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.

Titirangi Mt. Everest Challenge 2020 Closing Ceremony

On Sunday 15 November, Sport Gisborne Tairāwhiti hosted the closing ceremony for the Titirangi Mt. Everest Challenge 2020.  

Participants met by Te Poho-o-Rawiri marae for a final group walk to the summit to celebrate everyone’s individual and team achievements. It was a beautiful evening with live music, spot prizes and participants sharing their stories of what the journey meant to them, complimented with a sunset. 

2083 registered participants with 199 teams took part in the challenge this year and collectively climbed Titirangi 20502 times. 

The challenge is to climb Titirangi 68 times in 7 weeks which is the equivalent to climbing Mt. Everest. The challenge means more than just the number of climbs, it’s a chance for everyone to get outside, get active, socialise and achieve their own personal goals. Whether its 1 climb or 200, it’s helped someone get one step closer to their goal. 

Sport Gisborne Tairāwhiti Events Advisor Debbie Hutchings said ‘to see such a large number of our community being active is the real success of this event.  By reducing barriers such as cost, set times and access, people of all ages, stages, ethnicity and fitness levels are participating.  What they may set out to do at the beginning for many turns into something they never thought they could or would do.  The people they meet, the friendships made and the excitement of reaching or surpassing their own goals is so rewarding.’ 

The annual event helps to raise money for the East Coast Cancer Society to support locals living with bowel cancer.  

With the help of sponsors, Sean and Fiona Shivnan, the East Coast Cancer Society, PAK’nSAVEthe Gisborne District Council and ProTrafficas well as local champions such as Huringa Pai, the event was able to raise awareness and funds for a worthy cause. 

School Holiday Programmes – Summer 2020/2021


Stuck on how to keep your tamariki active these holidays? Take a look at what’s on offer around Tairāwhiti this summer!


Gisborne Boardriders


Want to learn to surf or develop your surfing?

When: Four sessions, every Wednesday 5pm from 13th January – 3rd February

Where: Midway Beach

Cost: $60 GBC members/$95 non-members

Who: 6 – 10 years

Enquiries: Facebook – Gisborne Boardriders



Come and learn tips and tricks from Des Kerekere for all levels. Des has played, coached, and refereed Volleyball at the top level and is passionate about developing the sport.

When: Saturday 16th January 10am – 1pm – Open session – all welcome. Fundamental skills at an age and stage appropriate level

Sunday 17th January 10am – 1pm – Open session – all welcome. Understanding Volleyball strategy and tactics

Sunday 17th January 4 – 7pm – Pick up Tournament – competitive and social grades, and putting it all together!

Where: Gisborne Boys High School Gym

Cost: $10 for as many sessions as you want

Who: All ages, coaches, players and administrators

Enquiries: Simon Murphy – 027 404 1479


Badminton Centre

Summer Badminton Club 

When: Commences 11th January. Mondays 7 – 9pm. 

Cost: Adults – $8 per night. Yr 11 – 13 – $6 per night or $80 subscription. 

EnquiriesJustin – 021 216 6700 


Social Morning Club  

When: Commences 11th January. Monday mornings  9 – 11.30am.  

Cost: $4 per session.  

Enquiries: Leslie  867 2584 


Thursday Morning Casual Group  

When: Thursday mornings. Commences January 14th 

Cost: $4 per session 

EnquiriesRaewynne  027 256 4351 


Comet Swimming Club

Learn to Swim 

When: Week 1: Tue 5th – Fri 8th Jan 

Week 2: Mon 11th – Fri 15th Jan 

Week 3: Mon 18th – Fri 22nd Jan 

Cost: $50 per week

Where: Elgin School Pool for 30 minute lessons 

Enquiries:  [email protected] or 027 375 4527 


Water Week 

Join in on surfing, body surfing, boat, life jacket and water safety, water polo, kayaking, learn to swim and improve technique, beach education, beach soccer and volleyball and even the hydroslide!

