We’ve launched the Tairawhiti Economic Action Plan with 55 initiatives to boost the local economy.

Keeping families and communities safe is also a priority, which is why we are funding an extra 1,125 Police staff across the country.

Connecting Gisborne with the rest of New Zealand – and the world – is critical. That’s why we are improving transport links, and investing $14.5 million in rolling out Ultra-Fast Broadband to keep Gisborne’s economy heading in the right direction.

Gisborne Economic snapshot

  • 32.2% economic growth since we were elected.
  • 4,000 new jobs created in Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay over the past year.
  • $9,551 increase in average annual wages since 2008, almost double the rate of inflation.
  • 68 more Police for the Eastern Police District, which covers Gisborne - as part of our $503m Safer Communities package
  • We’ve launched the Tairawhiti Economic Action plan with 55 initiatives to boost the local economy.


  • $6.5m to replace the one-lane Motu Bridge on SH2, which is due to be completed early next year.
  • $3.5m for a tourism-related package of roading and cultural projects on the East Coast.
  • 2 more towns in the Gisborne region get Ultra- Fast Broadband, benefitting an additional 1,000 people in Ruatoria and Tolaga Bay and on the outskirts of Gisborne.


  • 6,800 children in 34 schools in the region benefitting from our $359 million initiative to keep the best teachers in the classroom and share expertise and leadership across schools.
  • 94.7% of young children in Gisborne participating in early childhood education, helping them get the best start in life.
  • 82.3% of 18-year-olds achieving NCEA Level 2, an increase of 18.5 percentage points since 2011 – that’s 131 more 18-year-olds.
  • We’re funding free fruit in schools for 5,000 children in Gisborne and free breakfasts at 32 Gisborne schools through the KickStart programme.
  • We’re investing $800,000 to build two new classrooms at Kaiti School in Gisborne and $9.5m to build the new Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Horouta Wananga school.


  • 9,880 children in Gisborne benefitting from our policy of free GP visits and prescriptions for all children aged under 13.
  • 680 more patients a year in Gisborne receiving elective operations than when we were elected.
  • 7,000 60 to 74-year-olds in the region will be eligible for our bowel screening programme, which is being rolled out across the country to help prevent some of around 1,200 deaths each year.
Tairawhiti DHB
  • As of 31 March 2017 there were over 70 doctor full-time equivalents and over 260 nurse full-time equivalents employed by the Tairawhiti DHB. That’s almost 20 more doctors and over 60 more nurses compared to 2008.
  • Tairawhiti DHB will receive an extra $6 million in new money this year, taking the DHB’s total funding to $172 million for 2017/18. That’s an extra $46 million in funding over the last nine years.

Making a difference

  • 340 people in Gisborne helped into their first home in the first two years of HomeStart.
  • 7,669 businesses and homes in the region now able to connect to Ultra-Fast Broadband as part of our $2 billion investment to roll out faster internet across New Zealand.


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