Codes responding swiftly to Covid-19

Several sporting codes and clubs are acting swiftly to postpone or cancel large-scale sporting events following the Government’s advice to reduce the risk of spreading the Covid-19.

Sport Gisborne Tairāwhiti Chief Executive, Stefan Pishief said, “We are commending these codes and clubs for heeding this call to keep our community safe, even though for many, this will come at a great cost.”

Sport Gisborne Tairāwhiti has also decided to cancel the Gisborne Herald Quarter Marathon that was scheduled for the 26th of April. If there is a chance to reschedule the Marathon for later in the year then we will explore that possibility. However, there’s too much uncertainty at the moment to start planning around a new date.

“The impact of coronavirus upon the sporting community may be far-reaching, particularly if an increasing number of events that have fewer than 500 people continue to be cancelled.”

Yesterday saw the announcement that School Sport NZ has suspended their national secondary school sporting calendar, and similarly the Gisborne Primary School Events Committee has cancelled all events for the remainder of term one.

“Some sports are continuing to run their leagues at the moment while others have postponed their seasons.”

“There’s the disappointment for our community in not being able to participate in activities that they love and that keep them healthy, however, holding events and running sporting leagues can also be a critical source of income for our sporting bodies in Tairāwhiti.”

“Adding to the problem is the risk of a reduction in national funding. We implore funders to continue their support of our sporting bodies during these challenging times.”

“Each code and club will need to ensure they are following the Government’s advice, and weigh up the level of risk that is posed and the preventative measures that can be put in place.”

“As this situation is constantly evolving, we will review information as it comes to hand and act accordingly.”

“This is a challenging time for the sporting sector, and along with the wider community, we need to support one another through this.”

Office Closure & COVID-19 Update

Following the announcement from our government, our office will be closed until further notice.

All of our staff will be working from home so we encourage you to stay connected with us.

Due to this being an evolving situation, we are unable to provide you with a date that we will reopen. However, our goal is to communicate regularly and to support our community to keep active and well in every way we can during these challenging times.

It’s crucial that we play our part to support the national effort to combat Coronavirus. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. 🙂

Noho ora mai,
The team at Sport Gisborne Tairāwhiti ❤️

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

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”.

Applications now open for Tairawhiti Rising Legends

OUR region’s most talented young athletes have until the end of November to apply for the 2020 Tairawhiti Rising Legends squad and get on the path to achieving their highest potential.

Tairawhiti Rising Legends (TRL) is an initiative run by Sport Gisborne Tairāwhiti to provide athletes with developmental support, mentoring, workshops and a $1000 scholarship. Athletes must be living in the Tairāwhiti region and aged between 14 and 17 to be eligible.

“Our region’s coaches, clubs and families are fantastic at developing promising young athletes and our goal with the TRL programme is to continue preparing them for the high-performance sporting environment outside of the region,” Talent Lead, Carl Newman said.

Since the programme began in 2007, many of the TRL athletes have gone on to become New Zealand and world champions, Commonwealth Games medallists, even Olympians.

The TRL programme draws on expertise from many quarters including the Sport Gisborne Tairawhiti management team, High Performance Sport New Zealand and an advisory group to give athletes the support they need to succeed.

TRL athletes attend individual mentor sessions covering nutrition, mental skills and life planning, as well as group expert-led sessions on public speaking, media and sponsorship, and strength and conditioning.

“These workshops are designed to prepare our young athletes for the challenges of sport at the elite level and help them continue their training programmes when they leave the area.”

“We’re fortunate to have so many rising sports legends in our community and we encourage these athletes to apply for the 2020 squad. Seeing them go on to achieve excellent results on a national and world stage is a very rewarding aspect of the programme,” Mr Newman said.

Applications for the 2020 Tairāwhiti Rising Legends squad close on 22 November 2019. For more information, contact Carl Newman, Talent Lead, at Sport Gisborne Tairāwhiti on 868 9943 ext. 719 or click here. 

Convert your maunga

📣 We’ve received a heap of feedback that some of our coast communities would love to get involved, but can’t make it to town often enough to participate. At the end of the day, this event is about setting a personal challenge, and getting outdoors and active with whānau. We hope that in other areas, communities can recreate that same awesome environment that Titirangi becomes during this event.

So with that in mind, you can now climb any of the awesome maunga in our region (or further afield), convert your climbs to match Titirangi – the home of the challenge, and enter them on the tracking platform along with everyone else.

To convert your climbs, you can use the handy chart below, or take the number of metres you’ve climbed (heaps of apps to find that), and divide it by 130 (that’s the height of Titirangi).
So if you climb 300 metres, you divide it by 130 (that equals 2.3), round it down because you’re honest 😉 and enter two climbs on the website.

Remember, Titirangi is a safe challenge environment. There are safety signs for cars, a one-way road and access is allowed. If you’re climbing other maunga, take safety precautions and make sure you’re allowed to be there.

Note: If you’re climbing Titirangi in Gisborne, walking from the bottom to the top, and back down counts as one climb. If you go up and over the maunga, then back again (climbing up the hill twice) that counts as two climbs.