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 ❤️

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.”

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. 

Taking a stand to improve youth sports

SPORT New Zealand along with five major sports (Cricket, Football, Hockey, Netball and Rugby) has announced they are collectively taking a stand to bring the fun back to sport for our tamariki.  

There is an overemphasis with Primary and Intermediate aged children on winning and early specialisation which is what is turning many of our young people away from playing sport.

Stefan Pishief, Chief Executive of Sport Gisborne Tairāwhiti says he fully supports Sport NZ’s announcement. He says, “I think it can be a game-changer for sport in our community.”

“We all have a role to play as parents, caregivers and/or coaches to encourage our young people to experience a variety of sport, rather than concentrating on one too early on.”

“This isn’t about reducing opportunities as talented children will still be able to thrive, but rather this is a movement based on long-term research, best practice and evidence.”

Nic Hendrie, Poverty Bay Cricket Association Operations Manager says the announcement is exactly the sort of initiative they are trying to promote.

Gisborne Netball Centre (GNC) has led the way by ending their year 7 and 8 representative teams in 2018. Kate Faulks, GNC Board Chair says, “We as adults need to be constantly reminded that the number one reason girls and boys play netball in New Zealand is for fun – this includes the top highly skilled players too.”

The Poverty Bay Rugby Football Union has also made a number of changes to its development programmes over the past couple of years, including shortening the junior club rugby season, removing the Under 13 representative team and changing the McDonalds Under 13 tournament to include a skills and coach development module.

Josh Willoughby, Poverty Bay Rugby Football Union Chief Executive says, “We’ve seen an increase in player numbers this year and feedback from our annual survey suggests an improved experience and environment.”

“We need to make sure we’re providing the best possible experience for children in our region. Finding the balance between having fun and winning can be difficult, but by putting the needs of young people first we can make sure they will have fun and develop their skills.”

Mr Pishief says the more young people we get participating in sports means a healthier Tairāwhiti and more young people reaching their full potential as adults.

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!”