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 ❤️

Waikirikiri Park Playground – Insights gained through community engagement

To all of those that came and provided their input to the new playground – thank you!
Because of all of your awesome feedback, we were able to create the following document, which playground designers will use as inspiration and guidance in their mahi.
The Gisborne District Council are currently receiving tenders from playground designers and builders, who will submit a range of potential designs. You’ll then have the opportunity to vote once more, to finalise what will be built this winter.
A huge mihi to Ka Pai Kaiti for the awesome event that they ran at the park, and the partnership on this journey so far!
You can read the full document below:

Waikirikiri Park Playground – Community Insights

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!

Happy Volunteer Week!

To celebrate National Volunteer Week, we’re giving a little love to all of the amazing sport volunteers who make sport happen in our region. No matter how big or small of a role you play in volunteering your time, it all counts to teams and individuals having the opportunity to play a sport.

We’ve profiled five incredible volunteers without whom our sport system would be at a great loss.

Amoe & Trish

Amoe Tarsau and Trish Hina

Amoe Tarsau and Trish Hina have volunteered for Women’s Rugby for 6+ years in roles of coaching, administration, fundraising and washing uniforms. These ladies go the extra mile by picking up and dropping off their development team in the morning and afternoon, for gym workouts and speed training. Both are instrumental in organising amazing rugby opportunities for the girls.

The passion and drive they exhibit for their sport is inspiring, and can be seen rubbing off on our young ladies, in their developing their rugby talents.

John Scott

John Scott

John Scott has volunteered in triathlon for 35 odd years, in a number of roles including club chair, manager and most prominently, coach. John dedicates countless hours and energy to the growth of triathlon in Tairawhiti, and the growth of the athletes that drive it.

When we asked his most treasured memory from his time as a volunteer, he was quick to recall the performance of the ‘gizzy kids’ at the 2014 National Triathlon Champs in Gisborne. He said, “the kids approached the event with great spirit and motivation, and turned heads with their strong performances.”

John’s incredibly passionate about helping kids to develop as athletes and people in his coaching. He commented, “there’s so much athletic potential in Tairawhiti, and the opportunity to help these athletes reach their dreams is what motivates me as a coach.”

Walton WalkerWalton Walker

Walton Walker has been volunteering in Softball for an impressive span of 50 years, and in Waka Ama over a decade. His volunteering has been fuelled by his passion for the sports. As a softball player, Walton was a consistent pitcher who even today, rattles some of Gisborne’s best batters.

Walton has served over his time involved with sports, as the Treasuer, secretary and the last 10 years as President of Tairawhiti Softball Association. In his role as a coach, his calm assured demeanor, and knowledge of the game creates a force which players respond to.

When asked what motivates Walton, he responded: “The motivation for me is seeing people, especially youth, having the opportunity to experience things they may not otherwise get to do. With sport, its playing with your mates, enjoying yourself, meeting new people, going to national tournaments, winning or losing, winning a gold, a silver or even getting to the finals, let-a-lone just getting there and participating. If everything out front is going well then everything in the back must be operating well. I might be out the front man for the organisations I belong to but my work is in the back making sure things are ticking along”.

His memories are “all good memories, I don’t regret a moment of anything I have done in my voluntary experiences”.

Julie Hansen

Julie Hansen

Julie Hansen has been involved with the Gisborne Netball Centre since 1993. She has filled a huge number of roles over her years with the Centre which started out with her acting as a Trophy Steward. Other ​​roles have included: Tower duty, Timekeeper, Referee, Coach, Manager, Board member, Official – in fact, Julie has filled so many roles, it would fill a page. ‘Aunty Jules’ is an integral part of the GNC competition coordination. She is great at coordinating the duties on a Saturday and takes pride in the cleanliness of the pavillion and courts. Julie is always approachable and an amazing communicator with members of all of our clubs.

Julie’s motivation for volunteering is: “Netball is my 1st love. I love the game, and I love the people I’ve met. So many wonderful people, many of those I consider my life-long friends”.

A special memory when asked was “1995 was a crazy year. I was a couple of years into my time on the Netball Committee. I coached 4 teams, and also managed the 1995 Gisborne U21 Rep team who went to National Champs in Christchurch, and won their division. It was such a thrill being with the team.”

Sonia Keepa

Sonia Keepa

What motivates Sonia? “In our busy lives for me to be able to give back in a real and meaningful way is something very special. I am motivated to share my knowledge and experiences, to pass on what I have learnt to others to help them be better, more confident and able to fully enjoy the ocean. Being involved with Surf Life Saving, especially at a Junior Development level, is so hugely motivating – to share the joy when a skill is mastered or watch as fear is overcome is simply inspiring. I love interacting and building relationships with members of our community through the connection of teaching our young children essentially life saving skills.

A share memory of Sonia’s: “The moments that stands out the most and gives me great joy, is when that new participant at the beginning of summer who has so much fear of the ocean, doesn’t even want to step on the wet sand, but turns into the child who is the last one out of the sea by the end of the summer”.

Sonia Keepa has played a major part in the successful running of the Wainui Surf Lifesaving Club for 10+ years. This involvement has included many varied positions where she has been on the Committee, Coached Nippers, Beach Education Instructor, Surf Lifeguard, managed various areas of the club such as coordinating coaching programmes, etc, etc. Sonia constantly goes above and beyond her call of duty, and is a dedicated volunteer and member not only locally, but also regionally where she has attended various courses in leadership, and coaching, and sits on the Regional Gisborne Junior Surf Committee.