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!

Hurricanes to visit Gisborne!

Tairāwhiti has the opportunity next Wednesday to rub shoulders with rugby royalty, the Hurricanes squad!

This will be an opportunity to meet the team, enjoy some relaxed conversation and interviews with players and management detailing life as a professional player and difficulties faced and addressed in their own business.

Spots are limited, to register email Limited to 120 @ $30 per person


Bowel Cancer diagnosis packs purchased as a result of Titirangi Challenge fundraising

From 2018, Bowel Cancer sufferers in Tairāwhiti will each receive a kete of gas vouchers and specialist information, to provide support in their time of need. The initiative, driven by Fiona Shivnan, was made possible by the generous donations of participants in the 2017 Titirangi Mt. Everest Challenge. Sport Gisborne Tairāwhiti Events Advisor Debbie Hutchings says, “we are overwhelmed by the generosity of the Titirangi Challenge community. Their donations have made a truly special initiative possible.”


Titirangi challengers

Significant contributions were made by Gisborne Pak N’ Save, and Ovation, which drove the total funds raised close to $5,000.


Each kete will contain $250 in petrol vouchers, to assist in the expensive travel costs for patients travelling for treatment, as well as a range of support resources for both the patient and their whānau, created by The Cancer Society.

Help us to improve next year – and order your (free) custom certificate!

At the start of this year, we asked you how we could improve the Titirangi Mt. Everest Challenge, and you gave us a heap of great ideas, many of which led this year to being the biggest and best yet. We’d like to ask you once again how we could improve the challenge, in hope that we can improve even further for next year.

At the end of the survey, you can order your customised certificate!

Fill out the survey

Well done to you all

We made it! Congratulations to everyone who took on the challenge, pushed themselves and achieved their own goals. We have heard countless inspiring stories throughout the challenge and to say that we’re sad it’s finishing is an understatement.

We broke every record in the book over the last seven weeks. Over 1,400 of you joined 200 teams, and together climbed 1.6 million vertical metres. 191 of you have made it to Everest, double that of past years.

Thank you for making this the greatest Titirangi Mt. Everest Challenge yet. Enjoy the rest this week, and we’ll see you Sunday, at the Quarter Marathon and Fun Run.