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Gisborne City Welcome

Gisborne city welcome...

Nga Taonga O Te Whenua   -   The treasures of our land.

Introduction by Witi Ihimaera (Gisborne District's prominent New Zealand author)

'Witi Ihimaera's The Whale Rider, Pounamu, Pounamu, and other books are published by Penguin New Zealand.'

Welcome to Gisborne city from Witi Ihimaera - NZ author... Nga Taonga O Te Whenua

This is a Maori greeting welcoming all visitors to Gisborne and the East Coast. While you are here you are ‘waewae tapu’, our very special guests, and we look forward to your visit. We want you to enjoy the taonga, the treasures of our land.

Our first treasure is our environment, The Gisborne District is renowned all over the world as the first place to receive the morning sun. Perhaps it is because of this  that we have always been a horticultural and pastoral paradise.

We are certainly not a ‘Poverty Bay’ and we hope that you will find this in your explorations of bush, beach, river and mountain. Incidentally we also have some of the best swimming and surfing beaches in the world and, unlike Waikiki, they are not overcrowded.

Our second taonga is the Maori people, whose heritage of arts and culture has made Turanga (the maori name for Gisborne) unique. You are in the lands of the Ngati Porou, Rongowhakaata, Te Aitanga A Mahaki, and NgaiTamanuhiri.

You are also being hosted by the Kahungunu, Tuhoe, Whakatohea, and Te Whanua A Apanui. These maraes and historic gathering places are amongst the finest in new Zealand.. If you have the opportunity please try to attend a Maori gathering. It is only by doing this that you can obtain the full feeling of Maori aroha (love) and awhina (hospitality).

The third taonga is the gifts which European settlement have brought to the district. Gisborne was the first place sighted by James Cook, the pakeha discoverer of New Zealand. Subsequent migrants have made our region a place where the visitor can sample infinite delights - a thriving prosperous community with an annual calendar of events including agricultural fairs, rodeos, arts and cultural festivals and sporting meets.

We also boast some fine restaurants, theatrical and musical events, river rafting, deep sea fishing and farm pursuits like horse riding. If you like your holiday in the rural vein, you’ve come to the right place.

There is a fourth treasure as well, and it is our own brand of hospitality. Wherever you are, we want you to have a beautiful time. If you ever need us, all you have to do is reach out and stop us on the street. Making you fall in love with our land and with us is what we’re all about.

Ma te Atua koe e manaaki,
Witi Ihimaera

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