rūnanganui o Ngāti Porou Chief Executive George Reedy said “The opportunity that He Oranga Poutama creates for the whānau of Ngāti Porou is exciting and connects to our mahi on a wider scale. Nurturing our whānau to enhance their Ngāti Poroutanga in ways that get you physically active and builds connection to whakapapa, hononga and identity will support better health and wellbeing for our people.”

Sport Gisborne Tairāwhiti Chief Executive Stefan Pishief said “Our partnership with Te Runanganui o Ngāti Porou has been evolving over recent years and our trust in each other’s strengths and skills will set the foundation for giving the community the best of ourselves with He Oranga Poutama. Our region has a proud sporting history and is deeply connected to the whenua, taiao and people, but there are many inequities faced by our communities to participate that we will need to address.”

We are excited to be working in partnership with Te Rūnanganui o Ngāti Porou, Sport NZ, and our communities to deliver He Oranga Poutama in our rohe, and build upon some of the great initiatives that are already happening.”

Read more here.

Sport Gisborne Tairawhiti Wellbeing Initiative

As part of a new wellbeing initiative at Sport Gisborne Tairāwhiti we will be closed for the first week of the school holidays, the most immediate being Saturday 9 July – Sunday 17 July. 

To have the impact that we want with our community and to make our vision a reality, ka topa te manu ki te rangi – expanding horizons for an active, healthy, connected Te Tairāwhiti, we need to bring the best of ourselves to mahi each day.  

To do this, we need to get the right balance in life, look after staff, reduce burnout and prioritise quality whānau time in-line with our values to ensure that everyone is feeling engaged, refreshed and at their optimum. 

He aha te mea nui o te ao
He tangata, he tangata, he tangata 

What is the most important thing in the world?
It is the people, it is the people, it is the people 

Bookings by external groups for our meeting rooms will be unavailable during this time. 

We will respond to phone calls, messages and emails once we’re back on Monday 18 July. 

Noho ora mai. 

2022-27 Strategic Plan

Mānawa maiea te putanga o Matariki 

Mānawa maiea te ariki o te rangi 

Mānawa maiea te Mātahi o te tau 

Matariki is a time to acknowledge the past, celebrate the present and plan for the future. With this in mind, we thought it was a good opportunity to launch our 2022-27 Strategic Plan. 

Ka topa te manu ki te rangi – Expanding horizons for an active, healthy, connected Te Tairāwhiti. Our Strategic Plan will lead us into the future and guide our mahi for the next five years.  

What influences our work: 

  • Our journey: We look to our past (Ngā Tapuawae o Mua – the footsteps of our past) and our present (Te Pae Tata) to remind us of our origins, the aspirations of another generation, and to help us get our bearings for where we are now. We honour those who have been with us on our journey that spans over 30 years.  
  • Our values: He manu rere tahi, he manu rere teitei, he manu rere tika and he manu rere rata – The birds that fly together, high, straight and with an open heart. These values guide our everyday behaviours to our policies, plans and practices.  
  • The uniqueness of our community: Our insights tell us that we’re unique as a region. Our biggest assets are our people and the strong sense of hapū and iwi identity, tikanga and connection to the taiao. This strength requires a unique response that only our people can determine, particularly our communities of young people and Māori. 
  • Our foundation of Te Tiriti o Waitangi: We developed an Effectiveness for Māori Strategy that seeks to whakamana i te tiriti – give effect to the Treaty, in particular the principles of Mana Ōrite (partnership), Mana Māori (Protection) and Mana Taurite (Participation). 

Our Strategic Plan reaffirms our why, our kaupapa, our purpose and then prioritises how we should allocate our time and resource to propel us forward, ngā whāinga rautaki, our strategic priorities. 

Our Strategic Priorities are: 

  • Whānau and Hapori (Families and Communities) 
  • Ensuring equity 
  • Authentic partnerships 
  • Strong organisation 

You can read more about these in our 2022-27 Strategic Plan below.

Sport will always remain a critical focus, however, the importance of play, being active, and having a healthy lifestyle are equally important to the mahi that we do to support the well-being of our communities. 

Throughout our journey, as an organisation we have expanded the depth and breadth of our services.  

While historically we prioritised the club, code or organisation, we’ve learnt through our journey that change happens when the aspirations of people and communities are at the heart of decision making. This means that we will continue to work with our traditional partners but our ‘why’ has expanded to understand how clubs, codes and organisations contribute to the wellbeing and aspirations of the community. 

Some of our mahi includes:

  • Supporting whānau, communities, organisations, clubs, and champions who are seeking to improve activity and wellness, through physical activity, play, active recreation and sport initiatives 
  • Managing the Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa fund to help reduce barriers to physical activity for tamariki and rangatahi  
  • Providing Coach development opportunities 
  • Supporting and assisting primary and intermediate schools and kura with kai, sport, active recreation and play 
  • Supporting secondary schools by assisting and promoting student participation in sporting opportunities 
  • Supporting the delivery of community events such as Quarter Marathon, Titirangi Mt. Everest Challenge, Swim the Distance, Gymnastics Festival for Gisborne and the East Coast, Weetbix Tryathlon, Inter-school Cross Countries, and the Sporting Excellence Awards 
  • Developing and supporting new places and ways in which our tamariki can play
  • Advocating for greater participation and leadership by women and girls in sport with our Well Wāhine initiative 
  • Providing financial management, communications and information management for community organisations through Taupua Tairāwhiti our shared services function
  • Providing Green Prescription – a health referral support service that includes Wānanga Kai, Workout Pods and fitness classes 
  • Working and advocating for quality sporting and recreation facilities through our partnership with Trust Tairāwhiti, Gisborne District Council, iwi and the wider community
  • Working alongside early childhood centres and Kohanga Reo to increase the quality and quantity of physical activity and to improve nutrition for under fives 
  • Working with individual whānau to improve their hauora journey by incorporating better and improved eating habits, increase movements and self confidence 
  • A Tairāwhiti Rising Legends programme that supports the development of young, aspiring athletes within our region

A massive thank you to our community, stakeholders, funders, Board and Sport NZ for the support as we fully expand our wings and in doing so expand our horizons to create an active, healthy, and connected Te Tairāwhiti – Ka topa te manu ki te rangi. 

Ngā mihi o Matariki, te tau hou Māori.