Christmas & New Years Hours

Meri Kirihimete & Happy New Year ✨
As we approach the end of 2020 it’s a good opportunity to look back and reflect on what a year it has been. Ngā mihi for the continuous support from our community in a year that has been full of many challenges.
Our office is closed from 5pm Friday 18 December and we’re back Monday 11 January.
We hope you enjoy your holiday, spending time with your whānau and resetting for 2021. Stay safe!

Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa Funds $16,000 to Coasty Kidds

Coasty Kidds were funded $16,000 towards their Tamariki of the Tides project through the  Manawa Active Aotearoa fund. 

The  Manawa fund is managed by Sport Gisborne Tairāwhiti on behalf of Sport New Zealand and provides funding for projects delivering play, active recreation and sport experiences for tamariki and rangatahi.  

Tamariki of the Tides aims to deliver pool and sea-based diving instruction to connect young people with the sea and to grow their food sovereignty. The project will connect to participants by working alongside local kura and groups that work with disengaged young people. The funding will contribute to delivery-related costs. 

On hearing the approval of their application, Coasty Kidds Manager Reremoana Sheridan said they were stoked.” 

Dion and I are over the moon that we got some funding to deliver Tamariki of the Tides. This will absolutely make a difference in our aim to reconnect our rangatahi.” 

Sport Gisborne Tairāwhiti Active Communities Advisor Sarah Pocock said, It’s great to be able to support quality experiences like this for young people in our community. The fund supports projects that break down barriers for young people. I am really looking forward to seeing this project carried out. 

Tamariki of the Tides was one of seven projects funded in thfirst round of  Manawa funding, worth a total of $104,220.79. The next round closes February 28, 2021. A complete list of all applicants and successful projectsand more info about applying to the fund, can be found here.

Bronwyn Kay Agency Sporting Excellence Awards Deferred Until 2021

Following the disruption caused by COVID-19, and the Government’s advice to reduce the risk of spreading the virus, Sport Gisborne Tairāwhiti has decided to defer the Bronwyn Kay Agency Sporting Excellence Awards until 2021. 

Unfortunately, our environment is ever-evolving and there is too much uncertainty at this time to reschedule the annual event for later on this year.

The prestigious awards offer our region the opportunity to acknowledge and pay tribute to the many fine sporting achievements by the sporting community over the last 12 months. 

A key component of the Awards is the generosity from all of our sponsors. We would like to thank all of our local sponsors for their continued support and understanding. 

Sport Gisborne Tairāwhiti Chief Executive Stefan Pishief said ‘It is not a decision that we took lightly, as we know that our sports awards are a community highlight, and we have so many great athletes, volunteers, and providers of sport that deserve to be recognised for their outstanding achievements and contributions. However, we do need to ensure the safety of our community.’ 

The impact of COVID-19 disrupted the qualifying period where athletes, teams, clubs, and coaches could showcase their talents. 

Sport Gisborne Tairāwhiti Event Lead Debbie Hutchings said ‘as a result of the cancelled 2020 Sports Awards, the revised qualification period for the 2021 event will extend to include achievements obtained from July 2019 through to June 2021.  We are mindful that some individuals and teams obtained incredible results prior to COVID and so we need to ensure there is an opportunity to celebrate these successes’

At Sport Gisborne Tairāwhiti we understand how frustrating this must be for our community. However, we are planning to be able to come together and celebrate an even more extensive range of our region’s sporting achievements in November of next year.

Waikirikiri Park Playground – Insights gained through community engagement

To all of those that came and provided their input to the new playground – thank you!
Because of all of your awesome feedback, we were able to create the following document, which playground designers will use as inspiration and guidance in their mahi.
The Gisborne District Council are currently receiving tenders from playground designers and builders, who will submit a range of potential designs. You’ll then have the opportunity to vote once more, to finalise what will be built this winter.
A huge mihi to Ka Pai Kaiti for the awesome event that they ran at the park, and the partnership on this journey so far!
You can read the full document below:

Waikirikiri Park Playground – Community Insights

Big things are happening at Waikirikiri Park!

As you know, the playground at Waikirikiri Playground is being replaced and Gisborne District Council want the community to contribute to the design process.


Sport Gisborne Tairawhiti, along with other local organisations Gisborne District Council, Ka Pai Kaiti, Ngati Porou Hauora Puhi Kaiti and Hiringa Matua, Cancer Society Gisborne East Coast, Papawhariki, SuperGrans Tairawhiti, have been collecting ideas from the community about what they want in their new playground.


Where are we in the process?

We’re about halfway through. Since October, we’ve attended a number of events and schools in and around Waikirikiri Park to ask tamariki and their Whanau, what their dream playground would look like.


Who have we asked?

  • 375 people have contributed to the park design, either through the survey or in person.
  • We’ve attended sessions at 2 primary schools (with one more to be scheduled) and listened while close to 100 tamariki drew and sculpted their dream playground.
  • We’ve left survey boxes and posters in popular settings in and around Waikirikiri Park.
  • We’ve used facebook and instagram to share the message, reaching 25,000 Gisborne residents, predominantly targeting those in Kaiti.
  • We’re still asking people, attending events and promoting the online and paper survey. We will continue to ask the community until it’s time to prepare the feedback to give to GDC.


Where to from here?

  • 11 February — Community Co-Design evening
  • 1 March — Community insight / co-design ideas presented to GDC by Sport Gisborne Tairawhiti
  • Early March – Design/Build Acquisition Process undertaken, based on insights from community.
  • 16-27 April (school holidays) — Designs presented to community and feedback sought
  • Mid May — Design finalised
  • Late May/ June — Building commences on playground


It’s all leading up to a Community Co-Design Event!

11th of February, 3-6pm, Waikirikiri Park

On the 11th of February we’ll be co-hosting a ‘Whanau in The Park’ day with Ka Pai Kaiti, where we present to the community all of the information we’ve gathered so far, and put the finishing touches on your input. On top of this, there will be music, food, a bouncy castle, face painting, giveaways and more!