New roles to boost activity up the coast

Victor Herbert (left), Active Tamariki Advisor stands with Rawinia Parata (right), Community Connector.

SPORT Gisborne Tairāwhiti has taken a significant step towards eliminating barriers for being active for the coast community by employing two new staff members to be based up the coast.
Sport Gisborne Tairāwhiti Chief Executive, Stefan Pishief said, “The East Coast has a proud sporting heritage and a beautiful, natural environment that encourages active recreation. But the remoteness of its communities, and a historical lack of infrastructure and investment, has created barriers that can make it difficult for people to connect and engage in sport, active recreation, and
play.”

We are really excited about these positions as it’s a huge milestone for our organisation and our coast whānau, said Pishief.

“For the last few years, we have been looking at the services we provide and identified there was an opportunity to have more of a presence on the coast and ensure we are being responsive to all of Te Tairāwhiti.”

Ruatoria raised, Rawinia Parata is joining the team as the Community Connector where she will focus on the play, active recreation, and sport aspirations of local communities and how this will
contribute to their overall well-being.

Rawinia is a tremendous asset to our team as she has a real desire for community-led development and has experience in supporting people to achieve their goals, said Pishief.

Victor Herbert, new Active Tamariki Advisor, is also no stranger to the coast as he hails from Tokomaru Bay and has taught and worked in Ruatoria.

“Victor has worked in the kura space for a number of years. He has a wealth of experience and strong connections which will prove critical to his role of supporting kura up the coast to provide
quality play, active recreation, sport and physical education opportunities for tamariki.”

Sport Gisborne Tairāwhiti General Manager Kylie Turuwhenua-Tapsell said “We know how much of an impact these roles will have on our coast community as nothing beats having a presence on
the ground, and Rawinia and Victor will be able to have a lot of face-to-face time with whānau.

“These roles will not be working in isolation, and we need to acknowledge the fantastic support we’ve received from Te Puni Kōkiri, the Department of Internal Affairs, Te Rūnanganui ō Ngāti
Porou, Ngāti Porou Hauora, Sport New Zealand and Project Matarau to get these roles up and running”.