That’s A Wrap – Well Wahine Week

Wāhine came together on Sunday to eat, listen to local musicians Golden Rule, and clelebrate their experiences of Well Wāhine Week 2021. The closing event was a chance for women to connect with providers to learn more about their activities and to meet other women who participated in activities during the week. Honorable Mayor Rehette Stoltz, a guest speaker for the event, praised the variety of events on offer and the women and girls who prioritised their wellness by attending the week. 

The celebration concluded a week of 53 free events for women and girls, ranging from surfing, waka ama, workshops and much more. There were over 1000 participants across the various sessions.  These included wellness workshops for wāhine up the coast where there were three well attended workshops in Tokomaru Bay, Ruatoria and Wharekahika. 

“Feedback so far has told us that women were motivated to attend these events because they were free, but also because the sessions were safe, judgement free environments where they could turn up with or without a mate and try something new” said Sport Gisborne Tairāwhiti Active Communities Advisor Helayna Ruifrok. 

Sport Gisborne Tairāwhiti would like to thank the providers, sponsors and all the wāhine participants who made this week-long event a success in its first year. Sport Gisborne Tairāwhiti Active Communities Advisor Sarah Pocock said “We hope that the wāhine who got involved learnt something new, gained newfound confidence, or made quality connections.” 

Local businesses sponsored prizes for wāhine who had participated in events during the weekThe combined prize value was $3,000.  The sponsors were Kingpin, Muirs Books, Palembang, Sean & Fiona Shivnan, artist Steph Barnett, Far East Coffee, YMCA, Peel Street Café, Functional Again, Well Nutrition – Kate Rhodes, Inner Vibrance, Blooms on Balance, Village Homewares, Zephyr Wainui, Juve and Blitz.  

With the success of this year’s event, plans to run Well Wāhine Week next year is promisingprovided there is continued support from the community “We have received a lot of positive feedback from wāhine about the week, and some great ideas for what we could do next year.  We have been approached by other providers who are interested in bringing new Well Wāhine events too” said Mrs Ruifrok

Good Sports Developer Workshop

We are teaming up with Aktive – Auckland Sport & Recreation and Sport NZ to present a Good Sports Developer Workshop.
This interactive workshop will be aimed at key adult influencers within your organisation and will give them the insights and skills to help create positive sporting experiences for our children by addressing the current issues they face within their codes.
Good Sports is all about creating positive sporting experiences for children. It does this by supporting and educating the key adult influencers in children’s sport: parents, caregivers, coaches, teachers and sport leaders.
Both practitioners and researchers supporting Good Sports agree that many issues in children’s sport stem from adult involvement. These issues include poor side-line behaviour, overuse injury, burnout and disaffection with sport – and they can hinder success on and off the field.
To address these issues and give children the best chance of developing a lifelong love of sport, Good Sports focuses on raising adults’ awareness about their behaviours in children’s sport and, if necessary, promoting a positive shift in that behaviour.
This workshop is free.
Register for the workshop before Monday 15th March, so we can make it tailor-made.


Click here to register

Well Wahine Week

This year, International Women’s Day will be celebrated in Tairāwhiti with a week-long calendar of female-tailored activities and workshops. 

Sport Gisborne Tairāwhiti, along with many providers across Tairāwhiti, are planning Well Wāhine Week, a calendar of free and low-cost activities to coincide with International Women’s Day, starting on Monday, 8 March. 

We’ve created a calendar full of the events on offer which can be found below. Like the sound of an event but want to know more? Click on the itinerary for more information.

You can view the full calendar here.

You can view the itinerary here.


COVID-19 Update

As of 11.59pm on Sunday 14 February, the Government announced that Auckland will be in Alert Level 3 and the rest of New Zealand will be in Alert Level 2 until midnight Wednesday. This will be reviewed daily by the Government.
Play, active recreation, and sport can still go ahead in Alert Level 2 subject to public health measures.
Here is a recap of what Alert Level 2 looks like:
🗒 Clubs and codes need to reactivate their contact tracing protocols as well as displaying a NZ COVID Tracer QR Code
🥵If you are unwell, stay home.
💦Practice good hygiene – wash your hands, cough or sneeze into your elbow, and clean surfaces frequently.
📱Keep track of where you’ve been using the NZ COVID Tracer and QR codes displayed by businesses (Make sure you’ve enabled Bluetooth!) or you’re using an alternative tracing register.
↔️Practice physical distancing – 2m in public and retail stores, and 1m in other places like gyms, your workplace and cafes.
😷Face masks/coverings are required on public transport and when physical distancing is not possible.
❌Gatherings are restricted to 100 (This limit includes all players, officials, and spectators). Numbers need to be monitored and contact tracing measures in place.
👍Our office is still open to the public but we will be screening any visitors beforehand and you will be required to sign in. We will also offer alternative arrangements where possible.
🏊‍♀️Aqua classes with Tori have been cancelled.
🏈 At sport trainings, all equipment must be cleaned before and after sessions
You can find Sport New Zealand’s full level 2 guidelines here ➡
A quick reference guide can also be found here ➡
We will share any updates as they come through.
Stay safe Tairāwhiti and be kind ❤️

Improving Governance for Sport and Recreation Workshop

If you want your organisation to work at its full potential, you need a strong Board or Committee that truly understands their roles and responsibilities. This practical workshop provides a clear understanding of what good governance looks like, without all the fluff and jargon.

We will explore:

    • Common Models for Non-Profit Governance: What model does your Board currently use? Is this still the right model for your organisation? If not, how can you shift from where you are to where you want to be?
    • Roles and Responsibilities : What does this look like in a real sense? Who does what? What does that mean in terms of roles and responsibilities from a governance perspective and an operations perspective?
    • Best Practice Governance : What makes a good Board or Committee, great? What are the practices that ensure Boards and Committees are working at their highest level? How does your Board or Committee measure up?
    • Expectations for Trustees : What can be reasonably expected from individual member? What behaviours should trustees demonstrate on a consistent basis? How will you ensure that performance is reviewed on a regular basis?

This will be an essential workshop for anyone involved or interested in sport and recreation boards and committees.

Find out more here:

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!