When: Week 1: Monday 14 – Thursday 17th Dec 

Week 2: Monday 21st – Thurs 24th Dec 

Week 3: Tuesday 5th – Friday 8th Jan 

Week 4: Monday 11th – Thursday 14th Jan 

Week 5: Monday 18th – Thursday 21st Jan 

Week 6: Monday 25th – Thursday 28th Jan 

Where: Olympic Pools. 10am – 3pm each day. Check-in is at 9.30am 

Who: Age 8+

Enquiries:  [email protected] or 027 375 4527 


Central Football

Summer Football Tournament

Join for a full week of 5v5, 6v6 and 7v7 games!

When: Monday 25h Jan – Friday 30th Jan

Born in 2008-2010: 4 – 5.15pm

Born in 2006 & 2007: 5.15 – 6.30pm

Born in 2005 & 2002: 6.30 – 7.45pm

Where: Central Football, Childers Road

Cost: $20

Who: Boys & girls

Enquiries/Registrations: Through MyCommet or Seba – 027 261 4047


Gisborne Tennis Club

Tennis Holiday Programme

When: 9.15am – 12.15pm OR 2.15pm. Wednesday 16th Dec, Thursday 17th Dec & Friday 18th Dec (Friday is morning only)

Where: Gisborne Tennis Club, 418 Childers Road

Cost (This is the discounted cost for pre-booking): $25 for one morning session

$45 for two (Wed/Thur) morning sessions

$60 for all three morning sessions

Afternoon sessions on Wed/Thur priced by demand

Who: Age 9+

Enquiries: Andy Pittam – 020 4025 4441 or [email protected]


Gisborne Trampoline Club

Open Days

When: Every Wednesday till the end of January

Where: Gisborne Trampoline Club, 537 Aberdeen Road.

Cost: $10 per child

Who: 5 – 8 years: 10 – 11.30am

9+ years: 11.30am – 1pm

Bring: Socks and a drink bottle


Poverty Bay Kayaking

Learn to Paddle

Teaching skills for flatwater kayaking. Bookings are essential and all equipment is provided.

When: Commencing Monday 21st December. Daily or weekly. Session times will be dependent on the number of participants.

Cost: $5 per child per session

Who: Aimed at 10 – 13-year-olds

Enquiries: Liz Thompson – 021 114 9347


Gisborne Gymnastics Club

Open Days

Come with your friends for three hours of fun, play time in the gym! All children need to be signed in and out by an adult.

When: Monday 11th, Tuesday 13th, Monday 18th, and Monday 25th January. 9am – 12pm.

Where: Gym Club at Electrinet Sports Centre, Aberdeen Road corner of Stanley Road.

Cost: $10 per child

Who: 4 – 12 years

Enquiries: [email protected]


Circus School

Juggling, aerial skills, tight rope, unicycle and more!

When: Tuesday 19th & Wednesday 20th January 9am – 3pm

Where: Gym Club at Electrinet Sports Centre, Aberdeen Road corner of Stanley Road.

Cost: $50 per day

Enquiries: [email protected]


Waikanae Surf Lifesaving Club

Learn to Swim

When: 18th – 21st January between 1 and 3pm

Where: Gisborne Boys High School pool

Cost: $8 per session – 30 minutes

Who: 5 years plus

Enquiries: Liz Thompson – [email protected]

Join us for the 2020 challenge opening

To kick off the 2020 challenge, we’ll be holding a group hikoi up the maunga, in time to catch sun rise and officially open the seven week event with a karakia.
To join in, meet at Poho o Rawiri Marae before 6:30AM ?
There will be coffee and event T-shirts for sale at the summit – please bring a keep-cup to reduce waste, and cash if you want to purchase a shirt.

View the Facebook event for more info

Bowel Cancer Fundraising

To continue the kaupapa of supporting Bowel Cancer patients in Tairāwhiti, we will be selling Titirāngi Mt Everest Challenge shirts.

We’ve produced a limited number, and they’ll go on sale at our opening event. When you reach the summit, we’ll have a stall set up to sell these shirts. They’re $15 each or get two for $20. Cash only! Or you can purchase the shirts from our Office, Level 1, 74 Grey St.

If you’re wondering how we can give away 100% of the sale of the shirts, it’s because the awesome businesses on the back of the shirt have sponsored the cost of their production. Thank you to BDO, Ovation, ECT, EIT, Emerre & Hathaway, Huringa Pai, Aon and Eastland Group for getting behind this great cause.

You can also donate to the Gisborne Cancer Society by clicking here.