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Gisborne Budget Advisory Service

The goal of the Gisborne Budget Advisory Service is to reduce debt and encourage whanau in the area to successfully live with-in their means. Qualified Financial Mentors and Budget Advisors provide advice and support as well as advocacy and negotiation with creditors and banks for their clients.


Gizzy School Lunches Charitable Trust

Gizzy School Lunches is an effort by the community to come together and supply lunches for tamariki in kindys and schools in the area. The organisation provides hundreds of subsidised lunches Monday-Friday for the surrounding schools.This makes a real difference to children’s wellbeing and their learning.


Gisborne Red Cross Shop

The Gisborne Red Cross Shop offers fabulous second hand clothing and homewares to everyone at affordable prices. Every dollar spent goes to support vulnerable people in the community and supports their international humanitarian efforts.


Hospice Tairawhiti

Hospice Tairawhiti provides community based hospice care for the people of Tairawhiti, from Morere to Potaka. Hospice or palliative care is specialised care for people with life-limiting conditions. Their focus is improving quality of life for the patient through a combination of physical, emotional, spiritual support and practical advice. The service also includes whanau support and grief and bereavement care.

Their Vision is Living every moment.


Cancer Society NZ

The goal of this charity is to improve community wellbeing by reducing the incidence and impact of cancer. The Cancer Society is committed to working with the Gisborne community by providing a wide range of free support services for those undergoing treatment for cancer including one-on-one support, patient advocacy, support groups, counselling, emergency financial assistance via grants and much more. The Cancer Society also encourages people to live a healthier lifestyle to reduce their personal risk of cancer.


Tairawhiti Coffin Club

The Tairawhiti Coffin Club offers an affordable and personalised alternative to for ‘underground furniture.’ Craig Williams, a joinery owner, and team build coffins for $350 and club members then ‘furnish’ and personalise their coffin in a safe space to discuss death and any issues at hand. This is a fun club providing an affordable way to have a send-off on your own terms.


Gizzy Kai Rescue

Gizzy Kai Rescue serves as the connection between food growers, producers, vendors and local community groups who redistribute rescued food to those experiencing food scarcity in the region. The organisation rescues food waste that would be destined for landfill or animal feed, reducing food waste and redirecting the healthy, edible food to whanau in need throughout the community.

Supergrans Tairawhiti

Supergrans Tairawhiti aims to pass on skills for safe, healthy, low-impact, budget living by offering free community workshops and mentoring. Their courses range from budgeting advice and preparing for employment to cooking for your whanau and preserving in-season fruits and vegetables. The Supergrans are also there if you need someone to talk to and their vision is to have skills and knowledge flowing between generations and communities.


Gisborne Toy Library

We provide a wide variety of quality non-violent toys at a minimal cost.  This means that children can have the opportunity to play with quality toys in a sustainable way.

The Gisborne Toy Library is community service run by a voluntary committee.


Youth in Emergency Services

The Youth in Emergency Services (YES) programme is run collaboratively with the local community-based volunteer emergency service partners. The YES programme is designed to strengthen and encourage young people’s connection to their community by encouraging them to engage with a range of volunteer emergency services by way of a hands-on introduction to the work of these services.


St John’s

St John is at the frontline of medical response, providing Ambulance Services throughout New Zealand. We're also part of a much broader picture of health care, through our provision of first aid training, event medical services, AEDs (defibrillators), first aid kits and supplies, medical alarms, youth groups and a wide range of community programmes.


Gisborne Stroke Support

We're here to support all stroke survivors, their families, whānau, friends and carers throughout their stroke journey. Gisborne Stroke Support provides information, advice, education and advocacy services throughout the Tairawhiti Region.



Land Search and Rescue Incorporated (LandSAR) was established as an incorporated society in 1994. Our volunteers operate in suburban, urban, wilderness and rural areas including regional and forest parks, shorelines and caves.

Our unpaid professionals offer their specialist search and rescue skills free to the public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via the New Zealand Police and the Rescue Coordination Centre. 


Tairawhiti Menzshed

Ensuring that the community, particularly the Men of Tairawhiti have a place to go where they are able to construct projects in a range of trades alongside other men. The conversations that happen as men build and create projects is where the real value happens in this supportive group.


Tairawhiti Environment Centre

We are a non-profit organisation, providing information, inspiration, education, advocacy and support. Tairawhiti Environment Centre is run by and for local people to help strengthen our communities and provide a sustainable future for all. This group is the umbrella group for a range of environmental groups including Plastic Free Tairawhiti, Flag the Bag Sewing Bee, Beach Clean Ups and Conservation Experiences Tairawhiti.


Waikanae Surf Club 

The passionate life guards of the Waikanae Surf Life Saving Group provide a volunteer lifeguard service each weekend from November to March every year. The club also runs an excellent junior programme catering to kids from 5 to 14 years old and sponsors Surf sport competitions to provide members the opportunity to refine and practice their lifesaving skills in a competitive environment.