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”.

Steven’s Story

It’s Men’s Health Week, so in the spirit of getting men talking about their health, here’s an inspiring story from one of the clients of our Green Prescription programme:

Steven used to spend a lot of time sitting, having sad thoughts. He was anxious and suicidal. In January of 2018, Steven’s doctor suggested a Green Prescription. “I was really nervous at first and it took a lot to go in [to the appointment] but once I did it was okay, Tori explained everything”.

At their first meeting Tori could see that Steven was determined to find a way to be happier. Together they talked about things that would help and developed a bit of a plan that he could follow. Today, Steven is a regular at the pool and continues to walk often. He feels happier, more proactive and understands his illness better.

“The older people in aqua are funny, mischief and likeminded.” “It’s nice to talk to people. I was shy before, I wouldn’t talk to anyone.”

Tori is so pleased for Steven, she has noticed so many positive changes. “He is the one who chats with new people who come to class, he helps them feel welcome and at ease”. “He smiles a lot, it’s such a great smile!”

When asked what he would tell others Steven says emphatically “just give it a go, definitely, just try it!”

Putting Your Pelvic Floor First – Workshop

Recently we collaborated with Dynamic Rehab physio and Pelvic Floor guru Danielle Lapointe to deliver a series of workshops highlighting the importance of looking after our pelvic floor muscles, and empowering participants, coaches and trainers to better understand this crucial muscle group.


If you missed out, watch the video below, and download the workshop notes.


Workshop notes – Participant workshop

Workshop notes – Instructor/coach workshop

View the presentation


Putting Your Pelvic Floor First – Workshop

Putting Your Pelvic Floor First – Participant Workshop last night was a huge success, thanks to all that attended. If you missed out, here's the video! Brought to you by Total Body / Power Plate Authorised training Center, Dynamic Rehab Ltd and Sport Gisborne TairawhitiWant to view the slides while you watch?

Posted by Sport Gisborne Tairawhiti on Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Work for us!

We're hiring

We’re hiring! Sport Gisborne Tairawhiti is seeking an experienced Exercise Prescription professional to join its Active Health Team. The position requires a high standard of exercise prescription capability. In addition, some experience with managing & leading small teams is preferred.

For more info, visit our jobs page

SGT Dietitian Mary Hope weighs in on 9-6-4 and the holiday period

Last night Mary Hope from the Sport Gisborne Tairawhiti Active Health team provided a free clinic in partnership with Huringa Pai on how the 9-6-4 program can work through the festive season.

9-6-4 is a health choice based on recommendations from the World Health Organisation as to how much (added) sugar should be consumed within a day. This being 9 teaspoons for men, 6 for women and 4 for children. This health movement has a strong following within the Huringa Pai community and has changed the lives of many.

The clinic examined many popular alcoholic drinks and their sugar content, many of which came as a shock to those in attendance. Most RTD’s, beers and wines would cause someone to reach their daily sugar limit in a single serving. Combined with the often indulgent food choices made through the holiday period, Mary highlighted a need for mindfulness to maintain healthy diet and lifestyle choices through the holidays.


Mary’s key holiday recommendations:

  • Compensate for indulgent days by getting out and being active before or after
  • Abide by the ‘healthy plate model’ of half fruit/veg, quarter proteins and quarter starch/carbs
  • Look for opportunities to substitute healthy ingredients into your classic recipes i.e yoghurt for cream
  • When drinking alcohol, consume equal parts water throughout
  • Take advantage of the inexpensive fresh, local fruit and veg available during this time

Watch the full presentation here

Huringa Pai - Mary