100 jobs to go at Gisborne wood plant

A wood processing plant in Gisborne is looking to axe about 100 jobs, half its workforce, because of a weak Japanese housing market. Juken plans to cut production of plywood and laminated timber products at its Matawhero plant. The factory currently...... Read More

Tree calm – Eastwoodhill Arboretum

  Standing or walking amongst trees is well-known to alleviate stress. Maybe that’s why Gisborne’s Eastwoodhill Arboretum always seems a place of serenity.  Nestled in the Ngatapa Valley about 35km inland from Gisborne, Eastwoodhill is...... Read More

Upgrading roads a top priority

Gisborne District Council is now mostly moved into its new building. Without doubt it will have been designed and built to meet every building code best-practice standard so that all who are working inside can be assured they are in a safe and productive...... Read More

Thunderstorms threaten central North Island

A loud night looms ahead for some residents in the central North Island, with thunderstorm warnings issued across the region from this afternoon. MetService meteorologist Tom Adams says a majority of the region can expect thunderstorms this afternoon...... Read More

15 Rhythm and Vines festival-goers hospitalised

Fifteen people who attended the Rhythm and Vines festival in Gisborne have been hospitalised with severe vomiting and diarrhoea. Partygoers were admitted to an isolation ward at Gisborne Hospital this morning. Medical Officer of Health Bruce Duncan...... Read More

Police apologise after seizing legal cannabis

An East Coast hemp grower has had his crop destroyed by police after they mistook his plants for illicit cannabis. On Tuesday, a police drug squad raided Willie Kaa's property near Ruatoria and removed 16 plants, leaving him no explanation for...... Read More

Spark outage affects North Island

A Spark NZ outage is affecting an unknown number of customers in the central North Island. Cell phones, land lines and 0800 numbers are being affected in some areas. "We are aware of a problem affecting some customers not being able to make or...... Read More

Surfing action heats up in Gisborne

It didn’t take long for the action to heat up on day one of the 2017 National Scholastic Surfing Championships held at Gisborne on Monday, as regional teams from around the country attempted to keep a clean slate through the first rounds. After...... Read More

School surfing descends upon Gisborne

Two national surfing events descend on Gisborne from this weekend with the Primary School Champs and the Scholastic Champs taking place over seven days starting Saturday. The two-day Sticky Johnson Primary School Champs presented by Skullcandy kicks...... Read More

Police thank public after teens escape custody

Police in Gisborne have thanked members of the public for their assistance after two teenagers escaped from custody this afternoon. The pair, aged 14 and 16, appeared in Gisborne Youth Court this morning charged with aggravated robbery. They...... Read More